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20 / 11 / 2015

Cyber Warfare: How to Survive for the Common User

Battlefield is the Net, where the soldiers are hackers. The war involved the social media and Internet in opposition many years ago. Virtually the entire recruitment in ISIS happens via social networks, and this is a normal practice.

After Saturday’s tragic attacks in Paris, which left more than 130 dead and more than 100 affected, started the rise of threats between ISIS and the #Anonymous group of hackers. In the latest video from #Anonymous the group has declared that they will carry the major part of attacks on Islamic State (ISIS, “idiots”). In their turn, the Islamic State responded: “What they’re gonna hack?”. In the previous video the #Anonymous group declared the war to ISIS.

The #Anonymous group has already made several attacks on other social network accounts that are related to ISIS members via DDoS attacks after sensational act of terrorism against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The latest DDoS "distributed denial-of-service” attack, which has been made by #Anonymous against the Telegram channel, continued with the detailed security advisory for Telegram users on how to avoid being hacked:

  • Don't open any links unless you are sure about the source.

  • Change the IP addresses constantly.

  • Do not chat with strangers on Telegram or through Twitter direct messaging.

Rumors are that Telegram is affiliated with ISIS. The related Arabian channels appeared on Telegram before the incident in Paris. Just a few months ago a possibility to create a channel with unlimited number of users appeared in Telegram. This allows to stream the content that is distributed by an anonymous source where IS quickly launched a series of information channels called Nashirs – Arabic for 'distributor' in nine different languages. To join them is as simple as follow the friend in Twitter, all what you need is to provide your phone number to set up an account.

Who will win in this war? Business Insider, a popular Internet news resource, has alredy shown possible ways of how #Anonymous could wage 'war' on ISIS. According to the magazine, the most likely ways are social networks and encrypted cloud storages that could be hacked to reveal private information about the members of ISIS.

It seems that a common user of social networks could also be accidentally targeted by hackers all around the world. The question is - will popular social networks remove suspicious accounts and contribute to hackers?

The most common ways how to avoid being hacked and secure your sensitive information are:

  • Do not provide any personal information on social networks. Remove all email addreses, phone numbers, your personal links, and relationships.

  • Create a strong password and, if possible, set up two-level authentication.

  • Be attentive to all incoming messages and posts on your social network profile.

  • Use safe browsing protection to prevent malware from being installed.

  • Don't share suspicious content that is related to ISIS.

Will cyber warfare between ISIS and the #Anonymous group spread on social network users that have no links to the terrorist cell? No one knows. So don’t miss the chance to secure your accounts against possible leakages.