Hackers, claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State, briefly hacked US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Twitter and YouTube accounts on January 12. Taking control of the command’s Twitter feed for nearly an hour, the hackers praised Allah and said the “CyberCaliphate continues its Cyber Jihad.” Simultaneously, a nearly three minute YouTube video in Arabic with flashing English wording was posted on CENTCOM account before being removed.
US President Barack Obama is proposing new cybersecurity legislation to promote the greater information sharing between private companies and the federal government.
Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson commented on the recent CENTCOM's hack, saying that it has exposed how inept the Pentagon computer security system is.
Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson has shared his views on the necessity for the US and Russia to create a joint intelligence fusion center to successfully combat the spread of Islamic radicalism.
US Senator John Thune has expressed his hope that the collaboration between the US President and the Congress will help address cyber threats and help to avoid the President's unilateral approach on cyber and other issues.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the US Department of Homeland Security was assessing or addressing cyber risk to building and access control systems particularly at the nearly 9,000 federal facilities.
CENTCOM's operational military networks were not compromised by the cyber attack and there was no operational impact to US Central Command.
A Twitter spokesperson stated the Pentagon has requested assistance from Twitter, following the hacking of US Central Command’s Twitter account on Monday.
The White House reported Monday that the recent hack of the US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts is currently under investigation.
The US Central Command twitter page and Youtube account have been allegedly hacked by the Islamic State militant group.
The US Central Command twitter page and Youtube account have been allegedly hacked by the Islamic State militant group. The Twitter page was filled with slogans and pictures allegedly showing military and nuclear facilities in China and North Korea before being hastily suspended.
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