Al-Qaida communications knocked offline, says expert

[IDG] Terror group al-Qaida has been left without a trusted operational channel on the Internet for distributing its media and propaganda, according to a terrorism expert.”I really can’t say for certain how or why this happened, other than that it involved apparently separate attacks on both the domain name and data server used by al-Qaida’s trusted forum, Al-Shamukh,” Evan Kohlmann of Flashpoint Partners said in an e-mail late Wednesday. That kind of coordinated event doesn’t typically occur by happenstance, he added.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/063011-al-qaida-communications-knocked-offline-says.html
http://www.itworld.com/security/178887/al-qaida-communications-knocked-offline-says-expert
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/234792/alqaida_communications_knocked_offline_says_expert.htmlAlso see:Jihadist web forum knocked off Internet [AP]
A popular jihadist Internet forum has been knocked off the Internet, and counterterrorism experts say it appears it was hacked.Cybersecurity analysts say the al-Shamukh forum appears to have been taken down by a fairly sophisticated cyberattack that hit not only the website, but the server – which is the main computer that enables people to access the site over the Internet.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/jihadist-web-forum-knocked-off-internet-1.370437

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