“Hacktivists” have traced that three different ISIS Twitter accounts are run through internet addresses owned by the British government.
These hackers, known as VandaSec, claim they came across three IP addresses that were linked to ISIS propaganda accounts which were in turn appeared to originate at the British Department of Work and Pensions.
The IP addresses, used as an identifier for computer activity appears at first glance to be from Saudi Arabia, but when using advanced software it’s origin can be determined. This unsurprisingly has set off a flurry of rumors on the internet.
From ISIS moles inside the UK government, to honey trap theories, a UK-ISIS link could open a world of possibilities.
However, the truth is less crazy – the IP addresses were part of a bulk sale to a Saudi telecom firm. A Cabinet spokesperson said:
“The government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers. We have sold a number of these addresses to telecoms companies both in the UK and internationally to allow their customers to connect to the internet. We think carefully about which companies we sell addresses to, but how their customers use this internet connection is beyond our control.”
From the Mirror:
Hackers have claimed that a number of Islamic State supporters’ social media accounts are being run from internet addresses linked to the Department of Work and Pensions.
A group of four young computer experts who call themselves VandaSec have unearthed evidence indicating that at least three ISIS-supporting accounts can be traced back to the DWP.
Every computer and mobile phone logs onto the internet using an IP address, which is a type of identification number.
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