Tuesday, April, 07, 2015

The Digital Threat of ISIS and The War in Syria, New America DC


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The Digital Threat of ISIS and The War in Syria


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New America
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (often referred to as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State) is becoming increasingly technically sophisticated in the way they target their adversaries. In late November 2014, a Syrian activist group running the non-violent campaign “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” which documents ISIS’s human rights abuses in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, received an anonymous email containing advanced malware. The group reported the malware to the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which subsequently published a report linking the malware attack to ISIS. This was the first known digital attack perpetrated by the group against civil society in Syria, and there have been many more attacks since then. Please join our panel of the Syrian activists and information security professionals who were involved in this original case, as we discuss the challenges that Syrian civil society faces today.A light lunch will be served at the event. 

Follow the discussion online using #DigitalThreat and following @NewAmerica.


Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi
Co-Founder, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently

Ahmad Al-Zoughbi
Cyber-Arabs Progect, Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Dlshad Othman @dlshadothman
ICT Specialist, ISC Project

John Scott-Railton @azoughbi
Cyber-Arabs Project, Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Honey Al Sayed
Co-Founder, SouriaLi

Peter Bergen

Director, International Security Program, New America

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