U of T’s Citizen Lab identifies hack that locates ISIS’ opponents

The Islamist militants renowned for their bloodthirsty beheading videos and slick social media propaganda, may have extended their skills into low-level hacking, a cyber-security human rights group believes.

The Citizen Lab obtained new malware that has befallen the ISIS opposition group “Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently,” or RSS, and released an analysis of it on Thursday.

The researchers from the University of Toronto can’t confirm that the cyber-attack is coming from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, especially since the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad has also used Trojan horse software to fight activists since 2011.

But the workings of the malware, its intended target and what it achieves for the attacker lead The Citizen Lab to suspect ISIS the most.

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  • Mickey Oberman

    Assuming The Citizen Lab is correct.
    Now what is the next step? What can be done to eliminate the problem?

    • Good question.

    • b_marco

      Offhand I’d say never check your email. Works for me.

    • Minicapt

      … send them Windows 8 …

      Cheers