Al Qaeda Declares Internet Jihad Starting November 11, 2007

by 1389 on November 1, 2007

in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, e-jihad, Foehammer, Internet, Iraq, Islam, malware, security, Spencer and Geller, Taliban, tech tips, The Jawa Report, trolls

(Updated 11/3/07, 11/12/07, 11/15/07, 11/24/07)
We win, they lose!

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From the redoubtable Jawa Report:

AQ is making threats. So what else is new?

Suffice it to say that 1389 won’t be staying up nights worrying about this.

Jihadis of every stripe have been trying to shut down opposition blogs and websites all along! Ever since there have been counterterrorist/anti-jihadist websites and blogs, there have been problems with pro-jihadist activity. It goes with the territory. We’ve dealt with hackers, trolls, cyberstalkers, DDOS attacks, abuse of “censorware” to block access to our sites, slander and defamation, frivolous (albeit expensive) lawsuits, death threats, actual physical attacks – you name it!

Guess what? We have been aware of the risks all along, and we know how to fight back. (See Dancho Danchev: Electronic Jihad v3.0 – What Cyber Jihad Isn’t if you’re curious about the techie details.) We’re still here, and we’re here to stay!

That said, let me remind everyone to continue to take appropriate precautions:

  • Make sure that the latest versions of your anti-virus/anti-malware products are installed and configured correctly.
  • Make sure that your operating system is up to date with all security-related patches.
  • If you have a blog or website, take backups of everything and keep the backups in several places.
  • If your site is unexpectedly down or cannot be accessed, contact your hosting provider immediately.
  • If you are being attacked, please refer to our Stop Blog Censorship and Reference Material resource pages for more information about how to report it and what to do next. Also, please let us know by using this form to send us email.

Why did AQ announce this now?

Here’s one possibility: AQ is upset about the way things are going in Iraq. They’re forced to acknowledge that their posteriors are being kicked not only by US and coalition troops, but by the Iraqis themselves. (See “The darkness has become pitch black” – Osama bin Laden on Iraq situation.) The Jawa Report says that sources indicate that AQ may be turning more of its attention to Afghanistan, because it has no future in Iraq.

Numerous AQ attacks have been thwarted in various other places around the world. Yes, AQ is dangerous, but certainly not invincible. Not if we put our minds and hearts and strength into stopping them!

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1 rosie November 11, 2007 at 8:21 am

bring it on al kadideees

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