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PostSubject: Anonymous sweeps ISIS twitter tracks in midst of the Russian investigation? What role does Twitter play?   Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:10 pm

#OpParis: Anonymous takes down 5,500 ISIS Twitter accounts

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Hacktivist group Anonymous has reported that more than 5,500 Twitter accounts belonging to Islamic State have been taken down. It comes after the collective declared a “total war” on the militant group following the Paris attacks.
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Tweeting from its #OpParis account, Anonymous stated: “We report that more than 5500 Twitter account (sic) of #ISIS are now #down! #OpParis #Anonymous #ExpectUS.”
“Our capability to take down ISIS is a direct result of our collective's sophisticated hackers, data miners, and spies that we have all around the world. We have people very, very close to ISIS on the ground, which makes gathering intel about ISIS and related activities very easy for us,” Alex Poucher, a spokesman for Anonymous, told RT.
He added that the collective has built tools that “might be better than any world government's tools to combat ISIS online.”
Aware that ISIS has its own hackers, Poucher expressed confidence that the militant group “does not have hackers like we have hackers.”
“They picked a fight with Anonymous when they attacked Paris, and now they should expect us,” he said, adding that the collective “will not sit by and watch these terror attacks unfold around the world.”
Anonymous released a video on Monday stating that the collective would “launch the biggest operation ever” against Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL), following the Friday attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured.
The group vowed to use their skills to “unite humanity,” and warned terrorists to “expect massive cyber-attacks.”
“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down,” the spokesman in the video said. “You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.”
ISIS responded to Anonymous' video on Monday, calling the hacktivist group “idiots” and offering guidance of ISIS supporters to protect against cyber-attacks.
However, as of Monday, 900 ISIS-related Twitter accounts had already been suspended after Anonymous posted a list of them online.
On Monday, Anonymous said in its video that “the French people are strong than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”
This is not the first time Anonymous has used its skills against ISIS. This year, the group has dismantled some 149 ISIS-linked websites, according to a recent report in Foreign Policy.

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PostSubject: Re: Anonymous sweeps ISIS twitter tracks in midst of the Russian investigation? What role does Twitter play?   Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:21 pm




Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, tweeted, “We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery.” But the release of the videos of ISIS’s next four beheadings of Americans and Britons were all announced via Twitter—with more graphic images of the beheadings and their aftermath—belying his claim. Furthermore, four months later, the number of graphic jihadi tweets of beheadings and executions is at its peak.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2015/01/30/terrorist-use-of-u-s-social-media-is-a-national-security-threat/




Twitter Accused of ‘Dereliction’ for Not Swiftly Removing Terrorist Accounts


Counterterrorism analyst says social media ‘platform has been weaponized by ISIS extremists’

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October 28, 2015 5:07 pm
Twitter has come under criticism from some analysts who say the social media company has failed to swiftly remove accounts that recruit potential terrorists and incite violence, raising concerns that the United States has not done enough to combat the Islamic State’s rapid expansion of its propaganda operations online.
Mark Wallace, CEO of the Counter Extremism Project, said on Wednesday that the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group has effectively used social media sites such as Twitter to propagandize and radicalize individuals, including Americans. His nonprofit project recently chronicled 66 U.S. citizens who are accused of joining or attempting to join the Islamic State, plotting attacks in the United States, providing financial support to extremist groups, or disseminating radical propaganda.
“These individuals have very different backgrounds and experiences, but the one characteristic they seem to share is active participation on social media,” he said in testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“Since its creation, ISIS in particular has deployed an incredibly sophisticated social media campaign to radicalize and recruit new members and to call for acts of terror around the world,” he added. “There are at least 43,000 active pro-ISIS Twitter accounts, sending approximately 200,000 tweets a day, amplifying and endlessly repeating ISIS’s messages of hate and terror.”
Wallace, also the CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said his group has “identified and reported hundreds of extremists to Twitter” who issued direct threats and attempted to incite violence. The social media company’s current policy states that “users may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
However, Twitter has not applied the policy consistently or effectively, Wallace said.
“Unfortunately the response we’ve gotten from Twitter is dismissive to the point of dereliction,” he said. “We have written three letters describing the problem and requesting a sit-down between Twitter and CEP leadership. Twitter has ignored all but one letter, and its reply, simply put, was indifferent at best.”
The company has also attempted to “distract from the reality that their platform has been weaponized by ISIS extremists,” he said. He noted comments by a Twitter official last year who told Mother Jones that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” arguing that the social media site permits extreme speech as long as it does not violate its policies.
A Twitter spokesperson pushed back against Wallace’s criticism that the company has not actively cracked down on extremist accounts.
“We review all reported content against our rules, which prohibit unlawful use, violent threats, and the promotion of terrorism,” the spokesperson said.
Wallace mentioned the case of Sally Jones—a 45-year-old former British punk rocker who joined the Islamic State in Syria with her husband, a British hacker, and her 10-year-old son—as “a great example of Twitter’s failure to combat the threat of violent extremism online.” “Over the last year, we witnessed Jones and her now deceased husband return to Twitter with slightly altered monikers dozens of times,” he said.
After her husband was killed in a U.S. airstrike in August, Jones, who now goes by Umm Hussain al-Britani, continued efforts on Twitter to find recruits for the Islamic State and encourage terrorist attacks in Western countries. She is believed to have been behind the terrorist group’s September release of a “kill list” of 100 U.S. military and government personnel that was obtained from public websites. The State Department subsequently named her a “specially designated global terrorist.”
Yet earlier this month, Jones was back on Twitter with a new account that released the purported home address of Robert O’Neill, a Navy SEAL veteran who claimed that he killed Osama bin Laden during the 2011 raid by U.S. special operations forces.
Some U.S. officials have been less critical of Twitter’s efforts to help combat online radicalization. Alistair Baskey, a National Security Council spokesman, told the Washington Examiner in July that the White House is “generally satisfied with how these companies comply with these procedures and with their willingness to discuss the matter with concerned parties.”
James Comey, the director of the FBI, also said in July that Twitter has “very good and thoughtful and hardworking at trying to shut down accounts.” Some counterterrorism officials believe that it might be useful to keep some jihadist-linked accounts online in order to gather intelligence, Comey said.
Still, Comey said that the Islamic State is “actually quite good at what they do” and acts as “the devil on your shoulder all day long, saying, ‘Kill, kill, kill.’”
Shutting down terrorist propaganda on social media is vital because Twitter serves as a “gateway drug,” Wallace said. Once jihadist propagandists reach potential recruits on Twitter, they can then move to applications with private or encrypted communications to evade U.S. authorities.
Three teenage girls from Colorado attempted to join the Islamic State last year after they interacted for months with prominent recruiters on Twitter and shared extremist videos, including one featuring Anwar al-Awlaki—the American and former al Qaeda leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011. German authorities worked with the FBI to apprehend the girls before they could enter Syria.
Wallace urged Twitter to develop a process that would allow users to report suspected terrorist activity quickly. Additionally, he recommended that the company grant “trusted reporting status” to entities such as his project and the State Department that could help Twitter swiftly identify terrorists and remove their accounts, a step he said other social media sites have taken.
“The majority of social media companies are U.S. companies, but online misuse has global consequences,” he said. “It is time that social media companies like Twitter take responsibility for the global implications of their platforms and their lack of action.”


