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Jan. 13, 2015

ISIL Hijacks CENTCOM’s Social Media

A group by the name of CyberCaliphate, a hacking group waging cyber jihad against the West and says it’s aligned with ISIL, claimed responsibility for taking control of the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Monday. For the 40 minutes they had control, CyberCaliphate posted the flag of ISIL, threatened U.S. soldiers and posted non-classified documents containing the names and addresses of senior military leaders. “CENTCOM’s operation military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command,” the military said in a statement. “CENTCOM will restore service to its Twitter and YouTube accounts as quickly as possible. We are viewing this purely as a case of cybervandalism.” Compared to hacking military servers, gaining control of a social media account is child’s play. But this hack is not just a prank. The lifeblood of ISIL’s social media strategy is spectacle. While this isn’t as shocking as a beheading, this is a victory for ISIL in the propaganda war. More…

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