I have been flying all day and when I saw this as I got off the plane in Ottawa, I just took a slow deep breath…really?

The first message was posted at 12:29 p.m. ET, with the words “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.” and the hashtag “#CyberCaliphate.” The profile’s image was replaced with a photo that includes the text “i love you isis.” Just before 1 p.m. ET profile and banner images were reverted to their default.

The FBI is said to be was working with the Department of Defense to investigate the hacking of the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East. Around 1:09 p.m. ET the Twitter account was suspended.

What took 40 minutes I was wondering??? And then what did they do?


A YouTube page labeled as belonging to Centcom was also apparently hacked. By 1:30 p.m. ET, that page had been blanked. A U.S. Central Command’s did acknowledge that the Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today.

Later tweets included images of what were apparently spreadsheets labeled as containing the contact info and home addresses of retired U.S. army generals. Other tweets claimed to include military plans from Pentagon networks. One such image showed a map of China with labels of different military assets. Another supposed Pentagon image featured a map of North Korea with labels for nuclear facilities.

Government officials have stated that the Twitter and YouTube accounts are not classified, and that none of the information posted by the hackers was actually classified. Feeling better? I don’t know.

The slides containing information on China and North Korea were not military, the officials told NBC, with some of them coming from MIT. Another message read “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”

Think about it…ISIS hacks Central Command. As I have suggested to all of our clients, if you aren’t doing cybersecurity exercises and reviews of your plans…get on it!