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ICT Cyber-Desk Review: Report #2

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The second cyber-desk report addresses two main subjects: cyber-terrorism (offensive, defensive, and the media, and the main topics of jihadist discourse); and cyber-crime, whenever and wherever it has been linked to jihad (funding, methods of attack).

The report discusses the collaboration between the “Anonymous” group and Jihadist hackers in Electronic Jihad. The report highlights a chat software program specifically for Jihadists, as well as a number of security breaches by the “Al-Fallage Team”. Key topics of Jihadist discourse and Jihadist propaganda are listed and include addresses by prominent Al-Qaeda leaders and the formation of new media outlets.

During the course of January 2013, several events were detected in the world of cyber-crime and cyber-threats to the world economy, banking and business. These attacks included data leaks from FBI servers, online attacks of malware, hacking the website of the Chamber of Commerce in France, and the threat of cell phone hacking. In Britain, Christopher Weatherhead and Ashley Rhodes were arrested for the execution of a series of online attacks.

This report’s case study focuses on Iran’s suspected involvement in the attacks on American banks. Also spotlighted in this report are the “Anonymous” group and their activities in the Middle East and against Israel.

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