Syrian Electronic Army Hacks U.S Central Command (CENTCOM)
Pro-Syrian hackers know as, Syrian Electronic Army, has targeted and attacked the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM).
On March 14, 2014 Syrian hackers claimed to have breached the servers and intercepted data from the United States Central Command sector. Syrian Electronic Army had been planning this attack just after hacking Forbes, and leaking the Forbes database. The hackers claimed to have breached the servers posting a picture on Twitter of the breached server panel.
The Syrian Electronic Army has hacked into the repository of Army Knowledge Online (AKO) which provides web-based enterprise information services to the United States Army, joint, and Department of Defense customers.
This is part of an on-going operation and we have already successfully penetrated many central repositories. #SEA pic.twitter.com/DSUzuFHmkN
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) March 14, 2014
Syrian Hackers are threatening to leak the database shortly after the hack went live. In a tweet they noted they will update on the documents they have found.
“The US Central Command (CENTCOM) is one of nine unified commands in the United States military. Six of these commands, including CENTCOM, have an ‘area of responsibility’ (AOR), which is a specific geographic region of the world where the combatant commanders may plan and conduct operations as defined under the Unified Command Plan.” —TheHackerNews
Shortly after the hack went live Centcom denied the attack. While the hack in ongoing Centcom is denying begin hacked and has claimed the SEA will have a low level impact if any websites were found vulnerable to the attack. Centcom has also claimed they have not change security or notify anyone as the hack is “totally bogus”.
While #SEA says it is an ongoing attack, it seems Centcom does not believe such claims. #SEA has been notorious for targeting high trafficked websites, and very high profile databases. The pro-Syrian hackers have hacked Microsoft, Skype, Forbes, Facebook, eBay, PayPal, The New York Times, and many others.
While Centcom denies attacks, Syrian Electronic Army claims they will leak documents as they review the hundreds of documents obtained.