The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claims it has successfully hacked U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) networks and exfiltrated sensitive military documents that it plans to release publicly.
The SEA posted a screenshot on Twitter last Friday which is said to show a folder that holds 21,866 U.S. Fleet Forces Command files, according to reports.
“This is part of an on-going operation and we have already successfully penetrated many central repositories,” the group said. “In the coming days we will update you with specific details and hundreds of documents that the #SEA has obtained.”
CENTCOM is one of only nine unified commands in the United States military, and the U.S. Fleet Forces Command – whose documents may have been compromised – provides training, coordination and support for the U.S. Navy. It is assumed the SEA obtained the information specifically from Army Knowledge Online (AKO) systems, which services the Army and Department of Defense contractors.
The SEA had warned of the planned attack in a tweet issued late in February, stating “the next attack will prove that the entire US command structure was a house of cards from the start.”
“The SEA group is popular for its advance phishing attack and had purposely targeted many serious targets like Microsoft, Obama, Facebook, CNN, eBay and PayPal’s twitter accounts & websites in the past and now CENTCOM is suffering the hack,” The Hacker News stated.
“The Syrian Electronic Army group is notorious for hacking usually Western media. They have targeted media sites, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, the AP, The Guardian, and Twitter over the past year.”
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