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ISIS Apparently Likes Andrew Jackson Jihad. But Probably Not.

All evidence indicates that the hacker group calling themselves the Cyber Caliphate are amateurs. Their takedown of the U.S. military's Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts on Monday, followed by threats, leaked documents, only seemed to prove that the "jihadists" in question don't even know their own name.

Oh, but Cyber Caliphate appear to be fans of local folk-punk mainstays Andrew Jackson Jihad.

The breach, which lasted a mere two hours, was confirmed by the Pentagon, but it's doubtful any damage was done and the only "sensitive information" leaked turned out to be already readily available by the public.

Aside from a few ISIS propaganda videos that were posted, defense officials have said nothing classified got out, and now the FBI is on the case, so everyone can rest easy.

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While some have described this as 'embarrassing' for the U.S. government, it's really more embarrassing for the hackers. Their claims to work for the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State ring hollow -- ISIS doesn't even call themselves ISIS, preferring the Arabic acronym Daʿish or DAESH. Plus, one of seven Twitter accounts Cyber Caliphate followed belonged to a goofy, politically charged band that calls Phoenix home. Which doesn't really make a lot of sense.

After all, Andrew Jackson Jihad is pretty pacifistic. On "Kokopelli Face Tattoo" they preach against hate while on "Personal Space Invader" they sing "Be kind to those you love / And be kind to those you don't / But for God's sake you gotta be kind." Those aren't sentiments ISIS, DAESH, or whatever you want to call them typically share.

We called up Sean Bonnette, the band's lead singer, but he wasn't sure how to take the news.

I guess I would say it's way cooler that Lil 'B is following us," he said, mentioning that he'd been getting texts about the incident all day. He assumes the word "Jihad" being in his band's name was what prompted the following.

Maybe words like "hacking" or "compromise" aren't the right terms to be throwing around. More people are calling this a 'cyber prank' while CENTCOM themselves have branded the incident 'cybervandalism.'

It sounds way cooler than it actually is and the result of this whole fiasco will be some changed passwords at the Pentagon's own propaganda arm. But, there is the off-chance that some terrorists caught wind of some great local music.

(h/t Daily Beast)

Correction: This story originally misidentified the name of an Andrew Jackson Jihad song.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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