Propaganda for ISIS on the dark web, searches and kidnappings in various Italian cities by the State Police and Carabinieri as part of an operation ordered by the Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office for association with the aim of international terrorism. 29 people are involved in the blitz aimed at preventing the terrorist threat of a religious origin deriving from the use of the dark web. The investigations began over a year ago following the report – acquired by the State Police Antiterrorism and by the Ros through the US Federal Bureau Investigation – of the existence of a propaganda site of the terrorist organization Isis present on the dark web which they could having accessed internet users present in Italy. During the searches – which involved the cities of Rome, Milan, Turin, Ancona, Bergamo, Padua, Verona, Rovigo, Vercelli, Bologna, Cesena, Rimini, Latina, Arezzo, Foggia, Reggio Calabria, Ragusa, Trapani and Caltanissetta – Numerous devices were seized as well as IT material, on which the investigations of the Digos and the joints of the anti-crime chain of the Ros continued, supported by the respective central offices There were also combat and self-training manuals among the material downloaded by users in Italy from the propaganda site Isis on the dark web. State Police and Carabinieri have discovered a voluminous list of about 2000 IP addresses attributable to visitors to the site – probably geolocated in Italy because they are associated with national providers – who, according to preliminary information, in addition to having frequented the hidden virtual environment on several occasions , they had downloaded propaganda material from the terrorist organization. A preliminary analysis of the substantial amount of technical data acquired by the Italian telephone companies – conducted together by the specialized staff of the Service for the Fight against Extremism and External Terrorism of the DCPP / UCIGOS and the Antiterrorism Department of the ROS – allowed to identify real users located in Italy against which further investigations have been initiated on the spot by the territorial articulations of the Ros of the Carabinieri and Digos. were supported by targeted technical IT activities that made it possible to isolate 29 people already involved in investigations or reported by the national intelligence sector or holders of social profiles characterized by extremist content or simply highlighted for having manifested indicators of radicalization. Through the investigations of a technical nature and the accurate analysis of the accesses to the dark web, numerous connections to the virtual page by the identified users were detected, throughout the period examined, documenting how there was a constant consultation of the contents and not a simple casual or impromptu vision. Although the site had been removed from the network – according to the now proven technique whereby the administrators of the pages frequently transfer the contents of the dark web into ever new virtual spaces, in order to make their identification even more difficult – through extensive research. in the global network it was possible to reconstruct the contents of the webpage in detail. Among the material detected – consulted almost daily and downloaded by users who are the subject of today’s searches – there are videos and propaganda images of the Islamic State terrorist organization, collections of the magazine Al Naba, the official apparatus of Daesh, press releases from the Amaq news agency, organ of diffusion of the main Isis operations in the world, audio of the media house Al Furqan and of the official radio broadcaster of IS Al Bayan, manuals of combat techniques and self-training, as well as multimedia files containing the historiography of the Caliphate.
Welcome! Log into your account
Recover your password
A password will be e-mailed to you.