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PostSubject: Re: Anonymous sweeps ISIS twitter tracks in midst of the Russian investigation? What role does Twitter play?   Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:43 pm

I love to "Tweet", especially 'Tweens'. My tweet handle is 'Jake' and I have a young model agency
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PostSubject: Re: Anonymous sweeps ISIS twitter tracks in midst of the Russian investigation? What role does Twitter play?   Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:21 pm

It's internet housecleaning as operation ISIS is being phased out. In Turkey Putin exposed who is behind them, and is also bombing all their trucks and oil supply roots. They are no longer sustainable as a phony Islamic terror group.


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PostSubject: Re: Anonymous sweeps ISIS twitter tracks in midst of the Russian investigation? What role does Twitter play?   Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:28 am

laconas wrote:
It's internet housecleaning as operation ISIS is being phased out. In Turkey Putin exposed who is behind them, and is also bombing all their trucks and oil supply roots. They are no longer sustainable as a phony Islamic terror group.

Makes sense.  Then you would expect them to try another incarnation, probably riding in on the coattail of another big false flag/media op...  But Putin would know, would he call them out right off the bat?  And would jews take that chance?  Has Putin manoeuvred too perfectly?  Odd silence from China recently, that certainly also means something.

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PostSubject: Re: Anonymous sweeps ISIS twitter tracks in midst of the Russian investigation? What role does Twitter play?   Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:18 pm

ISIS sends dozen suicide bombers to Malaysian ASEAN summit - leaked memo

Published time: 20 Nov, 2015 11:33Edited time: 20 Nov, 2015 14:27
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A leaked Malaysian police report alleges there could be at least ten Islamic State suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur, where leaders from 18 countries, including the US, Russia, Japan and China, are set to gather this weekend for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

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Malaysia's police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, has responded in a statement to the disclosure of an internal police circular that warned of the possible presence of suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur and Borneo.

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According to the Malaysiakini online news daily, Khalid has confirmed a leaked police circular on a meeting between members of Abu Sayyaf, a Philippines-based terrorist group, and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The circular allegedly reports that IS have dispatched suicide bombers to Sabah (one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia's capital and most populous city).

“There have been reports of imminent terrorist threats in Malaysia,” the police chief said in a press statement. “At this point, I would like to underline that they have yet to be confirmed,” he added.
The circular, dated November 16, reportedly originated from intelligence gathered from a meeting held between IS, Abu Sayyaf and the Moro National Liberation Front.

The Sunday meeting in Sulu, the Philippines, was reportedly attended by “14 leaders from the three outfits and 50 members of Abu Sayyaf armed with M16 rifles, pistols and bombs,” the circular claimed. It also reportedly stated that leaders of the terrorist groups have decided to recruit more new members, and to dispatch some of their followers to Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

The note reportedly alleged that Abu Sayyaf and Islamic State already have eight suicide bombers in Sabah and 10 in Kuala Lumpur, according to Malaysiakini.

“These suicide bombers underwent military training in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as prepared to receive orders from their leaders to launch attacks/bombings,” the online daily quoted the circular as reportedly saying.

The latest attacks by Islamic State militants in France, Egypt, Lebanon and the Philippines have  also prompted Malasya to beef up security. "Security checks at all entry and exit points to Malaysia have been stepped up," Khalid said.

At least 2,000 army personnel were being positioned at strategic points in Kuala Lumpur and another 2,500 were on standby, Malaysian Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said, according to Reuters.

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