Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 25 May 2012 11:18

US hackers take out Al Qaeda

Written by Nick Farrell



Counter attacking on the web


US cyber experts launched a huge attack on an al-Qaeda's affiliate and replaced propaganda with, er different propaganda.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told AP that the sites were based in Yemen and were full of material that bragged about killing Americans. The US hackers replaced it will information about civilians killed in terrorist strikes. It is one of the first times that the US has admitted carrying out a covert cyber war against extremists.

When al-Qaeda recruitment propaganda appeared on tribal sites in Yemen, Clinton's team had turned the sites over within 48 hours. In a speech to the Special Operations Command in Florida, Mrs Clinton cited the hacking operation as an example of growing counterterrorism co-operation between the State Department, intelligence agencies and the military. She said that such operatings were starting to have an impact in Yemen because al-Qaeda are publicly venting their frustration and asking supporters not to believe everything they read on the internet.

It does seem to be giving Al-Qaeda some credibility problems when it comes to recruiting. The hacking was conducted by the Centre for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, based at the State Department, Clinton said. The State Department's activities are part of online efforts to stem the spread of radical Islamist ideology that stretch back at least a decade. Of course there are no plans to conduct a similar campaign against  Christian fundamentalists and right-wing groups in the US. That would be against Free Speech. 

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments