Islamic State


How US Military Hackers Prepared to Hack the Islamic State

Documents obtained by Motherboard give insight into how hackers at CYBERCOM prepare before launching offensive cyber operations, including figuring out how likely an attack will be attributed back to them.
Joseph Cox
Social Media

YouTube Regularly Leaves Islamic State Videos Up for Days, Weeks

According to a Motherboard analysis of over 150 videos shared in pro-Islamic State groups, while YouTube is quick to remove offending clips in some cases, the social network is still making serious errors in policing extremist content.
Joseph Cox
"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

This Site Sells Replica ISIS Suicide Vests and Pressure Cooker Bombs

Know your enemy.
Ben Sullivan
Cyber terrorism

The Islamic State's Tech Support Is Worried About CIA Hacking Tools

Whether Islamic State supporters will actually learn anything from reading the documents is another matter, though.
Joseph Cox
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
Remote controlled Enforcement

Iraqi Federal Police Are Weaponizing Off-the-Shelf Drones, ISIS-Style

Will this set a counter-terrorism precedent for other police forces?
Ben Sullivan
Death From Above

The Islamic State Conducted Hundreds of Drone Strikes in Less Than a Month

A database of 113 images collated by a military analyst proves the scale of the terror group’s drone effort.
Ben Sullivan
drone warfare

The Islamic State Is Pioneering a New Type of Drone Warfare

Documents found in Mosul reveal more information about how the group is turning consumer technology into tools of war.
Ben Sullivan

How the US Air Force’s Biggest Drones Help Set Up Attacks on ISIS

High above Iraq and Syria, Global Hawks are undoubtedly taking images of potential Islamic State targets and snatching up radio chatter.
Joseph Trevithick

The US Military’s Drone-Killing Planes Are Hunting ISIS’s Weaponized Quadcopters

In October, American forces in the Middle East had at least two aircraft capable of jamming radio signals used by insurgents to trigger bombs on the ground.
David Axe

The US Air Force’s Biggest Spy Planes Are Hunting ISIS Fighters

Sporting more than a dozens antennas, the jet’s main job is to orbit above or near the battlefield and scoop up enemy communications chatter.
Joseph Trevithick