IS hackers claim mole in British defence ministry

London, May 3 (IANS) A cyber hacker collective linked to Islamic State claims it has a mole in the ministry of defence, who will “slowly and surely” infiltrate Britain.

An offshoot of the Islamic State, the group calls itself the “Islamic State Hacking Division” and made the threats after publishing a hitlist of targets to kill, including details of 75 US Air Force personnel.

According to a Sunday Times report, hackers said they would “disclose secret intelligence” from an alleged source working in the MoD.

“In our next leak, we may even disclose secret intelligence the Islamic State has just received from a source, the brothers in Britain have spent some time acquiring from the Ministry of Defence in London as we slowly and secretly infiltrate England and the USA online and off,” the collective wrote.

Although the names from the US hitlist appeared genuine, they were apparently obtained from public sources such as newsletters and articles available on the internet, rather than a hack or leak.

The ministry of defence said it does not comment on leaked documents or personnel security measures, but maintained that it was a priority.

“Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyberspace while also investing in conventional capabilities,” a spokesperson said.

The IS “cyber caliphate” was previously led by Junaid Hussain, a British-Pakistani hacker from Birmingham who was killed by a US drone strike in Syria in 2015. His wife and Muslim convert Sally Jones has also called for “lone wolf” attacks in Britain.



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