ISIS hackers have reportedly gained access to computers belonging to U.S. Military and government personnel. The Islamic State hackers published a list of 1,400 names and are urging attacks on those Americans. A spreadsheet the containing personal information of those hacked was posted online on Wednesday.
The ISIS hackers reportedly shared the names, phone numbers, passwords, and email addresses from the 1,400 military and government personnel computers that they were able to access. The list included Marines, Air Force members, state department employees, and NASA staffers. The hacking of state department staffers has sparked even more concern about the ongoing Hillary Clinton private email server investigation.
ISIS supporters retweeted the list of personal details about soldiers and government employees on Twitter, urging “lone wolf” militants to “act and kill” those named. The Islamic State Hacking Division has claimed responsibility for the cyber attack. Whether or not the CyberCaliphate group is related to the Islamic State Hacking Division, remains unknown. In January, the group hacked the U.S. Cyber Command Twitter account and, in May, the same hackers reportedly exposed “for-official-use-only” documents which contained personal information of Defense Department staffers via Newsweek‘s Twitter account.
“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,” Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said after the ISIS hackers list was published on Wednesday. “This is no different than the other two. But I take it seriously because it’s clear what they’re trying to do even though I believe they have not been successful with their plan.”
The Pentagon is reportedly looking into the ISIS hacking claims. Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said that it was “very likely” that hackers from China and Russia were looking at his emails when referencing growing cyber security problems and concerns.
Junaid Hussain, the first ISIS hacker to post the list of private information, is reportedly the third most wanted man on the CIA “kill list.” Hussain is reportedly a British national who was linked to the gunmen at the prophet Muhammad drawing contest in Texas.
Marine Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Pool said the passwords and email addresses shared “appear to be really old” and do not mesh with current password strength requirements.
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