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Taliban Webmaster: We’ve Been Hacked!

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Online fans of the Taliban, beware: a website of the Islamic Emirate may have been hacked.

Abu al-Aina’a al-Khorasani, an administrator of an elite jihadi forum endorsed by the Taliban, warns in an online post that “group’s main site and the site of its online journal Al-Sumud,  have been the subject of an ‘infiltration operation.’”

Khorasani’s post on Fallujah forum warns online jihadis “to not enter any of the links that concern these websites, and not even to surf [the content] until you receive the confirmed news by your brothers, Allah-willing. ”

As browsers of the Taliban’s websites know, outages are fairly regular. But a confirmed infiltration may be something new, says Flashpoint Partners’ Evan Kohlmann, who’s been tracking Internet extremists for years.

“The official Afghan Taliban website has, of course, routinely been knocked offline and disabled by cybervigilantes and other culprits, but this would be the first instance that I’m aware of it being actually ‘infiltrated.’  It’s an unsettling prospect for security-minded online jihadists, because such sites can be manipulated by a variety of hostile parties in order to harvest a breathtaking amount of personal data on regular visitors.”

Indeed, in early April, Danger Room snagged a picture used to vandalize the Taliban’s main website, which featured scenes of some of the more notorious acts of brutatlity perpetrated by the Afghan militant group (pictured above).

While authorship of the apparent attack is as yet undetermined, it’s worth noting that the Defense Department stated its intention in the Spring of 2009 to begin shutting down extremist media outlets in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

HACKED!?!? OH NO! Heh, yeah, well this should not be any kind of news to anyone there, but I guess these guys aren’t the sharpest marbles in the bag huh? I mean, what have I been up to all this time? Shucks, and I am not the only one ya know…

Of course you have the odd “jokey” attacks but generally, these guys have been compromised for some time I would expect and they may just now be catching on to it. Of course if you look at my posts on their “tech” section lately, you might see just how savvy they are on the whole of it. They do have some guys who know what they are doing, but no one is as good as Younis Tsouli was back before he got popped in the UK.

At least not that I have seen…

I am sure nothing will change here. If they do take down the sites themselves or with a little governmental help, the jihadi’s will just pop another site up elsewhere and begin to propagandize again all over. It will be a never ending battle really… Unless they get smarter and get some real encryption, VPN tunnels, and dark net type of system that is invite only and rock solid…

I don’t see that happening from their caves…

You never know though… Perhaps they can cobble together something…

Anyway, more developments as I have them from the sites tonight…


Political firm fears sheikh’s files were hacked

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In a mysterious case of cyber-espionage, a leading California political consulting firm has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate what it says appears to be computer hacking involving a high-profile client, an ousted Middle Eastern sheikh, which the firm says could compromise “sensitive information relating to U.S. and Iranian security issues.”

Jason Kinney, who heads California Strategies, made the request to Holder and the U.S. attorney’s office last week after it appeared hackers had accessed the Sacramento consulting firm’s computer files relating to their client, Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

Kinney and two other leading Democratic strategists, former White House spokesman Chris Lehane and Peter Ragone, the former spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, represent the royal client.

The sheikh – the legally recognized deputy ruler and crown prince of Ras al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates – was deposed from power in 2003 by more conservative factions, including his brother, after being criticized as too friendly to the United States.

The crown prince, who considers himself an ally of the White House, was an overnight guest there during the Clinton administration and attended the inauguration of President Obama last year. News reports said he was ousted for expressing strident opposition to Iran and was considered too supportive of efforts to allow women to participate more fully in his country’s society.

His more conservative brother, Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, assumed power. Dubbed the “perfumed prince” by some tabloids, Sheikh Saud was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female housekeeper while on a medical stay at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota; charges were later dropped.

Saud later made headlines when his bid to host the 2010 America’s Cup in Ras al Khaimah was rebuffed after reports suggested the emirate was a “hot spot” of trouble for terrorists and smugglers suspected of moving illegal weapons and components for Iran’s nuclear weapons programs.

Sheikh Khalid, who lives in the Middle East and hopes to return to power, hired the California firm, which mounted a campaign that has included full-page ads in the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers; banner ads on Web sites including Politico and the Drudge Report; and bus ads in the U.S. capital, as well as a Web site,

The rest HERE

So my obvious choice for who might be behind the hack would be the Sheikh’s brother in power. I mean, wouldn’t it be your choice given the history and situation? After all, he is all pal’ed up Iran and all the unsavory types as well as has that stellar reputation of maybe being a rapist.

Now I have not heard so much on the street as to the capabilities of Iran in the world of hacking or cyber warfare, but I assume there must be some capability there if not the funds to hire some hackers to do the job. I guess my biggest question though is exactly what this “data” was that is so important. What dirty laundry is there left that that kid who was leaking to Wikileaks didn’t already release?

I should think though, that perhaps a more appropriate agency to look into this might be CIA or more to the point NSA. Sure, FBI can look into it, but, the machinations here might be more along the geopolitical lines of some folks with higher pay grades…

Keep an eye out on this one…


Written by Krypt3ia

2010/06/10 at 17:48