Facebook bans Rohingya group’s posts as minority faces ‘ethnic cleansing’ | Technology | The Guardian

As hundreds of thousands flee a brutal campaign by the Myanmar military, the social media company labels an insurgent group a ‘dangerous organization’

Fuente: Facebook bans Rohingya group’s posts as minority faces ‘ethnic cleansing’ | Technology | The Guardian


Documents support fears of Muslim surveillance by Obama-era program | World news | The Guardian

Internal US law enforcement documents describe a highly controversial community initiative aimed at identifying potential terrorists before they “radicalize” as being intimately related to intelligence gathering.Despite years of official denials, American Muslim civil rights groups have claimed that Barack Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiative was a euphemistic approach that targeted Muslims for surveillance.

Fuente: Documents support fears of Muslim surveillance by Obama-era program | World news | The Guardian


Empresas tecnológicas denuncian decreto antiinmigración de Trump ante la justicia

Varias decenas de empresas tecnológicas, incluidas Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft y Twitter, presentaron la noche del domingo un documento legal ante la justicia de Estados Unidos contra el decreto antiinmigración del presidente Donald Trump.

Fuente: Empresas tecnológicas denuncian decreto antiinmigración de Trump ante la justicia


Obama Refuses to Pardon Edward Snowden. Trump’s New CIA Pick Wants Him Dead.

November 18 2016, 3:35 p.m.President Obama indicated on Friday that he won’t pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even as President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick to run the CIA: Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, who has called for “the traitor Edward Snowden” to be executed.

Fuente: Obama Refuses to Pardon Edward Snowden. Trump’s New CIA Pick Wants Him Dead.


Deputados da bancada evangélica tentam criar cadastro obrigatório para internet

Tramita na Câmara dos Deputados um projeto de lei que propõe o Cadastro Nacional de Acesso à Internet com informações pessoais dos usuários e relação de sites com conteúdos inadequados para acesso por crianças e adolescentes.

Fuente: Deputados da bancada evangélica tentam criar cadastro obrigatório para internet


Social media: Challenging the jihadi narrative

Mr Arshad is one of a growing group of digital media stars who use YouTube videos, Facebook posts, tweets, photos and standup comedy to counter the barrage of extremist propaganda online — particularly from social media-savvy terrorist groups such as Isis. His YouTube series, which tackles issues facing Muslim youth in London, has been watched more than 73m times. One video, “I’m a Muslim, not a terrorist” has been screened in more than 100 schools around the UK by the police.

Fuente: Social media: Challenging the jihadi narrative


El MI6 contratará casi mil espías para combatir el terrorismo – El Mostrador

Según afirmaciones de Younger publicadas por The Times el mundo digital “representa una amenaza porque los que se oponen a nosotros pueden utilizar esta capacidad para tener acceso a nuestras actividades, lo que significa que tenemos que cambiar completamente la forma en que hacemos las cosas”.

Fuente: El MI6 contratará casi mil espías para combatir el terrorismo – El Mostrador


Facebook is Collaborating with the Israeli Government to Determine What Should be Censored

Associated Press reports today from Jerusalem that “the Israeli government and Facebook have agreed to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on the social media network.” These meetings are taking place “as the government pushes ahead with legislative steps meant to force social networks to rein in content that Israel says incites violence.” In other words, Israel is about to legislatively force Facebook to censor content deemed by Israeli officials to be improper, and Facebook appears eager to appease those threats by working directly with the Israeli government to determine what content should be censored.

Fuente: Facebook is Collaborating with the Israeli Government to Determine What Should be Censored


Twitter suspends 235,000 accounts in six months for promoting terrorism | Technology | The Guardian

Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts in the last six months for violation of its policies regarding the promotion of terrorism and violent threat, the company said Thursday, adding to 125,000 suspensions in the six months before that.In a blog post on Thursday, the company said that “there is no one ‘magic algorithm’ for identifying terrorist content on the Internet”.

Fuente: Twitter suspends 235,000 accounts in six months for promoting terrorism | Technology | The Guardian


German proposals could see refugees’ phones searched by police | World news | The Guardian

Checking smartphones of those without passports among measures announced by the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière

Fuente: German proposals could see refugees’ phones searched by police | World news | The Guardian


Search engines’ role in radicalisation must be challenged, finds study | Technology | The Guardian

Although the UK government’s Prevent strategy claims the internet must not be ungoverned space for Islamist extremism and British diplomats have taken the lead in the global communications fight against Islamic State on the net, the study suggests government agencies are only at the beginning of a “labyrinthine challenge”. So-called counter-narrative initiatives led by governments and civil society groups are “under-resourced and not achieving sufficient natural interest”, suggesting the battle of ideas is not even being engaged, let alone won.

