Thursday, November 3, 2016

Counterterrorism in West Africa

The use of cyber communication tools has fueled recent terrorist and criminal activities in West Africa.  This represents the power of cyber and social media platforms to address and expand both developing nation homegrown and controlled terrorist activities; to include the seditious social engineering of susceptible targets.   This malicious cyber activity affects both government operations and business development in Africa and other emerging international societies and their economies.  This information is being supplied for your situational awareness.
  • The use of cyber networks in homegrown extremism is on the rise in Africa.
  • Recent arrests in West Africa have proven this phenomenon true.
  • Developing nations such as Senegal, are realizing this menace and tackling basic cyber security related challenges.

Publication date:                           1 November 2016
Handling requirements:               Traffic light protocol (TLP) GREEN
Attribution/Threat Actors:          #OpAfrica and regional social media bad actors
Actor Type:                                    Adversary capabilities have been assessed as Tier II*
Potential Targets:                          African government and business networks
Past Reporting:                             DOC-3811

*Practitioners with a greater depth of experience, with the ability to develop their own tools from publicly known vulnerabilities.

The full attribution report has been published in its entirety in the Red Sky Alliance portal.  For more information please contact the lab directly at 844-4-WAPACK, 603-606-1246, or

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