A popular ISIS website has been mirrored on the dark web in the wake of last week’s attacks in Paris, France.
According to researcher Scot Terban, who first analyzed the site Sunday on his Krypt3ia blog, news of the website began circulating among jihadists this weekend after instructions on how to access it appeared on a clearnet bulletin board.
“The site mirrors many of the other standard bulletin boards that the jihadi’s have had over the years replete with videos and sections in all languages,” Terban wrote. “Given that this site has popped up today in the darknet just post the attacks in Paris, one has to assume that an all out media blitz is spinning up by Al-Hayat to capitalize on the situation.”
Also known as a Tor hidden service, the site is designed to receive inbound connections from users on the Tor network – protecting both a visitor’s location and identity as well as the location of the website’s server.
“… Putting this propaganda on the dark web means it might stay up for longer than its clear web counterpart,” notes Motherboard’s Joseph Cox.
After tracking down the site’s address, Infowars was able to examine several images, videos and reports from ISIS jihadists praising last week’s attacks in France.
Another image, which features President Barack Obama, links to the group’s documentary-style propaganda film “The Flames of War.”
“That’s why Anonymous activists from all over the world will hunt you down. Yes, you, the vermin who kill innocent victims, we will hunt you down like we did to those who carried out the attacks on Charlie Hebdo,” the group said in a video announcement.
One such hacker known only as WauchulaGhost, who has spent months tracking ISIS online, explained to Infowars the details of his latest actions against the terror group.
“We have been fighting the Islamic State for about 10 months,” he said. “So far we have taken over 140 websites offline, over 70,000+ twitter accounts and thousands of videos.”
— WauchulaGhost (@WauchulaGhost) November 17, 2015
During his time with the hacking group GhostSec, WauchulaGhost and others were even able to stop terror attacks from unfolding in both Tunisia and New York City.
WauchulaGhost also revealed that intel on ISIS terrorists has more than tripled since the Paris attacks.
“We are receiving a tremendous amounts of DM’s via Twitter and email daily. I believe that since these attacks, people of the world have seen what can and will happen,” he said. “And finally people are making a stand against the Islamic State.”
“We are also prepared to launch dark web attacks as well.”
Although mass surveillance completely failed to stop an attack involving terrorists already known to French intelligence services, agencies such as the CIA have already used the tragedy to target encryption by promoting government backdoors in security software.
“There are a lot of technological capabilities that are available right now that make it exceptionally difficult, both technically as well as legally, for intelligence and security services to have the insight they need to uncover it,” CIA Director John Brennan said.
As noted by Wired Magazine’s Kim Zetter, the federal government’s argument falls completely flat when met with even the slightest scrutiny.
“Forcing US companies and makers of encryption software to install backdoors and hand over encryption keys to the government would not solve the problem of terrorist suspects’ products that are made in countries not controlled by US laws…” Zetter wrote. “Such backdoors also will be useless if terrorist suspects create their own encryption apps.”