Saturday, July 31, 2004

Al-Qaeda.Com

Not really...but close...you ever hear news reports about postings or videos on "al-Qaeda's website?" Well, I found myself wondering, where exactly is the official website of Osama bin Laden? It turns out the story is more interesting than I expected, and Wired did a good piece on al Neda, the official website of al-Qaeda. The interesting thing is that, obviously, there is no set location for the site, since the US and other governments keep shutting it down. It functions like a virus; its owners hack into other legitimate websites and upload the files, then announce its new location on bulletin boards and mailing lists. When it gets shut down, they just move it to a new location. Just like the organization, the al-Qaeda website is decentralized. And they say terrorists are stupid.

1 comment:

Mauricem said...

That is really interesting. I've always thought that the US has over-estimated Al-Queda, but if their this resourceful maybe I'm wrong. Make's me want to tune in, just to be "in-the-know".
Maybe one day Watchtower.org will be like that. Minus the illegal bit though.