Did ISIS Really Hack US Military's Twitter And YouTube Accounts?

| by Edward Arnold
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The U.S. Military's Central Command was hacked. Its Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised by a group claiming to be ISIS, changing the photos and writing “I love you ISIS.”

The group, calling itself the CyberCaliphate, has taken credit for the attack. While the hackers claim to be associated with ISIS, The Daily Beast reports that the hack seems to be more of a ruse that a group of Islamic extremists.

The Pentagon has confirmed that “the U.S. Central Command Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised.”

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren called the hack a “cyber prank.” He added that the secure networks of the Defense Department were not compromised and that no classified material was breached.

The White House even commented on the hack. “There’s a pretty significant difference between what is a large data breach and the hacking of a Twitter account,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Jan. 12.

But could this have really been ISIS? One point to consider is that the terror group rarely, if ever, refers to itself as ISIS, even on social media. ISIS is a name given to the group by the U.S. Ali Soufan, a terrorism analyst, wrote to that point on Twitter. “Interesting. I doubt they are ISIS... ISIS never calls themselves ISIS.”

While the Cyber Caliphate group did release some documents, The New York Times reports many of the documents were already made public, some already appearing on the Defense Department's website.

Another odd fact about the group is that it "liked" a folk-punk band on Twitter from Phoenix. While this only seems like a cyber prank, it shows how susceptible some government agencies are.


Sources:The Daily Beast, New York Times / Photo Credit: National Post