ISIS Wants Supporters To Kill a Hundred of its “Hacked Hit List” U.S. Military Employees.
The Islamic State (ISIS) posted the names, pictures and addresses of 100 U.S. military personnel urging its “brothers residing in America” to slay them.
In response to this post, the Pentagon stated that an investigation into the matter was immediately initiated.
A United States defense official, who wanted to stay anonymous, revealed “I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it. We always encourage our personnel to exercise appropriate OPSEC (operations security) and force protection procedures,” according to Reuters.
Apparently, the message was posted by a group that labelled itself as the “Islamic State Hacking Division.”
The post is in English language and the aforementioned group revealed that it has already hacked numerous military servers, emails and databases and the information on 100 American military officers has been made public so that “lone wolf” attackers can slay them.
The New York Times reports that the group’s claim that the posted has been hacked from U.S. government servers does not appear authentic. The report also quoted an anonymous Defense Department official who explained that a majority of the information can be easily found in public records, social media and residential search websites.
New York Times also quoted officials who stated that this list seems to have been drawn from employees whose names have appeared in news articles regarding their involvement in strikes on Islamic State.
ISIS controls several parts of Iraq and Syria and has been targeted by the U.S. via air strikes.
The posted message was addressed to Christians, disbelievers and “Crusaders” in the U.S. and it included the names, photos, military service branch and U.S. addresses of the listed personnel. It also included the military rank information of some of the names employees.
The CBS reports FBI is investigating if the list is legit or copy paste from the data available on the Internet.