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January 13, 2015

New ISIS Threat Campaign Capitalizes on Paris Attacks

Image from Twitter campaign

Image from Twitter campaign

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched a new campaign on Twitter calling for additional homegrown attacks in Western countries in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris last week that killed 17.

The campaign, advertised with the hashtag #FightforHim was especially prominent on Twitter on Sunday, when both official ISIS accounts and multiple supporter accounts Tweeted images featuring messages to Muslims “living in the West” and quotes by Anwar al-Awlaki advocating “the duty of killing those who insult our Prophet Muhammad.”

Awlaki was an American propagandist for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was killed in a drone strike in 2011 but his writings and sayings continue to be a motivational force for extremists, including the Kouachi brothers, who are believed to have been two of the three individuals who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices last week, and Amedy Coulibaly, believed to be one of the two individuals behind last week’s hostage incident in a kosher grocery store in Paris.

At the same time, ISIS supporters are also continuing a campaign of hacking Jewish institutional websites and, increasingly, sites that are affiliated with governments, military institutions, and other organizations, replacing the original text on the site with anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist messages. Monday afternoon, ISIS supporters claimed responsibility for hacking the social media accounts affiliated with U.S. Central Command.

One of the Tweets from the #FightforHim campaign features a red banner image with the quote, “You are a Muslim? Living in the West? Being a city wolf is your task! For you are the only ones to do so! You are already ’citizens’, and no doubt you are the suitable ones to be chosen for such a task. You are sharing the same land with them! The same busses and trains, the same neighborhoods!”

Several Tweets also featured what appeared to be pages ready for insertion into an English-language propaganda magazine that quoted Anwar al-Awlaki narrating a story about a “Jewish leader and…very eloquent poet” who wrote poems that spoke out against Muhammad, after which he was killed. In the story, Muhammad stated, “I am the Prophet of mercy and I am the prophet of war” and “he has harmed us and he has defamed us with his poetry, and none of you (Jews) would do this except we would deal with him with the sword!”

Image from Twitter campaign showing Anwar al-Awlaki

Image from Twitter campaign showing Anwar al-Awlaki

The three pages that make up this story are titled Charlie, referencing the magazine. In its subject matter, the story also can be read as supporting attacks on Jews more broadly.

These images and others were Tweeted directly from multiple individual Twitter accounts. This may indicate that they were part of a coordinated campaign run through the Dawn of Glad Tidings app, a Twitter application that allows ISIS to Tweet directly onto users’ pages, thus rapidly and widely disseminating propaganda and enabling effective hashtag campaigns. Some of the images were Tweeted from between 80 and 100 accounts in minutes.

The campaign was supplemented by an essay written by an ISIS supporter that urged attacks in Western countries and provided suggestions for carrying them out.

The essay cites Inspire magazine, Anwar al-Awlaki, Osama bin Laden and ISIS as sources for inspiration and lists multiple cities, states, and countries that can be attacked, including multiple locations in the U.S.

“Until life in Norway, Florida, Montreal, Finland, Lisbon, Luxembourg and Canberra becomes…a land that burns, a sky that rains rockets, and cities through which wolves walk, the lions of jihad, and where breaths are conceal (sic) until they taste our severity” it states. The essay later threatens additional attacks including San Francisco, Belgium, London, Madrid, Sydney, Russia, Boston, Dallas, Virginia and Amsterdam with explosive devices, booby traps and poison.

This essay was picked up and circulated by official ISIS media outlets following its posting on Justpate.it, an online publishing site regularly used by terrorist supporters to quickly and anonymously post text and images online.

Although the #fightforHim hashtag is new, calls by terrorist groups for homegrown attacks have a lengthy history. In the past year, ISIS, Al Qaeda, AQAP and Al Shabaab have all called for such attacks. In the wake of the attacks in France, additional groups including the Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al Mourabitoun have also called for copycat attacks.

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March 14, 2014

Hackers Target Israel On Holocaust Remembrance Day

A hacker group known as Anony­mous Arab has announced plans to initiate a cyber-attack against Israel on Holo­caust Remem­brance Day (April 7). The campaign, called OpIsrael, is being promoted on multiple social media platforms in order to attract hackers from around the world.  opisrael-anonymous-arab-april-7-holocaust-remembrance-day

In a statement on the Anony­mous Arab Facebook page, the group threatened to launch “electronic attacks against as many Israeli websites as possible.” The group also threatens Israeli citizens: “Your credit cards, your bank accounts, your servers … are ALL in a danger!”

Last year, Anony­mous Arab issued a similar warning around the same time to “wipe Israel off the Internet.” The warning was followed by a series of cyber-attacks against Israeli government, military and private websites, although with limited results.

The Facebook page includes tutorial videos on hacking websites. One post reads, “Guys who are experienced in the DOS Attack [Denial of Service Attacks], preparations must be made to attack the website of the Zionist Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” The post specifically mentions the Farsi language website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Another post reads, “Now, Attack. Stop the service on the Israeli weapons website.” The post also lists tactical instructions and asks participants to hide their IP [Internet Protocol] so they cannot be tracked.

The past few years witnessed an escalation in cyber-attacks against Israel by various hacker groups from all across the Arab World. Hackers have also increased their attacks against the websites of Jewish institutions in the United States.

Hackers who target Israel often claim their attack is part of an electronic Jihad against the State of Israel in defense of the Palestinian people, but the timing of this campaign to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day demonstrates an anti-Semitic bent.

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September 12, 2013

9/11 Conspiracy Cited In New Call To Hack Israeli Websites

A video message posted online on September 10th threatened to launch a hacking operation against Israel on 9/11 under the name “OpIsrael Reborn.”Myths Hackers Team for blog

The video, which starts off by calling for the operation against Israel,  shows footage of the World Trade Center attack, Osama bin Laden, the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other scenes from U.S. military operations. The hackers claim that Israel and the U.S. are the real terrorists and imply that Israel was responsible for 9/11, a widely circulated conspiracy theory that has been propagated by left and right-wing extremists in the dozen years since the 2001 attack. Other written statements that appear in the video refer to the 9/11 attacks as a lie and claim that Israel does not exist, “it is Palestine.”

The video was released by an Egypt-based hacker group called “Myths Hackers Team.” Several other international hacking groups called for similar attacks against Israel on 9/11 but based on Israeli media reports thus far, none of these efforts were particularly successful.

In the video, Myths Hackers Team also claimed responsibility for an April hacking operation against Israel.

The group  has an Islamist bent and is sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, as illustrated by various posts on its Facebook page. It claims that it has successfully hacked more than 200 Israeli websites, including the websites of military agencies. One post on the Facebook page reads: “We will not stop, we will not forgive, we will not forget… it’s only the beginning, what is coming is more. We promised to start the war and it will not end until we announce that we are finished.”

The first “OpIs­rael” hacking incident took place dur­ing Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Gaza last Novem­ber, when hack­ers tar­geted, and in some cases defaced, var­i­ous Israeli websites. A similar hacking operation timed to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day in April of this year was dubbed “OpIsrael2.”

Past cyber-attacks against Israeli and Jewish institutions have been labeled by some Islamist activists as “electronic jihad.” ADL has previously issued numerous reports about anti-Semitic 9/11-related conspiracy theories, warning that “allegations of Jewish culpability in the 9/11 attacks may even be used as justification for future acts of anti-Semitic violence.”

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