Cyber War Monitor

A global cyber offensive against ISIS

ISIS typically uses social media to distribute propaganda, recruit fighters, and plan attacks. Their cyber capabilities do not end there, they are also becoming increasing good at disrupting computer systems and networks of national governments, security agencies, and businesses.  They use encrypted technology like the Telegram...

Hacker sympathetic with Assad appears in US federal court

A computer hacker and alleged member of the Syrian Electronic Army, Peter Romar, appeared in a Virginia federal court on Tuesday. Romar faces charges related to unauthorized computer intrusions and violations of sanctions against Syria, according to the U.S Department of Justice. He is one...

Evidence of ISIS bolstering its cyber operations

In the past, ISIS has noticeably infiltrated prominent social media accounts in an attempt to spread their own propaganda. These attacks have not led to any substantial leaks in information, but rather an attempt to grasp a low hanging fruit, targets that aren't behind exhaustive...

US indicts three Syrian members of Syrian Electronic Army

The US Justice Department has indicted three members of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) for cyber crimes, according to Forbes. The three accused individuals, Ahmad Umar Agha, Firas Dardar and Pierre Romar have been charged with a range of offences, from hacking, to engaging in...

U.S State Department creates new Center to combat ISIS messaging online

The U.S State department's new Global Engagement Centre is planning an aggressive and multi-faceted campaign that can actually engage with humans on social networks, not just send them messages contrary to ISIS (what was done previously). It will pull data and create tailored messages to engage with susceptible...

ISIS restricting internet access in controlled areas

[In the past] "People would go to the cafes and pay money for internet and have a password or a username," said Raqqawi, an anti-ISIS activist who uses a pseudonym. "They were sitting in their homes and could access the internet." Since then, ISIS has...

Facebook and Twitter struggle to remove ISIS propaganda from social media

Given the global nature of social media, it is primarily up to the users to report offensive content. Since Facebook and Twitter somewhat pride themselves on allowing their users to freely express their opinions online, it can become quite cumbersome to distinguish between silencing violent ISIS...

MIT Technology Review: Fighting ISIS Online

David Talbot, senior writer at MIT Technology Review, assesses the effectiveness of  existing counter-terrorism efforts put forth by internet companies, government agencies and NGOs, who strive to stanch Jihadist recruitment by censoring gory content, sharing information with law enforcement,  and funding and supporting outreach efforts...