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U.S. Central Command’s Twitter feed apparently hacked by IS sympathizers

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This screen grab made on January 12, 2015, shows the front page of the U.S. Central Command Twitter account after an apparent hack.Photograph via AP

The U.S. Central Command Twitter feed appeared to have been hacked on Monday by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers.

“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, the CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad,” the Centcom Twitter (TWTR) feed said.

The Twitter account — currently suspended — published a list of generals and addresses associated with them, titled “Army General Officer Public Roster (by rank) 2 January 2014.”

Subsequent posts on the Centcom twitter account read, “Pentagon Networks Hacked! China Scenarios” and “Pentagon Networks Hacked. Korean Scenarios.”

The apparent infiltration came as President Barack Obama was outlining new proposals to protect the country’s Internet systems from cybersecurity threats.

U.S. defense officials later told Reuters that images published on the Centcom Twitter feed do not appear to pose a security threat, and do not include classified information. The White House said it is monitoring the extent of the hacking incident.

Centcom’s YouTube account also appears to have been hacked.