Alleged hack of jihadi site may be 9/11 retaliation

A frequent user of the jihadi website Shumukh is alleging that his account has been hacked and is being used to send spyware to other users, reports Adam Rawnsley of Wired’s Danger Room blog.

Known by the handle “Yaman Mukhadab,” the user recently participated in compiling an assassination “wish list” of top U.S. leaders, which may have attracted him the wrong sort of attention, namely that of those loyal to America.

According to Flashpoint Partners’ translation of an Aug. 28 post from Mukhadab, he is claiming that hackers used his private message function to send “brothers” a virus that is undetectable.

Whether the United States is actually behind the alleged hack is not known. While Rawnsley says these attacks are par for the course, particularly so close to 9/11, jihadists are also prone to overreaction.

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