With Obama as President, the Islamic State has taken our technology and ran circles around us.
The San Bernardino jihadis employed the tactics recommended by the Islamic State, and the FBI cannot crack their phones. Obama’s priority is dismantling counter-terror programs and scrubbing jihad ties and jihad activity from the records of Muslim terrorists.
“New ISIS ‘help desk’ to aid hiding from authorities,” By Cory Bennett, The Hill, February 10, 2016:
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has opened up a new technical “help desk” that aims to help terrorists hide from Western authorities, according to researchers.
The Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) was launched on Jan. 30 as a joint effort of several of the top ISIS cybersecurity experts, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said in a new report.
While researchers have previously uncovered an ISIS “help desk” and 34-page manual that help extremists encrypt their communications, MEMRI said the EHF takes these services to an “alarming” new level.
“Jihadis have long sought technical information, which has been confined in the past to various password-protected jihadi forums,” said the MEMRI report, shared exclusively with The Hill. “However, the freedom and ease by which they can now obtain that information is alarming, especially when such information is shared over private and secure channels.”
The EHF operates on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram but also maintains a Twitter account that disseminates information and directs followers to its secure Telegram channel.
The group’s self-stated goal is clear: “Spreading security and technical awareness among the monotheists.”
According to an announcement celebrating the EHF launch, ISIS has spent a year establishing the group with the goal of “unifying the technical and security efforts, and uniting the ranks of the mujahideen’s supporters.”
It brings together several technical support entities, such as the Information Security channel on Telegram and the “Islamic State Technician,” an ISIS security specialist thought to be behind a leading password-protected technical forum.
The announcement, which the MEMRI translated, was also direct that the EHF had been formed “due to the electronic war and tight surveillance imposed by the Western intelligence apparatuses over Internet users, and their tracking and following of the mujahideen and their supporters, and targeting them based on their data and information, which they share over the Internet.”
EHF pledged to provide resources to help combat this surveillance.
“It is time to face the electronic surveillance, educate the mujahideen about the dangers of the Internet, and support them with the tools, directives and security explanations to protect their electronic security, so that they don’t commit security mistakes that can lead to their bombardment and killing,” the announcement said.
As of early this week, the EHF Telegram account had over 2,200 members.
MEMRI said EHF has not posted much yet, “but it is expected to take the lead nonetheless in content posted as time goes by.”
If the group follows in the footsteps of its creators, its content will be “defensively-oriented,” such as tutorials on mobile phone security, instead of “offensively-oriented,” such as instructions on launching cyberattacks, MEMRI said.
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