Fuente: Search engines’ role in radicalisation must be challenged, finds study | Technology | The Guardian


ONU teme más atentados si intensifica guerra contra terrorismo en Siria e Irak – El Mostrador

Laborde insistió en la importancia de avanzar en el intercambio de información entre los servicios de inteligencia de los gobiernos para acelerar lo más posible la detección de individuos potencialmente peligrosos.En esa misma línea, abogó por profundizar los lazos entre la comunidad internacional y las grandes empresas tecnológicas para “ganar la batalla de la información y la interconexión”.

Fuente: ONU teme más atentados si intensifica guerra contra terrorismo en Siria e Irak – El Mostrador


Pope Francis tells teens ‘happiness is not an app you can download’ | World news | The Guardian

Teenagers will not find happiness by downloading a smartphone app or acting like a movie star, Pope Francis has said as part of the Vatican’s weekend celebration of young people.“Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought. It is not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love,” the pope told Catholic youth gathered under grey skies in St Peter’s Square on Sunday.

Fuente: Pope Francis tells teens ‘happiness is not an app you can download’ | World news | The Guardian


China tech companies pledge to tackle content that promotes terrorism

The companies promise to ‘handle in a timely way terror-related harmful, illegal information, create a clear internet space and maintain social stability’

Fuente: China tech companies pledge to tackle content that promotes terrorism


The racist hijacking of Microsoft’s chatbot shows how the internet teems with hate | World news | The Guardian

Microsoft was apologetic when its AI Twitter feed started spewing bigoted tweets – but the incident simply highlights the toxic, often antisemitic, side of social media

Fuente: The racist hijacking of Microsoft’s chatbot shows how the internet teems with hate | World news | The Guardian


Israeli soldiers' app use leads to deadly fight in West Bank camp | World news | The Guardian

Palestinian killed during rescue of two soldiers who mistakenly entered refugee camp while using Waze navigation app

Fuente: Israeli soldiers’ app use leads to deadly fight in West Bank camp | World news | The Guardian


How the changing media is changing terrorism | Jason Burke | World news | The Guardian

The long read: Just like news organisations, terrorists need an audience – and both have adapted their tactics to keep your attention

Fuente: How the changing media is changing terrorism | Jason Burke | World news | The Guardian


Twitter Says There’s No “Magical Algorithm” to Find Terrorists

Twitter announced on Friday that it has shut down over 125,000 user accounts for promoting violent threats or terrorist acts, mostly having to do with ISIS, in less than a year. At the same time, the company made it clear that there is no automated way of distinguishing between protected speech and what it considers violations of its rules.

Fuente: Twitter Says There’s No “Magical Algorithm” to Find Terrorists


Twitter cancela 125.000 cuentas relacionadas con ISIS | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

El Gobierno de Estados Unidos trabaja con la compañía, y con Google y Facebook, para frenar los mensajes de difusión de terrorismo

Fuente: Twitter cancela 125.000 cuentas relacionadas con ISIS | Tecnología | EL PAÍS


Edward Snowden desmiente encriptación de ISIS – FayerWayer

La herida por los ataques terroristas en París aún sigue fresca, pero el grupo de ISIS no se ha detenido en su campaña de propaganda y amenazas, alertando a las autoridades en su último movimiento, por la supuesta inclusión de métodos de cifrado avanzado para sus comunicaciones. Pero Edward Snowden no les cree nada.

Fuente: Edward Snowden desmiente encriptación de ISIS – FayerWayer


French media groups to hold emergency meeting after Isis cyber-attack | World news | The Guardian

French media groups to hold emergency meeting after Isis cyber-attack | World news | The Guardian.

Yves Bigot, the director-general of French TV network TV5Monde, says the company’s firewalls were breached by people with a deep knowledge of security and possible links to Islamic State

France’s culture minister is to call an urgent meeting of French media groups to assess their vulnerability to hacking after the public service television network TV5Monde was taken over by individuals claiming to belong to Islamic State, blacking out broadcasts as well as hacking its websites and Facebook page.

All TV5Monde broadcasts were brought down in a blackout between 10pm and 1am local time on Wednesday to Thursday by hackers claiming allegiance to Isis. They were able to seize control of the television network founded by the French government in 1984, simultaneously hacking 11 channels as well as its website and social media accounts.

Experts say the cyber-attack represented a new level of sophistication for the Islamist group, which has claimed complex hacking before, but nothing as big as this. The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a terrorism investigation into the attack.


Cadena francófona TV5Monde pirateada por individuos que dicen ser del Estado Islámico – BioBioChile

Cadena francófona TV5Monde pirateada por individuos que dicen ser del Estado Islámico – BioBioChile.


ARCHIVO | Tauseef Mustafa | AFP

ARCHIVO | Tauseef Mustafa | AFP

Publicado por Claudia Miño | La Información es de Agencia AFP

La cadena francófona TV5Monde está siendo pirateada desde las 21:00 horas del miércoles por individuos que se reclaman del grupo Estado Islámico (EI) y que impiden la emisión de los programas y controlan sus páginas web, informó a la AFP el director general Bigot.

