Islamist militia group Taliban, reported yesterday that their website, mobile phone text messages, emails and Twitter and Facebook posts (no typos there!) had been attacked. The attackers, whose identity is still unknown posted false news about the death of a certain Mullah Omar, who happens to be Taliban’s spiritual leader.
From weapons to www (Image source: counterterrorismblog.org)
The group has now begun pointing fingers at the American intelligence, blaming the hack to be the discretion of their ‘cunning’ ways. The Talibanians have been carefully going ahead with their online plans – they change their web addresses very frequently and more often then ever link their websites to other dating and online shopping websites. The tech-savvy nature of Taliban is an entirely new phenomenon. During the outfit's earlier days in power, it was known that they had cut off Afghanistan completely from the rest of the world. This period is effectively between 1996 and 2001. Media outlets like T.V., which had gained substantial strength during the 90s faced complete ban, bringing their media reach to a zero.
However, after its famed ‘War on America’ took precedence it realized the strategic importance of having media access, so much so, that today the outfit boasts of having their own Twitter and Facebook accounts. What use they put it to can be anyone’s guess.