Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Motivation for Cyber Attacks against al-Qaida Websites

In a classic example of how little is known about the motives of (potential) politically motivated cyber attacks, The Guardian newspaper reports on recent cyber attacks against al-Qaida websites and provides a string of speculation on potential motives including:

  • "...governments are targeting them in a shadowy new front in the "war on terror"

  • "...the websites have fallen victim to Shia groups engaged in tit-for-tat sectarian cyber warfare with Sunnis"

  • "technical problems"

  • " sympathisers closed the forums themselves because they were too good a source of intelligence for their enemies"

  • "[I]nternet vigilantes"

Cyber-attack theory as al-Qaida websites close

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