“AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS,” said one tweet. “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base,” said another.
That type of aggressive and threatening language is nothing new for the multitude of Twitter accounts controlled by the Islamic State and its supporters. But the tweets didn’t come from one of those accounts: They came from the official account of U.S. Central Command, which was hacked by apparent backers of the militant group between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12.
Attached to the tweets were what appeared to be the phone numbers, addresses, and emails of American military generals.
“With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now,” read a page linked to by the tweets. “We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.”
Around the same time, hackers also posted two videos with pro-Islamic State propaganda messages on Centcom’s YouTube channel. The videos featured slow-motion explosions, jihadi slogans, a clip of U.S. President Barack Obama speaking with distorted sound, and images of masked fighters.