ISIS announced last week in a “kill list,” that they would attack and kill more than 8,000 people from the United States, Canada and Australia. This came just four days before an Orlando shooter killed 50 people in an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub.
The names on the list range from State Department employees to ordinary citizens. Of the more than 8,000 people on the list, 7,848 of them reside in the United States.
The group that created the “kill list” is the “United Cyber Caliphate.” On the list is the name, email address and address of more than 8,000 people.
News3 Las Vegas reported that more than 600 people on the list are residing in Florida and a security expert believes those that are targeted are in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast.
The “United Cyber Caliphate” that hacked U.S. Central Command, 54,000 Twitter accounts and threatened President Barack Obama is the same pro-Isis group that’s reportedly created a “kill list” with the names, addresses and emails of thousands of civilian Americans.
Reports of the list came to light online when Vocativ reported the list was shared via the encrypted app, Telegram, and called on supporters to kill.
Former FBI agent-turned lawyer Stuart Kaplan says the threat is especially alarming, because the people on this list are civilians who don’t have the security necessary to protect themselves.
“It’s going to create some hysteria,” he said.
Kaplan believes civilians from our community are on the list.
“I would suspect a head of a hospital or, perhaps, a local community leader. Those are the individuals that may appear on the list–or just a local banker or local school teacher–someone who, for some reason, was in the public eye.”
Kaplan is concerned the list will inspire “lone wolf” style attacks.
“If in fact a sympathizer gets ahold of this list and is readily able to identify you as being his neighbor and, then, decides (because they’re a sympathizer) to go out and do something horrific to you, there is no way to calculate the potential or to prevent that.”
The list has not yet been made public.