July 30, 2012

Shumukh Forum Gripped by Spyware Paranoia

Wired:

A prominent poster on the elite password-protected jihadi web site Shumukh has told fellow forum members his account on the site has been hacked to send spyware to fellow forum participants.

The user, who goes by the handle “Yaman Mukhadab,” posted on August 28 that “it seems that someone is using my account and is somehow sending messages with my name to the members,” according to Flashpoint Partners, which translated the discussion for Danger Room. Shumukh uses software from vBulletin, which allows members to send private messages to each other.

Mukhadab’s handiwork has attracted attention beyond the forum. He was one of the contributors to the site’s lame recent attempt at creating a fantasy target wishlist comprised of American security industry leaders, defense officials and other public figures.

He claims to have become aware of the hack after seeing “a number of messages from the brothers in private [on the forum account] replying to what they thought was a message from me.” He wrote that “the dangerous thing in the matter is that they say that I had sent them a message including a link for download, which they downloaded.”

Spencer Ackerman was unavailable for comment on this outrageous violation of Jihadi Privacy.

Jawa Report denies any involvement although we admit we find it very entertaining.

Hat Tip: Some crazy hacker dude.

By Howie at 11:02 AM | Comments |