Not one single person on that kill List can afford to shrug off the threat. No law enforcement officer can ever play down the fear because in an age of lone wolf terrorists and ISIS sympathizers willing to ‘help’ the international Jihadi movement could well pick off one or more individuals on that list.
Many of those individuals are said to live in the GTA, they could include outspoken critics of Jihad, terrorism and ISIS. Now police are in the process of contacting each one of these individuals and give them that grim news.
The CBC has obtained a copy of the list, which contains the names, and email and physical addresses of some 8,300 people around the globe. It’s hard to tell what unites them.
The Canadian names are mostly of women, from predominantly small centres in Canada, although there are some from large cities, too.
The names and contact information for 151 Canadians were found on an ISIS ‘kill list.’
There are lots of theories as to how the names got on the list. What seems clear is they weren’t hand-picked. These don’t appear to be people targeted for who they are or what they have said or done. It doesn’t even seem like the names were entered manually. Some appear multiple times.
In analyzing the Canadian data, CBC has learned that most email addresses (71 per cent) appear to have been hacked at some point, either in an old LinkedIn hack or one from Myspace or Adobe. It is possible the information from those hacks was simply pushed around from group to group. Some of the information may exist in the public domain.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) says it first uncovered the list on pro-ISIS accounts from social media platforms like Telegram.
The entity behind the list is called the United Cyber Caliphate. It’s a sort of umbrella group for pro-ISIS hackers. It has a history of defacing websites and acting like a type of IT resource for ISIS supporters.
Civilians aren’t the typical targets of these lists. Pro-ISIS hacking groups have previously targeted U.S. drone operators or transit police or government employees.
This seems far more random.
To keep people on edge, and police on the run, is exactly what they want to do.
A spokesman told CBC News the RCMP is aware of the list and is working with domestic and international law enforcement partners to assess the information and notify Canadians on the list. – CINEWS