By Shannon Knutsen and Charles C. Johnson
Gotnews.com concludes that ISIS was not behind the hacking of Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube based on our investigation.
“The Cyber Caliphate” hacked the twitter accounts of journalists in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Maryland last week, according to AOL.News.
The mocking and the text of what was posted by the hackers strongly pushes back against the narrative that it was ISIS that hacked the news stations.
Ryan Gorman, who wrote the AOL News story, discussed going through the document dump from the group.
Gotnews.com obtained tweets from @CyberCaliphate’s old tweets before the account was shut down.
Note the use of American slang like “smart ass,” “lol,” and “slutty” and the replying back to random tweets.
Here are screenshots from the Youtube video that ISIS uploaded.
Here are other examples of the same “Cyber Caliphate” being used in other Twitter hacks.
Here‘s an article that doubts ISIS was behind the attack on the news media properties.
The Pentagon has concluded that the hacking was a “prank.”
Pentagon: Hacking of CENTCOM Social Media a "Prank" http://t.co/xeORv0PhWW
— Defense News (@defense_news) January 12, 2015