Army is­sues troops a mes­sage of safety steps

Is­lamic State kill list trig­gers warn­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - BY ROWAN SCARBOROUGH

The Army has is­sued a world­wide ur­gent “se­cu­rity aware­ness mes­sage” to sol­diers on how to pro­tect their so­cial me­dia ac­counts, and their homes, from at­tacks by the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists or other ex­trem­ists.

The mes­sage lists more than a dozen safety steps, in­clud­ing to make sure per­son­nel check the door peep­hole be­fore let­ting some­one in their homes, to for­tify doors, to hold fam­ily meet­ings on se­cu­rity and to greatly tone down so­cial me­dia post­ings so that ter­ror­ists do not know per­sonal con­nec­tions or daily com­ings and go­ings.

The Army is­sued the warn­ing Fri­day in re­ac­tion to the Is­lamic State, also called ISIL and ISIS, pub­lish­ing the names of 100 U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel as tar­gets for as­sas­si­na­tion.

The mes­sage said that Is­lamist State hack­ers di­vi­sion pro­cured the names and ad­dresses by sift­ing through so­cial me­dia — pre­sum­ably Face­book and Twit­ter — and find­ing pro­fes­sional and per­sonal con­nec­tions among users.

“It ap­pears the list specif­i­cally tar­geted mil­i­tary mem­bers who are pi­lots or air­craft crew mem­bers in re­tal­i­a­tion for airstrike in Iraq and Syria,” the Army mes­sage said, a copy of which was ob­tained by The Wash­ing­ton Times.

This ap­pears to be the most ex­ten­sive se­cu­rity warn­ing to date from the De­fense Depart­ment, a sign that it takes the Is­lamic State’s threat to its per­son­nel ex­tremely se­ri­ously.

“The mes­sage em­pha­sizes ac­tions that can be taken to mit­i­gate po­ten­tial threats from ad­di­tional dis­clo­sures and avoid po­ten­tially be­ing tar­geted,” it states. “It is likely that so­cial me­dia will con­tinue to be lever­aged as a tool by those who wish to threaten and/or tar­get mem­bers or the mil­i­tary. There­fore ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies are re­minded and en­cour­aged to prac­tice safe so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties.” Among the pre­cau­tions:

“Think be­fore you post. Al­ways as­sume ev­ery­one in the world will be able to see what you are post­ing or Tweet­ing, even if the site lim­its your posts to your friends and fam­ily.”

Do not al­low oth­ers to “tag” your sites. “Do­ing so makes you eas­ier to lo­cate and ac­cu­rately con­struct your net­work of friends.”

“Images posted over time may form a com­plete mo­saic of you and your fam­ily.”

“Avoid pro­vid­ing de­tailed ac­counts of your day” and limit ref­er­ences to mil­i­tary em­ploy­ment.

“Do not ar­range meet­ings with peo­ple you meet on­line.” And at home:

“Use the peep­hole be­fore open­ing the door to any one.”

“In­stall solid-core doors, heavy duty locks and win­dow se­cu­rity sys­tems.”

“Es­tab­lish a safe haven.”

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