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A series of warnings have made clear that threats of attacks against American military targets around the world made by ISIS (or its supporters) are credible. The United States army, for example, has warned that its military personnel is a target. Even though there aren’t any “specific attack plans,” there are worries that the air raids against the islamist positions in Iraq and Syria may trigger retaliations. So much so that the families of soldiers have been advised to pay close attention even to people knocking on their doors. A US Army dispatch reads: “look through the peephole before you open the door” and “don’t let any strangers in.”

What set off the alarm was an audio message by an ISIS spokesperson, where so-called “lone wolves” (potential self-made terrorists) were explicitly asked to attack the United States, together with a series of tweets that also prompted an FBI alert. Among the countless documents published on social media, the Bureau paid close attention to a few that signal “at least an aspiration to pursue attacks” including cyber-attacks, which explains, according to what WikiLao has learned, why the warning was also sent to dozens of private companies.

The FBI points out that government and commercial websites in the United States have been repeatedly attacked by Middle Eastern hacktivists, especially through XSS (Cross Site Scripting), SQL (Structured Query Language) and TCP/UDP. The black ISIS flag was often posted on the hacked websites in lieu of the original content.

A few months ago the user @AnonArabOps expressed support for the islamist movement by publishing a sort of guide for aspiring hackers, calling for a cyberwar against the United States and Israel.
@AbuHussain102 often posted tweets that incited violence. He has been identified as Abu Hussain Al Britani, a hacker who had been given a six month sentence for having hacked into the email account of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Another user posted the instructions to attack American soldiers, by searching for their personal information on LinkedIn and Facebook: “You can literally go on a hunt for soldiers, find their photos, the cities they live in and their home addresses on the yellow pages to then show up at their homes and kill them.”

At the beginning of September, the user @Dawlamoon called for an offensive against Twitter’s employees “probably because of the company’s decision” to shut down various pro-ISIS accounts.

October 2, 2014