Muslim Hackers Fight Back

November 15th, 2017

As well as an a physical empire, the terrorist group Isis had ideas of creating an online caliphate too. However the digital Islamic state is faring in about the same way as they are in the real world – i.e not very well.    The basis of this digital empire was a huge subscribers list which formed the core of a propaganda network, unfortunately this ‘top secret’ list is no longer private.

A group of Muslim hackers have targeted the group and last week published 2000 email addresses who were part of that mailing list.  It’s probably no surprise that many security agencies are taking a long look at the email addresses on that list.

ISIS has announced that they had substantially increased security after suffering numerous attacks mainly denial based ones.   Foolishly they boasted about he increased security and how their servers were almost completely secure.  This is always an extremely bad idea online and that doesn’t matter who you are.

In fact after the announcement it took a Muslim hacking collective less than a few hours to compromise their lists.  The emails were from the ‘news agency’ called Amaq which is a voice piece for the terrorists.  In fact many claims for terror attack responsibilities are released through Amaq’s website.  The numerous attacks had made Amaq focus more on distribution and messaging services – the subscriber list was one of the few secure channels left for the group.   Some experts say they now are reduced to a telegram messaging service which is hardly the core of an online digital caliphate.

There are many vigilante groups who target terrorists and online criminals.  It is a way for these groups to practice their skills without risking legal issues by attacking ordinary companies.  Most of the security services will turn a blind eye to these attacks on terrorist and criminal groups, in fact most will use the information received if they can.

The groups have increased their security, now pretty much all communication is encrypted and secure using things like live VPNs such as this to communicate.  However it is difficult to establish the skills and resources to both prevent and secure against attacks like this.

One group is even releasing fake news announcements from Isis in an attempt to confuse and undermine the terrorist messages. The propaganda war has been fought very effectively by the terrorists for many years, yet now they are losing this too.   It is becoming increasingly difficult for ISIS to communicate effectively with their sympathizers especially because of all the ‘fake isis’ stories and reports being released online.

John Heathers

Author of : Anonymous Surfing Techniques.