“No podemos emitir en ninguna de nuestras cadenas. Nuestras webs y nuestras redes sociales no están bajo nuestro control y presentan todos reivindicaciones del Estado Islámico”, anunció.

Los piratas han colgado en la cuenta Facebook de TV5Monde documentos de identidad y currículos de allegados de los militares implicados en las operaciones contra el EI.

TV5Monde parecía que había recuperado el control de su página Facebook hacia media noche, pero la cadena seguía mostrando una pantalla negra.

“¡Soldados en Francia, aléjense del Estado Islámico! Tienen la posibilidad de salvar a sus familias, aprovéchenlo!”, se podía leer en un mensaje en Facebook.

“En nombre de Alá, el clemente, misericordioso, el cyberCalifato sigue realizando su ciberyihad contra los enemigos del Estado Islámico”, agrega el texto.

El mensaje acusa al presidente francés, François Hollande, de haber cometido una “falta imperdonable” al realizar una “guerra que no sirve para nada”, y afirma que el cibercalifato está “buscando a las familias de los militares que se han vendido a los estadounidenses”.

Francia forma parte de la coalición militar internacional antiyihadista liderada por Estados Unidos, que realiza bombardeos aéreos desde hace varios meses en Irak y en Siria, donde el EI ha conquistado enormes territorios y ha proclamado un “califato”.


What's Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name? – The Intercept

What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name? – The Intercept.

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The French Interior Ministry on Monday ordered that five websites be blocked on the grounds that they promote or advocate terrorism. “I do not want to see sites that could lead people to take up arms on the Internet,” proclaimed Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

When the block functions properly, visitors to those banned sites, rather than accessing the content of the sites they chose to visit, will be automatically redirected to the Interior Ministry website. There, they will be greeted by a graphic of a large red hand, and text informing them that they were attempting to access a site that causes or promotes terrorism: “you are being redirected to this official website since your computer was about to connect with a page that provokes terrorist acts or condones terrorism publicly.”

No judge reviews the Interior Ministry’s decisions. The minister first requests that the website owner voluntarily remove the content he deems transgressive; upon disobedience, the minister unilaterally issues the order to Internet service providers for the sites to be blocked. This censorship power is vested pursuant to a law recently enacted in France empowering the interior minister to block websites.

Forcibly taking down websites deemed to be supportive of terrorism, or criminalizing speech deemed to “advocate” terrorism, is a major trend in both Europe and the West generally. Last month in Brussels, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator issued a memo proclaiming that “Europe is facing an unprecedented, diverse and serious terrorist threat,” and argued that increased state control over the Internet is crucial to combating it.

The memo noted that “the EU and its Member States have developed several initiatives related to countering radicalisation and terrorism on the Internet,” yet argued that more must be done. It argued that the focus should be on “working with the main players in the Internet industry [a]s the best way to limit the circulation of terrorist material online.” It specifically hailed the tactics of the U.K. Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), which has succeeded in causing the removal of large amounts of material it deems “extremist”:

In addition to recommending the dissemination of “counter-narratives” by governments, the memo also urged EU member states to “examine the legal and technical possibilities to remove illegal content.”


Francia bloquea cinco páginas web por apología del terrorismo yihadista | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Francia bloquea cinco páginas web por apología del terrorismo yihadista | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

 

Primera vez que se toma esta medida a través de un decreto que no exige decisión judicial

 

 

 

Así sale el mensaje de censura emitido por el Ministerio del Interior francés. / Captura de imagen

El Gobierno francés ha aplicado este fin de semana por vez primera el decreto aprobado el 4 de febrero pasado y que le permite bloquear páginas web que hagan apología del terrorismo. Se trata de una decisión administrativa que no requiere decisión previa de un juez y que, a demanda del Ministerio del Interior, los proveedores de Internet deben aplicar en el plazo de 24 horas. En total, son cinco las páginas de presunta propaganda yihadista las que han quedado bloqueadas este lunes, según ha confirmado Interior.

La alerta la dio por la mañana el corresponsal en Túnez y Libia de la RFI, David Thomson, en su cuenta de Twitter. “¡Una página de información islámica censurada en Francia sin decisión judicial!”, anunció a primera hora de la mañana el periodista. Se trataba de una página web en la que se defendían las acciones yihadistas en Siria e Irak, según el mismo Thomson, autor del libro Los franceses yihadistas. La página cerrada era www.islamic-news.info. Tras la intervención gubernamental, al acceder a ella aparecen el logo del Ministerio del Interior y una leyenda en letras rojas que advierte de que dicha página provocaba acciones terroristas. Este ministerio informó unas horas más tarde la censura de un total de cinco páginas entre las que está también una de al-Hayat Media Center, que se encarga de la comunicación del Estado Islámico. El sitio web seguía por la tarde activo.


