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Originally posted by 12.21.12
May we get some linkage up in this....
Originally posted by Rotoplooker
reply to post by makeitso
Nice job sir!
This is a type of vigilanteism that is many times more effective than any kind of military operation on the ground. This situation reminds me of the power of "Anonymous". Counter intelligence is the key.
Ship after ship in the harbor has been scuttled, and the surviving rats are gathered aboard the few vessels that remain afloat.
The explanations provided heretofore regarding the disappearance of one site after the other are either mostly, or entirely, without foundation in fact. That goes for the mainstream media reports of hacking, the intelligence leaks of a covert operation to shut down sites, and the lame excuses offered up in official communiqués by the likes of al-Fajr (the latter evidently being too embarrassed to let the truth be known).
Despite not knowing what actually happened, the jihadis are starting to discuss countermeasures.
the breadth of this effort points to a coordinated attack on a major nerve center of al-Qaida's information warfare effort
the official online logistical network responsible for disseminating messages from various Al-Qaida military factions—announcing the sudden closure of three of the top Internet discussion forums currently used by Al-Qaida: Al-Ekhlaas, Al-Firdaws, and Al-Boraq. According to the Al-Fajr Center, the chat forums were shuttered “for technical reasons”
A tit-for-tat cyber war that began in September has disabled more than 1,000 websites, belonging to both sects, as Shiite and Sunni hackers infiltrated primarily religious websites to post sectarian messages.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda's media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September, monitors of the Web sites say.
There had been this aura of invincibility" about al-Qaeda's media operations, said Gregory D. Johnsen, a U.S.-based expert on violent Sunni groups in Yemen. "Now this has really been taken away from them."
In early September, the al-Fajr forums were drumming up anticipation of al-Qaeda's annual video marking the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "Await Sept. 11!" one message declared.
Instead, on Sept. 10, the forums vanished.