Investigation launched after ‘kill list’ of Minnesota cops is posted online by hackers who are known to support ISIS

  • Personal information of Minnesota police officers has been posted online
  • The ‘kill list’ of names was then posted online by hackers who support ISIS
  • It also includes information such as their phone numbers and addresses 
  • The FBI are now investigating who created and posted the list on the web


PUBLISHED: 10:11 EST, 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 EST, 17 March 2016

Police are investigating after a ‘kill list’ containing the personal information of several Minnesota officers was posted online by hackers who support ISIS.

The existence of the list was first reported earlier this week by the news website Vocativ, where analysts discovered the names, phone numbers and addresses of 36 officers had been shared on an encrypted application.

FBI spokesman Kyle Loven would not confirm who created or posted the list, or whether it was a ‘kill list,’ but said authorities are looking into the facts and investigating who is responsible and a possible motive.

He said: ‘We’re trying to determine who, in fact, is behind the posting of this information.

Mr Loven added that the information contains the names of officers from around Minnesota and neighboring states, but he did not give the number of officers named or the nature of the information, saying only that it was personal information officers ‘would prefer not be out there online.’

‘Any time there’s a threat against law enforcement personnel we are going to proceed in a very serious manner,’ he explained.

St Paul Police Department spokesman Steve Linders said the information includes officers’ names and addresses. He said four active St. Paul officers and one retired officer are on the list.

‘We’ve notified the officers and we’re working with our federal partners to ensure our officers are safe,’ he said. He did not elaborate on what precautions are being taken.

A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said none of its officers are on the list.

Last year, another hackers’ group affiliated with the ISIS group posted the names, photos and addresses of 100 U.S. military members online, and urged that the individuals be killed by sympathizers inside the United States.

Hackers tied to ISIS release kill list aimed at Minnesota police

About a dozen Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to join jihadist groups there since late 2013

About a dozen Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to join jihadist groups there since late 2013

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the time that the information posted by that group was publicly available and had been taken from social websites.

Last April, a group of six young Minnesota young men conspired to sneak into Syria and join ISIS ‘by any means necessary,’ according to federal prosecutors.

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