Aug 3 2015
FBI ALERT: Middle-Eastern (Muslim) males approaching family members of US Military personnel on American soil
The following alert is related to Middle-Eastern males approaching military family members in Colorado and Wyoming was obtained from a veterans advocacy organization. A force protection advisory that was released by the Washington National Guard & Military Department describes a similar incident that occurred in Washington.
In May 2015, the wife of a US military member was approached in front of her home by two Middle-Eastern males. The men stated that she was the wife of a US interrogator. When she denied their claims, the men laughed. The two men left the area in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with two other Middle-Eastern males in the vehicle. The woman had observed the vehicle in the neighborhood on previous occasions.
(U//FOUO) Similar incidents in Wyoming have been reported to the FBI throughout June 2015. On numerous occasions, family members of military personnel were confronted by Middle-Eastern males in front of their homes. The males have attempted to obtain personal information about the military member and family members through intimidation. The family members have reported feeling scared.
(U//FOUO) To date, the men have not been identified and it is not known if all the incidents involve the same Middle-Eastern males. If you have any information that may assist the FBI in identifying these individuals, or reporting concerning additional incidents; in Colorado please contact the FBI Fort Collins Resident Agency at 970-663-1028, in Wyoming please contact the FBI Cheyenne Resident Agency at 307-632-6224.
(U) This report has been prepared by the DENVER Division of the FBI. Comments and queries may be addressed to the DENVER Division at 303-629-7171.
Calling for their beheadings, the Islamic State published a list of addresses purportedly belonging to approximately 100 members of the U.S. military. Identifying themselves as the “Islamic State Hacking Division,” the group claimed to have obtained the personal information of military personnel from compromised military servers, databases and emails.
The Blaze “[W]e have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you,” the group warned.
“Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe,” the “Islamic State Hacking Division” added.
In the online document, names and photos accompanied addresses purporting to belong to the military personnel. An informal review of the information by TheBlaze appeared to show matches between some names, photos and listed addresses.
A Defense Department spokesperson was unable to authenticate the information, but said the U.S. military is investigating. “[W]e are looking into it,” the spokesperson told TheBlaze in a short statement. “The safety of our service members is always a concern.”
Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Col. John Caldwell told TheBlaze in a statement that “NCIS is conducting in person notifications to the affected Navy and Marine personnel regarding this presently unverified threat/data breach.”
“It is recommended Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information,” he added. “Vigilance and force protection considerations remain a priority for commanders and their personnel worldwide.”
The Air Force said they are also reaching out to members listed in the document.
“The Air Force is cooperating fully with the DOD on this matter,” Lt. Col. Holly Slaughter said. “We are taking the appropriate steps to make sure that everyone who needs to know is notified. As always, force protection is a primary concern.”
In January, the social media accounts of the U.S. Central Command was compromised by Islamic State sympathizers. Hackers used Twitter to publish a list of military members and their addresses. At the time, the Pentagon contacted affected individuals and local law enforcement.