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New York Officials Aren't Worried About That 'ISIS Hit List'

A group supposedly linked to ISIS released personal data on thousands of New Yorkers, but officials say it's just a scare tactic.

By Matt Picht | April 29, 2016

A group of hackers linked to ISIS published a hit list targeting thousands of New Yorkers, but federal officials say this isn't tied to any credible threat.

"Who am I? What am I doing on this list?" one person asked WNBC.

A list posted to the messaging app Telegram apparently contained personal data on about 3,000 seemingly random people; officials say outdated or duplicated information accounts for about a third of that list.

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new report from Flashpoint says ISIS' hacking capabilities have been largely disorganized and ineffective. But the terrorist group is trying to step up its digital efforts: It recently consolidated four separate groups into a single entity, the United Cyber Caliphate.

The FBI is advising people to be cautious, but New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says this is a scare tactic rather than an actual threat.

"Every so often, some group — sometimes it's ISIS, in this case it's not — puts out names to scare people. So far, praise God, there's been no follow-up on any of this," Schumer said.

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