Participants at the annual Chaos Computer Club computer hackers’ congress in Hamburg, Germany
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A group of Iraqi hackers placed porn on encrypted message sites used by Islamic State’s ‘news agency’ Amaq.
The hacks are meant to disrupt the flow of communication between ISIS jihadis by creating havoc in the organization and mistrust of supporters for each other.
“Our intention was to flood the market with fake Amaq content in order to dilute the credibility of Amaq – a so-called news agency,” one of the anonymous hacker told Newsweek.
The hackers call themselves Daeshgram, a play on the name of the encrypted messaging application Telegram that is favored by ISIS supporters. “Daesh” is a derogatory acronym in Arabic used to refer to ISIS.
“Daesh responded by telling supporters not to trust any of the Amaq links. They even had fights among themselves about the topic and deleted each other from various groups,” the anonymous hacker said.
Hacks on other communications networks and apps have forced ISIS to rely only on Telegram in recent weeks.
Recently, another group of Muslim activists hacked into ISIS servers after the terror group announced it had upped its online security following a series of cyber attacks on Amaq.
“In response to recent events, we have imposed more stringent security measures on our systems,” ISIS announced. “We can now handle email attacks or any type of hack.”
“Challenge accepted” wrote the hacking group on Twitter. Barely three hours later, the hackers tweeted, “Challenge complete – too easy! 2000 email subscribers hacked from Amaq…What is next??”
The hackers then released the email addresses of Amaq subscribers online.
In his latest book, Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, wrote the computers of ISIS jihadis seized by the U.S. were filled with pornography.
“We looked a ruthless enemy in the eye — women and children, girls and boys, raped and exploited, the beheadings stored on a laptop next to pornography,” wrote Flynn in The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies. “At one point, we actually had determined that the material on the laptops was up to 80 per cent pornography.”
Flynn said the pornographic material brutalized the psyche of the jihadists and enabled them to become desensitized enough to carry out the group’s atrocities. He also said that closing down ISIS communication channels combined was the only way to defeat ISIS.
It was also revealed that assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had an extensive pornography collection, which was seized by U.S. Navy Seals who killed him during a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011.