Saudi Arabia recently hosted a conference on Information Technology and National Security where attendees called for increased international regulations to combat the spread of extremist ideologies.
The conference generated yet another estimate of Al-Qaeda supporting websites - 17,000 and growing by 9,000 a year:
"At yesterday’s final sessions, Khaled Al-Firm, an IT specialist, called for the establishment of an international media forum to combat radicalism and terror. Al-Firm quoted Prince Abdul Aziz as saying that there were 17,000 websites on the Internet which fuel Al-Qaeda ideology, with an annual increase of 9,000 websites per year that seek to find new recruits by brainwashing people."A very important aspect of political computer crime is the need for media coverage as discussed at the conference:
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"[Khaled Al-Firm] said that media battles waged by Al-Qaeda were as deadly as the military operations themselves. He pointed out that while the December 2004 attack on the US Consulate in Jeddah was a failure, it received huge publicity providing PR boon to the militants that planned the attack.
“Terrorists do not just focus on military success. There is a third angle to the operation which is the glory of publicity, which compensates for the failure of the operation,” he said."