Feeds

Patriot hackers disrupt al-Qaeda websites

Ellen Degeneres teaches bombers to bake cupcakes

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Patriot hackers have interfered with al Qaeda's ability to issue videos and messages to supporters via a series of apparently coordinated denial of service attacks against Jihadist websites.

No one has claimed responsibility for the reportedly sophisticated denial of service attacks. Denial of service attacks, at their most basic, involve flooding targeted websites with junk traffic, such as Ping floods. More sophisticated attacks typically involve application layer assaults and attempts to disguise the geographical origin of packets in an attempt to bypass basic traffic filtering techniques.

"Al Qaeda's online communications have been temporarily crippled, and it does not have a single trusted distribution channel available on the internet," Evan Kohlmann, of Flashpoint Global Partners, told MSNBC. The assaults were "well-coordinated and involved the use of an unusual cocktail of relatively sophisticated techniques," Kohlmann said, adding that it may take jihadists several days to restore their internet presence to normal.

The attack is far from the first of its type. Purported ex-military hacker Th3J35ter has claimed attacks on various Jihadi websites in the past, along with attacks on WikiLeaks and its supporters.

Last year sites offering copies of English-language Jihadist magazine Inspire were targeted in an imaginative counter-intelligence operation. British intelligence agents hacked into the sites before replacing downloadable editions of the magazine, which included instructions on how to make bombs, with a PDF containing what looked like gibberish after a few pages. In reality the gibberish material contained nothing more malign than recipes for making cupcakes culled from a book assembled by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

However would-be Jihadists were left with the impression they might have downloaded malware, a ruse that succeeded in stymying interest in the site for several weeks. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart
Mega-costly gas 'n' 'leccy totting-up tech not worth it - Tory MP
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.