August 12, 2015
By Lorra B.
Hackers connected with terror militant group ISIS have leaked information that could put over 1,500 military personnel and government staff members at risk.
According to these hackers, ISIS has released a list of personal information, including photographs, addresses and even the credit card information of Army, Navy, and State Department figures,” reports CBS News.
ISIS urged attacks to be carried out based on this information.
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The claim could not be authenticated nor the accuracy of the leaked information, according to a global security firm and there is no way of telling how old the information is.
“The data was published on a website and advertised on social media by the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State Hacking Division,’ supposedly a group of hackers working for the radical Islamist group,” stated RT.
“It includes a spreadsheet with names, emails, passwords and contact information of some 1,500 people. There are also alleged bank card numbers and screenshots of what appear to be private Facebook conversations between serving US military personnel discussing operations.”
There is some doubt over the validity of this latest list of personal information because it includes, according to the Register, disconnected phone numbers and “The emails listed include a worker in an Israeli magistrates’ court, someone in a college in Mississippi, a person in the Australian National Audit Office, and a UK council worker,” reports RT.
Even if the information provided is deemed garbage, eventually ISIS will get it right. Perhaps an understatement, military personnel and their families have reason for alarm. This is not the first incident of military personnel’s information being stolen and then made public.
In March of this year, personal information was leaked by the Islamic State Hacking Division of 100 military members saying their posting of it on social media was “so that our brothers in America can deal with you,” reports CBS. Those words are enough to drive shivers down the spine of most Non-Muslim Americans.
A spokesperson for the Department of Defense stated in an email, “We are aware of the report but cannot confirm credibility at this time. The safety of our service members is always a primary concern.”
Of course, the military and their families are not the only ones on the hit list. Several U.S. State Department Official’s credit card information has also been thrown in the mix and they have reason for concern as well.
The fear of lone-wolf attacks could be rising as officials admit ISIS has advanced digitally and have been using different social media outlets to recruit new members to their vicious crusade and to spread propaganda throughout the world.
Military personnel have been advised by United States Central Command to treat all threats as real and to “maintain a heightened sense of vigilance.” They emphasize the warning that the ISIS ‘hit list’ should be treated as a cyber threat, that we are “operating in a new norm in which cyber threats are real’ threats.
by Lorra B.