Civilian ‘hacktivists’ fight terrorists online


Working from a beige house at the end of a dirt road, Jeff Bardin (not in picture) switches on a laptop, boots up a program that obscures his location, and pecks in a passkey to an Internet forum run by an Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda.

Soon the screen displays battle flags and AK-47 rifles, plus palm-lined beaches to conjure up a martyr’s paradise.

“I do believe we are in,” says Bardin, a stout, 54-year-old computer security consultant.

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