A group of hackers working to trace the Internet comings and going of ISIS claim that ISIS Twitter accounts lead back to UK Government owned IP addresses. The group call themselves “VandaSec” and claim at least three ISIS Twitter accounts lead back to The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). These accounts were used to recruit and spread ISIS propaganda on Twitter and they initially show an origin of Saudi Arabia but the hackers showed the Daily Mirror it leads back to the DWP.
VandaSec’s work has sparked wild rumors suggesting someone inside the DWP is running ISIS-supporting accounts, or they were created by intelligence services as a honeypot to trap wannabe jihadis.
Upon further investigation, the Mirror did find out that the UK Government has been selling off IP addresses they no longer use. They also discovered that they sold some of those IP addresses to a firm in Saudi Arabia. The sale took place in October and it’s highly likely a complete transfer of records hasn’t taken place which is why the hackers would still be seeing traces of the DWP.
The Cabinet Office has now admitted to selling the IP addresses on to Saudi Telecom and the Saudi-based Mobile Telecommunications Company earlier this year as part of a wider drive to get rid of a large number of the DWP’s IP addresses. A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “The government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers. “We think carefully about which companies we sell addresses to, but how their customers use this internet connection is beyond our control.”
We can probably put to rest claims of the UK Government being involved with ISIS but it is interesting that ISIS would purchase IP addresses from someone they probably consider an enemy. What do you think of ISIS’s IP address purchases? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.Source: Mirror