On Telegram, Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) Shares Technical Advice For Aspiring Jihadis

February 24, 2016

The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), an Al-Qaeda-affiliated media company, has been utilizing the encrypted messaging app Telegram since December 2015. It uses it for sharing updates and news-related items with its followers, on variety of cybersecurity topics.

The Telegram channel belongs to the technical section of GIMF, which since 2007 has been behind the development of various secure communication programs.

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As of February 3, 2016, the account had shared 19 photos and 29 links, and has 69 followers.

The following are examples of posts from the channel.

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“How to examine your computer [against] penetration and to correctly ensure its safety #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“A vulnerability in the MacKeeper program. 13 million users of the program are compromised and their data obtained #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Microsoft releases a preview version of Windows 10 [operating] system. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Twitter: Government bodies are spying on some Twitter accounts. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“This site analyzes your websites based on several parameters and visitors’ reviews in order to determine its trustworthiness. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Warning for Linux users regarding a vulnerability. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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Top post: “An update for Firefox browser version 43.0.3 was released. We remind everyone to download programs only from its official websites. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”; bottom post: “Google discovers security vulnerabilities in FireEye products. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Who can read your private messages? #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“The program Ransom32 – malware written in JavaScript. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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Top post: “This is an Arabic-English dictionary for electronic security-related terms. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”; bottom post: “This is a translator for computer-related terms. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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Top post: “Names of the best and the worst antivirus programs that might be on your computer. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection; Bottom post: “Free video courses about building websites and apps. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“AVG [anti-virus] add-on suffers from a serious security vulnerability, affecting more than 9 million [users]. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“CodeUpStart – a website for learning programming and building real projects. #MediaFrontTechnical Section”

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“A vulnerability in Linux kernel affects more than 900 million Android devices. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection.”

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“The way to display and hide the Dashboard on Mac devices. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection” A snapshot of the Mission Control program is attached.

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Important tips to protect your Twitter account. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Microsoft issues nine security bulletins covering 24 vulnerabilities across its different products. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“[Using] Wallions website to obtain free high-resolution pictures. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Apple releases OS X system update 10.11.3, El Capitan. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“10 tips to make the iPhone more secure. #MediaFrontTechnical Section”

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“Running [the secure communication program] Asrar Al-Mujahideen on Ubuntu with full Arabic support. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Apple releases a patch for a vulnerability that allows stealing cookies files. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“New algorithm, which allows making free phone calls, leads to global uproar among experts. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Adobe launches Portfolio tool to easily design websites. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”

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“Mozilla launches a new update for Firefox browser and fixes more than 44 security vulnerabilities. #MediaFrontTechnicalSection”