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Leaked Islamic State Documents Identify Thousands of Jihadis (sky.com) 180

itwbennett writes: Sky News reports that it was handed a USB stick with 'tens of thousands of documents' detailing phone numbers and family contacts of Islamic State members by 'a disillusioned convert' to Islamic State. 'One of the files marked 'Martyrs' detailed a brigade manned entirely by fighters who wanted to carry out suicide attacks and were trained to do so,' according to Sky News. CSO Online's Steve Ragan had a little fun at ISIS' expense and worked up a data breach notification that ISIS HR is free to use should they so choose.
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Leaked Islamic State Documents Identify Thousands of Jihadis

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  • The link [businessinsider.com] I found about this claims the information is years out of date.

    The date of the documents suggested they may not provide information on the group's current membership, but could offer insight into fighters recruited in 2013 as well as its bureaucratic systems.

    As I understand it ISIS is basically a different system now than it was in 2013. Still it should provide a huge number of places to investigate. Godspeed, FBI.

    • Re:2013 (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TechyImmigrant ( 175943 ) on Saturday March 12, 2016 @01:44AM (#51683293) Homepage Journal

      The link [businessinsider.com] I found about this claims the information is years out of date.

      The date of the documents suggested they may not provide information on the group's current membership, but could offer insight into fighters recruited in 2013 as well as its bureaucratic systems.

      As I understand it ISIS is basically a different system now than it was in 2013. Still it should provide a huge number of places to investigate. Godspeed, FBI.

      And Rupert Murdoch set about telling the world before letting anyone investigate in private before the hypothetical bad guys all run and hide.

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    • The lists of people who recommended the people to the terrorist network may still be immensely valuable and help to flush out the recruiters and financial supporters living amongst us in the safety of the societies they seek to destroy. Those people are far more dangerous than the fools that they manipulated into become cannon fodder.
  • by sittingnut ( 88521 ) <sittingnut@gmai l . com> on Saturday March 12, 2016 @02:02AM (#51683345) Homepage

    just wanted to point out that when wikileaks and other documents about western government activities were leaked, western media organizations given full access to them( like guardian etc) went through them blanking out names etc of people who may be endangered( like intelligence agents) by the leaks, before publishing them. wikileaks itself published them after such vetting by selected journalists. there was no doubt about the authenticity of those documents btw.
    now not so authenticated lists of alleged isis members are published with "family contacts", but no such safeguards are taken.

    as i said, i am just pointing out this is a double standard.

    well as they say, all is fair in war huh? and western private media seem to be fighting the war on one side just as much as soldiers. question is are they then entitled to protection?

    • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday March 12, 2016 @05:22AM (#51683697)

      as i said, i am just pointing out this is a double standard

      No it's not, it's patriotism. Supporting your own government while helping quash another is not a double standard.

      • TheGarbz, +1-555-THE-GARBZ, 52 Garbz Street, USA, he's an IS supporter. Oh wait he's not? Well fuck him anyway. Patriotism, fuck yeah!
        • Slander!

          Oh what you didn't think existing laws were in place for this stuff? In the former case we're talking about were cases of compromising national security by releasing identifying information of friendly forces.

          Now we're talking about releasing identifying information on enemy forces.

          Patriotism still applies.
          As do slander laws.

          By the way you got my street number right :-)

          • It may be slander or patriotism or none of the above, that still doesn't make it cool to uncritically release information about people who may or may not be associated by relation.
      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        Did they even actually release the documents? I looked last night and couldn't find the documents themselves. I'm not sure it's a double standard if, you know, they didn't actually release 'em? However, they might have released them by now.

        • I don't actually think so. So far all I've seen is generic data such as "Australian IT support person identified as belonging to ISIS" and similar things like that.

    • They act according to the rules of those they fear most, as do most humans, and not according to some abstract and pure principle that you espouse as if was something real.
  • Who else things that these names and addresses are actually U.S. government employee data that came from the OPM hack a while ago, and they are publishing it as "These are ISIS people!" as a "*Psych*! Gotcha!"???

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is that IS leadership leaked it themselves to trap members to stay and fight.
    If they are on the list they have no safe harbour but IS.

  • When do the drone strikes commence? And will anyone bother to verify that they are actual bad guys and not random people on a fake list?

  • Because you cam bt your ass that the US govt. won't begin actively targeting ISIS just because of this info, even though the pentagon would love for it to.
  • Now all we need to do is decrypt their iPhones and all our problems will be over!
  • I jist don't get it. Obama says we can't get info like this as long as encrypted cell phones are around.

  • I get that this makes for a great news story and generates a lot of traffic for Sky.
    On the other hand, wouldn't it have been a good idea to first give that list to government officials and let them muck around with it for a couple of years, instead of alerting the ISIS members that their cover was blown?
  • ISIS have problems with foreign fighters getting disillusioned, defecting, going home.

    All those contemplating that now know for certain their government knows about them, and that they're likely to face serious jail time on their return. It might encourage them to stay put.

    That's a good reason for leaking this deliberately.
  • I didn't RTFA article but I cannot see why /. used the humor graphic.

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