Monday, May 16, 2011

How Bin Laden Baffled US Electronic Surveillance

A still of 2004 Osama bin Laden videoOsama bin Laden didn't have an internet connection or a phone, but for years he was a prolific user of email  by saving messages to a thumb drive and having them sent from a distant internet cafe.


Bin Laden would type the messages on a computer that had no connection to the outside world and then instruct a trusted courier to drive to a cafe so they could be emailed.

The courier would then save messages addressed to bin Laden to the same drive and bring it back so his boss could read them offline.

The process was so tedious that even veteran intelligence officials have marveled at the al-Qaida chief's ability to maintain it for so long.

US Navy Seals seized roughly 100 flash memory drives when they killed bin Laden at his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound.

The cache of messages is so big that the government has enlisted Arabic speakers from around the intelligence community to pore over them.

9 commentaires:

Blogging Skater said...

clever, but not clever enough, huh?

João Rodrigues said...

Well, it's actually pretty intelligent on his side to do it like that.

Quetopia said...

Guys Bin Laden clearly had one of those Aluiminu foil hats. That's how it was done.

David Newsom said...

Wow that is really interesting. Really clever by him to do that.

fit4life said...

wow, well, that's why he was so damn hard to fine, he knew his shit.

Chase said...

gotta admit, thats a pretty crafty way of doing it

Alpha said...

Sneaky little bugger...

supertwiks said...

what did you think? if youre the top terrorist of the world you cant just play hide and seek you gotta play ULTRA hide and seek like he did

Hyperion said...

Clever, although I expected something more "technologically advanced" Lol.

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