The Pentagon called the hacking of
and Twitter accounts Monday "cyber
vandalism" in a letter to
service members and their families to allay concerns about the incident.
Austinsaid that the FBI is
investigating the "alleged breach" of the two social media sites by
hackers who claimed to be aligned with the Islamic State (ISIS). While Austin
said that "CENTCOM network was not compromised and no classified
information," he acknowledged that the hackers posted "information
obtained from the accounts," he did not go into further detail.
Austin also referred to "the threat of ‘lone wolf’
attacks by individuals who align with or are sympathetic to radical Jihadist
elements," examples of which, according to Austin, are the "recent
tragedies in Paris...New York City and Ottawa, Canada." The general acknowledged
that Monday's hacking included threats, but said there were no
"no credible threats made to U.S. military personnel or their
In any case, Austin said, the military is taking the threats
"very seriously" and will "take all possible measures" to
keep military personnel and their families safe.
The full text of General Austin's letter is here:
This week, hackers claiming to be aligned with the extremist
group ISIL took control of CENTCOM’s Twitter and YouTube accounts for
approximately 30 minutes. They posted tweets with information obtained from the
accounts and they also posted threats against military members and their
I recognize that this has caused significant angst among
family and friends who are understandably concerned about their loved ones’
safety. I want to personally reassure you that we are taking this matter very
seriously and we continue to take all possible measures to keep our personnel
With respect to the alleged breach of our Twitter and
YouTube accounts, The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the process of
conducting a full investigation. However, you should know that the CENTCOM
network was not compromised and no classified information was obtained by the
group. Also, as yet, there have been no credible threats made to U.S. military
personnel or their families.
That said, we do not take these threats lightly, and we will
do what is necessary to mitigate them. Unfortunately, the threat of ‘lone wolf’
attacks by individuals who align with or are sympathetic to radical Jihadist
elements exists today, and we’ve seen this demonstrated with the recent
tragedies in Paris and before that in New York City and Ottawa, Canada. We must
all take the necessary precautions and be highly vigilant to protect against
Our people are our most important
assets and our top priority and that includes our family members. And, we need
to make sure that we are looking out for one another. All of you are an
important part of our CENTCOM team, and I want to thank you for your many
contributions and your strong support. If you need anything or have additional
concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to your service member’s chain of
command or the headquarters.
Although General Austin referred to the Paris attacks as
'lone wolf' events, there have been some possible links to al Qaeda uncovered
as Thomas Joscelyn reports in
the January 19 edition of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, including an
eyewitness account that one of the killers said "You can tell the media
that it’s al Qaeda in Yemen" during the attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices.
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