London Car Bombs and Internet Forums
richard m. smith wrote on funsec:
subject: tracking down the london bombers via an ip address
hours before london explosives technicians dismantled a large car bomb in the heart of the british capital’s tourist-rich theater district, a message appeared on one of the most widely used jihadist internet forums, saying: “today i say: rejoice, by allah, london shall be bombed.”
cbs news found the posting, which went on for nearly 300 words, on the “al hesbah” chat room. it was left by a person who goes by the name abu osama al-hazeen, who appears regularly on the forum. the comment was posted on the forum, according to time stamp, at 08:09 a.m. british time on june 28 — about 17 hours before the bomb was found early on june 29.
al hesbah is frequently used by international sunni militant groups, including al qaeda and the taliban, to post propaganda videos and messages in their fight against the west.
there was no way for cbs news to independently confirm any connection between the posting made thursday night and the car bomb found friday.
al-hazeen’s message begins: “in the name of god, the most compassionate, the most merciful. is britain longing for al qaeda’s bombings?”
al-hazeen decries the recent knighthood of controversial author salman rushdie as a blow felt by all british muslims. “this ‘honoring’ came at a crucial time, a time when the whole nation is reeling from the crusaders attacks on all muslim lands,” he said, in an apparent reference to the british role in iraq.
this is of course, scary and interesting, but i’d like to concentrate on the subject line of richard’s message:
tracking down the london bombers via an ip address
the more important thing to note here, is the fact these cyber terrorism forums have a real connection to real terrorism, rather than how they may be used to try and track the bad guys down (although that is of course, interesting).
it may be stating the obvious, and these forums are likely already tracked: i am unsure if this article will hurt plausible current surveilance efforts, but i am sure stating the obvious about this connection between the real and virtual worlds when it comes to terrorism, is important.