Saturday, December 02, 2006

Terrorism on the Internet?

SITE (The Search for International Terrorist Entities) has published an analysis of a new "how to beat Internet security" magazine sent out to password protected "jihadist forums."

SITE reports:

The first issue of what is indicated to be a periodic magazine, Technical Mujahid [Al-Mujahid al-Teqany], published by al-Fajr Information Center, was electronically distributed to password-protected jihadist forums today, Tuesday, November 28, 2006. This edition, 64-pages in length, contains articles that primarily deal with computer and Internet security, in addition to other pieces explaining Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and video types, editing, and encoding into different formats. The editors of the publication state that it was written to heed the directives of the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, and his call for technical support. Material such as this, regarding anonymity on the Internet, concealing of personal files locally on a computer, and utilizing all schemes of encryption, is to serve as electronic jihad, and a virtual means of supporting the Mujahideen.

Full analysis, here.

In another story out there, CIO Today is reporting:

According to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and private industry, threats were found on an Islamist Web site calling for attacks against U.S. financial Web sites through December, until the "infidel new year."

CIO Today story, here.

According to the story, there has been no evidence of any attacks and the alert is only to caution the industry.

Nonetheless, similar activity has been seen in the recent past:

Israeli Sites Under Attack by Islamic Hackers

I wonder how many attacks never happen because of some dedicated individuals at US-CERT and SITE?


michael webster said...

Ed, wouldn't the fact that the Site Institute was able to obtain this report in less than a day, from password encoded forums, suggest that the security is less than wonderful?

Do we have a lot to worry about from people who cannot even deliver a secure document without getting hacked?

Ed Dickson said...

Good point - I should have made the title "Electronic Jihad for Dummies."