On The ISIS-Operated Rocket.Chat Server, Users Promote Better Security Practices After 'Spy' Is Banned From Chat

December 7, 2021

On the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server, several users recently discussed best security practices to safeguard sensitive communications and user information after an alleged spy was banned from a chat room.

On December 1, 2021, one user accused another of being a "spy" who operates another account. A subsequent discussion about the accusation prompted other users to suggest adherence to operational security measures in the server, including not divulging sensitive information, not conversing with "suspicious" accounts, and using a virtual private network (VPN) or Tor browser to access the server or unverified links posted in chat rooms.

Such discussions are common among users on the server. Indeed, the frequency of "spy" allegations underscores a widespread perception among users that law enforcement officers or foreign intelligence agents operate in the chat rooms.

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