IS

War Zone

How the Islamic State Gets Its Drones

A sophisticated supply chain of shell companies, false identities, and IT entrepreneurs backed the Islamic State’s drone fleet.
Matthew Gault
7.13.18
"Upload Knights"

How Terrorists Slip Beheading Videos Past YouTube’s Censors

Other jihadi propaganda on the video-sharing platform may be visually more low-key, but are just as insidious in their own ways.
Rita Katz
5.26.17
Cyber terrorism

Inside the Site Teaching Islamic State Supporters How to Use Encryption

A 34-year-old man from Cardiff was arrested for creating videos offering cybersecurity tips that were then posted on an Islamic State supporter site.
Joseph Cox
3.31.17
Features

When ISIS Hackers Call You Out By Name

Kill lists have traditionally focused on perceived religious deviants and political/economic targets, but a new wave of pro-IS kill lists has embraced random civilians as targets.
Rita Katz
6.14.16
terror

ISIS's Mobile App Developers Are in Crisis Mode

The terror group's forays in social tech may prove to be a high-risk, high-cost experiment.
Rita Katz
6.3.16
ISIS

Why the US Air Force Pulled Its Predator Drones from a Secret Base in Africa

The move comes amid a resource crunch and shifting targets.
Joseph Trevithick
12.4.15
russia

If the US Doesn’t Arm Syrian Rebels, Someone Will

"I expect modern anti-aircraft weaponry soon," a Free Syrian Army commander told Motherboard.
Austin Bodetti & David Axe
10.28.15
DRONE

Why the Pentagon Has Returned to Body Counts

With little else to report, Washington focuses on dead extremists killed by drones.
Joseph Trevithick
10.16.15
ISIS

Alleged Islamic State Fighter Says ISIS Didn't Hack CENTCOM

A Twitter account linked to a known Islamic State member denies that the CyberCaliphate is affiliated with ISIS.
Ben Makuch and Jordan Pearson
1.14.15
Documentary

Why ISIS Isn't 'ISIS' or 'Islamic State'

Why it might be a good idea to call the militant group by it its Arabic acronym, which they really, really don't like.
ALEX PASTERNACK
11.12.14
Twitter

#ISISMediaBlackout and the Fine Line Between Reporting and Propaganda

After a video purporting to show journalist James Foley's death spread online, social media users need to decide who they're serving by sharing it.
Joseph Cox
8.20.14