The data was published on a website and advertised on social media by the self-proclaimed Islamic State Hacking Division, supposedly a group of hackers working for the radical Islamist group. It includes a spreadsheet with names, emails, passwords and contact information of some 1,500 people. There are also alleged bank card numbers and screenshots of what appear to be private Facebook conversations between serving US military personnel discussing operations.
The data is accompanied by a threat towards the officials, saying the terrorists would “strike at your necks in your own lands.”
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) hackers are believed to be led by British man Junaid Hussain, who is reportedly placed high in the CIA hit list of key figures in the terrorist group. Previously it released what it claimed to be personal data of US military personnel, including names, photos and ranks.