Alleged ISIS Activists Released Details of 1,400 US Targets
Officials say a group claiming to be the Islamic State Hacking Division posted a list of American names and contacts online, and refers to them as “targets.”
The list claims to have the locations, phone numbers, “passwords,” and credit card numbers of 1400 military and government personnel – though the information is outdated. The Hacking Division posted a message that said, “we are…passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah who soon, with the permission of Allah, will strike at your necks in your own lands!”
Though some question the validity of the list, two people, whose names appear on the list, contacted by CNN confirmed they were or had been in the military or worked for the government. The matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Pentagon. General Ray Odierno undermined the legitimacy of the list but is concerned, nonetheless.
I take it seriously because it is clear what they are trying to do.
Online security analyst Troy Hunt doesn’t believe any government databases were hacked, but that the information on the list is “an amalgamation of data that has been scraped from multiple places.”
Hunt wasn’t impressed with the hacker’s work, either. “It has all the hallmarks of a typical hacktivist.”
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pool, a Pentagon spokesman, said military personnel were reminded to keep their personal information off social media, though the suffixes in the email addresses on the list appeared to be several years old.
The Islamic State Hacking Division had previously put out a list of 100 names, along with personal information, of people they claimed were U.S. military personnel.
It appears to some to be an invitation for ISIS sympathizers to take action on U.S. soil. Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said:
They are continuing that message: You don’t have to come to Syria and Iraq. You can stay where you are, do something where you are.
Levitt said it certainly gets the attention of the military and law enforcement while creating a further sense of threat.
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