Terrorists Using Social Media to Gather Intelligence

When planning to launch a rocket from Batam to attack Marina Bay last year, Indonesian terror group KGR@Katibah GR acquired information on how to assemble firearms and explosives through Facebook.

Their plans were foiled, but terrorists continue to use social media and the Internet to acquire knowledge and gather and share information.

Mr Ivor Terret, 44, a counter-terrorism expert from Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP), said: “Terrorists are leveraging on the openness and inter-connectivity of the Internet and social media to gather crucial information while remaining anonymous.”

He was speaking to The New Paper at CCTP’s Hostile Reconnaissance and Surveillance Detection Course, which taught participants how to identify and disrupt intelligence gathering by terrorists.

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