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This is a very odd story.
Firstly I wouldn't believe anything I read in the Daily Mirror, and secondly I wouldn't believe anything whose source is Anonymous.  That's not to say it is definitely false, but you should have your bullshit detector turned up to HIGH.

Is it possible that Anonymous could "trace back" the IP address used to create a Twitter account? - probably not, unless they actually got top level access to the computers running the Twitter web servers, and that would be a major hack with all sorts of ramifications.

Could the Cabinet Office explanation of selling IP addresses to other ISPs be correct? - yes, there are only a limited number of IPv4 addresses (232 to be exact) and they are running out, so I expect there is a market for them.  But as soon as they are sold, by definition the register of IP address owners would be updated, so there couldn't be any confusion over the ownership.  I suppose anyone that keeps archives of "who owns what IP" could look back in time, but the first thing would be to find out who owns it NOW (reverse DNS lookup).  Then if the archives show it was previously owned by someone else, you would at least understand the history.

The British Government wouldn't create Twitter accounts for jihadist recruitment sites unless it was as a honeytrap.  In fact I suspect every jihadist Twitter account is a honeytrap set by some government.

So the proposed story is: MI6 get IP addresses from DWP, and use them to create Twitter accounts, and then DWP sells those IPs to a Saudi telecom, who leases them out to customers in Saudi, who then use them for jihadi recruitment, and Anonymous then busts the lot by hacking Twitter, and spills the beans to the Daily Mirror of all places.  Hmmm - no, that's bullshit.

https://www.rt.com/uk/325994-isis-dwp-government-hackers/
3 ISIS Twitter accounts ‘trace back to UK govt computers,’ claim hackers
15 Dec, 2015

At least three Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) supporters’ social media accounts are run from IP addresses linked to the British government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), a group of hackers has claimed.

The group of teenage computer experts, known as ‘VandaSec,’ have unearthed details of internet protocol (IP) addresses used by three jihadists to access Twitter accounts used to carry out online recruitment.

The addresses were thought to be based in Saudi Arabia, but upon further inspection they linked back to the DWP’s London offices, according to the Daily Mirror.

“Don’t you think that’s strange?” one of the hackers asked the Daily Mirror.

“We traced these accounts back to London, the home of the British intelligence services,” they added.

This revelation has sparked speculation that someone inside the government is running IS-supporting accounts, or they were created by intelligence services to trap wannabe terrorists.

The evidence caused the Cabinet Office to admit to selling IP addresses to two Saudi firms earlier this year. An expert has suggested this is why the IP’s are linked to the government.

Following the sale, the IP addresses were used by extremists to spread their message of hate on social media.

The DWP denied owning the IP addresses.

“The government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers,” a Cabinet Office spokesperson said.

“We have sold a number of these addresses to telecoms companies, both in the UK and internationally, to allow their customers to connect to the internet.

“We think carefully about which companies we sell addresses to, but how their customers use this internet connection is beyond our control.”

However, the government failed to reveal how much money was made from selling the IP addresses.

Original story: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/hackers-trace-isis-twitter-accounts-7010417
« Last Edit: December 15, 2015, 05:35:44 PM by Palloy »
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