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A 'friend' request from al-Qaida
Date:1/9/2012

network as a precaution in case Al Qaeda is monitoring it. "Facebook has become a great place to obtain intelligence. Many users don't even bother finding out who they are confirming as 'Friend' and to whom they are providing access to a large amount of information on their personal life. The terrorists themselves, in parallel, are able to create false profiles that enable them to get into highly visible groups," he says.

For terror organizations, the social media is also providing a platform to maximize sharing 'professional' information. The following correspondence, for example, could easily be found on the open, non-coded forum belonging to Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades: "I have a kilogram of acetone. I want to know how to make an explosive with it to blow up a military jeep." A forum member promptly responded with descriptive instructions on how to turn the explosive liquid into a destructive tool.

"The most advanced of Western communication technology is, paradoxically, what the terror organizations are now using to fight the West," Weimann concluded.


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Contact: Rachel Feldman
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972-543-933-092
University of Haifa
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