AQ’s New Digital Shingle: Al-Fidaa
AQ’s New Propaganda Board:
Al-Fidaa, the newest site in the Al Qaeda webring to spread the usual propaganda. This site popped up last week and I am just getting round to checking it out fully. The site is undoubtedly a response to the takedown of Al-Shamukh a couple weeks back and this is their answer, to make even more redundant sites to pump out their agenda.
The difference so far with this site is that security wise (at first sniff) it has been upgraded. Google has been spidering the site, but even when you attempt to look at the content in the cache, you get nothing but the login page. This is a decidedly large change from their past sites that leaked data. A further examination of the site structure and back end servers will tell if there is more to work with on fidaa.
Another major change is that these site domains have been set up as privacy protected. This is a newer thing to most of these sites and the domains were set up in May of this year, probably in case they needed them, like the Al-Shamikh1 site that popped up so quickly after the original domain was capped by Godaddy and allegedly “BlackKatSec”
I would love to see the government go to these domain registries and locate how, who, and where the funds were transferred to create these sites. I am willing to bet that they were set up using cutout companies or individuals, but, maybe they will get lucky and get a line on a real person or two to ask some questions concerning ownership and connection to AQ.
While the site is registered in the US, the actual servers are all located in Malaysia. So, once again we see that Malaysia seems to be a hub where the Internet Jihad is concerned. I have to wonder just how well our government gets along with the Malay government. Could we in fact get some digital forensics love on those boxes out there? One also wonders just how many Malay jihadi’s there are out there and how many of them may in fact work for networks like Piradius. I ask this because many a server has been stealthed onto boxes run in those networks and I think from the looks of them, that they are being managed locally, not just hacked.
The Nature of AQ Sites:
Overall, it seems that this site is just another mirror like all the rest out there. They will have secret little rooms to chat amongst themselves, but the real Jihad goes on elsewhere. Primarily these sites are for the distribution of propaganda and to recruit the lone wolves in the West. I expect that it will just be the same thing with a different color scheme really… But, it will be something to watch.
If I find something tasty I’ll let you know.