by ALEENA BEIG
A military wife recalls staying up all night and deleting every Facebook picture of her children, every post that mentioned them or where they went to school. She Googled herself, trying to figure out how easy it would be to find where the family lived. In the morning, she went to her car and scraped the military decal off the front window.
As the spouse of a Special Forces soldier, she has always tried to be conscious of how much she advertises that she and her three young children are a military family.
“It is hard because I am so proud of what my husband does, but lately so many spouses that I know are actually scared that they could be targets of ISIS or someone who sympathizes with ISIS,” she said, asking that her name stay out of the story for that reason.
This week brought the latest in a string of attacks that members of military families say has spooked them into quietly changing the way they operate online and in real life.
The U.S. military’s Central Command Twitter account was hacked.
In all caps, this message: “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING. WATCH YOUR BACK. “WE WON’T STOP! WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU, YOUR WIVES AND CHILDREN. U.S. SOLDIERS, WE ARE WATCHING YOU!” ISIS.”
The hacker managed to post other threatening messages, propaganda videos and some military documents until the accounts were disabled. Central Command quickly assured that it was relatively easy to hack Twitter, no serious security details were revealed, and it would find who was behind the hack.