Spanish convents use social media to recruit new nuns | World news | The Guardian

Spanish convents use social media to recruit new nuns | World news | The Guardian.

 

Website to recruit nuns. www.buscoalgomas.comWebsite to recruit nuns. Photograph: www.buscoalgomas.com

Visitors to the Spanish website buscoalgomas.com are greeted by a woman asking if they feel their lives are empty and if they’ve ever considered the religious life. “Don’t run away,” she says. “You may have a vocation without even knowing it.”

The woman is Noemí Saiz, and the website, which translates as “I’m looking for something more”, is used by dozens of Spanish convents to try to recruit nuns. Spain’s religious orders, which are also turning to Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networks as recruitment tools, are facing an uphill struggle: their numbers have slumped from 6,695 in 1966 to barely 250 today.

“The website serves as an intermediary between religious orders and young people,” says Saiz, who spent a year as a nun before deciding she didn’t have what it takes. “Religious institutions need to learn about marketing.”

Convents are learning fast and some have even taken advice on search engine optimisation in order to top Google rankings for terms such as “how to become a nun”.


El Estado Islámico en Twitter: un califato con 46.000 proyectiles | Internacional | EL PAÍS

El Estado Islámico en Twitter: un califato con 46.000 proyectiles | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


La mayoría de los fieles a los yihadistas en la red social escriben en árabe y viven en países objetivo de los yihadistas

Perfil del Mando Central de EE UU tras el ataque de piratas afines al EI.

Dicen los analistas estadounidenses J. M. Berger y Jonathon Morgan que para que un usuario de Twitter sea considerado seguidor del Estado Islámico (EI) no vale con que cuente en tuits las veleidades del grupo yihadista. Necesita además que alguno de los internautas ya vinculados al EI en la Red siga su perfil. Viendo el listado de followers (seguidores) de@aboojaber111 —sirva de ejemplo— no hay duda de que integra ese ejército de radicales. Según el informe publicado ayer por Berger y Morgan para la Brookings Institution, el censo de tuiteros del EI, a diciembre de 2014, estaba formado por al menos 46.000 fieles.


Alerta por amenazas del grupo Estado Islámico a fundador de Twitter – BioBioChile

Alerta por amenazas del grupo Estado Islámico a fundador de Twitter – BioBioChile.

 

El cofundador de Twitter, Jack Dorsey | Bill Pugliano/ AFP

El cofundador de Twitter, Jack Dorsey | Bill Pugliano/ AFP

Publicado por Eduardo Woo | La Información es de Agencia AFP
 

Twitter informó el lunes que investiga junto a cuerpos de seguridad una serie de amenazas contra la empresa, en medio de reportes de prensa según los cuales la red social se convirtió en un objetivo luego de bloquear cuentas vinculadas a los yihadistas de Estado Islámico.

“Nuestro equipo de seguridad está investigando la veracidad de estas amenazas con las fuerzas del orden pertinentes”, dijo el portavoz de Twitter sin dar más detalles.

Esto ocurre luego de informes de prensa que señalaron que Twitter había suspendido cuentas vinculadas a EI y a otros grupos relacionados, como el nigeriano Boko Haram.

Una página en el boletín en línea Pastebin, cuya fuente no pudo verificarse, mostró un fotomontaje del fundador de Twitter Jack Dorsey en medio de la mira telescópica de un rifle y un mensaje en árabe.


Saudi Arabia postpones flogging of Raef Badawi for third week | World news | The Guardian

Saudi Arabia postpones flogging of Raef Badawi for third week | World news | The Guardian.

Raef Badawi

 Raef Badawi’s case has prompted worldwide criticism from human rights groups. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabia has postponed for a third week in a row the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, his wife said.

Raef Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, added that the reason why he was not flogged was unclear.

The 30-year-old received the first 50 lashes of his sentence outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on 9 January.

The next round of the punishment was postponed for two weeks on medical grounds.

Badawi’s case has prompted worldwide outrage and criticism from the UN, US, the EU and others.


How a team of social media experts is able to keep track of the UK jihadis | World news | The Guardian

How a team of social media experts is able to keep track of the UK jihadis | World news | The Guardian.

A Facebook posting by Collin Gordon, one of the 700 or so western fighters for Isis in the database

Another Briton had died in Syria, and back in London investigators were busy “scraping” through his online peer network for clues about fellow Islamic State (Isis) foot soldiers.

It was little surprise that Rhonan Malik knew two Canadian brothers, Gregory and Collin Gordon. After all, Twitter rumours suggested that all three had been killed in the same December air strike. More intriguing was the prodigious Facebookpresence of Collin Gordon which indicated that, shortly before becoming a jihadist, he had been “quite the party boy”.

On a labyrinthine upper floor of King’s College London is the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), the first global initiative of its type, whose offices are frequently contacted by counter-terrorism officers, hungry for information on the continuing flow of Britons to the ranks of Isis.

