Islamic State supporters published the names and addresses of 3,600 New Yorkers in an apparent “hit list” seemingly meant to escalate the group’s campaign of sowing fear far from the battlefield in Syria. While hacker groups claiming allegiance to IS have previously published these kinds of threatening target lists, those data dumps have typically included information about US military personnel, government officials, and diplomatic officers rather than citizens with no clear ties to the US government or the fight against the terrorist group.
Independent security analysts who discovered the list and showed it to Passcode said it’s unclear how IS supporters obtained the names and addresses on the list. The names were released last week by a group calling itself United Cyber Caliphate on the encrypted chat application Telegram, which IS supporters are known to use to recruit supporters and spread propaganda. FULL REPORT