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'Act and kill': ISIS just released 1,400 Americans' private info online

'Act and kill': ISIS just released 1,400 Americans' private info online
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The terrorist group ISIS can now add cyberattacker to its list of aspirations. The group's Islamic State Hacking Division has released private records of 1,400 United States soldiers with their names, addresses, phone numbers and personal information like passwords.

This group's message to their followers is to attack the people on that list. Also on that list is private information of employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The group also released credit card numbers for U.S. State Department employees.

One of the first hackers to post the spreadsheet is believed to be Junaid Hussain, who's reportedly the No. 3 name on the CIA's kill list. ISIS followers on social media encouraged people to kill those named on the list.

On the ground, ISIS has been terrorizing and killing thousands of people for years. But the Internet and cyberattacks have so far eluded the group.

In fact, U.S. military leaders and cybersecurity experts have cast doubt on the accuracy of the private information released online. They say the names, addresses and other private information appear to be outdated and pulled in from other hacks, not their own.

Still, the U.S. government is investigating this cyberattack. The Department of Defense told NBC News that it's aware of the possible cybercrime, and it's investigating.

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Source: The Guardian
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