Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Calls For Recruits On ‘ZeroNet’ Website

September 12, 2016

A site belonging to the “Cyber Kahilafah,” a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group, has appeared on ZeroNet, a serverless peer-to-peer (P2P) network utilizing crowd-sourcing to host websites. The decentralized web platform uses Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.

ZeroNet can be appealing to jihadis since its websites are “uncensorable,” and are “impossible to shut down,” since they have no single point of failure.

Launching a website on the network can be done in a few steps after installing the software. The website is hosted by its creator and anyone who visits it. The program maintains a separate folder on the user’s local machine for every website they visit. A user can delete a website from his machine, at which point they no longer participate in hosting that particular website.

On its own, ZeroNet is not designed to provide anonymity, but it can work with proxy networks, like TOR, which jihadis have favored for many years.

Cyber Kahilafah Telegram channel promoting its ZeroNet website (September 9, 2016)

Cyber Kahilafah ZeroNet website

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