Grandpa, 'The Raptor,' Takes dOwn AlQueda Webs Sites

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  1. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    His Blog is linked below the article.

    An American hacker, who calls himself “The Raptor” and claims to be a grandfather waging his own war on terror, is taking credit for a series of takedowns of online forums used by Al Qaeda sympathizers, has learned.

    Calling himself a patriot acting on behalf of U.S. troops serving overseas, The Raptor claims to be behind last month’s attack on Al Qaeda’s main online forum, Shamukh Islamic Network, and a handful of other sites and forums, including Ansar al-Mujahideen, where jihadists gather online to issue threats and exhort one another to acts of terror. The sites went down on March 22, and most remained dark for nearly two weeks. As the websites stayed offline, The Raptor taunted his targets on Twitter, daring them to “bring it.”

    “Bow. Wave. Exit Stage Right. Curtains. Applause,” he tweeted after Shamukh, the main site used to blast out Al Qaeda content, was taken out of commission, only to return days later with a message blaming the outage on “Enemies of Allah.”

    In the online world, where posters and hackers alike take on false personas and play a virtual game of cat and mouse, it is difficult to know if The Raptor is who he says he is, someone simply claiming credit, or if the hack attacks are part of some larger, government-related operation.

    “Who is taking it down is an interesting question, but does it matter?” asked Jeff Bardin, cyberterror expert and former Air Force Arabic linguist who is now a principal at the private intelligence firm Treadstone 71.

    If experts can’t be sure who is taking the jihadist sites down, it is unlikely the extremists who run them and post on them can, either. But it is all but certain they’ve been stung by the taunts of someone calling himself The Raptor, or as his Twitter handle is spelled, “th3raptor.”

    “Just another infidel defending cyberspace for God and country,” The Raptor describes himself on Twitter.

    A man who contacted through The Raptor’s Twitter page reluctantly described himself as a grandfather and retired military man with a child serving active duty. These details could not be confirmed independently by, and he declined to provide any other details about his identity.

    He Has A Blog here:

    Lots more to the story here:
  2. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Go Raptor go!
    Thanks for the article Raven

  3. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    raptors been around a good while ..
  4. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Hopefully he will be around for a long time too!
    He is doing more to fight islam than the govt is, at least that is my opinion. ;)
  5. jbmid1

    jbmid1 Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    And if you read further into the article. He speaks about the lack of security on vbulletin sites.(like this one).
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