Twitter has threatened to ‘tip off’ terror suspects and criminals if the security services ask for information about them. Last week British judge David Anderson QC warned that intelligence agencies and the police are losing their ability to electronically track terrorists and criminals.
Mr Anderson concluded that as a result of the furore caused by Snowden’s leaks to the Guardian newspaper, US firms were not as willing to provide vital information to the authorities. The report says: ‘Service providers are increasingly uncomfortable with voluntary arrangements, and may well show a preference, absent compulsion, to protect customers’ privacy rather than co-operate with governments.’
Referring to Twitter, it added: ‘Some service providers will tip off a customer that they are under surveillance unless persuaded not to do so, typically by a court order.’ Facebook and Twitter have been warned they could face tougher government controls if they fail to take action to remove and report terrorists using their networks.
Social media companies are coming under increased pressure to take ‘stronger, faster and further action’ to stop ISIS and other terror groups from recruiting fighters and spreading propaganda. It includes demands they they abide by new standards on the ‘identification, removal and referral of terrorist activity’.
People that hang gays an throw them off buildings? Apple’s openly gay CEO on privacy and terrorism and the intersection thereof, via Terrorists should be ‘eliminated’, says Apple’s Tim Cook – Telegraph. h/t JWF
Apple’s views on the subject stand in stark contrast to the position taken by Facebook and most other US tech giants, which are much more relaxed about these issues [privacy]. It is also entirely at odds with the position adopted by David Cameron and most governments around the world, who believe that they need ever-increasing monitoring powers to combat crime and terror, dismissing the concerns of civil libertarians.
Cook disagrees fundamentally. “None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.”
“History has taught us that privacy breaches have resulted in very dire consequences. You don’t have to look back too far or be a historian to see these things. They are readily apparent.”
“Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness.” He adds subsequently that “these people shouldn’t exist. They should be eliminated.”
Yet he doesn’t accept the view that privacy needs to be compromised to combat the killers. There is no trade-off in his view because the terrorists already use their own encryption tools, which cannot be controlled by the UK or US. So forcing the likes of Apple to make their consumers’ data freely available to the authorities would do nothing to protect the public in the West.
“Terrorists will encrypt. They know what to do. If we don’t encrypt, the people we affect [by cracking down on privacy] are the good people. They are the 99.999pc of people who are good.”
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Striking terror or just building up the resistance to all things Muslim? via U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats.
(Reuters) – Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said.
The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either flight and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.
Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said.
Atlanta’s WSB-TV News reported that the threats were made on Twitter Inc, without citing a source.
Neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the investigation, nor the airport confirmed the source of the threats.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled fighter jets from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina, said NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter. A pair of fighter jets accompanied each of the aircraft as it landed, he said.
Southwest said in a statement that 86 passengers were aboard its flight, and that they were being rescreened.
A Delta spokesman said by email that its plane had a capacity for 180 passengers, but did not specify how many were aboard.
The incident comes five days after bomb threats were made against two other Delta flights. One was arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from San Francisco, and another was departing the New York airport for Tel Aviv.
Three more incidents on Sunday, ‘Security concerns’ on two flights landing at Sea-Tac:
JetBlue on Sunday confirmed a security concern with a flight that arrived at Sea-Tac Airport.
Sea-Tac said they were investigating a security concern with Jet-Blue flight 1006 “out of an abundance of caution.” The flight landed safely from Long Beach.
One passenger sent KING 5 a picture saying the captain announced on the plane that there was a threat specific to that flight. She said at one point police had surrounded the plane.
One-hundred-fifty passengers were being transported to the terminal by bus.
Sea-Tac officials said police would continue to investigate.
There was a separate threat against a Delta flight that landed in Seattle after a flight from Phoenix.
Northwest Cable News executive producer Jenna Luthman was on aboard Delta flight 4741. She said the pilot told passengers there had been a threat against the plane.
“He said in his whole pilot career he’s never experienced anything like this before, and he said that three planes all had separate bomb threats coming in to Seattle, and it was a JetBlue flight and another one ahead of us and our flight as well, and he said there might have been a fourth,” she said.
Also, a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas.
Many of these threats originated from Muslims using Twitter. No arrests have been made.
Jihad Watch notes on the Orlando flight:
This could have been a genuine Islamic State threat, or just someone who thought it would be cool to imitate what appears to be the strong horse. In any case, the objective is to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60).
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…who pledge to make infidels suffer – as if the media hasn’t made infidels suffer enough with incessant Islamic ass-kissing and propaganda. The second time Albuquerque and Tennessee (two states rapidly Islamizing) have been hacked for ISIS recently. And of course it was reported yesterday that the U.S. military’s Central Command Twitter Account Hacked.
Local audiences were surprised to see militant, Pro-ISIS tweets and images on the Twitter feeds of the Albuquerque Journal and CBS and Fox affiliates in Delmarva, Maryland, and a station in Tennessee earlier this week, sending those news organizations scrambling to regain control of their social media accounts and leaving some scratching their heads as to why a group sympathetic to ISIS would target local media markets.
