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Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

The list includes names and home and email addresses
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2016 6:55 PM CDT
Thousands of New Yorkers Named in ISIS 'Hit List'

Hackers affiliated with ISIS posted the names of thousands of New York City residents online Sunday with the message "We want them #Dead," NBC New York reports. According to Reuters, the list contains home and email addresses. The "hit list" includes up to 3,600 New Yorkers, UPI reports. A few are State Department and Homeland Security employees, but most are regular citizens with no connection to the government. In fact, most don't even seem to be politically active. One such regular New Yorker is 88-year-old Art, who tells NBC he's not too worried despite a visit from the FBI. "It sounds like psychological warfare," he says. "Make 3,000 people in this city very upset."

Authorities seem to agree with Art on that. While the FBI and police are notifying residents named on the list, they say they don't believe there is any credible or specific threat to anyone. The FBI states it "routinely notifies individuals and organizations of information collected during the course of an investigation that may be perceived as potentially threatening in nature." Authorities believe the list is simply a "scare campaign" from hacker group Caliphate Cyber United. It's unclear where the group got the names and addresses. ISIS and affiliated groups have previously released similar "kill lists" targeting prominent Muslim-Americans, members of the US military, and Minnesota police. (Read more ISIS stories.)

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