These So-Called ‘ISIS Kill Lists’ Are a Great Reminder to Change Your Password

Image: The Independent Sentinel
Image: The Independent Sentinel
The pro-ISIS hacking group known as the United Cyber Caliphate recently released a so-called “kill list” containing the names of more than 8,000 people around the world.

By Jordan Pearson | MOTHERBOARD

Around 150 Canadians who’ve been named are about to receive warning calls from the police, according to reports, which describe it as an “ISIS kill list.”

It sounds terrifying. It’s not. The main thing you need to do in response is simply change your passwords on your email and social media accounts, if you haven’t already.

“It’s not appropriate to call it an ISIS kill list,” said Laith Alkhouri, director of Middle East and Africa Research at New York-based security group Flashpoint Intel. “When we have media outlets reporting it as an ISIS kill list, anybody on the list will think about why and start taking precautions. It disrupts their lives as they seek answers.”

Basically, this so-called “kill list” didn’t come directly from ISIS, or potentially even anyone with a material connection to the group. Instead, such lists come from a handful of informal hacking collectives—who are, for all we know, just angry teens—that align themselves with ISIS. More than a dozen “kill lists” have been released from pro-ISIS people and groups in the last year alone.

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