FBI Investigates ISIS Hacking of Centcom’s Twitter

Exactly how it happened remains to be seen, but a pro-ISIS group managed to take control of Centcom’s Twitter and YouTube accounts earlier today, putting out pro-ISIS messages until they were taken down by the companies in question.

The FBI is being charged with investigating what is being called a “hacking” attack but could just as easily amount to Centcom having had a predictable password that somebody managed to guess.

Given the FBI’s eagerness in blowing the Sony Pictures hack out of proportion, it is likely they’ll similarly take the Centcom account losses as far as they possibly can, and a fairly basic incident of “cybervandalism” will likely become “terrorism” in short order.

Centcom is insisting that none of their operational military networks were impacted by the incident, and experts say the incident is likely to be the first of many attempts by militant groups to expand their capabilities.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.