Report: T&T nationals on new ISIS "kill list"

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 20:00

A Maryland radio station has published an online report, indicating that a pro-ISIS “hacking” group calling itself the United Cyber Caliphate, has distributed another “kill” list with thousands of people, including an unknown number from Trinidad and Tobago.

However, it quickly adds that the group that posted the extensive list, is not entirely reliable.

According to the radio station, the group claims the list includes names, addresses, and email addresses belonging to 8,318 people, making it one of the longest target lists ISIS-affiliated groups have distributed.

The list was apparently uncovered by an online group, Vocativ, that accesses information on the deep web for public good.

This is what the report carried by WCBM Radio in Maryland says:

"In a post Vocativ uncovered on the messaging app Telegram that was written in both English and Arabic, the United Cyber Caliphate called on its supporters to “follow” those listed and “kill them strongly to take revenge for Muslims.”

Most of the names and the accompanying addresses listed appear to belong to people in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Out of 7,848 people identified as being in the U.S. alone, 1,445 were listed as having addresses in California, 643 in Florida, 341 in Washington, 333 in Texas, 331 in Illinois, and 290 in New York.

Another 312 names and addresses allegedly belong to people in Canada, while 69 allegedly belong to people in Australia.

Another 39 are affiliated with the U.K. and the rest are listed with addresses in Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago.

It is unclear, however, if the list, posted on Telegram on Monday, includes any new information or details that weren’t already accessible online. It’s also unclear why the specific names and addresses outlined were selected, and whether or not they’re in some way related.

The group that posted the directory is also dubious. A recent study by Flashpoint, an intelligence firm, showed that the United Cyber Caliphate—a merger of pro-ISIS groups—is incompetent when it comes to hacking. Their highest-profile “hack” involved taking credit for others’ work, according to the study."