A group claiming to be associated with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is asking American supporters to commit lone-wolf, jihad attacks against the 100 military personnel whose addresses were leaked over the weekend.
The Islamic State Hacking Division (ISHD) released a list of photos, names, addresses and branch of service of U.S. servicemen and women, information that was purportedly hacked from military data servers and posted on Polish social media site Just Paste it.
“The Islamic State Hacking Division has hacked several military severs, databases, and emails…and with all this access we have successfully obtained personal information related to military personnel,” the group posted alongside the personal details of dozens of military personnel. “With the huge amount of data we have from various different servers and databases, we have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers in America can deal with you…Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe.”
Military officials are taking the threats seriously and asking personnel and their families to stay alert and remain vigilant in light of death threats and online privacy risks such as identity theft and social media hacks.
The Pentagon is investigating ISHD’s claims, but said they could not immediately be verified. The Pentagon has also warned military members to be discriminate about what information they post to and make available through social media.
Questions have arisen as to the source of the personal information ISHD leaked. A New York Times report noted that most of the information posted on Just Paste It was readily accessible online via Google searches, public records, media reports and social media.
March’s online threats are the latest online hack targeting U.S. military forces in recent months. Another group claiming to be an ISIS affiliate, CyberCaliphate, hacked the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account in January, posting propaganda videos, photos, data and threats against American soldiers. The agency’s YouTube account was also hacked, along with the Twitter account belonging the spouseof U.S. Marine.