Islamic State Has a New Terrorism Tactic: Doxing US Soldiers 

By Kate Knibbs on at

The so-called Islamic State's (IS) "Hacking Division" has posted personal information about more than 100 US military personnel online, and is allegedly encouraging supporters in America to use the info to kill the military members. Doxing (gathering and distributing sensitive information about a target) is the latest digital weapon in tech-savvy arsenal of IS.

ISIS claims that it hacked military servers and emails for the information, but the FBI and Defense Department are still investigating, according to the New York Times. It's possible that the Hacking Division simply scoured public records, social media, and address look-up sites to find the information and is claiming a breach occurred as a scare tactic.

However, some of the people on the hit list haven't been publicly linked to campaigns against IS, the NYTimes explains. All that's clear so far is that no matter how the group got hold of the information, IS is now deliberately leaking personal details with the express intention to hurt and scare soldiers.

[New York Times]

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