Update: ISIS hackers post 'kill list' of 36 Minnesota cops

The hackers identified themselves as being affiliated with the Islamic State.

The hackers identified themselves as being affiliated with the Islamic State.

UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon, Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder confirmed that there are no Minneapolis officers on the list. 

ISIS hackers have posted a hit list of 36 police for various Minnesota agencies, the FBI confirmed Tuesday. Information posted includes the officers' names, phone numbers, and home addresses.

The list was published by the "Caliphate Cyber Army" on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram. The list was discovered and initially reported by Vocativ, which runs deep web analyses.

City Pages reviewed one card allegedly posted as part of the ISIS hack, and confirmed that the name belongs to a police officer currently working in Minnesota. The officer, whose cell phone was also listed, said only that someone at the department had explained the situation.

Kyle Loven, spokesman for the FBI Minneapolis division, says that the FBI is aware of the list and takes any threats against law enforcement seriously. He says the FBI is currently in the process of alerting local police departments so that the named officers will have a "heightened sense of awareness" of the developments. 

He declined to say how ISIS may have targeted the individual cops, and what precautions local departments will have to take to protect their officers. 


ISIS has been known to take to social media to order hits on law enforcement and members of the U.S. armed forces. In December, a Minneapolis 19-year-old was arrested for threatening to kill FBI special agents after his friend was arrested for trying to join ISIS.

Last November, the "Islamic State Cyber Army" similarly posted the names and addresses of U.S. security agents.

A screenshot from Telegram indicated one officer on the list is from Sauk Rapids. Another card shows that at least one targeted police officer is from St. Paul. 

St. Paul Police spokesman Mike Ernster confirmed the department has alerted those of its officers who are on the list. "We are working with our law enforcement partners, including the FBI, to make sure they are safe," he said.

Minneapolis Police are unable to confirm whether any MPD cops are on the list as well. Spokesman John Elder says that the FBI has not been in touch yet to see if any Minneapolis cops are affected.