ISIS Threatens Air Bases in Korea

      June 20, 2016 09:45

      Islamic State has threatened two U.S. air bases in Korea by revealing their geographical coordinates in instant messages, the National Intelligence Service said Sunday.

      The NIS said ISIS incited terror attacks against the air bases on messaging service Telegram, publishing the coordinates of 77 U.S. and NATO military installations around the world, as well as the personal details of individuals in 21 countries.

      ISIS apparently obtained the information from its hacking arm.

      Military police check a vehicle at the U.S. air base in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province on Sunday. /Newsis

      The threatening message included the Google satellite map, detailed GPS coordinates and websites of the U.S. air bases in Osan and Gunsan.

      Bizarrely, the terror group also published the personal data of a Korean woman who works for a leper charity.

      In March, ISIS also published the personal details of 20 apparently random Koreans simply because it had got hold of them in a hacking attack, mostly civil servants and corporate PR staff.

      The woman's mother told the Chosun Ilbo, "My daughter translated Korean texts into English online for a Hansen's disease charity, which I suppose made her a target."

      The woman, who has since moved house, is now under police protection.

      A security official said she has done nothing that would make her a natural target for ISIS.

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