Sunday, January 03, 2010

Do Jihadist sites distribute malware?


In view of the discussion today of jihadist websites in relation to Yemen and the recent Detroit Incident, I thought it would be interesting to look around to see if there were many reports of malware on some of these sites, reportedly having weapons information for “do it yourself” operatives.

A Wordpress blog called “The Black Flag” has an entry from November 2006, “The Electronic Jihad (that wasn’t)”, link here.

Most of the tools deal with DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) or defacement attacks against “anti-Islamist” sites. But the post writer did some gumshoeing, throwing and receiving packets from servers in Helsinki and London, using techniques used by ISP’s or companies to stop DDoS events on their servers. He said that the “tools” were unimpressive. But they could create problems for sites with bandwidth limits and overage charges.

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