Al-Qa'eda on the Arabian Peninsula - A Brief Overview of 'Inspire'

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Over the last few decades, jihadis have perfected a series of effective Jihads against the non-Muslim world. There are many types of Jihad the Extremist Islamists (EI) use and they all support their ultimate goal of an Islamic world ruled by Shari a law. Some of them are listed in the table above.  

There are also other types of jihad that relate to the self that may in fact apply to EIs but are general to Islam as a whole.  What is universal with all these types of jihad is that they exist in one form or another via various Internet protocols creating the basis for Cyber Jihad. 


It is important to understand that the EIs continue to use our infrastructure against as they have over the years during physical attacks and currently using social network software and sites to drive awareness and training while building recruitment through online communities and various forms of propaganda.


The new magazine entitled 'Inspire' is another such tool that focuses on English speaking Muslims in an effort at inflammatory propaganda to incite the 'lone wolf' jihadist who is an unknown sleeper even to themselves.


Since the initial release of the 'Inspire' document and the subsequent re-release, new information has come forward on the issues associated with the document. Becoming known as the Ellen DeGeneres Cupcake Affair, it seems as though the document was intercepted and modified somewhere in the mix. Some believe it may be disinformation; others believe it is authentic with some 'reverse' hacking at play.  You decide!


Ellen's Cupcakes






Read a non-inclusive overview of the document at - Treadstone 71


About the Author:  Jeff Bardin is currently Chief Intelligence Officer for Treadstone 71. In 2007 he was awarded the RSA Conference award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices. The Bardin-led security team from Hanover Insurance also won the 2007 SC Magazine Award – Best Security Team competing against such organizations as Barclays Global and the Department of State. Jeff sits on the Board of Directors, Boston Infragard; Content Raven, Wisegate, was a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance; is a member of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, the RSA Conference Submission Selection Committee and formerly on the Customer Advisory Board for Chosen Security. Jeff published The Illusion of Due Diligence in 2010 and was a co-author for the Computer and Information Security Handbook, Understanding Computers, and has published articles for magazines such as The Intelligencer, CSO, and SC Magazine. Jeff served in the USAF as a cryptologic linguist, and in the USANG as an officer.  He has BA in Special Studies - Middle East Studies & Arabic Language from Trinity College as well as a MS in Information Assurance from Norwich University.  He is also a professor of masters programs in cyber intelligence, counterintelligence, cybercrime and cyber terrorism at Utica College. Jeff also holds the CISSP, CISM, C|CISO and NSA-IAM certifications.

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