VIA| Those looking to catch their daily fix of extremism will have been had a bit of a shock when, instead of being greeted by the usual propaganda, an ad for a site selling Viagra was erected in its place.
Ghost Sec, who are loosely associated with Anonymous, took down the ISIS supporting site that had appeared on the dark web. They replaced it with a message telling its visitors that there was “Too Much ISIS”.
The ad linked to an online pharmacy (which seems to be hosted by Ghost Sec) where you can pay for Viagra and other prescription drugs in bitcoin. Handy.
The full message on the site read:
“Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave.”
The site popped up on the Tor browser last week. This is reportedly the first time that a site on the dark web has been hit by hackers. It is widely believed that ISIS are turning to the dark web to try and protect its propaganda from hacktivists.
Security expert Scot Terban said that whoever created the site made a rookie mistake, leaving it open to attack:
“The system behind this data feed (could be) vulnerable to some attacks. All this data leads me to believe that the end user can be tracked down easily enough by authorities but I also think that without that, I can still track down who set this up.”
If ISIS are being forced to turn to the dark web, then this is a step in the right direction. Fewer people use the Tor Browser which should in turn mean that their extremism is reaching less people.