ISLAMIC State (ISIS) is planning to unleash an army of “tens of millions” of extremist Muslim hackers on the West who will cause carnage worse than a NUCLEAR WAR, a computer expert and US Presidential hopeful has claimed.
John 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.
Experts 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.
“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.”
Full article: ISIS to unleash TENS OF MILLIONS of jihadi hackers on West in blitz worse than NUCLEAR WAR (Express)