At 4.30pm on Thursday the centre’s researchers were assiduously examining social media “accounts of value”, noting the ongoing ripples of jubilation following the Charlie Hebdo and Paris attacks. A pseudonymous jihadist from Manchester, Abu QaQa, had said that the shootings had persuaded Isis and al-Qaida supporters to bury their differences.

“He’s saying we should be happy that jihad was made against the crusaders. It doesn’t matter that AQ and IS have been fighting each other – if it brings attacks against the west he’ll support it,” said Joseph Carter, research fellow at the ICSR.

So far the centre’s database has amassed profiles of about 700 western foreign fighters who have joined either Isis or groups such as al-Qaida’s Syrian offshoot, the al-Nusra Front. Each individual is categorised according to 72 data points, such as their birthplace or previous employment. At one point the database held the particulars of up to 90 Britons, a figure that has dwindled to around 50, largely as a consequence of coalition air strikes against Isis positions – Malik is believed to be at least the 35th Briton killed in Syria during 2014 – while a handful have simply vanished without trace from social media.


El Estado Islámico inunda las redes sociales alternativas | Diario Público

El Estado Islámico inunda las redes sociales alternativas | Diario Público.

Móvil con la bandera de ISIS en la pantalla

Móvil con la bandera de ISIS en la pantalla

DAVID BOLLERO

A finales de 2014, la ONU mostraba su preocupación por el hecho de que al menos 15.000 extranjeros procedentes de más de 80 países hubieran viajado a Siria, Irak, Somalia, Yemen y la región del Magreb y el Sahel para unirse a grupos extremistas. Se estima que una cuarta parte de los combatientes del Estado Islámico (EI) podrían ser extranjeros. Buena parte de este poder de captación se canaliza a través de las nuevas tecnologías.

El primer ministro británico, David Cameron, sugería esta misma semana la prohibición del uso de aplicaciones como Whatsapp por la dificultad de interceptar sus comunicaciones al estar cifradas y ser directamente de terminal a terminal. Si bien es verdad que el EI ha utilizado este tipo de aplicaciones no es menos cierto que desde el pasado mes de octubre el Estado Islámico desaconsejó a sus seguidores utilizarla por considerar que la NSA sí podía interceptar las comunicaciones. De esta manera, el EI encuentra recambio a Whatsapp en otros servicios de mensajería instantánea, como Kik, a través de los cuales coordina sus operaciones en el mercado negro, recluta o, incluso, organiza incursiones en primera línea de combate.

En ocasiones, las herramientas utilizadas por grupos extremistas como el EI ni siquiera se encuentran cuidadosamente ocultas; más bien al contrario, a plena luz de los internautas. El problema es que el volumen de información es tan elevado en la red que, precisamente, esa es su mejor baza para pasar inadvertidos. Es el caso de la aplicación móvil para Android que se descubrió el año pasado en Google Play: ‘The Dawn of Glad Tidings’, también conocida simplemente como ‘Dawn’.

Activa desde abril de 2014, fue descargada por miles de usuarios -se calcula que entre 5.000 y 10.000 descargas- bajo la descripción de “la aplicación que te informa sobre Siria, Irak y el mundo islámico”. Más de 600 calificaciones de la aplicación fueron de 4.9 estrellas, siendo una de las mejor posicionadas.

Una vez descargada, la aplicación tuiteaba a la cuenta del usuario –con enlaces, fotos, hashtags…- y, por ejemplo, el día que el EI se hizo con la ciudad de Mosul –la segunda ciudad de Irak- se registraron cerca de 40.000 tuits desde la aplicación.

Cuando el EI se hizo con
la ciudad de Mosul, se registraron cerca de 40.000 tuits desde la aplicación.

Una presencia en Twitter que, además, se refuerza utilizando cuentas como @ActiveHashtags que publica en árabe los trending topics (TT). Asimismo, estos grupos extremistas abren continuamente cuentas similares que únicamente publican contenido yihadista, consiguiendo cientos de retuits por tuit y, ya no sólo postear los principales TT sino, además, crearlos.

Manual ante una cuenta cerrada

Los esfuerzos por identificar estas cuentas y cancelarlas por parte de las principales redes como Facebook, Twitter e, incluso, YouTube se han intensificado, especialmente, desde la primera emisión del vídeo que mostraba la decapitación del periodista James Foley con campañas como #ISISmediablackout. Lo mismo sucede con otras redes como Tumblr, Flickr, SoundCloud o Instagram (y clones móviles como Iphoneogram).

Sin embargo, en los diversos foros yihadistas circulan recomendaciones sobre lo que hay que hacer cuando una cuenta es cancelada. Entre estos consejos, además de hackear los medios occidentales, figuran diversificar las redes, redirigiendo seguidores a canales distintos a Twitter o subiendo vídeos a canales diferentes a los de YouTube. Además, desde el EI animan a configurar servidores alternativos para dar salida a sus publicaciones, ampliando las aplicaciones más allá de la polaca Just Paste. Mixlr se perfila como otra de las bazas multimedia para el EI, brindando la oportunidad de emitir y sintonizar transmisiones en directo de audio.

