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Iowa company supplied Internet services for terrorists

A Cedar Falls-based technology company has discovered its Internet services were used as Web sites operated by Islamic terrorist organizations. Ian Andrusyk, the company’s president, said FastServers.net notified the FBI when it learned last week the sites were being used by terrorist groups. The company became aware after a Canadian news organization called for comment on its involvement. FBI Special Agent Jeff Tarpinian in Omaha confirmed Tuesday that authorities had been contacted by FastServers.net officials, but he declined further comment. The company provided wholesale Internet services through retail customers that were used by Arabic-language Web sites operated by Hamas, a militant Palestinian group; by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which has been responsible for Middle East suicide bombings; and for message forums used by al-Qaida supporters. “It was all in Arabic and we don’t have anybody on staff who could translate, so we called the FBI,” said Andrusyk. “We’re fully cooperating with them.” Full Story

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