"I saw his Facebook page went dark and that was more than enough to show he is taking it very seriously," said Army Lt. Col. Rocky Raczkowski.
It caught former Army Lieutenant Colonel Rocky Raczkowski by surprise. He knows one of the two men from Metro Detroit who is on the ISIS hit list. The group that calls itself the Islamic State Hacking Division posted the personal information of 100 U.S. Service Members, claiming it was able to breach military security. Turns out there was nothing sophisticated about this cyber terrorist act, all of the information they gathered was readily available online.
"These individuals put themselves out just like I did when I served and put pictures on Faceook so my friends and family could see what I was doing, now we realize that you've got to go back to that cold war mentality where you don't put info on the internet," said Raczkowski.
Through the Defense Departments own websites and social media, the terrorist group was able to get the names, photos, and addresses of the military personnel. ISIS leaked the information on it's site over the weekend and asked its American followers to carry out the attack. A Pentagon spokesman says all service members have been notified and Dan Roberts, former special agent in charge of Detroit division says the FBI, like with any terrorist threat, is on high alert.
"I do know the FBI has been coordinating with the state and local police agencies where those two targets live. They have been passing all the intelligence, just to make sure that everyone is safe with those families. At this stage, it was pretty nonspecific, general threat so you can increase local patrols around there. If it got more than that, they would certainly put 24-hour surveillance," said Dan Roberts, former special agent in charge of Detroit division.
Concerns continue to grow about these tech-savvy terrorists. Service men and woman have been asked to stay off social media, but with lone wolf ISIS sympathizers out there, it begs the question - is it enough?
"The crazy thing about it is, what is the military doing? Right now, they're not talking about protecting these people or their families, they're just saying limit your action, limit your conversation, keep your head on a swivel," said Raczkowski.