An ISIS hit list was recently published providing the names, photos and home addresses of 100 military members, urging followers to kill them. The Department of Defense says the ISIS hit list is a scare tactic and not the result of cyberattack. Recently, however, the US Central Command’s @CENTCOM Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked by Islamic State supporters. Are Pentagon officials doing enough to protect sensitive information about our U.S. military service members and military families?
The names and addresses of military service members was shared by a group calling itself the “Islamic State Hacking Division.” They are claiming that they broke into servers to get information about service members.
United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter denied those claims of hacking and instead inferred the information in the ISIS hit list came from information that was publicly available – information like news stories, Department of Defense public reports and social media. Ash said, “Information taken from social websites and publicly available. It wasn’t stolen from any DOD websites or any confidential databases.”
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ISIS Hit List – Vigilance Needed
After posting the names, photos and addresses of U.S. military service members – many of whom were pilots during airstrikes on ISIS – the Islamic State terrorists then called for its “brothers residing in America” to kill those military members. “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?”
This is not the first time ISIS terrorists threatened military families and service members. And once again, officials are taking these threats and ISIS hit list seriously. According to a Fox News Radio report, military families were being contacted and told to be vigilant.