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Friday, April 1 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Digital Threat of ISIS

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We want to discuss the tactics used by ISIS to attack its opponents online as well as use the Internet to change the narrative related to the war in Syria, recruit terrorists, and plan attacks. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (often referred to as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State) is becoming increasingly technologically sophisticated in the way it targets its adversaries. The first known ISIS-sponsored online attack occurred in October 2014, when the organization launched its cyber-warfare program with targeted DDoS website attacks, phishing campaigns, and malware programs. The Syrian activist group, “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” was ISIS’s first target of both a phishing attack and malware. While ISIS used to rely singularly on social engineering attacks, whereby it tricked Internet users into divulging personal information online, it has recently begun to customize malware, demonstrating more sophisticated technical skills.
It is also using the Internet for its own communication, which has challenged the internal policies and community standards of online social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and forced them to shut down accounts affiliated with ISIS and its supporters on numerous occasions. ISIS supporters in turn also appeal to these same standards to report information, especially graphic photographs, posted by civil society and human rights activists to illustrate ISIS’s own crimes. Facebook and other resources end out taking down some of these materials, inadvertently limiting information available to the public about ISIS’s terrorist activity. Finally, ISIS is beginning to use encrypted communication methods to conceal its plans and tactics, which poses a significant new challenge to civil society as well as the law enforcement looking to monitor and prevent terrorist activity.

Speakers
avatar for John B. Jaeger

John B. Jaeger

CEO/Founder, Hala Systems, Inc.
John B. Jaeger recently spent over 3 years in his capacity as a US Department of State official working directly with Syrians and multiple USG and ally entities to help counter violent extremism, create communications networks, train civilian leadership, inform the populace, strengthen independent voices, increase resilience, and reduce physical, digital, and psycho-social threats. John now leads an awesome team of humans at Hala, a for-profit... Read More →
avatar for Dlshad Othman

Dlshad Othman

Dlshad Othman is award winning Kurdish - Syrian software engineer, specialist in information security And U.S State Department Internet Freedom fellow, Dlshad focuses on providing digital security resources and assistance to journalists and civil society organizations  that they can utilize online communications and advocacy freely and securely in spite of increased online governments repression in the form of censorship, sophisticated... Read More →
avatar for Honey Al Sayed

Honey Al Sayed

Creative Consultant/Producer
Honey Al Sayed is a Syrian citizen who has lived in Damascus, Syria from the year 2000 to 2012. She was born and raised in Kuwait, attended high school in Egypt and university in Lebanon. | | She was raised in an entrepreneurial family that led businesses in high-end fashion retail, advertising, art gallery and professional photography; all that run to this day. | | Graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Cottage

Attendees (53)