OpISIS and CharlieHebdo: Whack-A-Mole Without A Plan
Cyber WAR indeed… <Shakes head>
Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks it seems that Anonymous has finally become self aware about the online jihad that has been going on for years now. While I can laud their determination and willingness to… Help… I cannot agree with what they are doing with their blunderbuss approach to the taking down of ISIS online. You see kids there is more to all of this than just knocking off some poorly secured sites that the jihobbyists run to end the threat of daesh. Oh, and yeah, by the way call them daesh at least huh? If you do a little reading about them you will learn that daesh loosely translated from their Arabic acronym means “to crush under a boot” they don’t like it.
Anyway, back to what I was saying here. Look, I know you want to help (some of you that is) Others are looking for a quick fix and media attention, which hey, if Mandiant and Crowdstrike can do it so can you right? The main thing though is that if you are going to prosecute a war on terror then you should at least try to be helpful to the IC while you are at it okay? The second thing is that you are all fighting a battle you cannot win here and no matter how you try you are only getting in the way of things in reality. What do I mean? Well, let’s look at it this way;
If you take all the sites down for however long you will only force them to make other sites that are more under the radar. You will be also teaching them about security and you don’t want to be doing that do you? Say, did you see the article from Glenn Greenwald about how Iran learned from our Stuxnet attacks on them and are now a real threat? Yeah, see, it’s a double edged sword kids.
I have looked at all your plans and really only one site in the lists there was important to the jihobbyists as a platform of getting the word out. On the other front though, your Twitter war has been interesting to watch as well. Take it from one guy who has been doing this a while *cough jihaditwits cough* it is not really all about taking down the accounts. It’s about learning who the talkers are, who they talk to, and what the pipeline is for propaganda to take down, not just scatter-shot take-downs of accounts. Moreover let’s talk about doxing these guys and providing that to LE huh? I know, I sound like a broken record right? Look, we could use all the help we can get out there.
Back to the Twitter war though, let’s talk about this a bit. You see that graphic above? Yeah, those are just a small sample of accounts that I have collected recently. There are ZILLIONS of these guys out there on twitter re-tweeting links to content from Syria and other places. Have you stopped them? What? You haven’t gotten them yet? Let me tell you, you won’t either. The sad fact is this is the biggest game of whack-a-mole there ever was. I recently stopped altogether because I had to take stock of what I was doing. Was it having any effect at all? Even with my targeting of players who were really plugged in was I having a positive effect? Well, I guess I was from the point that I got the fatwa’s and the warnings about the account but in the end I was kind of meh about it so I took a break. I am back though and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on your “digilante” war.
So here are my parting thoughts…
- MMD, you gotta stop bein so derpy.
- Anonymous, work smart and not just carpet bomb here
- Share your dox with LE
- If you are going to go after Twitter accounts make them count. QUALITY OVER QUANTITY PLEASE
- Do your research and understand the propaganda war going on here kids. You knock out one channel they will open another
- Understand that you are teaching these idiots! You will eventually make them smarter
- It may feel like you are doing something but you really aren’t from the perspective of the GWOT
- While you may feel like the propaganda war is being won by you, the reality is that they love to be martyrs so you are only going to make them work harder and gather more followers
With all that said, I am sure you will continue doing what you are doing. Even more so once the news cycles start stroking the collective ego’s involved. Just know that you are not stopping them. Stopping them is up to the governments of the world and the military forces that will eventually have to kill or capture them all.