Thursday, June 9, 2016
On Telegram, Pro-ISIS Hacking Groups Post 8,000 names ‘Kill List’ Featuring U.S., Australian, Canadian Citizens.
On Telegram, Pro-ISIS Hacking Groups Post ‘Kill List’ Featuring U.S., Australian, Canadian Citizens. (Memri).
On June 7, 2016, the pro-ISIS hacking groups Caliphate Cyber Army and its affiliates United Cyber Caliphate and Ghosts Caliphate posted a list of hundreds of names of citizens of the U.S., Australia, and Canada. Accompanying the list was a graphic image that read “Caliphate ‘Ghosts’ Caliphate Cyber Army/ All World Cant Stop Islamic State/ You are gathered against us./ ‘We will kill you all (together).'” The comment on the post read, “Fight the Cross. ‘Following them. Kill them. Strongly’ Revenge for Muslims.'”
Most of the names and the accompanying addresses listed appear to belong to people in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Out of 7,848 people identified as being in the U.S. alone, 1,445 were listed as having addresses in California, 643 in Florida, 341 in Washington, 333 in Texas, 331 in Illinois, and 290 in New York. Another 312 names and addresses allegedly belong to people in Canada, while 69 allegedly belong to people in Australia.
Another 39 are affiliated with the U.K. and the rest are listed with addresses in Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago.
It is unclear, however, if the list, posted on Telegram on Monday, includes any new information or details that weren’t already accessible online. It’s also unclear why the specific names and addresses outlined were selected, and whether or not they’re in some way related. The group that posted the directory is also dubious. A recent study by Flashpoint, an intelligence firm, showed that the United Cyber Caliphate—a merger of pro-ISIS groups—is incompetent when it comes to hacking. Their highest-profile “hack” involved taking credit for others’ work, according to the study. Read the full story here, more here and here.