2015: ISIS Twitter Accounts Traced to… UK Government Computers

In a move that will surely conjure fumbled narratives and cheeky excuses from the rouge British government, four young hackers have traced at least three ISIS Twitter accounts to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), based out of London. The group calls themselves VandaSec traced several online-jihadi accounts via their IP addresses (an IP address is an identification number for computers of all types) at first, to Saudi Arabia. Later, upon deeper digging, the hackers unearthed information linking these accounts directly to British government computers based out of the DWP. Sure enough after the news broke British officials responded by stating the IP addresses were sold as part of a much larger ‘bulk sale’ to Saudi Arabian based telecoms companies. “We think carefully about which companies we sell addresses to, but how their customers use this internet connection is beyond our control.” A Cabinet official was quoted as […] Read More

5 Ways the U.S. Enabled the Radical Islamic State

ISIL, now the Islamic State, has become the stuff of nightmares, and the US is, at least partially, to blame. In fulfilling the terrorists’ dream — transforming into a state with an army — ISIS, now the Islamic State, has become the stuff of nightmares for much of the Middle East and the West. I almost wrote that it had become “the worst nightmare,” but I’ll reserve that for when it obtains nuclear weapons. (Wait — what?) But, to some extent, the Islamic State is a product of the United States. Here are five reasons why: 1. The general state of chaos in which the United States left Iraq with, to this day, no strong central government. 2. “The U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in Iraq from Syria and vice versa,” writes Patrick Cockburn in an excerpt from his new book posted atForeign Policy in Focus. Some […] Read More