In the global war on terror, governments are looking for any and every way to take down terrorist networks and interrupt their communications. In the most recent one of these attacks/communication interruptions, an unknown group of hackers launched a cyber attack on al-Qaida’s main website, temporarily taking away their main protected mode of communication, leaving them with the option of potentially exposing their identities or not communicating at all.
Experts like Evan Kohlmann, who monitors al-Qaida’s communications, suggest that this was a government-organized attack, as it was carried out using a wide variety of advanced methods:
“[The attack was] well coordinated and involved the use of an unusual cocktail of relatively sophisticated techniques… once again appears to bear the telltale fingerprints of government-sponsored hackers,” Kohlmann says.
Kohlmann also says that this attack will take several days for the terrorist group to recover from, and the network is back up and functioning as before. At the moment it is unclear which government launched this attack, but it seems to resemble the efforts of a previous cyber attack that targeted the terrorist website and replaced a bomb-making formula with a pastry making recipe instead.
No matter who is responsible for this cyber attack, it is good to see hackers putting their skills to good use and helping protect people instead of simply causing chaos for the thrill of it.