The cyber hacker affiliated with the Islamic State Hacking Division, responsible for exposing the personal information of hundreds of U.S. military and government personnel, has been killed in a drone strike.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Junaid Hussain, also known as Abu Hussain al-Britani, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Syria on Tuesday. Hussain had been pinpointed in a “targeted strike” outside the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Journal says.
U.S. officials have not confirmed his death.
It is unclear if the drone strike was conducted out of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey — where the United States, in addition to stationing F-16 fighter jets, recently began launching armed drone strikes — or elsewhere.
Hussain, on behalf of the IS Hacking Division, in early August published names, emails, passwords and phone numbers of more than 1,480 members in the Air Force, Marine Corps, NASA, FBI, State Department, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The group urged “lone wolves” to “process the info and assassinate,” according to tweets sent out by Hussain’s account, which was suspended shortly afterward.