Islamic State hackers publish 'kill list' of Minnesota cops

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The hacking arm of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has published a “kill list” of 26 Minnesota police officers, according to International Business Times.

The exposed information — which was published on an Telegram, an encrypted instant messaging app — includes full names, addresses and contact details. It was not immediately apparent why the so-called Cyber Caliphate targeted Minnesota cops.

"That is something that we want to be able to answer in a very forthright manner," said Kyle Loven, chief division counsel of FBI, Minneapolis. "We are trying to work through some of these questions as we speak.”

Previously, the group took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. Central Command to give the appearance that it had breached the Pentagon’s network.

Experts say the Islamic State’s hacking abilities are not overly sophisticated and that such data dumps are more indicative of a scare tactic than a sign of advanced hacking abilities.

The ISIS-affiliated Islamic State Hacking Division took credit for a purported hack last March that turned out to be largely a sham. The group posted what it claimed were the names and information of around 100 members of the U.S. military, but defense officials said most of the data was culled from publicly available online sources to fake the appearance of a major hack.

Last summer, the group took credit for an unconfirmed release of the personal information of approximately 1,500 U.S. military and government personnel.

Although both dumps came with a similar call for lone-wolf attacks — “Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe” — the primary goal appears to have been intimidation.