Jihadist files posted on an Arkansas server

An Arkansas government File Transfer Protocol server wouldn't seem to top the list of likely terrorist targets, but that didn't stop it from getting walloped this month by terrorist sympathizers, who loaded it with online videos of Osama bin Laden and other multimedia jihadist materials.

On July 12, officials at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department received an anonymous tip about the files, which were labeled in a foreign language.

Contractors had used the FTP server to share files for eight years without incident. 'This is the first time something like this has happened,' department spokesman Randy Ort said. 'We're looking at developing a protocol to avoid this in the future.'

People looking for FTP servers to hijack 'have certain utilities that search out and find specific bandwidth,' Ort said. He said the department turned the files over to the FBI.

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