Blog Platform Shut Down as FBI Probes al-Qaida Posts
Blogging platform Blogetery.com was cut off by its hosting company last week after the authorities said al-Qaida “terrorist material” was found on one of its servers, said a statement from web host BurstNET Technologies Monday.
Blogetery, a platform for some 70,000 blogs, was taken down by BurstNET after the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked BurstNET “to provide information regarding ownership” of the server hosting Blogetery.com,” BurstNET said.
BurstNET shuttered Blogetery at its own discretion, after concluding it was violating its “Acceptable Use Policy.”
“It was revealed that a link to terrorist material, including bomb-making instructions and an al-Qaida ‘hit list,’ had been posted to the site,” BurstNET said.
CNET said the material allegedly discovered by the FBI “is connected to an online magazine called Inspire,” whose mission is to recruit al-Qaida members.
A message on Blogetery.com said, “[O]ur server was terminated without any notification or explanation.” Attempts to reach the site’s operators were not immediately successful.
The message board at webhostingtalk.com was inundated with Blogetery.com customer complaints.
“So BurstNet can ‘kill’ your server any time and give you BS reason about some ‘law enforcement officials,’” one message read.
So the hosting company decided to close it down huh? After an inquiry.. Well, guess that is one way to handle the situation huh? Not a good one mind you… Of course had the FBI wanted to just yank the servers off of the internet and perform a forensic evaluation that might be another situation altogether huh? I think though, that this place jumped the gun a bit. Blogetry.com is registered to:
Registrant Contact:WhoisGuardWhoisGuard Protected ()Fax:8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd8939 S. Sepulveda BlvdWestchester, CA 90045US
So, its a protected entry… Hmmmm.. Lets use the “Googles”
A Google of the domain turns up cached teandpolitics blogs but not much to do with jihad or qaeda. It wasn’t until I expanded the search with the parameters of “jihad+qaeda+blogetery.com” that I came upon a single hit from another site..
Which also has links to: http://rahetohid.wordpress.com/
A Maltego 3 scan turns up an interesting email address for the blogetery.com domain/site: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Seems to be the site’s operator and the author of the WordPress site too.
This site seems to be more pro Iran and anti America.. Not so much Jihadi recruitment…
It seems that the bulk of the sites on the blogetery.com domain were file sharing types of sites and this must have been where the files were uploaded to the servers. So, they yanked the servers because of more than this find I think. Scuttlebutt on the intertubes is that they had run into copyright issues in the past and perhaps this was a little too much heat on them so they just pulled it all down. In the Google searches I performed you could see links to movies and other things on sites within.
Move along.. Nothing to see here…
Of course, I would be interested in seeing those files they were talking about.. Especially the hit list.. I am going to have to look for this in other ways. In any event, like I said from the title of this posting, if every site that had docs from jihadists on them were yanked down, much of the internet would go poof. They have been very active uploading to the likes of rapidshare and all the other sites like the series of sites in Malaysia that I have been poking at.
More when I have it…