Syrian Electronic Army Claims Breach of U.S. Central Command

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On Friday, March 14, 2014, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) announced a breach of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) (h/t Softpedia).

Early in the day, the hacker group tweeted, "Operation targeting #CENTCOM are now in motion due to Obama's decision to attack #Syria with electronic warfare."

Later, the group added, "This is part of an on-going operation and we have already successfully penetrated many central repositories," and published a screenshot that appears to show that the SEA has access to the servers for Army Knowledge Online.

Still, CENTCOM spokesman Oscar Seara told the Tampa Tribune the claims were "totally bogus."

Former Defense Intelligence Agency chief technology officer Bob Gourley told the Tribune the screenshot seems to indicate that the SEA gained access only to unclassified information, not to the government's secure SIPRNet system.

While Gourley noted, "Statistically, if they have thousands of Web sites on servers around the globe there is a good chance that SEA has found a vulnerability in one of them," he added, "Certainly it is bogus in terms of SEA having any mission impact."