Russian researchers are working on new computer software that will trawl social networks for IS militant recruiters.
The researchers are working on reconstructing the profile of a potential recruiter to Islamic state through social networks. Then, the profile will be incorporated into computer program that will catch social networks such as facebook, Twitter and VKontakte for authentic ISIL recruiters.
The computer program known as “Laplace's Demon” has been already monitoring social networks for extremist groups since this spring to prevent calls for mass unrest, Sputnik International reported today.
From 2016, the program will begin hunting for social network accounts belonging to potential ISIL recruiters. The specialists of the Center will then send the account owners a message in Arabic and then linguistically examine the answer.
The user will then be advised to follow a link, which, in turn, will provide the IT-specialists with his IP-address, operating system and browser details.
“With this data, specially trained staff, such as hackers can get full access to their computers,” Venediktov added.
The researchers will be looking for certain tell-tale signs of recruiters, such as misinterpreted quotations of the Koran, which can be identified by religious scholars, as well as a general linguistic analysis undertaken by experts in Arab studies.
Few experts suggest that the researchers should focus on a potential victim, which can then be used to help to prevent victims being signed up to the terrorist group, rather than reconstructing a portrait of a recruiter.
“We should understand why a person is open to recruitment,” Alexei Filatov, Vice President of the International Association of Veterans of the Antiterrorism Alfa Group said.
The researches should turn to psychologists and law enforcers for help to prevent ISIL recruiting, as the enlisters constantly monitor potential victims and could easily change their ways of recruitment, Filatov added.