Through its new "computer network hacking consortium," ISIS has issued a list of the names of 700 U.S. Army soldiers to help its jihadists "kill the dogs."
"We want them #dead. #Revenge for Muslims. kill the dogs," begins the ISIS hit-list posted July 25 by the 3-month-old hacking consortium, United Cyber Caliphate. The list includes the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of the soldiers.
The Washington Times reports that the soldiers included are "stationed at a number of bases, including Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, about 21 miles south of Washington."
Despite the list coming from the hacking group, the outlet says analysts doubt that ISIS actually obtained at least most of the names by hacking into military sites, as many of them are publicly available and appear to be chosen at random — though most are infantry and special operations, soldiers ISIS fighters are likely to confront on the battlefield.
Though analysts believe that a majority of the information comes from public sources, one Pentagon official told the Washington Times that one or more government sites might in fact have been hacked. So far, however, there is no solid evidence, as a statement from the Army to the news outlet confirmed.
"There is no evidence of any malicious activity or breach at this time on any Army network," read a statement from the Army headquarters at the Pentagon. "The Army is coordinating efforts with the Department of Defense as we work to determine the validity of any potential threats to personnel. In the meantime, our Criminal Investigation Command is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has provided the information to the chains of command. As always, we encourage soldiers to take prudent measures to limit the sharing of personal information online."
ISIS has ramped up its global activities in recent months, ISIS-inspired attacks worldwide reaching an unprecedented rate in the last two months. At one stretch, an ISIS-directed or inspired attack occurred in non-war zones on average every 84 hours.