Rumors abound that key Al-Qaeda websites have been knocked offline by prolonged DDoS attack

// December 22nd, 2012 // Uncategorized

al-Qaida militant holding gun

According to WTOB station (and as yet unconfirmed by Geek Slop), United States intelligence sources confirmed that key al-Qaeda websites have been knocked offline by a DDoS cyberattack lasting for the past two weeks (the sites have been dark since early December).

According to WTOP station:

“This is one of the longest disruptions the organization has experienced since it set up its online distribution system in 2006. Al-Qaida also was hit by a massive cyber attack in late 2008, from which the online network never recovered. Intelligence sources say the most recent attack has significantly inhibited the organization’s ability to recruit online and post propaganda and is the second blow to the organization’s recruiting just this month”

The DDoS attack comes just prior to the release of the propaganda movie Salil al-Sawarim 3, which was scheduled to be released last week but has been delayed due to the DDoS attack against the al-Qaeda websites.  The movie was supposed to herald the return of al-Qaeda in Iraq.  The last movie, Salil al-Sawarim 2 was downloaded by over 500,000 people.

Intelligence sources say al-Qaeda has since attempted to move their communications to Twitter.

Sources: WTOB

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