ISIS calls for attack on US Air Force bases after publishing hacked information

F-16 Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly over the Republic of Korea. Airmen from Osan joined Airmen from across the world to participate in Red Flag Alaska in 2009. The exercise is considered by many as the most intense training opportunity available to combat flying units. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Judd Fancher)

ISIS has published classified information about 77 U.S. and NATO air force facilities around the world in an attempt to encourage attacks, according to multiple reports listing South Korea’s intelligence agency as the original source.

Authorities say the hacking wing of Islamic state collected details of U.S. Air Force installations in South Korea as well as addresses and satellite maps.

Yesterday, South Korea’s military stated it is willing to offer additional security to U.S. forces stationed in South Korea.

In a statement Monday, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said it took the safety and security of its installations very seriously.

“Through constant vigilance and regular exercises with our South Korean counterparts, we remain prepared to respond at any time to any emerging threats,” the statement said.

“USFK remains committed to ensuring the highest degree of security on the Korean Peninsula.”

According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), ISIS obtained its intelligence on the U.S. bases in South Korea and the other bases around the world through its hacking network United Cyber Caliphate.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported a statement released by NIS:
“While disseminating the location data of the installations and information on the individuals, [ISIS] incited [its sympathizers around the world] to retaliate for the benefit of Muslims.”

According to CNN, ISIS also released the names of individuals in 21 countries, including one employee of the South Korean welfare organization, who has been placed in protective custody.

Officials at Osan Air Base -home of the Pacific Air Forces’ 51st Fighter Wing and the ROK Air Force Operations Command – have not been reached for comment yet.

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