Hackers Shut Down ISIS Dark Web Propaganda Site, Replace Content With Ads For Viagra, Prozac

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The Islamic State group (ISIS) has been compelled to take down its propaganda website after anonymous hackers replaced the content on it with advert for an online pharmacy selling Prozac and Viagra, leaving a message telling would-be IS supporters to calm down.


ISIS Dark Web Propaganda Site (before it was hacked)

Photo credit: International Business Times

According to the International Business Times, the hacktivists spotted Isdarat on the Tor anonymity network, which is a group of volunteer-operated servers that provide users with a highly secure and private connection. ISIS ISIS Dark Web Propaganda Site (after it was hacked)

Photo credit: International Business Times

The replacement message read: ‘Too much ISIS. Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave.’

Ghost Sec, a faction of the hacktivist collective Anonymous (unaffiliated with the counter-terrorism organisation Ghost Security Group), targeted the Isdarat website after it appeared on the Tor anonymity network last week.

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The website was only accessible using the Tor browser, a type of specialist software that uses a system known as onion routing to disguise a user’s location.

Analysts have speculated that ISIS is turning to the dark web to safeguard its propaganda content from hacktivists.

Some counter terrorism analysts have also credited hackers linked to Anonymous, who declared war against ISIS following attacks in Paris that left at least 130 dead.

The dark web is a part of the Internet not indexed by Google and only accessible through a specially modified version of the Firefox browser called the Tor browser. The benefit of using the Tor network is that the identities of visitors to a site are anonymized, and those running the site are also shielded from view.



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