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U.S. Central Command's YouTube, Twitter accounts suspended after hacking by IS supporters

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 01:22

YouTube and Twitter accounts of U.S. Central Command suspended after apparent hacking by Islamic State sympathizers. Mana Rabiee reports.

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This was the YouTube page of the U.S. Central Command after it -- and Central Command's Twitter accounts -- appeared hacked by people claiming to be sympathizers of the Islamic State. Both accounts have been suspended but not before the hackers were able to put two videos on the YouTube page and post these kinds of message on the Twitter feed... "The CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad... "Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios" The Twitter account also published a list of U.S. generals and addresses associated with them. One of the messages told American soldiers to "watch your back." White House spokesperson Josh Earnest played down the incident with reporters. SOUNDBITE: WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON JOSH EARNEST SAYING: "I can tell you this is something we are obviously looking into, and something we take seriously. However just a note of caution to folks as they're covering this story, there's a pretty significant difference between what is a large data breach, and the hacking of a Twitter account." U.S. defense officials tell Reuters the the images on the Centcom Twitter feed don't appear to pose any security threat or include classified information. The apparent infiltration comes as President Barack Obama prepares to outline new proposals to protect the country's Internet systems from cybersecurity threats.

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U.S. Central Command's YouTube, Twitter accounts suspended after hacking by IS supporters

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 01:22