Sunday, June 20, 2004
Our esteemed colleague the Yorkshire Ranter notes that a video of Paul Marshall Johnson (pre-beheading; our deepest apologies to any freak traffic arriving via Google) somehow landed on the server of a California surveying company:
The firm in question, Silicon Valley Surveying Inc., knew nothing until links to the video began appearing on jihadi bulletin boards (there's a depressing phrase) and the server fell over under a deluge of traffic. Apparently the film and much more stuff was placed in a subdirectory on SVS's server. Very few anglophone news sources have covered this so far for some reason (Google News, Technorati Breaking News).
This is interesting, as it suggests for the first time that hacking has become an al-Qa'ida technique (how else did they get their hands on the film?). And that was one of the possible triggers for serious trouble Gwyn Prins mentioned in The Heart of War, a book everyone ought to read.