Much has been written about ISIS using encrypted devices to plan and coordinate highly sophisticated terror attacks in the western world as well as in other countries, many close to what ISIS calls home. The organization may indeed use encrypted programs for communications, though reports detailing the recent incidents in Paris proved that’s not the main way attackers communicated. As it turns out though, they do use these apps for at least one horrific purpose: To communicate about selling sex slaves.
The sadistic Islamic fundamentalists who run Islamic State are some of the absolute worst people in the world… but that doesn’t mean they can’t have soft spots in their hearts for children. Well, at least when it comes to indoctrinating children into their violent and twisted ideology.
Long War Journal brings us word that Islamic State’s “Library of Zeal” has developed its own Android app to help teach children the Arabic alphabet. But since this is ISIS we’re talking about, the app also teaches children the Arabic words for weapons including tanks, guns and rockets. More →
Following the deadly assaults on Europe in late 2015 and early 2016, reports emerged suggesting that ISIS has an army of organized hackers who can provide consistent, round the clock support to foot soldiers. However, new information on the matter seems to suggest that ISIS’s remaining hacking arm is nothing more than a propaganda machine capable of dealing minor hits, if any, to enemies. But ISIS is showing more interest in expanding its hacking capabilities.
The news comes at a time when the U.S. government has declared cyber war on the Islamic paramilitary organization.
The FBI insists that encrypted products like the iPhone and encrypted online services will put people in harm’s way, especially in light of the ISIS-connected San Bernardino shooting late last year. That’s why the Bureau has been arguing for encryption backdoors that would be available to law enforcement agencies, and why it looked to coerce Apple to add a backdoor to iOS.
However, extensive reports that show the preparations ISIS made before hitting Paris and Brussels revealed the kind of encrypted products ISIS radicals used to stay in touch with central command. Unsurprisingly, these products are out of the FBI’s jurisdiction, and one in particular was one of the safest encrypted communication products you can find online. In fact,its original developers are suspected to have ties to the criminal underworld. More →
A report that preceded the horrific attacks on Brussels revealed that ISIS terrorists have been working to acquire materials to create so-called dirty bombs with the help of nuclear material. Meanwhile, the investigation into the Belgian explosion exposed more information about those plans. Apparently, the brothers who detonated home-made explosive devices at the airport and a metro station in Brussels were the ones who planted surveillance equipment outside the house of a nuclear physicist last year.
Belgian capital Brussels was the witness of a horrific terror attack early on Tuesday morning. At least 31 people were killed with hundreds wounded after suicide bombers detonated two home-made explosive devices at the airport and a metro station near the main EU locations in the city.
The airport and public transport were shut down immediately, with local law enforcement starting a manhunt for a suspect, and conducting several raids in the aftermath of the deadly attack.
ISIS claimed the responsibility for the attacks in Brussels hours later, using online channels affiliated with the group. More →
Intelligence agencies fighting a fierce battle against ISIS have scored a massive victory by capturing a USB drive containing personal data for 22,000 ISIS fighters. The win is akin to hacking ISIS’s “human resources” department, as the USB drive in question contains a treasure trove of information that was already verified as being genuine.
A defector has apparently leaked the USB drive, though other details about this intelligence operation aren’t revealed. More →
The good news about the vicious terrorists who comprise Islamic State is that a lot of their followers are comically stupid. If you’re looking for an example, then check out a report from IndiaToday that shows how pro-ISIS hackers declared war against Google and then brought down the wrong website. No, you cannot make this stuff up. More →
Twitter on Friday offered some interesting new information about its efforts to fight against terrorist organizations such as Islamic State, as the social networking site revealed that it has shut down over 125,000 different accounts related to terrorism since mid-2015. This sort of effort is important because ISIS in particular has proven very adept at using Twitter and other forms of social media to reach prospective recruits. More →
The terrorists who make up Islamic State are nothing if not creative. Sky News this week received some video footage showing a secret ISIS “terror lab” where various jihadis are testing out some experimental weapons that they’ll hopefully never get the chance to use on real people. Let’s go through some of the scariest weapons seen in the ISIS weapons lab video. More →
Officials involved in the ongoing investigation of the horrible ISIS attacks on Paris from mid-November have told the media that suspects have likely used encrypted apps. More →
The FBI and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies would like Silicon Valley firms to give them a “backdoor” to encryption to help better monitor the communications of suspected terrorists. Major tech companies such as Apple and Google have so far resisted such calls, however, as they argue persuasively that breaking encryption would do more long-term harm than it would do good. However, David Talbot of Technology Review also makes the case that Facebook and Google can do more to combat ISIS’s online influence in ways that don’t involve compromising their users’ security. More →