white supremacists

Extremist Content Online: ISIS Supporters Celebrate Terror Attack In France on RocketChat Communications App

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 supporters on RocketChat celebrated the murder of three people in a church in the French city of Nice by a man identified by French law enforcement as Brahim Aioussaoi, and shared photos of Aioussaoi and a video allegedly showing emergency personnel recovering a body. In addition, CEP researchers located a post on a pro-ISIS channel on RocketChat that called for the group’s supporters to renew their bay’ah (pledge of allegiance) to ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi. Also, CEP researchers located two identical pro-ISIS websites with WordPress URLs that contained Amaq News reports and propaganda photos, including those showing executions.

Extremist Content Online: ISIS Nasheeds Located On Spreaker

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, CEP researchers located nearly 100 ISIS nasheeds uploaded on the audio website Spreaker that included a link to a pro-ISIS website in its upload description. Additionally, the ISIS-affiliated media agency Amaq News released two short clips that claimed to show ISIS fighters firing mortar shells at a Popular Mobilization Forces facility in the western Anbar province of Iraq and the nighttime roadside bombing of a vehicle allegedly belonging to Kurdish forces in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor. Also, the pro-ISIS Al Battar Media Foundation released a video titled, “To the Awakening Groups in Mali,” which accused al Qaeda of allying with governments in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Algeria, against ISIS and celebrated alleged victories against the group. In addition, CEP researchers located an ISIS website on the .nl domain that contained ISIS propaganda material including the group’s Al-Naba weekly newsletter, statements from the group’s leadership, and content from the group’s print propaganda al-Himma library.

Extremist Content Online: Pro-ISIS Magazine Promotes Terorrist Attacks

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, the eighth edition of the pro-ISIS web magazine “Voice of Hind” was released on multiple websites and declared to supporters that it is permissible for women, children, and the elderly to be killed in terrorist attacks. Also, ISIS released a new propaganda video, “To Be Absolved Before Your Lord 2,” through the group’s self-proclaimed Khorasan Province depicting combat footage between ISIS and Taliban forces as well as footage of slain Taliban fighters killed in action. In addition, a pro-ISIS chat on the RocketChat platform distributed approximately three dozen emails and login information for accounts with the virtual private network (VPN) service Nord.

Extremist Content Online: ISIS Propaganda Video Calling For Terrorist Attacks Resurfaces

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, a pro-ISIS supporter recirculated a previously released propaganda video calling for terrorist attacks through vehicles, knives, and arson, and published it on multiple online platforms including JustPaste.It, Microsoft One Drive, and the Internet Archive. Additionally, the seventh issue of the pro-ISIS web magazine “Voice of Hind” was released on numerous websites.

White Supremacy Groups in America

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) maintains resources documenting white supremacist groups—their history and known activities—currently operating in the United States. These groups continue to propogate hatred, bigotry, and violence against racial and ethnic minorities and spread anti-government propaganda in an effort to advance their radical agendas.

Extremist Content Online: White Supremacist Street Fighting Gang Creates Telegram Channel Promoting Anti-Immigrant & Anti-Semitic Content

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, the white supremacist street fighting gang, Rise Above Movement (RAM), launched a Telegram channel featuring their extreme right wing, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic content. The Maldivian pro-ISIS Haqqu Media Center released a new video praising a Maldivian ISIS fighter killed in Syria, while ISIS released an Amaq News propaganda video showing an alleged attack on a Nigerien military facility. Also, CEP researchers located two pro-ISIS propaganda websites that use Cloudflare as their name server.

Tech & Terrorism: Extremist Groups Leverage Coronavirus Pandemic Online

On Sunday, the New York Times highlighted increased efforts by white supremacist extremist groups to leverage the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to advance their radical agendas and attract new members. Far-right extremist groups are increasingly mobilizing their appeals to potential supporters online that include racist sentiments, anti-Semitic tropes, and misinformation with claims that COVID-19 is a Jewish-run conspiracy and, alternatively, as being spread by nonwhite immigrants.

Extremist Content Online: RocketChat Channel Praises Suspected Vehicular Terror Attack & Encourages Violence During Ramadan, COVID-19 Crisis

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, a pro-ISIS RocketChat chatroom celebrated the recent vehicular attack in France that left three French police officers injured and encouraged supporters to conduct more attacks during the holy month of Ramadan and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, ISIS released a new video titled “To Be Absolved Before Your Lord” which disparaged al-Qaeda and included several interviews with fighters from their self-proclaimed province in Yemen.

Extremist Content Online: Pro-ISIS Propaganda Site Reemerges One Month After Takedowns

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, a pro-ISIS website containing violent propaganda and notorious execution videos, weekly newsletters and daily Amaq News updates was located on the .in domain, while a pro-ISIS group released its third version of the “Voice of Hind” magazine which is meant to appeal to Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. Additonally, white supremacist Telegram channels encouraged users to interfere with New York City’s 311 operations by flooding the line with false reports and misinformation. CEP researchers also located a relaunched neo-Nazi website that uses Epik as its name server and registrar, and identified an administrator of a white supremacist Telegram channel praising anti-5G conspiracy theories. Finally, numerous white supremacist Telegram channels celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing while neo-Nazi and white supremacist Telegram and an 8chan successor website celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday on April 20.

Extremist Content Online: Pro-ISIS, Neo-Nazi Groups Using Instagram To Advocate Violence

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 researchers located multiple pro-ISIS and neo-Nazi accounts advocating for violence on the Instagram platform. CEP also found that Telegram increased its removal of ISIS channels, chats and bots during the month of April. Additionally, ISIS claimed responsibility for the first time for a terror attack in the Maldives, while the pro-ISIS Internet group “Cyber Caliphate Shield” released a new video on Telegram and numerous websites. Finally, a neo-Nazi Internet security group announced the formation of an offensive cadre for the purposes of infiltration and sabotage, and Kohti Vapautta, a Finnish neo-Nazi group closely linked to the Nordic Resistance Movement distributed violent propaganda on multiple social media platforms.