MACDILL AFB, Florida – ISIS has apparently launched what may be its first successful cyber strike against the United States.
Its target: the Twitter and YouTube accounts of CENTCOM, the military’s Central Command based at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
One of the first tweets appeared to be a warning. “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your backs.”
Hackers with the so-called “cyber caliphate” also posted “We don’t stop. We know everything about you, your wives and children.”
The hackers also claimed to have a roster of US military officers, which they posted, along with what they claimed to be personal information stolen from mobile devices.
“ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs in each military base,” they declared.
CENTCOM took down the hacked accounts, and Defense Department officials say it does not appear the hackers posted classified material.
The CENTCOM hack turned out to be the year’s mother of ironies, occurring as President Obama was at the federal trade commission to talk about the rights of consumers to have their personal data secured, including “the right to know that your personal information collected for one purpose can't then be misused by a company for a different purpose, the right to have your information stored securely by companies that are accountable for its use.”
Today’s CENTCOM hack proving again that no one is secure in cyberspace.