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ISIS to unleash TENS OF MILLIONS of jihadi hackers on West in blitz worse than NUCLEAR WAR
Computer expert John McAfee has warned ISIS are preparing for a huge cyber war against the WestJohn McAfee said the jihadis are hoping to take down the Internet and cause a global meltdown of services after developing a sophisticated mobile phone application which allows any of their warped followers to launch devastating cyber attacks.
The computer security expert, who invented the McAfee anti-virus software, claimed “fifteen to 25 percent” of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are extremists, meaning ISIS could have an army of 400 million fanatical followers ready to strike at any minute.
Computer boffins at the terrorists’ headquarters in Raqqa have developed a secret smartphone application designed to spread Islamist propaganda and help followers carry out terrorist attacks from the comfort of their own homes.
A team which may have included British hacker Junaid Hussain invented a feature which allows even the most computer illiterate of jihadis to launch sophisticated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against websites.
DDoS attacks work by flooding a site with fake traffic, causing it to grind to a halt, and have been successfully used against some of the world’s biggest companies and government departments.
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British hacker Junaid Hussain, killed in an airstrike, may have helped develop the appExperts now believe that ISIS hackers carried out a major test of the app’s capabilities last week by launching an audacious attempt to bring down the 13 root servers which keep the Internet running worldwide.
Whilst the attack ultimately failed, it did temporarily slow down services across the globe and has been described as an unprecedented attempt to strike at the heart of modern Western society.
ISIS is now emailing the application out to its followers worldwide and is encouraging them to use it to unleash technological carnage on the West.
Mr McAfee, who has set up his own party to run for US President, said that the jihadis are “far more clever” than most people realise and warned that the West and warned that they are planning to unleash “a cyber war far more devastating than any nuclear war”.
ISIS could have an army of up to 400 million extremists at its fingertipsGETTY
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It’s going to be a cyber war, far more devastating than any nuclear war
He said: “They are far more clever in cyber sciences than we ever gave them credit for.
“There’s simply no way to take everybody’s smartphone away from them. Neither is there any way to know what everybody is doing on their smartphones, so the cyber war has moved from big servers that try to attack other servers, to software that ISIS has developed, that runs on everybody’s smartphone.
“And keep in mind, there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. Fifteen to 25 percent, as current estimates, are extremists.
“Even if a small percentage of those are following the ISIS news app, then we have tens of millions of users of this application. It’s a very frightening situation.
“We have to prepare ourselves, because the next war is not going to be fought with bombs and battleships and airplanes. It’s going to be a cyber war, far more devastating than any nuclear war.”
The figure of 15-25 per cent of Muslims holding radical beliefs was originally aired earlier this year by Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the Act! for America campaign group, who said she was referencing “intelligence services around the world”.
But some experts have openly questioned that claim with Angel Rabasa, a senior political scientist at the RAND corporation, saying that more like one per cent of the Muslim population in Europe – around 325,000 people – are “at risk of becoming radical”. If extrapolated worldwide, his research would mean ISIS could fall back on an army of around 16 million fanatical extremists.
In a wide-ranging interview computer expert Mr McAfee also revealed that the vigilante hacker group Anonymous are making some headway against ISIS, but will never be able to completely shut off their communications.
He revealed how a version of the jihadi news app obtained by his cyber security team contained messages from the Islamists stating that Anonymous had taken down their main server.
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Activist hacking group Anonymous and their followers are carrying out a “trolling day” against the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) as part of its cyber-campaign against the militant Islamist group
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Last week a hack-tivist with the group told Express.co.uk how campaigners worldwide are working around the clock to disrupt ISIS communications channels, including by taking down extremist social media accounts.
But whilst the masked vigilantes are “definitely pushing them into the corner”, Mr McAfee does not believe their actions alone will defeat the terror group.
He told RT: “Can they succeed in silencing them? I don’t think so, I don’t think so. There are far too many extremists, there are far too many devotees, and ISIS does have enormous technical competence in this cyber world.”
Mr McAfee says ISIS’ cyber onslaught will be worse than a nuclear war GETTY
The phone app allows any would-be jihadi to launch sophisticated hacking attacksHis comments came after FBI director James Comey said ISIS presents a completely new form of terrorist threat and compared the group to the mythical monster Hydra, which grew two new heads for every one that was cut off.
Mr Comey told police officers that the jihadis were perfecting the art of “crowdsourcing” terrorism, encouraging followers worldwide to carry out small but deadly attacks rather than plotting elaborate, centralised schemes.
He told the NYPD Shield conference in New York yesterday that ISIS were a different threat to al-Qaeda, which planned and carried out highly orchestrated schemes including the 9/11 attacks.
Instead he said ISIS has “become the leader in global jihad by this crowdsourcing of terrorism” through social media platforms.