War on Terror

Grandpa Claims Credit for Taking Down Al Qaeda Websites

| by Michael Allen

A geriatric hacker and grandpa, who calls himself 'The Raptor,' and claims to have taken down online forums used by Al Qaeda supporters.

FoxNews.com reports:

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.”

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

“Credit is for banks -- I don't care about credit,” he told FoxNews.com. “I care about our kids surviving, and innocent people living in distant lands being able to go about their lives without fearing being blown up or being hacked into pieces. People can attribute actions to whomever or whatever they like, I don’t care."

Security experts can't say for sure who took down the sites as the hacking could have been part of a government-related cyber attack.