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Al Qaeda Website Refuses to Die

Repeatedly tossed off the Internet, a website believed to be al Qaeda’s primary online method of communication continues to resurface as an uninvited guest on other websites. Alneda.com first appeared after the Sept. 11 attacks, hosted by legitimate Internet service providers in Malaysia and the U.S. who promptly evicted the site after being alerted to its contents and purpose. Al Neda eventually lost ownership of the Alneda.com domain in August when Jon David Messner, a hacker who runs porn sites, took it over. But the website formerly known as Alneda.com is still online. For the past eight months, it has functioned as a so-called Internet parasite — a site that is embedded within another website without the site owner’s knowledge. Al Neda recently showed up buried inside the websites of a 14-year old student, a software security company and a horror movie fan’s tribute pages to director Clive Barker. As of late last Friday, Al Neda was hidden within the website of Educa, a small educational consultancy in the Netherlands. English and Arabic versions were buried in Educa’s subdirectory files. According to Jeremy Reynalds, a freelance writer who has been tracking the movements of Al Neda and is working on a book on terrorism and the Web, Al Neda’s news section is not usually updated very regularly. Full Story

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