ISIS has opened a new technical “help desk” that instructs terrorists on how to evade electronic surveillance by Western countries and prevent them from committing security mistakes that could endanger their lives.
The Electronic Horizon Foundation (EHF) was launched on January 30 as a joint effort of several of the top ISIS cyber security experts, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said in a new report.
While researchers have previously uncovered an ISIS “help desk” and 34-page manual that help extremists encrypt their communications, MEMRI said the EHF takes these services to a new level.
“Jihadis have long sought technical information, which has been confined in the past to various password-protected jihadi forums,” The Hill quoted the MEMRI report as saying.
“However, the freedom and ease by which they can now obtain that information is alarming, especially when such information is shared over private and secure channels,” it said.
The EHF operates on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram but also maintains a Twitter account that disseminates information and directs followers to its secure Telegram channel, the report said. The group’s self-stated goal is clear, “Spreading security and technical awareness among the monotheists.”