An Islamic State “kill list” with the names, addresses and photos of American military members has triggered a federal investigation, the White House confirmed — and one military spouse told Fox News she’s already heard from someone, who said they were with NCIS, urging her family to be vigilant.
The military spouse, who was willing to discuss details on the condition of anonymity because she says her family fears for their safety, said the information posted by ISIS sympathizers is accurate — and she knows several other families identified on the web by the terror group. The original posting listed information for dozens of American servicemembers and called on ISIS sympathizers to kill them.
“We had a call from an NCIS agent on Saturday who said we were on the ‘ISIS kill list,'” the military spouse told Fox News. “The agent wanted to verify our name and address as accurate. He said the threat should be considered. We need to be vigilant, but there was no guidance on what to do and no meeting in person to do a security assessment of our home.”
Based on conversations with other families, the spouse said at least a handful of names are directly connected to the U.S.-led air campaign over Iraq and Syria targeting ISIS. Their husbands are pilots or are connected to the aircraft carriers. They believe the photos were pulled from open source material and media reporting about the campaign and the military.
Troops who were named on a “kill list” posted online over the weekend have been notified by their military units, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.
A group that sympathizes with the Islamic State and calls itself the Islamic State Hacking Division posted photographs, home addresses, and more personal information on 100 pilots, sailors, commanders, and airmen involved in U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, The Week reports. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren said that some of the people listed are no longer part of the military, and their information did not come from a data breach, but was all publicly available, usually on social media and military websites.
The Islamic State Hacking Division claimed that it hacked military servers to get the names and personal details, and “decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you.”
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