The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked by a group calling itself the CyberCaliphate while President Barack Obama was delivering a prepared speech on cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission.
The hackers made their presence known at approximately 1 p.m. EST with the following tweet:
The group then tweeted out a link to a document in which it claimed an affiliation with the Islamic State.
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate under the auspices of ISIS continues its CyberJihad,” the group wrote. “While the US and its satellites kill our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you.”
“You’ll see no mercy infidels,” the statement continued. “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now. We won’t stop! We know everything about you, your wives and children.”
The statement also included links to “confidential data” about the mobile devices of United States military personnel.
The group has also taken over Centcom’s YouTube feed and posted ISIS propaganda videos on it.
Last week, the same group claimed credit for hacking a Maryland television station and a New Mexico newspaper.