Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

ISIS Target Found & Bombed Thanks to Terrorist Selfie

by Fox Van Allen on June 09, 2015

Terrorist selfieIf you’re a regular Techlicious reader, then you likely know that your social media use can betray important personal information about yourself, including your physical location. ISIS terrorists, however, have yet to learn that lesson.

According to a report on Defense Tech, the U.S. Air Force recently launched a successful air strike against an ISIS headquarters building after a terrorist posted a selfie of himself near the building on social media.

Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, explains how the mission was made possible. “The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt, they're combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command. And in some social media, open forum, bragging about the command and control capabilities for Daesh, ISIL. And these guys go: 'We got an in.' So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out.”

“It was a post on social media to bombs on target in less than 24 hours,” Carlisle added. “Incredible work when you think about.”

It’s not exactly clear how the terrorist’s exact location was determined, though U.S. military officials may have found him by identifying the road sign and building he posed in front of. It’s also possible the location was betrayed by the photo’s metadata (Remember how you can "tag your location" in photos? Not a good idea if you're a bombing target.) or because the social media post had location sharing enabled. That’s something to keep in mind the next time you post—it’s a lot easier to track you down based on your photos than you likely think it is.

UPDATE 6/10/15: The photo above which was referenced in many media sources as the image used to identify the target appears to be a completely unrelated image. Techlicious has determined that It is, instead, a selfie of one Abu Ahmed originally posted on the Twitter feed of journalist David Thomson in January of 2015.


Photo / Video Sharing, News, Cameras and Photography, Blog, Social Networking

Discussion loading

Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.