Is Al Qaeda’s Internet Strategy Working?

gAtO sAiD – If Mr. Jenkins stated the Al Qaeda’s web strategy correctly, then it’s just an effective web site. The human element is what make it dangerous. Hate is sometimes stronger in the young and as we seen in the Arab Spring the young muslins are adapting to cyberspace just as easily as our own kids. Things are more political in the middle-east than here and using phone, computer, game consoles as effective communications tools would give a loud voice to Al Qaeda as well as the protesters out in the streets of Egypt today. Video’s are compelling but the streaming of video to anyone on a cell-phone anywhere is a powerful tool for any movement or governments.

The Author argues that terrorists use the Internet to disseminate their ideology, appeal for support spread fear and alarm among their foes, radicalize and recruit new members, provide instruction in tactics and weapons, gather intelligence about potential targets, clandestinely communicate, and support terrorist operations. The Internet enables terrorist organizations to expand their reach, create virtual communities of like-minded extremists, and capture a larger universe of more-diverse talents and skills.

gAtO-guess the next question is “should we go after websites for terrorist groups” like Al Qaeda? Jamming (Censorship) them like they use to with radio noise “remember Radio Free Europe” we today use dDoS to jam a website. With todays code  we could hack the DNS and divert traffic were we want to, we can find all the users of the site, we can use the site to gather all kinds of information from the outside-in, and if we get a RAT inside then it would be a gold mind. Could this be the reason why it’s still running today? So maybe we have to live with the evil to know our enemy’s better and mitigate their effectiveness.- gAtO oUt

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Is Al Qaeda’s Internet Strategy Working?

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This document is the testimony presented before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on December 6 2011, by Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation.

The Author argues that terrorists use the Internet to disseminate their ideology, appeal for support spread fear and alarm among their foes, radicalize and recruit new members, provide instruction in tactics and weapons, gather intelligence about potential targets, clandestinely communicate, and support terrorist operations. The Internet enables terrorist organizations to expand their reach, create virtual communities of like-minded extremists, and capture a larger universe of more-diverse talents and skills.

While almost all terrorist organizations have websites, al Qaeda is the first to fully exploit the Internet. This reflects al Qaeda’s unique characteristics. It regards itself as a global movement and therefore depends on a global communications network to reach its perceived constituents.

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