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After Paris, ISIS Moves Propaganda Machine To Darknet (csoonline.com) 184

itwbennett writes: Over the weekend, researcher Scot Terban came across the new website of Al-Hayat Media Center, the media division of Daesh (aka ISIS/ISIL), in a post on Shamikh forum (a known jihadi bulletin board), 'someone had posted the new address and instructions for reaching it,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. The website hosts the usual anti-Western iconography, as well as songs (Nasheeds) and poems for mujahids in various locations. Terban has mirrored the website and its files; he says he plans to publish more details in the coming days. 'Over the years, there have been several claims made that Daesh had propaganda and recruitment hubs on the Darknet, but no one has ever published proof of those claims or explored how the propaganda machine operates in public,' says Ragan.
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After Paris, ISIS Moves Propaganda Machine To Darknet

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  • darknet? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by i_ate_god ( 899684 ) on Monday November 16, 2015 @04:20PM (#50942581) Homepage

    on "the darknet"?

    What is the "darknet"? tor sites? freenet sites? or is darknet an actual service/thing?

    • Re:darknet? (Score:5, Informative)

      by OverlordQ ( 264228 ) on Monday November 16, 2015 @04:23PM (#50942609) Journal

      isn't clear FTFA, but follow links seems to point to Tor hidden services.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's the other side of the internet.

      You know the internet, the stuff you can see? Websites, google, Perez Hilton, reddit? That's the side of the internet that is facing us at all times.

      The other side is facing away at all times and is permanently in shadow.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It's the same as the Deep Web. Haven't you seen CSI Cyber?
    • Re:darknet? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 16, 2015 @04:52PM (#50942817)

      I think it's just a term used by morons that don't know how the Internet works.

      It could mean any or all of the following:
      - Sites that aren't Facebook, Twitter, Google, or YouTube, and therefore, aren't as visible.
      - Sites that don't get indexed on Google and therefore aren't as visible.
      - Sites that don't have a DNS name and therefore aren't as visible.
      - Geo-shitties sites with a black background. It's DARK on the DARKnet. Duh.

      So basically, sites that aren't easily found by the masses. That's "the darknet" or "the dark web" or whatever some dumbass wants to call it.

    • by Threni ( 635302 )

      Internet or the internet? There's only one, so Internet. "I'm going on internet" "Well, i'm doing down pub with t'whippets"

    • on "the darknet"?

      What is the "darknet"? tor sites? freenet sites? or is darknet an actual service/thing?

      This is a joke right? You folks are on /. and don't know what the Darknet is? I must have gone to the wrong Slashdot.

    • Re:darknet? (Score:5, Funny)

      by ls671 ( 1122017 ) on Tuesday November 17, 2015 @12:42AM (#50945405) Homepage

      Hi,
      Click Ctrl riight-shift alt D on your keyboard.

      A popup will appear asking you to confirm that you want to enter the dark-net.

      Click OK. You are now on the darknet. It is like a second kind of Internet. This functionality is not publicized to much and more or less kept secret to protect the children.

      P.S. You need recent browser and OS versions in order to access it since the TCP stack had to be adapted for the darknet. It uses a special bit in the TCP header.

      • by Agripa ( 139780 )

        Click OK. You are now on the darknet. It is like a second kind of Internet. This functionality is not publicized to much and more or less kept secret to protect the children.

        So like IPv6?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The "darknet" is what journalists and non-tech people say when they don't know what the fuck they're talking about, because they heard it used on House of Cards and they think it's a thing we in the tech world actually say or use (or that it even exists).

      "I found it on the darknet; it isn't listed in google and I had to use an IP address lol!"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That ToR and the darknet is a terrorist system, that must be stopped.

    I say, boy, pay attention when I’m talkin’ to ya, boy

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If "the terrorists" have been forced out of the regular internet, then it's a victory for the good guys. The Darknet is not conducive to propaganda activity. Propoganda needs to be readily available and ubiquitous in order to succeed. Being relegated to the Darknet is not going to help the Isis cause in any way.

    But let's all forget all that and put on the fear-monger hats for a bit, eh?

  • I thought ISIS's whole thing was recruiting people through social media.
    Kinda hard to reach the public when you take your propaganda machine into part of the Internet most people don't know even exists.

    • by PPH ( 736903 )

      I thought ISIS's whole thing was recruiting people through social media.

      And that will probably continue. Until the potential recruits have been vetted (i.e. no FBI logging onto a game and volunteering to go to Syria). At that point, they will probably be given instructions on where and how to connect to a darknet portal.

      Our intelligence services are getting quite lazy. No actual humint [wikipedia.org] work, even on line. They just want to scrape the Internet with giant automated filters and act on every instance of "bomb" or "jihad" that they trip over. It's too much work to pose as a disench

      • ... But give them the opportunity to put on a tuxedo, drink martinis and meet Pussy Galore and I'm sure they'd be up for that.

        I know I am totally down for this duty. Plus, I want to drive the new Aston Martin, and hang around Monte Carlo and the Bahamas.

        • by PPH ( 736903 )

          hang around Monte Carlo and the Bahamas

          Any volunteers for an undercover assignment in Tora Bora?

          [sound of crickets]

      • But give them the opportunity to put on a tuxedo, drink martinis and meet Pussy Galore and I'm sure they'd be up for that.

        In all fairness, what heterosexual male wouldn't be up for that?

        • Just the thought makes me ... uhhm... go up.

      • Our intelligence services are getting quite lazy. No actual humint [wikipedia.org] work, even on line. They just want to scrape the Internet with giant automated filters and act on every instance of "bomb" or "jihad" that they trip over.

        Your lack of understanding of what US intel is currently doing is hilarious.

        • by PPH ( 736903 )

          Your lack of understanding of what US intel is currently doing is hilarious.

          So you're saying we saw Paris coming, but just didn't bother to tell the French? Or we've caught all the people leaking NSA/CIA information (other than Snowden, the one guy who came out and admitted what he did and that this crap goes on all the time). Of course, we're pretty good at catching Chinese spies [nytimes.com]. Because they have Chinese names.

          • So you're saying that because we didn't see Paris coming, that means we're not doing human intel anymore?

            Try again.

            • by PPH ( 736903 )

              we're not doing human intel anymore?

              Not doing it well. Some 18 year-old /b/tard can track anonymous posts through various "dark apps" and successfully dox them. But our professional intelligence services are crying "Dark apps! We're helpless!" They are incompetent.

              Try again.

              And this defends your position how, exactly?

              • So you went from "we're not doing any actual human intel" to "we're not doing it well."

                I think we're done here.

  • by gestalt_n_pepper ( 991155 ) on Monday November 16, 2015 @05:44PM (#50943171)

    There are a lot of talented programmers out there using TOR who just might not appreciate a disruption in business by a bunch of religious nuts. Anonymous has already voiced their disapproval.

    I foresee highly amusing consequences of ISIS attempts to make use of "darknet" resources. They may find that all of their orders for rations have been modified to include bacon and all of their ammunition is rerouted to Sweden.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    http://isdratetp4donyfy.onion/ - Link to the site in question, if you want to take a personal look at the scum of the earth.

    It's the first result on Twitter when searching .onion.link, and the start (isd...) matches the badly smudged-out URL in TFA's screenshot, so that's the same hidden service.
    I'll just leave this here and with a little bit of luck some elite haxxor will mess with their shit.

  • You need to jam it down people's throats for it to work. Hiding your propaganda is like putting a billboard at the bottom of a lake.
  • So, while using their computers, the internet and the dark web, they are protesting Western iconography? I bet the irony is completely lost on these gutter crawling cur.

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