FOR some time, the media has been very vocal about the strength of ISIS in the area of social media, internet hacking and manipulation which was reflected in the recent observations by the British government concerning the need to be able to train and recruit ‘official’ hackers to protect British sites and infiltrate ISIS software.
ISIS sympathizers using social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters are now finding significant resistance from activists who have been knocking some sites offline and infiltrating others.
The quote in the title above is from Michael S. Smith II the founder of Kronos Advisory, a commercial company that exists to counter terrorism of all types on behalf of companies and high worth individuals.
There is the Ghost Security Group which is a counter terrorism network that combats extremism on the digital front lines of today utilizing the internet and social media as a weapon. They say that their cyber operations consist of collecting actionable threat data, advanced analytics, offensive strategies, surveillance and providing situational awareness through relentless cyber terrain vigilance.
One group that feeds information to the U.S. government says it has suppressed tens of thousands of Twitter accounts since January, and its members have posed as would-be recruits to gain information on so-called Dark Web operations supporting ISIS.
Then there is a collective known as Anonymous which is the latest to draw attention to such campaigns, with members claiming credit for having thousands of pro-ISIS Twitter accounts disabled.
As governments around the world start to extend their physical resistance to terrorism, so it is possible that those existing in the cyber world will also play their part in helping to resolve the situation.