ISIS allies hack major US military twitter, YouTube, Google+ accounts

Sympathizers of the terrorist group ISIS appear to have just hacked the Twitter account of CENTCOM, a major geographical unit of the US military covering the Middle East.

And Michael Ditto just discovered that they also compromised the CENTCOM’s YouTube and Google+ accounts as well.

The hackers have changed the account’s photo, and are tweeting personnel lists.

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Someone else already noted that the documents they’re posting are hardly classified. Some, in fact, are simply from other public Web sites:

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Here’s CENTCOM’s YouTube account:

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And here’s Goggle+:

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Anonymous recently threatened to hack ISIS and other terror groups. Let’s hope they get on the ball.


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19 Responses to “ISIS allies hack major US military twitter, YouTube, Google+ accounts”

  1. emjayay says:

    Plus, James Franco can do ANYTHING, and all at the same time.

  2. goulo says:

    Untrue, dude! :)

  3. bpollen says:

    Is ISIS outsourcing cyberterrorism to 13 year old computer nerds? There’s a very juvenile quality to this and the hacking of an Albuquerque paper and some TV station apparently by the same group.

  4. The_Fixer says:

    So the Most Gracious and Most Merciful Allah doesn’t want to get his hands dirty and has sub-contracted ISIS to carry out his holy Jihad and institute a Cyber Caliphate?

    Typical fundamentalists, can’t even see their own lack of logic and common sense.

  5. jm2 says:

    ummm, why would the U.S. Military have a Twitter account?

  6. Max_1 says:

    To be fair, it wasn’t CENTCOM that was hacked… It was their public accounts that were hacked.

    Anyways… Like CENTCOM doesn’t know a thing or two about hacking accounts or protecting accounts from being hacked.

  7. perljammer says:

    Centcom social media accounts hacked != Centcom hacked. http://xkcd.com/932/

    As for Anonymous, all you can rely rely on them for is to say they’re going to [vague threat followed by inaction].

  8. Mike F says:

    Lol, “CyberJihad”. Awww, ain’t those religious extremists cute!

  9. caphillprof says:

    So the NSA requires/conspires with hardware/software companies to have backdoor access to www communications and then we are shocked SHOCKED that Sony/Centcom/USAF/bobsyouruncle are hacked.

    And then we must rely upon Anonymous to set things right.

    Really?????

  10. nicho says:

    To make themselves a giant target for this sort of thing. It’s like when Sarah Palin asks a question on her account and gets Twitter-bombed with snarky comments.

  11. nicho says:

    Well, then can I use your post? Nobody has used “dude” since 2010.

  12. Marc_Razia says:

    Really dude? That was funny back in 2012. Maybe instead of recycling old jokes its time to seek out some new material.

  13. BeccaM says:

    You’re likely correct, which is also why it was probably trivial to seize control of the accounts.

    It’s funny how many people think that with the gov’t, they’d be all crazy-secure, when in fact when you look closely — especially in recent years with all of the outsourcing they’ve been doing — it turns out the heavily privatized military-industrial complex is even more sloppy on average, security-wise, than the corporate world.

  14. Naja pallida says:

    The same reason the CIA does. It’s all about softening their image and providing a public relations boost, so they don’t seem like the beyond-adequate-civilian-oversight, psychopathic, black-hole-where-tax-payer-money-vanishes-for-next-to-no-return-for-the-American-people, that they really are. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if I learned that the accounts were actually run by contracted PR agencies, with no real connection to the DoD except in name.

  15. BeccaM says:

    To be honest, I found myself asking, “Why does CENTCOM need social media accounts?”

  16. nicho says:

    CENTCOM has a Google+ account? Really? So, that will be seen by about eight people.

  17. heimaey says:

    Seth Rogen is behind this.

  18. MoonDragon says:

    If all this keeps up, I’m going to invest in Cheetos.

  19. Indigo says:

    Whew! The CyberCaliphate, no less. Go, Anonymous!

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