Hackers cripple al-Qaida web communications

Here’s one of the rare instances where hacking is used for good: NBC reports that a group of hackers have apparently shut down al-Qaida’s ability to communicate with nefarious ne’er do wells around the globe, according to Evan Kohlmann, of Flashpoint Global Partners, which monitors the group’s communications. “Al-Qaida’s online communications have been temporarily crippled, and it does not have a single trusted distribution channel available on the Internet.” Additionally, the attacks were, “well coordinated and involved the use of an unusual cocktail of relatively sophisticated techniques,” Kohlmann said. The sophistication of the attack may suggest that this was a government sponsored hacking incident, similar to the hilarious MI6 operation a few months ago where terrorist cook books for explosives and bombs were replaced with actual cook books for cookies. Good stuff.

Source: NBC News