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Al-Qaeda's Online Forums Go Dark For Extended Period

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posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 10:53 PM
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Al-Qaeda's Online Forums Go Dark For Extended Period


www.washingtonpost.com

Al-Qaeda’s main Internet forums have been offline for more than a week in what experts say is the longest sustained outage of the Web sites since they began operating eight years ago.

No one has publicly asserted responsibility for disabling the sites, but the breadth and the duration of the outages have prompted some experts to conclude that the forums have been taken down in a cyberattack — launched perhaps by a government, a government-backed organization or a hackers’ group
(visit the link for the full news article)


Related News Links:

New York Daily News
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posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 10:53 PM
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Strange news considering that about the beginning of April news hit that a graphic had surfaced,
supposedly found on Al Qaeda forums, “Al Qaeda coming soon again in New York"

Just an ordinary cyber attack?

Is there a connection to the recent image graphic featuring the New York skyline
posted on terrorism websites with its message in bold letters?


“At least temporarily, the social networking among jihadists has been disrupted,” he said. “The remaining forums are really struggling to attract the participation of users.”

For years, U.S. intelligence officials have relied on al-Qaeda forums to gather insights into conversations among extremists. Some officials have argued against attempts to shut down the forums, saying they provide valuable intelligence.


Supposedly...the NYPD and the FBI are "scrambling" to locate the source of the message
a 3-D image

spotted on Al Qaeda Internet forums Monday show the letters scrawled across a
city street, as a father and son stroll by in amazement.

www.nydailynews.com...

Hmmmm.........ok ETA Ok it looks like the threatening graphic has made it to
Mainstream media...strange again that there is no mention of the forum outages.


www.youtube.com...

www.washingtonpost.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:01 PM
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Denial of service is a bitch ain't it.


If they offered more beer and strippers to their premium members, they wouldn't have these kind of problems....



posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:09 PM
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Me thinks Anony has been very very naughty.


If so, way to go guys... Keep up that kind of good work.



posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:11 PM
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Thanks again, Burntheships, for bringing another important topic to light. I consider this news highly significant in light of the length of time involved.

Although to be honest, it shocks me a little that Al Q has such an open web presence. I can't help but feel the real stuff would be discussed on the so-called "deep web"...sites and networks not so publically accessible. Whatever they show us in public is can't be the whole story.

Even so, I'm concerned about NYC, which has never ceased to be a vulnerable target.
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posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:20 PM
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Yes, my first thoughts were to find word of this days ago. Like....8 days ago?
If you do find anything, please post it. Thanks!

I have double and triple checked, I find nothing.

But I also just remembered that Jet Blue Pilot, and got chills.

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posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:30 PM
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Its funny how the Western Mainstream News outlet have been portraying the Al-Qaeda's Online forums as Websites
sounds to me they dont know the difference between Forums or Websites for that matter.

I have an opinion i would like to add to this discussion.

If these Al-Qaeda's Online Forums are a forum then hunting down the IPs shouldn't be a problem right? i mean the anonymous have already done it in of there dark Operations.

So why not try and find out the IPs of and on the Al-Qaeda's Online Forums?



posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:37 PM
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Good questions, I wish I had the answers.
Word has it a few certain rougue hackers do target Al-Qaeda sites, and forums.

So, with that said, I am sure those IP's are known.



posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:43 PM
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maybe there credit card was denied and there internet provider cut them off.



posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 11:53 PM
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Lol I wonder what the Al Q version of a forum flame war would be.



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 01:36 AM
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They have forums?

I thought they didnt even have electricity.



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 03:00 AM
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I wonder if they get along in their forum better than we do here at ATS?



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 03:01 AM
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I think I will stick with ATS anyday.

I would not want to find out.



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 03:10 AM
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Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by Agent_USA_Supporter
 


Good questions, I wish I had the answers.
Word has it a few certain rougue hackers do target Al-Qaeda sites, and forums.

So, with that said, I am sure those IP's are known.




Firstly, Al-Qaeda does not have forums.... There is no Al-Qaeda chat line, no talking with the terrorists.. lol

Secondly, there has been incidences of Sunni hacking Shi'a forums with retaliation in kind, however, the hackers always leave a fun note! So when you go to your forum, instead of your forum as you normally see it, you have some elaborate page stating your website was hacked with remarks (Usually some Quran or something) concerning which sect might be better etc


Although to have nothing, no "signature' is not anyone hacking who would be a sect of Islam




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posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 03:39 AM
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Does anyone have a link to their website?



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 04:06 AM
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Actually, sorry I need to find it again but this is strange.

One of the forums they are saying is al-qaeda is a wahabi forum www.examiner.com... however I found this;.. pibillwarner.wordpress.com... odaddy-com/

that was may last year, but supposedly this is one of the sites that was hacked, how can it be hacked if it was shut down?

This is just one of them, but this is the first one I researched but this is not right.

In Your Face Al-Qaeda, Yeah It Was Me That Persuaded GoDaddy.com To Shut Down Your Web Forum ShAmukh al-Islam, LOL.

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (www.godaddy.com... )
Domain Name: WWW.SHAMIKH1.NET
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: registrar.godaddy.com...
Name Server: NS1. SUSPENDED-FOR.SPAM-AND-ABUSE.COM
Name Server: NS2. SUSPENDED-FOR.SPAM-AND-ABUSE.COM
Status: client Delete Prohibited
Status: client Renew Prohibited
Status: client Transfer Prohibited
Status: client Update Prohibited
Updated Date: 12-may-2011
Creation Date: 01-mar-2010
Expiration Date: 01-mar-2012

Domain Name: WWW.SHAMIKH1.NET and Forum Page WWW.SHAMIKH1.NET/VB/

and unless I am on the wrong site, the ansar site is up
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posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 04:13 AM
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I wonder if that's who's been flooding the yahoo chat rooms the past few years? Just an observation, but check out any yahoo chat room and there are always many chatters talking in foreign language.



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 04:26 AM
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So the CIA or whoever have used on of their secret fake arms to shut down another of their fake arms?

Interesting.



posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 04:32 AM
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Originally posted by khimbar
So the CIA or whoever have used on of their secret fake arms to shut down another of their fake arms?

Interesting.


both sites they said were hacked are back up seemingly without any problems. Although both sites acknowledge being hacked, they are up now.

It appears the US wants a LOT of news concerning al-Qaeda.. to keep the word fresh in peoples mind. Something is up.

Ansar is wahabi, definitely, I have my personal opinions about them, but they are not any al-qaeda group... yeah they support the wahabi ideology, and the wahabis who do crazy things.. but al-qaeda? I guess its possible they could work for CIA... but....

maybe I just have a difficult time with this al-qaeda word association since it doesn't exist.
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posted on Apr, 5 2012 @ 05:50 AM
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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Me thinks Anony has been very very naughty.


If so, way to go guys... Keep up that kind of good work.


They just like to contribute in their own special way.





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