RECRUITMENT ON THE DARKNET: TOOLS FOR ANALYSING OF EXTREMIST PROFILES
A CASE STUDY OF HOW SOCIAL NETWORKS ACT AS RECRUITMENT POOLS AND WHAT TOOLS CAN BE USED TO COUNTER ILLICIT ACTIVITY ON THE INTERNET
With a help of Maltego and Social Links Pro, Lowfare team conducted a study about recruiting processes in a number of international racial-extremist groups in the Darkweb. Members of this group are united by Ironmarch.org – extremists social network.
The instruments for identifying potential candidates with like-minded interests are available in the form of simple search queries for communities in social networks, and the extremists get ready-made lists of members to recruit them.
HOW EFFECTIVE WAS THE COMMUNITY AT CONNECTING LIKE-MINDED USERS: SUPREMACIST AND NEO-NAZIS?
In the result of the study it was found that approximately 15 percent of all private conversations between Iron March members starting at the end of 2015 related to recruitment, coordination and philosophical discussions about extremism. Social Links team has prepared step by step guide on how this Darkweb investigation was conducted.
The data used was merged from Iron March, taken from open sources and the Maltego platform supplemented by the Social Links add-on.
This close-knit network of users did not appear to exist on more public social media platforms. Only 25 Facebook accounts and 20 Twitter accounts linked
to Iron March users were connected as "friends" or "followers".
WHAT ISSUES WERE ON THE AGENDA?
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL PROFILE OF IRON MARCH USER?
WHAT DROVE THE ACTIVITY ON IRON MARCH?