The worst possible scenario in the battle against Isis has probably occurred as the US Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts have been hacked by a group claiming to back the terror group.
According to a BBC report, one message said: “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back.”
It was signed by Isis, another name for the Islamic State. Some internal military documents also appeared on the Centcom Twitter feed.
US Centcom told the BBC it was preparing a statement. The Twitter account was later taken down so no tweets could be viewed.
The hack couldn’t have happened at a worst time – just days before leaders of the two most powerful allies in the world, US and UK are to have a joint summit on cyber security.
David Cameron is due for the US later this week to have a summit with Barrack Obama on cyber security and other issues.
Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, said: “It does appear to be a serious security breach.”
Subsequent posts on the Centcom Twitter account said: “Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios” and “Pentagon Networks Hacked. Korean Scenarios.”
Some of the documents posted appeared to list names and phone numbers of members of the military as well as PowerPoint slides and maps.
The Centcom YouTube account was also hacked.