Hackers Plan To Hit Terrorist Web Sites On 9/11

muslm.netIf they can do it on 9/11, why not all the time? Adam Rawnsley reports for Wired:

Jihadi websites are in for a bruising, if the past is any precedent.

For the past two years, Islamic extremists’ online forums have been subjected to a series of attacks around the 9/11 anniversary — just as the jihadists worked to score a propaganda win. Major sites have been shut down, some permanently. Previous reporting has indicated that the United States and its allies have been responsible for some of the attacks.

As Sept. 11 approaches, the United States may or may not go for the hat trick and launch another round of online sabotage. But should it? What do western governments gain from occasionally disrupting jihadi websites?

In September 2008, a number of major jihadi forums were attacked and shut down shortly before the 9/11 anniversary, delaying the release of a feature length al-Qaida 9/11 anniversary video, The Harvest of seven years of the crusade. Eight days later, when the video was finally released, the passwords provided to extract the video files were incorrect. In time, the sites mostly recovered. The video became accessible and remains so today.

A year later, major jihadi websites again were taken offline. This time, Ekhlaas, one of the forums which shut its doors after the 2008 attacks and had remained closed, resurfaced and began advertising itself anew with a hacked user ID used by the al-Fajrmedia network to post media in the forums. Al-Fajr issued a press release denouncing the zombie Ekhlaas as fake, created by hostile intelligence services and warned former users against logging on. The new Ekhlaas eventually gave up and shut down. Major sites like Fallujah and Shumukh (pictured, above) regained functionality. And by Sept. 13, As-Sahab had released Osama Bin Laden’s A Statement to the American People video — albeit two days after the customary anniversary date.

In both cases, the videos were eventually released. The attacks eventually ceased. The forums eventually returned, more or less, to operation. So what is there to show for the efforts?…

[continues at Wired]

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  • Vox Penii

    Since pacifist fools have, in many cases, neutered the military from doing their job, I suppose we’ll have to settle for hackers disrupting Al Qaeda computer networks in lieu of uh killing the bad guys.

  • Vox Penii

    Since pacifist fools have, in many cases, neutered the military from doing their job, I suppose we’ll have to settle for hackers disrupting Al Qaeda computer networks in lieu of uh killing the bad guys.

    • Andrew

      Hey, don’t forget Abu Ghraib. The military hasn’t been completely neutered.

      • Ppaphra

        Maguampic

    • A Bad Joke

      Pacifists? Once again a buzz word? Do you dare debate an Iraq veteran on the merits of this war on terror? Army Infantry, 4th ID, the division that caught Saddam Hussein. Call us Liberals pacifists, I dare you.

      • A Bad Joke

        By the way, the invasion of Iraq was bunk. I know this firsthand. I was there you keyboard warrior.

        • damg

          “oo rahh” does it make you feel like a man shooting people for freedom? you may just be asleep and in which case i hope you wake up soon. You shouldn’t have been there in the first place. has it always been like this or was your moral conscience KIA?
          The blood is on our hands as well now you know, pawn.

        • Ppaphra

          No, you are magogomus! ha HA HA HA

           

      • ERROR

        HAHA! More like the war on Errorism. You do know that you invaded a country that we’ve already been bombing for years… and I dont care what the great people of texas say, there were no WMDs so your mission and the innocent lives you took were all in vein. What’s better, Saddam killing his people or the U.S. killing the Iraqis? To me it is the same, besides I have to pay for the latter, both with my taxes and my reputation as an Amerikan. You cant call someone “terrorists” when you’ve done the same. Come take me out if you have a problem billy badass.

        • Lofifix

          The army DID find chemical weapons…Just no huge stock pile of them. They found Cw munitions that contained sarin and mustard agents at munition depots, conviently housed next to organophosphate plants in Karbala and, I think it was An Nasiriyah. I found a declassified fax from Dir. of Nat. Intel.- John Negroponte to Peter Hoeskstra, dated 6/21/2006, that states that…

  • Andrew

    Hey, don’t forget Abu Ghraib. The military hasn’t been completely neutered.

  • A Bad Joke

    Pacifists? Once again a buzz word? Do you dare debate an Iraq veteran on the merits of this war on terror? Army Infantry, 4th ID, the division that caught Saddam Hussein. Call us Liberals pacifists, I dare you.

  • A Bad Joke

    By the way, the invasion of Iraq was bunk. I know this firsthand. I was there you keyboard warrior.

  • ERROR

    HAHA! More like the war on Errorism. You do know that you invaded a country that we’ve already been bombing for years… and I dont care what the great people of texas say, there were no WMDs so your mission and the innocent lives you took were all in vein. What’s better, Saddam killing his people or the U.S. killing the Iraqis? To me it is the same, besides I have to pay for the latter, both with my taxes and my reputation as an Amerikan. You cant call someone “terrorists” when you’ve done the same. Come take me out if you have a problem billy badass.

  • damg

    “oo rahh” does it make you feel like a man shooting people for freedom? you may just be asleep and in which case i hope you wake up soon. You shouldn’t have been there in the first place. has it always been like this or was your moral conscience KIA?
    The blood is on our hands as well now you know, pawn.

  • Lofifix

    The army DID find chemical weapons…Just no huge stock pile of them. They found Cw munitions that contained sarin and mustard agents at munition depots, conviently housed next to organophosphate plants in Karbala and, I think it was An Nasiriyah. I found a declassified fax from Dir. of Nat. Intel.- John Negroponte to Peter Hoeskstra, dated 6/21/2006, that states that…

  • Ppaphra

    No, you are magogomus! ha HA HA HA

     

  • Ppaphra

    Maguampic

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