Daily Israel Report

Report: US Hacked Al Qaeda's Online Hate 'Inspire' Magazine

The al Qaeda online magazine "Inspire" was disrupted by a hacking attack carried out by United States intelligence operatives last month.
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 6/12/2013, 4:28 PM

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The al Qaeda online magazine "Inspire" was disrupted by a hacking attack carried out by United States intelligence operatives last month, The Washington Post reported.

The hacked version of the English-language magazine appeared online on May 14 with distorted language and blank pages, according to the Post, adding that it was soon removed from the Internet.

Security officials said that the attack was the latest attempt by the U.S. to disrupt the distribution of al Qaeda propaganda online, the newspaper reported.

Since the magazine’s inception in 2010, “Inspire” has repeatedly identified Jews as the enemies of Islam, the Anti-Defamation League recently said in a press release.  Each issue, including the most recent edition, has been saturated with threats against Jews, Jewish institutions and the State of Israel.  These themes have been at the core of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s attempts to spread anti-Jewish hostility.

“Anti-Semitism fuels the blood lust of Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Since the early days of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda has never made a secret of their animus toward Jews, and its current leadership continues to call on its supporters around the world to target Jews and Israelis for acts of terror.  Inspire magazine is anti-Semitic through-and-through and their use of incitement against Jews has served as a central tactic in the terrorist organization’s recruitment process.”

“Inspire” has made direct threats against Jews, including stressing the importance of carrying out terror attacks on specific locations where Jews and Israelis congregate.  The terrorist group’s publication has also routinely called for the destruction of Israel.