The YouTube account and Twitter feed of the US military command, overseeing operations in the Middle East, was hacked on Monday by some unknown people who claimed to be inspired by Islamic State militant group that has recently led the
Army Colonel Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesperson, said that the Defense Department “views this as little more than a prank, or as vandalism.”
While addressing a press briefing, Warren said, “It’s inconvenient, it’s an annoyance but in no way is any sensitive or classified information compromised.”
The Twitter and YouTube account of the US Central Command were suspended after the cyber attack, according to the US officials.
In a statement, the White House said that it was closely monitoring the extent of the hacking incident.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, two US defense officials said the cyber incident was very embarrassing but the images posted by the hacking group did not appear to include any classified data or pose a security threat.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad,” one of the Twitter feed of the Central Command said after hack.
According to the officials, the Twitter feed had many terror messages from the hackers and the YouTube account contained two videos possibly linked to Islamic State.
“Watch your back,” the hacking group asked the American soldiers in one of Twitter feed.
The Islamic State has taken over the control of various parts of Iraq and Syria. The forces of terror group have been targeted in several ongoing air strikes by the US and other international partners.