The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids.
“American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS,” the hackers posted on the US Central Command Twitter feed, using an acronym for the hardline radical group, which has taken control of parts of Syria and Iraq.
US officials acknowledged that the incident in which the accounts were “compromised” for about 30 minutes was embarrassing but played down the impact. The FBI said it was investigating.
Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said the Defence Department “views this as little more than a prank, or as vandalism.”
“It’s inconvenient, it’s an annoyance but in no way is any sensitive or classified information compromised,” Warren told a press briefing.
Defence officials said in a statement that “operational military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact.”
Islamic State forces have been targeted in air strikes by the United States and international partners.