Hackers, who call themselves CyberCaliphate, posted familiar images of a man with his face shrouded in a scarf as well as messages such as “With Allah’s permission we began with New-Mexico and we are in Tennessee now. We hacked FBI databases. #CyberCaliphate,” and pledged “INFIDELS, NEW YEAR WILL MAKE YOU SUFFER.”
Indeed it appeared that the group had accessed government sites since a link on the Twitter feed for the Tennessee station led to a dump of what Stewart County, Tenn. Mayor Rick Joiner told AOL News were legitimate documents from government servers there. In addition, a link to a document dump on Pastebin on the Albuquerque Journal’s Twitter account revealed personal data and alleged sealed criminal records of people residing in New Mexico, the AOL report said.
The nature of the messages and the hack point away from ISIS’s “official” presence on social media, which, Ian Amit, vice president at ZeroFox, told SCMagazine.com in an interview are “typically closely tied to things they do on the ground.” ISIS activity on social media is usually centered around supporting their activities and events. “There’s not a lot of malicious activity but rather more propaganda,” said Amit. “They’re trying to spread the word and justify their actions.”
Instead, members of CyberCaliphate are more likely an ad hoc group of “keyboard warriors” who want to join the cause but “are less inclined to pack their bags and ship over to Eastern Europe or the MidEast” to join in combat, said Amit.
Let the cyber wars begin. Someone forward this to Anonymous – who claims first victim in ‘Operation Charlie Hebdo’ – and @OpCharlieHebdo. Or perhaps the original hacktivist @th3j35t3r.
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Apparently that tweet got him suspended from Twitter, at least temporarily.
via Blazing Cat Fur.
He’s a Minnesotan, from Minneapolis.
If making fun of our religion is freedom of speech, then be assured that we believe in freedom of beheading. #CharlieHebdo
— Mujahid Miski (@Muhajir_Miski) January 8, 2015
As noted in a previous Creeping Sharia post, unconfirmed reports state Miski has left Minnesota for the caliphate.
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The attack on the [Albuquerque Journal] newspaper’s homepage claimed it began its “Cyber Jihad” in Albuquerque.
When the paper’s online readers visited the website Wednesday morning, a story about the slaying of a state police officer in Cuba was altered, and a different story took its place. That new story had a picture with text reading, “I love you ISIS.”
“We broke into your home networks and know everything about you,” the article read. “We know all personal data of Albuquerque locals, where you live, what you eat, your diseases and even your health insurance cards.”
The site was taken down for several hours Wednesday morning while the story was removed. The paper’s information systems director said that fortunately, the paper’s servers were not breached and the alterations seem to be limited to the story.
There was no data breach, according to the newspaper. Because of the content of the story, the FBI was notified.
The post, which was set with a picture of a masked Muslim man, read as follows.
“You’ll see no mercy infidels. We are already here, we are in your PCs, in each house, in each office. With Allah’s permission we begin with Albuquerque.”
The story, which carried the unmistakable title of Christmas Will Never Be Merry Any Longer and shows the caption “I love ISIS,” acknowledged a relationship between the U.S. led and sanctioned bombings of ISIS-held areas as one motive for the cyberattack.
“While the us [sic] and its satellites are bombing the Islamic State, we broke into your home networks and personal devices and know everything about you,” leading to some panic among residents of Albuquerque.
On top of that, the post alleged, “We know all personal data of Albuquerque locals: Where you live, what you eat, your diseases and even your health insurance cards.”
KRWG reported that the ISIS posting was removed at about 9 a.m. and replaced with a story with the headline, Bonuses for APD brass draw fire.
The author of the post, whoever he, she, or they may be, ended with the chilling threat to the residents of Albuquerque, “You will look around more often, will call up your children more often, think of your security more often, but that won’t help you.”
Prior to that Muslims in the U.S. made similar threats to residents in Tennessee and Arkansas.
If ISIS or whoever the Muslim hackers are think such threats will panic or “terrorize” Americans, they clearly haven’t been paying attention. Most Americans are clueless, elected Obama twice, and are too busy with iphones and tablets to worry about this non-event.
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What is Facebook’s punishment for aiding and abetting this terrorist? via BBC News – Runa Khan jailed for Facebook Syria terror posts.
A mother-of-six has been jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on Facebook.
Runa Khan, from Luton, had previously admitted inciting terrorism in Syria.
Khan, 35, of Maple Road West, had posted a picture of a suicide vest and unwittingly passed details of a route into the country to an undercover police officer.
During sentencing, Kingston Crown Court heard police had found photos of Khan’s children holding guns and swords.
In September 2013, Khan had re-posted an article entitled “Raising Mujahid Children”, intended for Islamist mothers, the court heard.
The judge said the article amounted to “a manual in encouraging women to carry out jihad”.
Khan had also posted a message on an extremist website, saying she wished her son would one day become a jihadi.
“I pictured the future while I was zipping up his jacket, in sha Allah i’ll be tying the shahada bandana round his forehead and hand him his rifle and send him out to play the big boys game,” she wrote.
Prosecutor Paul Jarvis said Khan held “extreme Islamist views”.
Her actions were uncovered when she started speaking to an undercover police officer, with whom she had a private conversation on Facebook.
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