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From the “Ugh, This is Disheatening” Department2002Aug06

Man hijacks al-Qaeda site for FBI use

When Web operator Jon Messner gained control of one of al-Qaeda’s prime Internet communication sites, he offered it to the FBI to use it for disinformation and collecting data about sympathizers.

What followed, he says, was a week of frustration.

FBI agents struggled to find someone with enough technical know-how to set up the sting. By the time they did, the opportunity was lost as militant Islamic Web users figured out the site was a decoy, said Messner of Ocean City, Md.

wrote this Tuesday August 6th 2002 at 2:32pm That was 19 years ago. Leave a comment

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