A group of four teens who called themselves VandaSec have some unsettling evidence on at least three different Twitter accounts that support ISIS. The most disturbing news is that all of these accounts are linked with a department in the UK government.
The Twitter accounts are being used to recruit new members and to spread ISIS propaganda. Upon first look, it seems the users are based in Saudi Arabia, but upon closer inspection, they are, indeed, users with links to the UK government’s Department of Works and Pensions (DWP).
Obviously, VandaSec hackers are convinced that their finding is proof of a corrupt sponsorship on the part of the UK government. The conspiracy theory that ISIS is a product of the CIA and Britain’s spy agency, M15, is nothing new. The Internet is loaded with people trying to show a link between the terror group and Western governments’ spy agencies.
Some folks are wondering if Britain’s M15 maybe set up accounts so as to catch active ISIS members, but representatives of the UK government give another explanation to this worrying find altogether: Apparently, in October the UK sold many IP addresses to Saudi Arabian firms. The addresses of these foreign users are still showing up as registered at the UK’s DWP because they have not yet been updated.
Despite this reasonable explanation, the doubts linger and are pretty strong, so much so that the UK government had to issue a statement, which you can read here:
“The government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers.We have sold a number of these addresses to telecoms companies both in the UK and internationally to allow their customers to connect to the internet. We think carefully about which companies we sell addresses to, but how their customers use this internet connection is beyond our control.”
Despite the statement from the government, the link between ISIS and Saudi Arabia, and the UK and U.S continued support of Saudi Arabia, still fuels conspiracy theories about Western governments’ involvement with the terror group.
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