Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blips on the Screen: 1 Sep 08

Meet terrorist trackers Josh Devon and Ben Venzke, today's heroes

Cross posted from Deb Hamilton's Right Truth

You probably don't know these men, Ben Venzke and Josh Devon, but I bet you know their companies -- IntelCenter and SITE Intelgroup.
For years, al-Qaida and other terror groups have set up shop in the Internet. Those who track them have covertly followed. The companies SITE and IntelCenter have penetrated even deeper into the terror Web than most intelligence agencies.
When al-Qaida was founded, Josh Devon was nine years old. Ben Venzke was 15. The year was 1988, and Devon and Venzke were as uninterested in the terrorist network as its leader, Osama bin Laden, was in the two young Americans.
Now, two decades later, things have changed. Venzke and Devon have both become fascinated in terrorism and have turned that interest into careers. And al-Qaida now takes careful note of their work.
Venzke and Devon are two of the most prominent “terror trackers” worldwide. In the United States, and increasingly in other countries, the term refers to a community of people who spend their days analyzing traces that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations leave behind, especially on the Internet. The two Americans are essentially digital trackers in the age of globalized terrorism.
IntelCenter and SITE Intelgroup are the companies that Venzke and Devon, respectively, have founded. They enjoy a strong reputation within the relatively small community of terrorism experts. Beyond that, though, they are virtually unknown but wrongly so.
(Spiegel OnLine, via National Terror Alert)

1 comment:

  1. 2 very well respected men in the field and the data they acquire is invaluable to the fight on terror. Glad to see someone bring them a bit out of the shadows. We now have to put them back into the shadows and let them do their work.