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ICT Cyber-Desk Review: Report #4

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This report covers two main subjets: cyber-terrorism (offensive, defensive, and the media, and the main topics of jihadist discourse); and cyber-crime, whenever and wherever it is linked to jihad (funding, methods of attack). The following are among the issues covered in this report:

  • Jihadist Web forums highlighted the contribution to the war of attrition against the West of “lone wolf” attackers.
  • During the first half of May 2013, visitors to the jihadist Web forum Ansar Al-Mujahideen discussed the leaking of the spyware program Prism by CIA agent Edward Snowden.
  • A senior leader of Al-Qaeda proffered personal security advice to those planning to join jihad.
  • The Syrian Electronic Army stated that it had attacked other enemies of Syria, among those attacks they hacked few times into Viber, Israeli application for VOIP.
  • On July 23, 2013, the Cyber Warriors of Izz al-Din al-Qassam announced their intention of embarking on Stage 4 of Operation Anabil against the US banking system.
  • The Cyber-Desk Team extensively reviews development in Cyber Crime using hybrid attack to steel money and the joint effort to contain the threats with cooperation between Government agencies and huge corporates like Microsoft.
  • The Iranian’s Hacking groups involvement in the cyber space – general reviews
  • On May, the US Department of the Treasury designated Liberty Reserve (LR) as a financial institution engaged in money laundering. Liberty Reserve was accused of laundering some $6 billion for clients, among them cyber-criminals engaged in credit card fraud. 

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