On Sunday, November 30, a warning was sent out to U.S. Military members asking them to scrub their social media accounts, according to Fox News.
Members of the Armed Forces were told in a joint bulletin by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security that anything that could make them a potential target for the Islamic State should be taken off social media.
According to Fox News, the bulletin said that the FBI had information that suggested, “individuals overseas are spotting and assessing like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current and former U.S.-based members of the United States military.”
Concerns were expressed when two uniformed soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in Canada. Both soldiers were killed by followers of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The attacks were reported to have been planned with information found online.
The Army first issued a bulletin in October, after Islamic State militants, according to Fox News, called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of U.S. military personnel and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.”
The Pentagon said that potential attacks could occur with little to no warning. Family members of employees may also be targeted.