Italian among ISIS propaganda experts, says Anonymous

(AGI) Rome, Feb 11 - There is an Italian among the propagandaexperts working for Islamic State, AGI press agency was told bya member of the hacker group Anonymous. The Italian is abroadand could be part of the "support team" or even one of thegroup's computer experts, said the hacker who works with thegroup which is hunting down distributors of jihadistpropaganda. "We are checking it out; we still don't know hisspecific role, the only sure thing is that he is an Italiannational," the source said on Wednesday. Anonymous is workingto destroy ISIS

(AGI) Rome, Feb 11 - There is an Italian among the propagandaexperts working for Islamic State, AGI press agency was told bya member of the hacker group Anonymous. The Italian is abroadand could be part of the "support team" or even one of thegroup's computer experts, said the hacker who works with thegroup which is hunting down distributors of jihadistpropaganda. "We are checking it out; we still don't know hisspecific role, the only sure thing is that he is an Italiannational," the source said on Wednesday. Anonymous is workingto destroy ISIS propaganda on the Internet and have shut downmore than 500 social media accounts of the jihadist group inthe last 24 hours, he said. "We have had a goal since thebeginning: dismember the ISIS and Al-Qaeda networks on theInternet, their networks as well as their propaganda. We targettheir social media accounts and their websites." Anonymous hasidentified a "technical leader" of ISIS, a Tunisian whosepersonal data and photos they have posted online. "He is not apropaganda promoter but the administrator of at least two siteslinked to ISIS. We want to first of all find their websiteadministrators; we are working hard and sometimes it's notdifficult to close down a site although we don't only want toput their websites off-line but also find who operates them,"he said. The jihadists use systems like TOR and VPN [Editor'snote: the former is used to navigate anonymously and access the"depth" of the Web, and the latter is a private communicationnetwork]. "At times they make mistakes and we wait for them tocommit an error in order to catch them," the hacker explained."Their IP [Editor's note: Internet Protocol address, whichidentifies the computer and its location] is not alwaysconcealed; we use extremely advanced techniques and have aninternational team made up of specialists that especially dealwith smartphones." He said they believed the group's websiteadministrators "are mainly in the Middle East and in NorthAfrica but they have translators in every country". .