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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Al-Qaeda websites 'hit by Western cyber attacks', 3 al-Qaeda propaganda websites have been shut down after coming under attack from Cyber Vigilantes.

Al-Qaeda websites 'hit by Western cyber attacks'. Three al-Qaeda propaganda websites have closed down after reportedly coming under cyber-attack from Western intelligence agencies. Telegraph.co.uk

WHO SHUT DOWN AL-EKHLAS WEBSITE 3 TIMES IN TAMPA FL ?

Last Updated: 1:07AM BST 22 Oct 2008 The al-Ekhlas, al-Buraq and al-Firdaws websites, all linked to al-Fajr the propaganda wing of al-Qaeda, have been out of action since September this year, but al-Fajr (Al-Qaeda website) denied the sites had "fallen into the hands of the enemy".

The websites were due to broadcast videos celebrating the September 11 attacks, but have blamed technical problems for their silence, the Guardian reports. The sites, which users access with a password, are closely monitored by intelligence agencies and academics studying al-Qaeda movements.

Suspicions of a deliberate campaign of disruption have been fuelled by the fact that a fourth website, al-Hesbah, continues to operate. Several experts suggest al-Hesbah may be being used by Saudi intelligence to monitor and entrap jihadi militants.

The sites routinely post video clips of "martyrdom operations", such as suicide bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, plus statements purportedly from Osama bin Laden and his Egyptian deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Joint Anglo-US cyber-attacks have been rumoured but neither government will confirm involvement. UK security officials have spoken of an "aggressive" new effort to counter al-Qaida internet propaganda.

William McCants, a consultant at West Point military academy, New York, who runs the Jihadica.com website said: "I think it's probably being orchestrated by several governments and it would have to be on the black operations [illegal but deniable] side," McCants said. "Whoever is doing this knows what they are doing. They are being surgically precise."

"I think the Americans are behind this," said Egyptian security analyst Dia Rashwan. "I believe there has been a decision by the US to close down these internet forums as part of their strategy of defeating al-Qaida and to stop it getting attention in the Arab world."

1) http://www.al-elkhas.com/ .....Domain name is not currently registered, The Al-Qaeda Websites Appear to Have Been Shut Down by the Internet Registry in the Asia Pacific Region, Al-Elkhas is Also Available with the Following Extensions For a Fee, see below;
2) http://www.al-elkhas.net/ ......Domain name is not currently registered.
3) http://www.al-elkhas.org/ ..... Domain name is not currently registered.
4) http://www.al-elkhas.biz/ ......Domain name is not currently registered.
5) http://www.al-elkhas.info/ ....Domain name is not currently registered.
6) http://www.al-elkhas.us/ .......Domain name is not currently registered.
7) http://www.al-elkhas.co.uk/ ..Domain name is not currently registered.
8) http://www.ek-ls.org/ ...............Domain name is not currently registered.

The sabotage of sites operated by extremist groups makes it more difficult for those groups to inspire attacks and recruit attackers, said Erich Marquardt, editor in chief of the Sentinel, a monthly online publication by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It could be those pesky "Cyber Vigilantes Who Track Extremist Web Sites" at work again.

Al-Qaida Web Site's Phoenix Hosts Follow Actions Taken In Tampa; By HOWARD ALTMAN, The Tampa Tribune, Published: February 2, 2008 For the second time this week, a Web site described as key to al-Qaida communications has been taken down by a hosting company after a call from a reporter. On Wednesday, the site was removed by a company in Phoenix after a call from the Arizona Republic newspaper. On Monday, a Web hosting company in Tampa removed a related site after a call from The Tampa Tribune. The site hosted in Phoenix - www.ek-ls.org - was one of six related al-Qaida sites previously hosted in Tampa, said Paul Henry, an Internet security specialist.

For the third time in a month, Sarasota-based private investigator Bill Warner has tracked to a Tampa hosting company what investigators call a significant Web site used by jihadists for communications, recruitment and fundraising. The company is based in the same building as the U.S. attorney's office. The site, www.alekhlaas.info, appears to show images of mujahedeen firing on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, among other images. The Web site was hosted by Noc4Hosts Inc. until it was taken down this month after a call from The Tampa Tribune. Warner, who says he tracks jihadists online to disrupt their activities, says he noticed today that the site once again is being hosted by Noc4Hosts.

See my prior post, Sunday, September 14, 2008, AL-QAEDA TERROR WEBSITE WWW.AL-EKHLAAS.NET THAT POSTED THREAT TO KILL GORDON BROWN AND TONY BLAIR IS SHUT DOWN TODAY

See my prior post, Investigator Links 3rd Jihadist Web Site To Tampa Host, Saturday, May 03, 2008, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER TRACKS AL-QAEDA WEBSITES TO TAMPA

My energies have been focused on shutting down jihad/terrorism websites hosted in the USA that link to al-Qaeda and I have done so all this year, one of those websites is
WWW.AL-EKHLAS, which I was able to shut down on Jan 28th 2008 in Tampa Fl, see article click here and then again on Feb 1st 2008 in Phoenix AZ, see article click here, and then again on February 22nd 2008 in Tampa Fl, see article click here, with the aid of the Tampa Tribune and the Arizona Republic newspapers.

As far as the Sept. 10th 2008 shut down of WWW.AL-EKHLAS.org and 3 others, I had contacted several newspapers in Brisbane Australia where WWW.AL-EKHLAS.org was ultimately hosted during the months of July and August 2008 and requested they get involved in shutting down the website, which appears to be still off-line. The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in Brisbane is the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia-Pacific region (Malaysia). APNIC is the Regional Internet Registry that allocates IP and AS numbers in the Asia Pacific region if they shut down the al-Qaeda site it is shut down everywhere.

I had contacted the editor, three investigative reporters and the senior reporter at "The Australian Newspaper", "The Brisbane Sun" and the "Herald Sun" and APNIC and provided them information on the al-Qaeda site www.al-ekhlas.org ultimately hosted out of Brisbane. The mirror site http://www.al-ekhlas.net/ also appears to have been shut down.

See also Follow up threat Sunday, September 28, jamalsaid24 ...."DEATH BE UPON YOU (BILL WARNER) AND THE AMERICANS AND THE BRITAIN'S AND THE WEST AND ALL OF THE ENEMIES OF AL ISLAM, AND THEN YOU WILL SEE WHEN YOU DIE HOW GREAT WAS THE PUNISHMENT OF ALLAH SUBHANNA WA TAL'A (THE ONLY GOD AND THE TRUTH)"... To view this comment, visit your profile , Bill Warner, on YouTube.

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