'IS posts hit list after hacking details of US, Aus officials'

Last Updated : 13 August 2015, 13:01 IST
Last Updated : 13 August 2015, 13:01 IST

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The Islamic State has claimed to have hacked into the personal information of 1,400 US and Australian defence and government personnel with a chilling warning that the terror group's fighters will soon kill them, according to a media report.

The Islamic State's hacking division boasted that it had hacked the personal information of Australian Defence Force employees and their relatives, a Victorian MP, and several public servants, and urged home-grown terrorists to attack them, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Islamic State claimed that it had published information relating to more than 1400 people, most of them supposedly US military personnel.

A message from the Islamic State Hacking Division, which accompanied the spreadsheet of personal details, warned that "we are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move."

"We have your names and addresses, we are in your...social media accounts. We are extracting confidential data and passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah (caliphate), who soon...will strike at your necks in your own lands!"

The Victorian MP, named in the list, said he had contacted the security detail tasked with protecting parliamentarians and was concerned about his family's welfare.

"I'm completely at a loss. What do I do? The police probably know less than you and I," he was quoted as saying.

Prominent militants, including British man Junaid Hussain, who is third on a CIA kill list of Islamic State operatives, also used social media to promote the leak and encourage attacks.
The Australians compromised by the hack appear to have few connections to each other, but at least half were employed by defence, had been a reservist, or had a family member in the armed forces.

"The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is aware of today's claims by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division," an AFP spokesman said yesterday.

The spreadsheet of 1,400 people, published online yesterday, reportedly exposed the names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords of many US personnel including members of the marine corps, NASA, the State Department, Air Force and FBI.

The US has, however, denied that the list was compiled after a cyber attack.
"This is the second or third time they've claimed that and the first two times I'll tell you, whatever lists they got were not taken by any cyber attack," Gen Ray Odierno, army chief of staff, was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Published 13 August 2015, 12:59 IST

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