‘We know everything about ISIS online’: Hackers claim foiling terror attacks in Tunisia & New York
Edited time: 1 Sep, 2015 10:48
Ghost Security, a network of hacktivists formed earlier this year, claims that it thwarted two major terrorist attacks in the past month, as well impeding Islamic State’s online recruitment drive.
The group says it is looking for more volunteers to crowdsource its anti-terrorist efforts.
‘Somebody has got to oppose them’: Anti-ISIS hackers to RT
Mikro, one of the hackers, who has represented the group in its dealings with the media, told RT how Ghost Security intercepted social media communications between Islamist plotters.
“In Tunisia, they were, as always, talking on Twitter [about] what they’re about to do. And when you catch those conversations ... [you start] to get the pieces of the puzzle together. They started to talk about an old Jewish town in Tunisia right after the first beach attack,” said Mikro, referring to the shooting of 38 people in a Sousse hotel complex in June this year.
“We looked further into that and then we noticed that we were actually onto something. We looked a little closer, waited a couple of hours and alerted the authorities. A couple of days later they told us what has been done on our information and confirmed that we did prevent a terrorist attack at that point.”
Mikro said he was forced to be more circumspect about a subsequent plan to carry out an attack on a New York target, saying the group needed to maintain secrecy, but did say that there were “reasons to take the threat seriously” and claimed that reporting the plot to the authorities apparently “scared off” the radicals. The hacktivist group has used a private contractor as an intermediary with its dealings with the US government.
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