In what seems like a joke but real threat to lives and property, the Islamic State (ISIS) hackers have published a “hitlist” of over 70 US military personnel who have been involved in drone strikes against terror targets in Syria.
The jihadists have asked its members to ‘kill them wherever they are’.
This threat has not been taken lightly until it is verified and actually proven to be a hoax. With the long history of terrorism around the world, threats like this one cannot be swept under the carpet, it demands prompt action by security agencies.
According to ‘The Sunday Times’, the hackers have links with Britain and call themselves ‘Islamic State Hacking Division’ and circulated online the names, home addresses and photographs of more than 70 US staff, including women.
The group urged supporters to: “Kill them wherever they are, knock on their doors and behead them, stab them, shoot them in the face or bomb them.”
ISIS is claiming to have an insider in UK’s Ministry of Defence who is on their payroll. It is, therefore, threatening to publish “secret intelligence” in the future that could identify Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) drone operators.
The new hitlist features the ISIS flag above the heading which reads: ‘Target? United States Military.’
The document which has been circulated via Twitter and posted on the JustPaste website, states: “You crusaders that can only attack the soldiers of the Islamic State with joysticks and consoles, die in your rage!
“Your military has no courage, neither has your president as he still refuses to send troops. So instead you press buttons thousands of miles away in your feeble attempt to fight us.
“A nation of cowards that holds no bravery as you resort to sending your remote-controlled unmanned Reaper and Predator drones to attack us from the skies. So this is for you, America.
“These 75 crusaders are posted as targets for our brothers and sisters in America and worldwide to hunt down and kill.”
A remarkable threat from the terror group said: “In our next leak we may even disclose secret intelligence the Islamic State has just received from a source the brothers in the UK have spent some time acquiring from the Ministry of Defence in London as we slowly and secretly infiltrate England and the USA online and off.”
The notable suggestion of a possible point of attack appeared on the bottom of the ISIS document where an image of the Statue of Liberty with its head cut off.
Reports say the ISIS hacking division was previously led by Junaid Hussain who was a former British Muslim computer hacker from Birmingham killed in a US drone strike in Syria last August.
His was married to wife, Sally Jones, a Muslim convert from Kent in the UK. She is suspected to be in close contact with the terrorists. ISIS has, in the past, called on “lone wolf” attacks against RAF bases in the UK.
‘The Sunday Times’ carried out inquiries to confirm the said threats and found that the names on the American hitlist are genuine.
However, the newspaper pointed out, that the information published by the jihadists may not have been secured through a hack or genuine leak.
It is strongly speculated that the terror group may have made great efforts to compile those names of Reaper and Predator drone operators from news articles and military newsletters.
Referring to how ISIS came off with the long list containing actual names, address, house number and telephone numbers in the leaked document, ‘The Sunday Times’ said the blood-sucking vampires may have sourced it from the internet.
As reported, some of the information on the document appears to have been taken from social media sites which may include Facebook and LinkedIn.