ISIS Twitter Handles Traced To UK Government By Hackers
There’s no shortage of speculation about the possible role the West plays in funding, arming, and otherwise assisting Islamic State.
The theories range from the outright conspiratorial (the CIA created and to this day supports the group) to the probable (the US and its allies saw the establishment of a Salafist principality in Syria as a potentially destabilizing event for the Assad government and so initially encouraged Islamic State’s rise, only to face the worst case of blowback the world has ever known).
Recent revelations about Turkey’s role in facilitating Islamic State’s 45,000 b/d illicit oil trade have only added fuel to the fire and little by little, the Western public is starting to wake up to the fact that ISIS is more than the progeny of Abu-Mus’ab al-Zarqawi – it’s an entity that enjoys a great degree of state sponsorship.
The question is this: which states ultimately participate in the conspiracy?
One way to track down possible collaborators would be to go unit by unit through the network of regional affiliates that comprise Islamic State’s vast propaganda machine:
The group should have a sizeable digital footprint given how active its followers are on Twitter and given the fact that ISIS distributes some 40 pieces of propaganda each day in various formats, most of which is disseminated on the web.
With that in mind, we bring you an interesting story from The Mirror who reports that “a number of Islamic State supporters’ social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the UK Department of Work and Pensions.”
“A group of four young computer experts who call themselves VandaSec have unearthed evidence indicating that at least three ISIS-supporting accounts can be traced back to the DWP’s London offices,” the paper says, adding that “at first glance, the IP addresses seem to be based in Saudi Arabia, but upon further inspection using specialist tools they appeared to link back to the DWP.”
The Mirror did its own investigating and found that the IP addresses in question were sold by the British government as part of a larger deal to two Saudi Arabian firms.
“After the sale completed in October of this year, they were used by extremists to spread their message of hate,” the paper concludes.
Asked why the addresses still pointed back to the British government (which, you’re reminded, is bombing the ISIS home office in Raqqa), an “expert” told The Mirror that the “records of the addresses had not yet been fully updated.”