CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube hack traced to Maryland, home of the NSA

January 14, 2015 by  
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CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube hack traced to Maryland, home of the NSA –Goal is to ensure passage of Orwellian CISPA (now CISA), the spying gift, to the NSA/US corporations | 12 Jan 2015 | The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Pentagon’s command for its forces in the Middle East were hacked Monday, according to U.S. Central Command. The command’s Twitter and YouTube sites “were compromised for approximately 30 minutes,” a statement released by CENTCOM said…A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources.

 

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WASHINGTON — The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Pentagon’s command for its forces in the Middle East were hacked Monday, according to U.S. Central Command.

The command’s Twitter and YouTube sites “were compromised for approximately 30 minutes,” a statement released by CENTCOM said. “These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers, and both sites have been temporarily taken offline while we look into the incident further. CENTCOM’s operational military networks were not compromised, and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command.”

“We view this as little more than a prank,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “No (Pentagon) systems or computers were compromised.”

Shorty after 10 p.m. ET, CENTCOM announced “We’re back” in a tweet from it’s Twitter account.

Tampa-based Central Command oversees U.S. forces battling militants in Iraq and Syria, as well as its troops in Afghanistan. Along with the U.S. Special Operations Command, it is located at MacDill Air Force Base.

A group calling itself the CyberCaliphate claimed responsibility for the hack.

A Twitter account from a group identifying itself as Anonymous said Monday it had tracked the source of the hack to Maryland, but that was not confirmed by official sources.

Social media accounts, such as those on Twitter or YouTube, are routinely hacked, said Tim Junio, a Stanford University information security expert. “It is usually the result of guessing at passwords or the answers to security questions,” he said.

Though a Twitter account is easier to break into than a Pentagon computer, it’s not trivial, said Jim Penrose, a former National Security Agency computer security expert now with Darktrace, a British security firm.

“There’s been a lot of effort to increase Twitter’s security in the past few months,” he said. A user coming in from a different Internet address would have to answer multiple security questions to be able to change the password on the account and keep legitimate CENTCOM staffers out.

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2 Responses to “CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube hack traced to Maryland, home of the NSA”
  1. DDearborn says:

    Hmmm

    The desperation, not to mention stupidity of such an act speaks volumes. These false flags continue to occur with alarming predictability: They always coincide right on cue to support the latest; slaughter or land grab by Israel, Palestine trying to avail itself the use of the rule of law to ward of extermination, Obama continuing Bush Jr’s all out assault on the Constitution or some other State supported action against the citizens.

    The common theme is that the ruling elite benefit while the rest of us get screwed. The end game of course is total destruction of the Republic. The elites know 2 things if this does not occur. First Israel will not survive in its current form. And second few of them will survive now that the general population has gotten an inkling as to how much they have stolen from everyone else. In short, they have already plundered most of the world, leaving desolation, death and destruction in their wake. Now comes the hard part for them; living to long enough to enjoy it. It would actually be comical watching the ruling class stumble around they way they do, if there stumbling didn’t do so much damage to so many innocent people.

  2. Thank you for helping me to find some focus in this most recent CH event. admuttedly I was abit swept up in the negative visual presence of CH works, then saturated with polarizing views within social media and the news, which makes it difficult to make sense of it all. Your thoughts make the most sense to me and I will re-read this column and share it with my friends and family. I am so tired of this non stop war machine, it’s an unbearbly heavy world at times.

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