DAMASCUS, KOMPAS.com – One of the largest collections of online material belonging to groups calling themselves Islamic or State ISIS has been discovered by a number of Strategic Dialogue Institute (ISD) researchers.
This digital library contains more than 90,000 files, and is expected to receive 10,000 unique visitors each month.
Experts say the library provides extremist content on the internet.
However, this library is difficult to delete because data storage is not only in one place.
And although the anti-terrorism authorities in Britain and America have been warned about this collection of data, the fact is that the library continues to grow.
” Terrorist the better one”
This library was discovered after the death of the ISIS leader, Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi, in October 2019.
At the time, many posts on social media supporting the organization contained a short link.
This link leads researchers to a collection of documents and videos in nine different languages.
It includes details of a number of attacks, including the bomb attacks on the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, in London on 7 July 2005 and the United States on 11 September 2001.
“[Perpustakaan ini memuat] everything you need to know planning and launching an attack, “said ISD Deputy Director Moustafa Ayad, who found this ISIS file.
“Basically things that teach you how to be a person terrorist the better one.”
ISD gave this library a name Cache of the Caliphate. Cache (cache-in computer terms) is a temporary storage place for data, which is in the device device.
For months the researchers studied how the library developed, how it is managed, and who its visitors are.
The data is spread throughout the system that is not centralized, not just on a single server computer.
Anyone can share content across the network, via servers from multiple locations.
And this hinders any attempts to take him offline.
But as long as the Caliphate Cache is alive, this helps ISIS provide the means to continuously spread content.
Library material was posted on social-media comment pages and spread via robot accounts.
Other techniques, targeting Twitter accounts associated with artists and athletes.
For example, ISIS hacked into a fan account of pop singer Justin Bieber and used it to promote material from its cache.
In another case, the group tricked the UK rugby team’s account into following one of its own accounts by posing as a supporter.
“They understand how to investigate the platform, they understand the power of the content contained in the Caliphate Cache,” said Ayad.
The fleeing bride
Not all cached content is violent.
Visitors can also get ISIS philosophy, religious texts, and a propaganda version about the lifestyle of being an ISIS.
Researchers say this includes material that escaped brides like Shamima Begum will witness.
Shamima is a British-born woman who joined ISIS in Syria at the age of 15. But in 2019, he wants to return to the UK and get into a public debate about the handling of returning jihadists.
Most of those attracted to the Caliphate Cache are 18-24 year old men in the Arab world, with 40 percent of traffic coming from social media, mostly via YouTube.
The ISD also found that the Caliphate cache was not unique.
There are small repositories that belong to other extremist groups, many of which also use decentralized platforms.
“The allure for jihadists on this platform is that the developers of this decentralized platform have no way of fighting content that is stored on servers operated by users, or content that is shared across a distributed network of users,” said senior jihadi specialist BBC Monitoring Mina. Al -Lami.
“It’s really all about privacy, freedom and encryption.
“” That is what attracts jihadists. “
Researchers have alerted the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York which is investigating counter-terrorism cases, as well as the New York Police.
Authorities in New York have not commented.
But New York Police acknowledged taking the advice and said the matter was being reviewed by special officers.