January 13, 2015

Pentagon: Hacking of CENTCOM Social Media a "Prank"

Featuring Ben FitzGerald

In a cyber attack on a Pentagon social media account on Monday, a group calling itself the "CyberCaliphate" hacked into to the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US Central Command, posting lists of retired officers and the phone numbers, email addresses of US generals, and several Power Point screenshots showing what claim to be US intelligence assessments of North Korea.

But Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters that while CENTCOM is "taking a look at that now and doing the analysis right now...there's no evidence that any DoD system, computer or network has in any way been compromised."

The DoD is currently in contact with YouTube and Twitter to make sure that its accounts are secure, but Warren said that "this is little more in our view than a cyber prank. It's an annoyance, but that's all it is." He stressed that "it in no way compromises our operations ….this isn't our Web site, this is our account."

Read the full article at Defense News.

  • Ben FitzGerald

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Ben FitzGerald was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. In this capacity, Mr. FitzGerald led CNAS efforts to explore...