In a viral online threat to American military members, the Islamic State has requested its sympathizers and partisans residing in the United States to murder at least 100 U.S. military personnel. Identifying themselves as the “Islamic State Hacking Division,” the ISIS hackers claimed to have access to U.S. military information which included names, photographs, personal emails, military servers, and databases.
According to New York Daily News, the infamous “kill list” seems to be drawn from the service members who appeared in news articles about airstrikes on the militant group. Other names appear to be drawn from the Defense Department’s official campaign against the Islamic State. Officials reported that the list also included U.S. military members who have absolutely nothing to do with the bombing campaigns.
For example, the list involved B-52 crew members who are stationed in Louisiana and North Dakota, but the campaign is not using those bombers at all. Also, many women’s photos (whose faces are blurred out) are included in the list, and one photo happens to be an official meeting with President Obama. In the so-called ISIS hackers statement, it says:
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. And now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for? 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.
The statement, features the black flag commonly associated with the Islamic State as well as a threatening title in red bold font: “Target: United States Military.”
The published threat stated:
O Kuffar in America, O You who worship the cross, O You crusaders that fight the Islamic State, we say to you: “DIE IN YOUR RAGE!,” die in your rage because with the grace of Allah, The Islamic State Hacking Division (ISHD) has hacked several military servers, databases and emails and with all this access we have successfully obtained personal information related to military personnel in the United States Air Force, NAVY & Army.
To ensure the safety of U.S. military members, the Defense Department recommend that service members and their families adjust their social media privacy settings to limit the amount of personal information,while officials further investigate the issue.
Here is a clip of the ISIS hacker members announcing their statement via YouTube:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vidD-rp2SIk&w=560&h=315]