Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel

The Islamic State (IS) has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them. In the posting, a group referring to itself as the “Islamic State Hacking Division” wrote in English that it had hacked several military servers, databases and emails and made public the information on 100 members of the U.S. military so that “lone wolf” attackers can kill them. The Pentagon is investigating the matter.

I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it.

A U.S. defense official

The New York Times reported that it did not look like the information had been hacked from U.S. government servers. It quoted an unnamed Defense Department official as saying that most of the information could be found in public records, residential address search sites and social media. The Times quoted officials as saying the list appeared to have been drawn from personnel mentioned in news articles about air strikes on IS. The group’s forces control parts of Syria and Iraq and have been targeted in U.S.-led air strikes.