chat3ISIS, a Middle Eastern extremist group reaches out to Halifax International Security Forum participants through social media. Peter Van Praagh, president of the forum issued a statement saying that the extremists use #HISF2014, the forum’s social media hashtag in disseminating their video that features a British national as their captive.

The ISIS is also allegedly sending private messages to participants and staff during the forum. The forum’s coordinatorsissued a press release stating that they are closely monitoring the said incident.

Halifax International Security Forum is a network composed of decision-makers from different governments, military groups, businesses, academics, and the media thatwork together to address global security threats.