Pro-ISIS cyber group releases Massachusetts ‘kill list’

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BOSTON — It’s no secret that the Islamic State wants to see certain people dead, but what may have caught some in the Bay State by surprise is the fact that ISIS is maintaining an apparent “kill list” of Massachusetts state employees.

According to various media reports, ISIS’s Massachusetts hit list includes the names and addresses of more than 250 state workers. The list was released via social media this past weekend, although copies have apparently been kept under wraps by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

It was DHS who first alerted the State Police after the hit list first surfaced.

“At this time we have no intelligence suggesting any immediate threat to Massachusetts citizens in response to this list or for any other reason,” State Police spokesman David Procopio told the Boston Globe.

Procopio confirmed that approximately 264 government workers appeared on the list, which was produced by a group calling itself the United Cyber Caliphate.

The presence of such a list may be a new development for residents of the commonwealth, but those living in other parts of the U.S., the news does not come as a surprise. This past spring ISIS released a kill list that included the names of more than 3,000 Brooklyn, New York, residents. The organization followed that up by releasing additional lists of Texans and even members of the Arkansas Library Association.