Islamic State (ISIS)-Operated Rocket.Chat Server Returns Online After Two-Week Maintenance Following Alleged Cyberattack During Ramadan

May 2, 2023

On April 30, 2023 the Islamic State (ISIS)-operated Rocket.Chat server returned to being operational after a two-week "maintenance" hiatus following alleged attempted cyberattacks.

On April 16, the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server was taken offline. When a user tried to access the server's URL were redirected to another address, where the following message was posted, in Arabic and English: "We are currently experiencing technical difficulty which we are working on resolving soon, in shaa Allah [Allah willing]. Dawla al-islamiya baqiyah wa tatamaddad [The Islamic State remains and is expanding]."

The server returned to being operational on April 30. The admin of one of the most popular general channels on the server published a post in Arabic and English claiming that "infidels" had exploited the month of Ramadan to access the server in various ways. Unsuccessful, they reportedly launched a DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack on the server to "prevent the brothers from being together during Ramadan." Consequently, the server was taken offline to allow its managers to focus on the observance of the holy month.

The admin added in the post that the website "is back stronger than before" and its security has been enhanced. Nevertheless, followers were encouraged to use a VPN and Tor browser whenever they are connected to the Internet.

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