Did the US use their offensive cyber-capacity against the Al Qaeda terrorist manual?

The New York Times reports that an English-language manual on “How to be a Terrorist” has been produced by the propaganda arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  The manual in magazine format includes instructions on how to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” an article on “Mujahedeen 101” and a lesson in sending and receiving encrypted messages.

Apparently, the publication which was circulating on the internet earlier this week was only three pages long.  The reason?   Some sort of virus seemed to have corrupted the remaining 64 pages.

And the New York Times speculates that this:

“could have been the work of hackers, possibly working for the United States government.”

Interesting, if true.

2 thoughts on “Did the US use their offensive cyber-capacity against the Al Qaeda terrorist manual?”

  1. I await complaints from cyber libertarians about this appalling and unfair transgression of freedom for terror …. whoops .. of speech.

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