Twitter suspended the account of the U.S. military’s Central Command, after hackers claiming to be working for Islamic State militants appeared to take control of the social media feed today, posting information on American military officers and threatening U.S. soldiers.
“I love you ISIS,” the graphic read at the top of the CENTCOM Twitter page, before it was taken down about 45 minutes after the first anti-U.S. military post appeared.
It appeared the hackers had gained access to some military computer files, listing names, addresses and phone numbers of certain U.S. military officers, along with a direct threat to U.S. servicemembers.
The hackers also published a photograph that seemed to be taken from a webcam at a U.S. military facility, which showed the inside of what looked like two women working for the Pentagon.
“ISIS is already here,” one post said.
The same group also seemed to have seized control of the YouTube account of Central Command, posting the same top graphic on that page – the group quickly posted some pro-IS videos, which were nestled next to videos of U.S. air strikes on Islamic State positions.
About an hour later, the CENTCOM YouTube page had been scrubbed of all offending material, with a note that left little doubt something had happened.
“This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines,” it read.