Thursday, October 02, 2008

UK: Spies Take War On Terror Into Cyberspace

Kim Sengupta writes on The Independent:

Britain's security agencies are fighting a covert war in cyberspace against extremist Islamist internet sites as part of a new anti-terrorist strategy, senior Whitehall officials have revealed.

As well running its own sites, the Government gives material support to groups that monitor and combat jihadist material on the web in an attempt to prevent indoctrination of young Muslims. The scheme is part of measures being introduced at a time when the threat level is described as being "at the severe end of severe", with, officials say, extremist groups determinedly attempting new attacks.

The Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), recently set up to co-ordinate operations against al-Qa'ida and its supporters, has been tasked with proactive action to disrupt terrorist networks as well as carrying out a "hearts and minds" campaign within Britain's Muslim population.

More here.


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