Two men on purported ISIS 'hit list' have addresses in Charleston area

Published: Mar. 23, 2015 at 7:01 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2015 at 3:28 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two of the men on an online ISIS hit list have addresses in the Charleston area, according to CBS News.

Joint Base Charleston is coordinating with federal and local authorities about an online ISIS hit list. The list names 100 service members spread across the country.

According to a report by the Associated Press, the names, photos and addresses of the military members posted online by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division were not stolen from confidential government files, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

"The information that was posted by ISIL was information taken from social websites and publicly available," Carter said. "It wasn't stolen from any (Defense Department) websites or any confidential databases."

Live 5 News asked if any of the military service members whose information were posted are here in Charleston, and JBC officials replied,"Out of concern for the safety of these DOD service members, we are unable to acknowledge their current duty station."

"Gov. Haley has been and continues to be in touch with federal authorities to make sure those who are protecting our families remain safe," said the governor's press secretary Chaney Adams.

JBC officials are encouraging all service members to ensure privacy settings online and to remove any personal details like addresses, email addresses and phone numbers.

A Pentagon spokesman says there is no indication that the information was obtained through a government data breach. He said it could have been gathered from public records and by searching social media accounts.

The Navy released the following statement: 

"NCIS is actively evaluating this threat reporting and working with law enforcement and U.S. intelligence partners to address this incident.  NCIS has met with almost all named Navy and Marine Corps service members to notify them of this threat and discuss their concerns."

Joint Base Charleston's full statement on the purported hit list:

"Department of Defense investigators are coordinating with appropriate federal and local authorities on this matter. We have taken the appropriate steps to make sure that everyone impacted has been notified.  As always, force protection is a primary concern. As such, we are encouraging all service members to ensure privacy settings on online/social media forums are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information. As it relates to personal social media accounts, we are encouraging personnel to remove personal details such as physical addresses, email addresses and phone numbers.

"As always, vigilance and force protection considerations remain a priority for commanders and their personnel worldwide. A strong emphasis is always placed on ensuring the appropriate operational security and force protection training occurs and procedures are in place."

"Out of concern for the safety of these DOD service members, we are unable to acknowledge their current duty station. Thank you for your understanding."

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