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Civilian 'hacktivists' fighting terrorists online
phys.org, physorg.com ^ | Brian Bennett

Posted on 09/18/2012 1:43:44 AM PDT by THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH

Working from a beige house at the end of a dirt road, Jeff Bardin switches on a laptop, boots up a program that obscures his location, and pecks in a passkey to an Internet forum run by an Iraqi branch of al-Qaida.

Soon the screen displays battle flags and AK-47 rifles, plus palm-lined beaches to conjure up a martyr's paradise. "I do believe we are in," says Bardin, a stout, 54-year-old computer security consultant.

Barefoot in his bedroom, Bardin pretends to be a 20-something Canadian who wants to train in a militant camp in Pakistan. With a few keystrokes, he begins uploading an Arabic-language manual for hand-to-hand combat to the site.

"You have to look and smell like them," he explains. "You have to contribute to the cause so there's trust built."

Bardin, a former Air Force linguist who is fluent in Arabic, is part of a loose network of citizen "hacktivists" who secretly spy on al-Qaida and its allies. Using two dozen aliases, he has penetrated chat rooms, social networking accounts and other sites where extremists seek recruits and discuss sowing mayhem.

(Excerpt) Read more at phys.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Technical
KEYWORDS: antiterrorism; counterintellegence; islam; terrorism
Private individuals fighting terrorist sites online.
1 posted on 09/18/2012 1:43:47 AM PDT by THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
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To: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
Private individuals fighting terrorist sites online.

God Bless 'em....while our government searches and sniffs our stuff and pats down our junk at the airport.

2 posted on 09/18/2012 2:10:27 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Folks like thtt guy are the unsung heros in the terror fight.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 2:22:07 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Opps, mispell the word “that”.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 2:26:17 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
I agree, and best they stay off the radar. Their security depends on it.

Then again, the PSYOPS value of letting the recruiters out there know that they're being hunted has to throw them off their game a little.

5 posted on 09/18/2012 2:28:40 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

And in a special way, when they vacation, do retreat, etc, that they really, really, keep a very low profile.


6 posted on 09/18/2012 2:31:39 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH

I wish I was smart enough to do something like this.


7 posted on 09/18/2012 2:34:35 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH

Welcome to FreeRepublic.com/


8 posted on 09/18/2012 2:36:37 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
It's such a good idea to tell the world that you're penetrating terrorists' websites --> NOT
9 posted on 09/18/2012 2:56:05 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: xtinct

Not really a bad idea. For instance, if you want to use the Net to get a 13 year old girl in your house, I can tell you there is about a 75% chance you are emailing, conversing with a 36 year old cop. If you want to talk about killing your next door neighbor, the hit man you found on line is most definitely a Fed. This throws the Jihadis into turmoil so much that when recruiting members they always wonder. The reckless figure they can outsmart the authorities and then get easily caught. The cautious are slowed down. They spend time, money and effort verifying everyone they contact thus slowing down progress until another circumstance gets them caught.


10 posted on 09/18/2012 3:23:10 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
I remember you, nice hair bro!


11 posted on 09/18/2012 3:48:44 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Cindy; hiredhand; CodeToad

BTTT !


12 posted on 09/18/2012 3:56:41 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Squantos

Good morning Squantos.


13 posted on 09/18/2012 4:37:41 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: everyone; All

Morning Everyone and All. May yesterday be the beginning of a stand which has to be made. Be Ready for Anything and Everything. Stay Safe. I’ll be willing to take the walk.


14 posted on 09/18/2012 4:53:12 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Safetgiver

I get your point - but it still bothers me that;
“... in May, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton disclosed that an obscure State Department office called the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications had hacked a Yemen-based website and replaced pro-al-Qaida graphics with banners showing scenes of Yemeni civilians who were killed in al-Qaida attacks.”

also - it is imho stupid and dangerous to give out where the guys works!
On balance, assuming AQ knows this is likely going on, I still wish they’d shut their mouths about it.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 5:23:37 AM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: spankalib

Understood. With this administration and the Global Government crowd, no good deed goes unpunished.


16 posted on 09/18/2012 5:39:52 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Cindy

Thanks!
:)


17 posted on 09/18/2012 5:44:16 AM PDT by THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH (Islam: the original killer app)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Thank you, I’ll be here in Vegas all week. Try the roast beef.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 5:44:29 AM PDT by THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH (Islam: the original killer app)
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To: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH

New MSM definition of Muslim terrorist:

URGENT MESSAGE From Obama Media Group to all media:

Please substitute ‘Muslim Terrorist’ with “IMMATURE TEEN” in all future publications.

Defense: Teen accused in bomb plot ‘immature’

BY KIM JANSSEN

Staff Reporter
Last Modified: Sep 18, 2012 02:19AM

The feds painted him as an religious fanatic who admired Osama Bin Laden and believed he’d kill dozens of Chicagoans when he allegedly pressed a bomb “detonator” outside a downtown bar Friday night.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/15212713-418/defense-teen-accused-in-bomb-plot-immature.html?print=true


19 posted on 09/18/2012 5:54:51 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Squantos

One small problem: What if the big boys think he’s for real and do a roundup? Proxy server redirects don’t fool them.

Second: What’s he going to do with that information he is collecting?


20 posted on 09/18/2012 6:38:13 AM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: Cindy

Good day back at ya Cindy.....hope yer well.

Stay safe....


21 posted on 09/18/2012 9:02:51 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: CodeToad

Not all redirects are freeware.... :o)

But I understand what your saying.


22 posted on 09/18/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Squantos; Travis McGee

The one thing about the Internet is that if someone can tap all primary switches then you can trace IP traffic no matter the content of the packet. “They” have access to ALL primary switches on the Internet, including all ISPs, and can trace IP packets anywhere they go, including overseas.

Anyone thinking overseas routers will hide their distant end is fooling themselves dangerously.


23 posted on 09/18/2012 10:02:51 AM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: CodeToad; Squantos

It’s easy in my case. I just assume that my every keystroke since day one is on file everywhere.


24 posted on 09/18/2012 12:13:28 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: CodeToad

You’ve confirmed my suspicions. I’m not all that network savvy, but I know enough about what I don’t know to think this guy is s little naive.

The average Joe who uses his Amazon purchased Dell and some wares to try to anonymously poke around the world from his home is probably asking for some real trouble to come visit him - either in the form of the “good” guys who are not amused, or the bad guys who are pissed.


25 posted on 09/18/2012 12:49:56 PM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: CodeToad

“Anyone thinking overseas routers will hide their distant end is fooling themselves dangerously.”

I agree.


26 posted on 09/18/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Travis McGee

“It’s easy in my case. I just assume that my every keystroke since day one is on file everywhere.”

Ditto.


27 posted on 09/18/2012 3:14:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

In my case, I ain’t got no choice. I ain’t smart ‘nuff to keep track of lies and subterfuges.


28 posted on 09/18/2012 3:25:01 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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