ISIS-affiliated Islamic Cyber Army leaks military info in response to "day of trolling"

A screenshot of the U.S. CENTCOM Twitter page after its defacement by the Islamic Cyber Army, January 2015

In response to the "ISIS day of trolling" announced by loosely affiliated hacktivist collective Anonymous, the ISIS-affiliated Islamic Cyber Army has released personal information including full names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of numerous high-ranking French and U.S. military officials.

The ICA, which previously released a statement calling Anonymous "idiots" for its declaration of war against the Islamic State, says there are 700 U.S. military officials in the full database, with no word on how many French officials were targeted.

The leaked personal info includes data on many mid-level military officials around the world, including at least one French lieutenant general, multiple French colonels, and a communications officer for the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM).

A portion of the leaked U.S. military database, with all sensitive info blacked out

Officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and the French Ministry of Defense have not yet commented on the database release.

This release is part of an escalating cyber "war" between Anonymous and ISIS-affiliated hackers, which has mostly taken the form of small spats and defacements. Late last month, Anonymous defaced a site operated by ISIS supporters with erectile dysfunction advertisements. A week earlier, the hacktivist collective claimed to take down the "main messaging forum" used by ISIS, forcing many of its members and supporters into the deep web.

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