Redes descentralizadas

Como alternativa a Twitter, los terroristas han dado con Quitter, donde también sufren el cierre de cuentas con son detectadas por el sistema. Del mismo modo, los yihadistas encuentras en redes como la rusa VKontakte una alternativa a Facebook. No es la única, puesto que existen otras alternativas como la árabe Gulpup o las de código abierto Friendica y especialmente Diaspora por su mayor calado, que también se han convertido en una vehículo de propagando y reclutamiento para el Estado Islámico.

Diaspora es una red sin ánimo de lucro que, a diferencia de otras redes sociales, no tiene sus servidores centralizados sino repartidos en una red de podmins, esto es, administradores de pods, como se denomina al servidor web personal de un usuario, que puede albergar múltiples cuentas. Es su responsabilidad eliminarlas o no, algo a lo que se anima desde Diaspora, pero sobre lo que no se toma acción directa por lo que el EI puede desarrollar su comunidad de adeptos más fácilmente.

Preguntas y respuestas

Otros métodos seguidos por el Estado Islámico para reclutar seguidores son las webs del tipo de la letona Ask.fm, donde los usuarios lanzan preguntas y otros las responden. El EI habría hecho uso de páginas como ésta para identificar a los reclutas más jóvenes y extender la propaganda. Informes del MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) revelan incluso cómo, dado que el portal no realiza ningún tipo de monitorización del contenido subido por los usuarios, un tal Abu Abdullah –que en Twitter llegó a operar como @Al_Brittani- habría viajado a Siria vía Turquía para unirse al Estado Islámico y habría respondido preguntas acerca de la yihad, armas, combatir o de cómo viajar a Siria, entre otras.

Estas técnicas, como sucede con las producciones ‘hollywoodienses’ de algunos de sus vídeos, persiguen aparecerse como una causa atractiva a los potenciales candidatos aliados, sin olvidar la amplificación de su mensaje. Complementando este planteamiento, el EI cuenta con su propia publicación, DABIQ, cuyos números pueden descargarse fácilmente desde diversas páginas web y están especialmente dirigidas a los musulmanes occidentales.


Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and Skepticism – The Intercept

Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and Skepticism – The Intercept.

BY GLENN GREENWALD AND ANDREW FISHMAN 

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The Justice Department on Wednesday issued a press release trumpeting its latest success in disrupting a domestic terrorism plot, announcing that “the Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested a Cincinnati-area man for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials.” The alleged would-be terrorist is 20-year-old Christopher Cornell (above), who is unemployed, lives at home, spends most of his time playing video games in his bedroom, still addresses his mother as “Mommy” and regards his cat as his best friend; he was described as “a typical student” and “quiet but not overly reserved” by the principal of the local high school he graduated in 2012.

The affidavit filed by an FBI investigative agent alleges Cornell had “posted comments and information supportive of [ISIS] through Twitter accounts.” The FBI learned about Cornell from an unnamed informant who, as the FBI put it, “began cooperating with the FBI in order to obtain favorable treatment with respect to his criminal exposure on an unrelated case.” Acting under the FBI’s direction, the informant arranged two in-person meetings with Cornell where they allegedly discussed an attack on the Capitol, and the FBI says it arrested Cornell to prevent him from carrying out the attack.

Family members say Cornell converted to Islam just six months ago and claimed he began attending a small local mosque. Yet The Cincinnati Enquirer could not find a single person at that mosque who had ever seen him before, and noted that a young, white, recent convert would have been quite conspicuous at a mosque largely populated by “immigrants from West Africa,” many of whom “speak little or no English.”

The DOJ’s press release predictably generated an avalanche of scary media headlines hailing the FBI. CNN: “FBI says plot to attack U.S. Capitol was ready to go.” MSNBC: “US terror plot foiled by FBI arrest of Ohio man.” Wall St. Journal: “Ohio Man Charged With Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack on U.S. Capitol.”

Just as predictably, political officials instantly exploited the news to justify their powers of domestic surveillance. House Speaker John Boehner claimed yesterday that “the National Security Agency’s snooping powers helped stop a plot to attack the Capitol and that his colleagues need to keep that in mind as they debate whether to renew the law that allows the government to collect bulk information from its citizens.” He warned: “We live in a dangerous country, and we get reminded every week of the dangers that are out there.” 


Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s case referred to supreme court, says his wife | World news | The Guardian

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s case referred to supreme court, says his wife | World news | The Guardian.


King said to have stepped in amid flogging clamour as second round of 50 lashes delayed on health grounds

Protesters call for the release of Raif Badawi outside the Saudi embassy in The Hague, Netherlands
Protesters call for the release of Raif Badawi outside the Saudi embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Rex

The wife of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for criticising leading clerics, says King Abdullah has referred his case to the supreme court amid an international clamour over his flogging.

Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Canada with the couple’s three children, told the BBC the decision had raised hopes that the authorities wanted to end her husband’s punishment. But there has been no official statement from the Saudi government.

The authorities had already postponed Badawi’s flogging on medical grounds after a doctor said wounds from a previous lashing had not healed. Campaigners said the move exposed the “outrageous inhumanity” of his punishment.


“Zuckerberg no es Charlie”, denuncia escritora tibetana censurada en Facebook – El Mostrador

“Zuckerberg no es Charlie”, denuncia escritora tibetana censurada en Facebook – El Mostrador.


Tsering Woeserdifundió este jueves una carta en la que critica el doble estándar del fundador de la red social al defender públicamente la libertad de expresión después de censurar publicaciones de activistas chinos, específicamente el video de la inmolación de un tibetano que ella misma subió al sistema.

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“Yo también soy Charlie”, afirmó el fundador de la popular red social Facebook, Marck Zuckerberg, en apoyo a la libertad de expresión y a las víctimas de los ataques del semanario satírico francés Charlie Hebdo, si bien en China su compromiso con las libertades ha sido puesto en entredicho.

“¿Ha olvidado algo Zuckerberg?”, se pregunta de forma retórica la reconocida escritora tibetana Tsering Woeser, quien difundió este jueves una carta en la red social en la que critica el doble rasero del fundador de Facebook al defender públicamente la libertad de expresión después de censurar publicaciones de activistas chinos.

La autora, una de las activistas tibetanas más conocidas, explica que la red social censuró un video que ella publicó en el que se veía una inmolación de un tibetano en China.

Al mismo tiempo, añade, la cuenta del escritor chino exiliado Liao Yiwu, que ha publicado numerosos libros sobre los problemas sociales en China y que están censurados en el país asiático, fue suspendida temporalmente por publicar fotografías de la protesta de un artista desnudo en Estocolmo en la que se pedía la liberación del premio Nobel de la Paz encarcelado Liu Xiaobo.

Woeser

Tsering Woeser cree las palabras de Zuckerberg son “oportunistas” e instó al joven empresario a no tener miedo del Partido Comunista de China (PCCh).

“Zuckerberg no puede describirse como un héroe que moriría para defender la libertad de expresión”, opina la escritora tibetana, quien cree que la censura aplicada por Facebook responde al interés de la empresa por agradar al Gobierno chino y poder finalmente ser desbloqueado en China, país con el mayor número de internautas del mundo.


Saudi blogger faces next 50 lashes as government ignores global protests | World news | The Guardian

Saudi blogger faces next 50 lashes as government ignores global protests | World news | The Guardian.

 

Wife of Raif Badawi says he may not be able to withstand more punishment as second installment of 1,000-lash sentence nears

 

Raif Badawi with his children
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi with his children. Photograph: Handout

Raif Badawi, the Saudi liberal convicted of publishing a blog, has been told he will again be flogged 50 times on Friday – the second part of his 1,000-lash sentence which also includes a 10-year jail term.

The US, Britain and other western governments had all called for the punishment to be dropped but there has been no sign of any diplomatic action against Riyadh. Amnesty International on Wednesday urged the UK government to challenge Saudi Arabia, which has ignored all protests over the case.

Badawi will be given 50 more lashes outside a mosque in his home city of Jeddah unless a Saudi prison doctor determines he is not yet fit to face the punishment owing to injuries sustained last Friday. If nothing changes, he will be flogged every Friday for the next 19 weeks.


‘Freedom of expression’ anti-snooping campaign launched over Ripa changes | Politics | The Guardian

‘Freedom of expression’ anti-snooping campaign launched over Ripa changes | Politics | The Guardian.

Campaigners fear draft code of Ripa legislation will allow police sweeping powers to access phone and email records of journalists, lawyers and doctors
Armed police officers Houses of Parliament
Armed police officers inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

An urgent campaign has been launched for a “freedom of expression” law to protect confidential journalists’, MPs’ and lawyers’ phone and communications records being secretly snooped on by the police.

Senior editors and lawyers condemned as “wholly inadequate” safeguards put forward by Theresa May in December to meet concerns over the police use of surveillance powers in a code of practice linked to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa).

The critics of the draft code fear that the police will still have sweeping powers allowing them to authorise themselves to access the phone and email records of professionals such as journalists, lawyers, doctors, MPs and priests who handle privileged, confidential information.

More than 3,000 national and regional editors are being asked to sign a joint letter from the Society of Editors and Press Gazette, the industry’s journal, condemning the Home Office joint code for failing to recognise “the overarching importance of protecting journalists’ sources”.

The campaign comes as the prime minister, David Cameron, called for an extension of the laws that give snooping powers to security services with a plan to ban encrypted messages in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks.


