March 7, 2021

Newsweek: Isis Hit List of Arkansas Library Association Members Leaves Targets, Authorities Unmoved

From Newsweek:

Just weeks after releasing the details of 3,000 Brooklynites, a hacker collective aligned to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has disseminated another hit list among its supporters on the privacy app Telegram.

The 800 names did not originate from a prime U.S. metropolitan hub though, but the rural southeastern state of Arkansas. The target? The Arkansas Library Association.

ISIS released the identities of 800 library workers from backwater towns in Arkansas last month, as well as their addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. A small prize for a radical Islamist group that has plotted large-scale attacks in capital cities to further its aim of striking fear into the heart of Western “crusaders,” the association is as obscure as it is an obvious choice for ISIS to target.

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The Arkansas State Police is not working on the case and is leaving the follow-up to the Arkansas Library Association.

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A library director from a small town in Arkansas on the list, who requested that his name be withheld for security reasons, says that those on the list were more relieved that their financial details were not released, as opposed to their personal details, adding that his colleagues were “by and large not too concerned” and he had found it “vaguely amusing.”

Much More in the Complete Article

See Also: ISIS Hacked Arkansas Library Association’s Website (via KARK)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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