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'Islamic State Hacking Division' compromises US military personnel

Islamic State hacking division apparently compromised US military personnel.

Published Wed, Aug 12 2015 2:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

The "Islamic State Hacking Division," a hacker group claiming to be affiliated with the extremist group operating in Syria and Iraq, took credit for posting the personal information of hundreds of US military and government personnel.

'Islamic State Hacking Division' compromises US military personnel |

Compromised data included names, email addresses, passwords, phone numbers and other information of personnel of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and NASA.

Leaked data also reportedly included credit card information from US State Department officials, along with Facebook message screenshots between military personnel. The group previously targeted Canadian military cadets, and hacked websites to share images from Syria.

"We are aware of the report but cannot confirm credibility at this time," a Department of Defense spokesperson told NBC News. "The safety of our service members is always a primary concern."

Of course, there were plenty of skeptics following the news - though with the United States and other Western governments showing how vulnerable they are in the cyber world, it wouldn't be impossible to believe.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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