ISIS Terrorists are using Facebook and other social media platforms to find Americans who are overseas, so they can be stalked, followed into unsecured locations, then executed. Particularly vulnerable are military personnel and their families.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told a Senate panel this week that the Islamic State is building a “kill list” of Americans living overseas.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., convened the meeting of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee after the terrorist attacks in Brussels last month.
Social media has put overseas Americans at risk, Gartenstein-Ross told the Senate panel, adding, “A lot of the information ISIS got when it put out addresses of service members who were on their kill lists was just easily gleaned, not from hacking, but from going to people’s social media accounts and finding out this information about them. But ultimately, I think this is a very high-level concern that fits both with what the organization has done and also the direction that it’s moving in with its evolving tactics.”
Juan Zarate, a former deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush, also addressed the panel, saying “Followers and adherents of ISIS have tried to expose military personnel and their family members with personal data, addresses, etc. So there is a very real effort underway to at least threaten, if not put at risk, family members and personnel outside the bounds of classic security.”
Do you have family members living overseas? Are they in the United States military? If so, please share this article with them, and tell them to be careful about what they share on their social media accounts!