Anonymous Hackers ISIS Terrorists War

Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS

By on November 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM.

Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS

The Anonymous hackers collective declared war on ISIS immediately after the Paris attacks earlier this month. In the days that followed, Anonymous took out thousands of Twitter accounts belonging to the group and also issued warnings about imminent attacks, but that info apparently wasn’t accurate. Anonymous isn’t the only hacker group fighting ISIS right now, and while Anonymous’ efforts might not seem that effective, a person familiar with the group’s efforts explained what’s actually happening behind the scenes. More →

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Husband Response ISIS Antoine Leiris

Grieving husband gives ISIS the best response we’ve seen so far

By on November 20, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

Grieving husband gives ISIS the best response we’ve seen so far

Last week’s horrific attacks on Paris has everyone talking about safety, especially at a time when many people are planning trips for the upcoming holidays. Is it safe to travel? Should I postpone my flight? Do we have to avoid European regions that might be targets on ISIS’ agenda? If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, then ISIS’ mission is partly accomplished — the group means to instill crippling fear into us all.

However, that’s not the right path to take, and a French man who lost his wife, the mother of his 17-month-old boy, wrote a riveting response to ISIS. It’s easily the best one I’ve seen so far.  More →

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ISIS Customer Service Digital Security Manual

ISIS has 24-hour help desk for terrorists

By on November 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM.

ISIS has 24-hour help desk for terrorists

New reports detailing the activities of ISIS, which is responsible for the recent attacks on Paris, Beirut and for taking down a Russian passenger jet, reveal that the organization employs a 24-hour customer support service that can help out with various digital problems its members may have. The same tech-savvy group manning the round-the-clock service from locations around the world also created a manual the describes best-practices ISIS members should follow to thwart surveillance and hide their tracks online. More →

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Encrypted Chat Telegram ISIS

Encrypted chat app Telegram reverses stance, bans 78 ISIS accounts

By on November 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Encrypted chat app Telegram reverses stance, bans 78 ISIS accounts

Some people suspect that the ISIS group involved in the November 13th attacks on Paris used encrypted apps and services to communicate, with Telegram being highlighted as one chat app that ISIS-affiliated members favor. However, there’s no official proof the attackers actually used encrypted devices and services to talk to each other when planning attacks.

Even so, after defending the right to guard the privacy of anyone using Telegram in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the company has reversed its stance, announcing that it banned no less than 78 Telegram channels that belonged to ISIS. More →

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Police Raid Paris Kills ISIS

ISIS mastermind behind Paris attack killed during police raid, France confirms

By on November 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM.

ISIS mastermind behind Paris attack killed during police raid, France confirms

French police and special forces conducted a massive raid in Paris’ suburb Saint-Denis in the early hours on Wednesday morning. Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard near an apartment building where individuals suspected of being linked to the Paris attacks were hiding, including the person who may have planned the November 13th assault on Paris. Two people died in the ensuing fight, including a woman who detonated a vest containing explosives, and the primary target of the attack.

Interestingly, the information that helped police conduct this particular raid and potentially avoid a second disaster in Paris came from an unencrypted, unlocked smartphone found in a dumpster near the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists killed 89 people on Friday. More →

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Paris Attacks Encryption Debate

McCain wants to legislate encryption even though there’s no evidence it helped ISIS in Paris attacks

By on November 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM.

McCain wants to legislate encryption even though there’s no evidence it helped ISIS in Paris attacks

While it’s suspected that encrypted communication services may have helped ISIS coordinate attacks on Paris, there’s no evidence to actually prove it. Even so, some members of Congress are already talking about legislating encryption, potentially requiring tech companies to include backdoors into encrypted products that could be used by spy agencies to prevent similar tragedies in the future. In fact, Senator John McCain already said he’s determined to outlaw encryption that the U.S. government cannot crack. More →

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Paris ISIS Attacks Encryption

Selling us safety: The huge PR problem spy agencies have on their hands

By on November 18, 2015 at 10:59 AM.

Selling us safety: The huge PR problem spy agencies have on their hands

The horrendous November 13th attacks on Paris are exactly what intelligence agencies have told us all along: Something bad will happen because they can’t conduct massive surveillance operations in light of the Snowden revelations, and because more products and online services offer end-to-end encryption that can’t be tapped into.

The NSA and all its international partners might be right about encryption, but at the same time, they’re doing a poor job of selling it to the public. It’s all a huge PR mess. More →

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Anonymous ISIS Twitter Accounts

Hackers vs. terrorists: Over 6,000 ISIS Twitter accounts taken down

By on November 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Hackers vs. terrorists: Over 6,000 ISIS Twitter accounts taken down

A brand new kind of war emerged in the aftermath of the November 13th attacks on Paris, as Anonymous hackers declared ISIS a primary target in their cyberwar on terrorism. ISIS was quick to label the hackers “idiots” for declaring war, but the Anonymous collective proved once again that it’s got some serious skills. Soon after the attack began, Anonymous confirmed that it took down some 900 Twitter accounts affiliated with the Islamic State, and the number quickly climbed to more than 6,000 accounts in a matter of hours. More →

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SWAT Raid Paris ISIS

Heavy shooting, explosions and deaths in Paris: SWAT raid targets alleged ISIS mastermind behind attacks

By on November 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Heavy shooting, explosions and deaths in Paris: SWAT raid targets alleged ISIS mastermind behind attacks

For most people around the world, Wednesday morning started off just like another regular day of the week. But Parisians in a neighborhood situated less than two miles away from the stadium that was attacked by three suicide bombers on Friday evening woke up terrified by heavy gunfire and explosions. A massive SWAT operation was underway in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, with police hunting down the alleged mastermind of last week’s terror attacks on the capital. More →

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Anonymous Hackers ISIS Terrorist

Hackers vs. terrorists: ISIS says Anonymous are ‘idiots’ for declaring war

By on November 17, 2015 at 8:45 AM.

Hackers vs. terrorists: ISIS says Anonymous are ‘idiots’ for declaring war

While it sounds like a mobile game you’d play to kill time, hackers vs. terrorists is sadly a real war. The hacker collective that goes by the name “Anonymous” recently posted a video on YouTube declaring war on ISIS in response to the attacks on Paris that left 129 dead and hundreds injured on Friday night. Anonymous wants to “launch the biggest operation ever” against the terrorist group, and ISIS is apparently taking notice – though the organization apparently believes Anonymous are “idiots” for even considering digital warfare. More →

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ISIS Paris Attacks Encryption

ISIS used encrypted communications with Paris attackers, officials believe

By on November 17, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

ISIS used encrypted communications with Paris attackers, officials believe

After a report had indicated the PlayStation 4 console as a potential way to conduct secure in-game communication that can’t be tracked, a new report says that officials currently investigating the Paris attacks believe that encrypted communications were used during Friday night’s gruesome events. More →

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