Al-Qaeda's online forums go dark for extended period

Posted in: Legal & Security at 03/04/2012 20:38

Al-Qaeda's main Internet forums have been offline for more than a week in what experts say is the longest sustained outage of the Web sites since they began operating eight years ago.

No one has publicly asserted responsibility for disabling the sites, but the breadth and the duration of the outages have prompted some experts to conclude that the forums have been taken down in a cyberattack -- launched perhaps by a government, a government-backed organization or a hackers' group.

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Al-Qaeda websites go silent 'after cyber attack'
Al-Qaeda's main internet sites have gone silent for more than a week in an unprecedented blackout that is most likely the result of a cyber attack, analysts said.

"All of them essentially went down" as of March 23, said Aaron Zelin, a researcher at the politics department at Brandeis University.

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