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Col. Derek Harvey: Gov't Downplays ISIS Twitter Hack Too Much

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 02:38 PM

It's a mistake for the U.S. government to be downplaying the hack into its social media accounts by the Islamic State (ISIS) so much, says former U.S. Army Col. Derek Harvey, Senior Intelligence Executive for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

"The spokespeople that are saying this is just cyber harassment are probably downplaying it too much," Harvey, who worked at U.S. Central Command as an adviser to former Gen. David Petraeus, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV. "This indicates the enemy is doing certain things."

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The U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by a group claiming support for Islamic State terrorists. The military said "that no classified information was posted and that none of the information posted came from CENTCOM's server or social media sites."

The hackers posted an old phone directory of officers on CENTCOM's Twitter feed.

According to Harvey, even if nothing significant was compromised, "[ISIS is] getting a great deal of publicity. They are creating real concerns amongst those that work at CENTCOM and other military and government facilities."

As a result of the attacks and other threats, "CENTCOM command and others have told military members and employees to downplay their use of social media, not identify themselves as being part of the military, government or intelligence and to be much more careful about identifying themselves by stickers and things on their cars too," he explained.

"Let's keep in mind one thing — these [terrorist] organizations have been operating very effectively in developing targets that's in places like France, Germany and the Middle East," the retired colonel said.

The terrorists can use social media to get "names and places of security people, leaders in Jewish communities and other communities so that they can then disseminate that information in hope that a lone wolf or somebody else targets those people or those businesses," he added.

While Harvey says that it wasn't a "dangerous hack . . . it indicates a couple of things."

First, he says that "we are increasingly vulnerable particularly in the United States because of the way we depend upon the Internet. It's going to expand exponentially over the next decade as more and more systems — phone security, your networks at home, etc. — are increasingly dependent upon the Internet."

In addition, "social media can provide a great deal of information for these people to use against us.," he explained.

However, he contends that "it might not have been ISIS, it may have been supporters or anonymous, and they did it on the same day [that President Barack Obama] was announcing his cyber security initiative."

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