Monday, May 16, 2011
Osama bin Laden Was Logged Off But Al-Qaeda Stayed Online With Shumukh al-Islam Forum Which GoDaddy.com Has Since Shut Down.
Osama was logged off, al-Qaeda stayed online. Associated Press, Updated: May 16, 2011 09:02 IST
Islamabad: Osama bin Laden cut himself off from direct access to the Internet during his final years in Pakistan as he attempted to elude the CIA. But the terror group he founded has been able to seize the power of the Web to spawn an army of online followers (Shumukh al-Islam Forum) who will prolong al-Qaeda's war against the West long after his demise.
Al-Qaeda's technological evolution illustrates how much the group has changed since the September 11, 2001, attacks and why it has flourished despite America's decade-long quest to crush it, using everything from drone strikes in Pakistan to secret prisons in Eastern Europe where bin Laden's lieutenants were interrogated.
The US scored its biggest victory in that war on May 2, when US Navy SEALs shot and killed the 54-year-old terrorist during a daring late-night helicopter raid not far from Pakistan's capital Islamabad.
His death was undoubtedly a blow to al-Qaeda, but the group's diffuse, virtual network lives on in militant chatrooms and on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, where supporters carry forward bin Laden's message and plan the kind of bloody attacks that were his hallmark.
Unlike its Afghan Taliban allies, who banned television when they were in power, al-Qaeda has never rejected modern technology and recognized the importance of an online presence before Sept. 11. But its early efforts were fairly rudimentary. Since then, the group and its affiliates have exploited the Internet to rally and connect supporters, and are very quick to adopt new technology.
Al-Qaeda's media production arm, As-Sahab, now produces videos that look like professionally edited documentaries or television news broadcasts that are distributed by Al-Fajr, the group's online media organization, to major militant websites. The videos, which often contain flashy computer graphics, are then uploaded to scores of other sites by al-Qaeda supporters like on Shumukh al-Islam forum.
There are now tens of thousands of members on the half-dozen most important and exclusive online password-protected chatrooms, "fostering a movement that is at once decentralized but hierarchical" on Shumukh al-Islam forum.
GoDaddy.Com Shuts Down Al-Qaeda Website Shumukh Al-Islam Jihadi Forum www.shamikh1.net/vb, Thanks GoDaddy.com
At a time when it is most important for these Al-Qaeda scumbags to communicate with one another to plot their next terror attack in the USA, their website http://www.shamikh1.net/ and it’s forum pages at www.shamikh1.net/vb were allowed to operate openly in Scottsdale Arizona USA, they are now shut down.
See email from GoDaddy.com;
From: Nick Fuller firstname.lastname@example.org
To: bill warner email@example.com
Sent: Wed, May 11, 2011 1:03:30 PM
Subject: RE: www.shamikh1.net/vb private forum pages…terrorism
Thank you so much for sending this over!
We will take the information you provided and send it along to the relevant law enforcement agency. If they deem the site worthy of removal, we will comply immediately. I’m sorry we cannot be any more specific than that.
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com )
Domain Name: http://www.shamikh1.net/
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com/
Name Server: NS1. SUSPENDED-FOR.SPAM-AND-ABUSE.COM
Name Server: NS2. SUSPENDED-FOR.SPAM-AND-ABUSE.COM
Status: client Delete Prohibited
Status: client Renew Prohibited
Status: client Transfer Prohibited
Status: client Update Prohibited
Updated Date: 12-may-2011
Creation Date: 01-mar-2010
Expiration Date: 01-mar-2012
Domain Name: http://www.shamikh1.net/ and Forum Page WWW.SHAMIKH1.NET/VB/
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