The symbol for the terrorist ISIS or Daesh organization is seen on a smartphone. The Facebook logo is blurry in the background.

Violent extremists lurking online are a serious threat.

Base of Operations: The Internet

January 2014, Number 05.01

“Just as the internet is becoming tightly interwoven in our everyday lives, it is also assuming a larger role in criminal and extremist activities. The number of terrorist websites has soared during the past decade, and so has the volume of material they post online. In the time that it takes counterterror groups to discover and eradicate terrorist propaganda, the videos, photos and violent exhortations have already been anonymously copied and posted to other sites. In the UK, the internet plays a role in nearly every national security investigation conducted by police and intelligence agencies, the United States think tank Rand Corp. said in a report published in November 2013. The U.S. government says it monitors about 5,000 jihadi websites and closely watches about a hundred it believes are most hostile...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Base of Operations: The Internet,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 1, 2014: 42-45.

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