Cuentas en redes de Comando Central de EE.UU. hackeadas por “simpatizantes” de EI – El Mostrador

Cuentas en redes de Comando Central de EE.UU. hackeadas por “simpatizantes” de EI – El Mostrador.

Centcom es el comando estadounidense que maneja las operaciones en Medio Oriente, Asia Central y Africa del Norte, y por tanto es donde se coordina la ofensiva contra EI en Irak y Siria.

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Algunas cuentas de redes sociales del Comando Central del Ejército de Estados Unidos (CentCom) fueron hackeadas este lunes por un grupo que se declaró simpatizante de Estado Islámico.

Centcom es el comando estadounidense que maneja las operaciones en Medio Oriente, Asia Central y Africa del Norte, y por tanto es donde se coordina la ofensiva contra EI en Irak y Siria.

En la cuenta de Twitter se pudo observar como los piratas informáticos cambiaron las imágenes de la cuenta y ubicaron la de un hombre encapuchado y el siguiente mensaje: “El cibercalifato continúa su ciber yihad. Ya está aquí. Estamos en sus PCs. En cada base militar”.

También fue publicada una lista de generales y una lista de direcciones aparentemente asociadas a ellos.

Además se colocó una serie de lo que parece ser documentos militares vinculados a China y Corea del Norte.

En el sitio de YouTube fueron colocados videos de propaganda del grupo mostrando operaciones militares.


Global outrage at Saudi Arabia as jailed blogger receives public flogging | World news | The Guardian

Global outrage at Saudi Arabia as jailed blogger receives public flogging | World news | The Guardian.

Kingdom stays silent as protesters contrast its opposition to Paris attacks on free speech with its own attacks on free speech
US Secratery of State John Kerry (2L) an
US secretary of state John Kerry attends a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jeddah. Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally of the US and UK. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia is remaining silent in the face of global outrage at the public flogging of the jailed blogger Raif Badawi, who received the first 50 of 1,000 lashes on Friday, part of his punishment for running a liberal website devoted to freedom of speech in the conservative kingdom.

Anger at the flogging – carried out as the world watched the bloody denouement of the Charlie Hebdo and Jewish supermarket jihadi killings in Paris – focused on a country that is a strategic ally, oil supplier and lucrative market for the US, Britain and other western countries but does not tolerate criticism at home.

Badawi was shown on a YouTube video being beaten in a square outside a mosque in Jeddah, watched by a crowd of several hundred who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and clapped and whistled after the flogging ended. Badawi made no sound during the flogging and was able to walk back unaided afterwards.

“Raif was escorted from a bus and placed in the middle of the crowd, guarded by eight or nine officers,” a witness told Amnesty International.

“He was handcuffed and shackled but his face was not covered. A security officer approached him from behind with a huge cane and started beating him.

“Raif raised his head towards the sky, closing his eyes and arching his back. He was silent, but you could tell from his face and his body that he was in real pain.”

Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told the Guardian from Montreal on Sunday: “Many governments around the world have protested about my husband’s case. I was optimistic until the last minute before the flogging. But the Saudi government is behaving like Daesh [a derogatory Arabic name for Islamic State or Isis].”

Saudi Arabia joined other Arab and Muslim countries in condemning the murder of 12 people at the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo but angry comments highlighted its double standard in meting out a cruel punishment to a man who was accused of insulting Islam.


US Central Command Twitter account hacked to read 'I love Isis' | US news | theguardian.com

US Central Command Twitter account hacked to read ‘I love Isis’ | US news | theguardian.com.

Twitter avatar used by @CENTCOM was replaced with an image of a masked militant and the legends ‘CyberCaliphate’ and ‘I love Isis’

US Central Command
Central Command said it was aware of the apparent hack.

The Twitter account for US military forces in the Middle East and South Asia was hacked on Monday.

@CENTCOM, the account used by the US Central Command, tweetedout “messages from Islamic State (Isis) sympathizers threatening attacks on US military personnel”. Other tweets contained contact details for current and retired senior officers, though they did not appear to disseminate classified material.

The Twitter avatar used by the command was replaced with an image of a masked militant and the legends “CyberCaliphate” and “I love Isis”.

Documents and images tweeted out by the hackers did not appear to be classified, despite their boast that Isis had deeply penetrated the cyber defenses of the US military. Other military websites, including Central Command’s, appeared unaffected, and did not show any mark of cybervandalism, let alone any more hostile acts.

A similar avatar appeared on Central Command’s YouTube channel as well, as did at least two pro-Isis videos. Its Facebook account appeared unaffected.

“American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back!” read one tweet.Another claimed: “Isis is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”

Within minutes of the hijacked tweets, the Twitter account switched to a neutral, egg-like avatar as the unauthorized tweets paused. Twitter appeared to have suspended the account shortly after 1pm ET.

The hack happened nearly the same time President Obama was unveiling a plan to require companies to inform customers when their data has been hacked.