Atomwaffen Division

Extremist Content Online: ISIS Encouraging Violence With ‘Available Means’

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, ISIS released a new video through the group’s Al Hayat Media Center on multiple websites and platforms calling for attacks using vehicles, knives, and by committing arson. Additionally, former members of the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) announced the creation of an AWD successor group called the National Socialist Order (NSO). Also, after going dark in January, the accelerationist neo-Nazi group The Base reemerged on Telegram to promote numerous images and short videos of group members training with firearm and practicing martial arts.

Extremist Content Online: Dylann Roof Glorified By White Supremacists On Telegram

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, multiple white supremacist Telegram channels and chan users celebrated the five year anniversary of the shooting massacre committed by white supremacist Dylann Roof that left nine dead in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition, CEP researchers located two new ISIS Amaq news videos. Also, a Telegram channel was located claiming affiliation to an alleged Brazilian Atomwaffen Division (AWD) group and a white supremacist Telegram channel shared instructional information on manufacturing 9mm ammunition. Finally, a white supremacist user of an 8chan successor website suggested individuals should commit false flag property attacks against local politicians in an effort to turn them against anti-police brutality protests.

Extremist Content Online: Extremists Continue Exploiting U.S. Protests & Civil Unrest On Telegram

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. Last week, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups leveraged their Telegram channels to capitalize on the ongoing U.S. protests and civil disorder, encouraging users to incite violence against protesters and advocating for attacks on infrastructure including power grids. In addition, CEP researchers discovered a Telegram channel allegedly created by a Russian affiliate of the neo-Nazi Attomwaffen Division (AWD) and also located a Dhivehi Maldivian pro-ISIS propaganda group on Facebook. Finally, pro-ISIS Telegram channels began urging followers to switch to the Hoop Messenger application.

Extremist Content Online: White Supremacist Accelerationists And Neo-Nazis Celebrate Violence in Minneapolis

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. CEP researchers found that white supremacist accelerationists and neo-Nazis have been celebrating violence between Minneapolis police and protesters on several Telegram channels and chan imageboards. In addition, last week CEP researchers located a new website dedicated to glorifying and spreading the work of neo-Nazi James Mason.

U.S. Considering Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation Of White Supremacist Group

On Monday, POLITICO reported that the U.S. State Department is considering a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) designation of at least one white supremacist group. Former government officials and counterterrorism analysts have suggested designating the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) or another neo-Nazi group like The Base. If imposed, the FTO designation would allow law enforcement to monitor Americans who go overseas to train with white supremacist groups like AWD. The group has reportedly expanded its influence in Europe and has an established presence in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Estonia. These discussions come after U.S. federal officials made a series of arrests in February, charging five AWD members with cyberstalking and targeting journalists with whom they disagreed by delivering posters exhibiting Nazi symbols and threatening language.

Extremist Content Online: Suspected Steam Account Belonging To Christchurch Shooter Located

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, CEP located a profile on the gaming distribution service and social network Steam that either belongs to Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant, or is a replica of his account. Additionally, a pro-ISIS affiliate group released a new online magazine for the India region calling for violence. Also, five alleged Atomwaffen Division (AWD) members were arrested, resulting in far-right Telegram groups criticizing the formation of groups like AWD due to the risk of being apprehended for taking illegal actions. Four white supremacist Telegram channels were removed, including one notorious for dispersing accelerationist content inciting violence, however all four channels were either reinstated or were replaced. CEP also located German AWD propaganda on the Imgur and ibb.co platforms. Finally, an anti-Semitic Telegram account opened profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Gab and Parler.

Extremist Content Online: Alleged Shooter In Deadly German Attacks Celebrated By White Supremacists On Telegram, Chan-Style Imageboards

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, white supremacist Telegram channels and chan-style imageboards celebrated the alleged shooter in two deadly attacks in Hanau, Germany that left nine dead. Additionally, CEP located ISIS content on Telegra.ph, and also located an ISIS Amaq video on multiple websites including Telegram and RocketChat. Also, an accelerationist white supremacist Telegram channel urged viewers to kill elected officials. Finally, two videos featuring an accelerationist song advocating for the murder of Jews, people of color, Latinos and immigrants that included background Atomwaffen Division (AWD) footage were also located on YouTube.

Extremist Content Online: AQAP Claims Florida Naval Base Shooting, Neo-Nazis Offer Tech Services For Extremist Groups

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit followers and incite violence. This week, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the December 6 shooting at the Pensacola Naval Base. Additionally, a Neo-Nazi web security group affiliated with the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) was located, where they claim to provide hosting services, tech support, and research infrastructure to multiple extremist groups. Neo-Nazi and ISIS content calling for acts of violence were located on Instagram. Following the February 4 stabbing in the Maldives claimed by individuals supporting the Islamic State, legacy Maldivian pro-ISIS content was located on various media platforms. Finally, Neo-Nazi accelerationist channels uploaded homemade firearms instructions to Telegram.

Two Internet Registrars Remove Neo-Nazi Forum After Being Alerted by CEP

CEP released the following statement today after Hostinger International, Ltd., an international web hosting company, suspended Fascist Forge, a neo-Nazi web forum. Hostinger suspended the forum after CEP flagged its history of advocating violent fascism and inciting its followers toward terrorism and the murder of people of color, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people and others.