Friday, February 25, 2005

Internet Sleuths Sniff Out Terror Sites

Wired News: Watchdogs Sniff Out Terror Sites

On the website of Internet Haganah, self-described as "an internet counterinsurgency," the mark of victory is a makeshift graphic -- a little blue AK-47 assault rifle.

"Haganah" in Hebrew means defense. But when Internet Haganah's founder places another AK-47 on his site, it means mission accomplished: another jihad website taken out by going on the offensive.

Aaron Weisburd runs Internet Haganah out of his southern Illinois home. Weisburd, who said he has received threats because of his activities, asked to communicate by e-mail.

The forty-something native of New York describes Internet Haganah as a "small band of researchers, analysts, translators and consultants" around the globe dedicated to ferreting out websites linked to terrorist groups.