The U.S. military’s Central Command Twitter account is up and running again after it was hacked this week.
CyberCaliphate, a group that claims connections to ISIS broke into @Centcom and Central Command’s YouTube account and posted information on the costs of Pentagon weapons, Congressional transcripts, and other documents. Central Command, of course, went a little further in responding to such an attack than an ordinary person wouldit investigated the attacked and determined the ISIS connection may be fake. (Most of the documents were already publicly available, and the group referred to ISIS as ISISsomething ISIS doesn’t do.) But on a more basic level, the people behind @Centcom did what anyone would do after having his or her Twitter hacked: They went offline and reconfigured the security settings.While it was Twitter and YouTube’s servers that were hacked herenot the Pentagon’sa hack is still a hack. It’s not yet clear what exactly happened, but one thing is for sure: @centcom’s login credentials were compromised, and that could happen to you just as easily as it could to the federal government. The steps to take afterward are the same for everyone, Pentagon or otherwise. There’s no failsafe way to keep your accounts perfectly secure, but there are things that can help.
There’s no foolproof way to thwart every digital attack, but taking a few smart steps will make it much less likely that you’ll suffer a major security breach.