Homeland Security Today – preparedness and security news – Social Media Opens Communications for Terrorists

The general public has very recently embraced the use of new social media applications like Twitter. Oprah Winfrey, for example, turned her fanbase onto the website last month. Traditional newspapers have lit up with stories about how blogs and tweets are changing the world.

But law enforcement agencies and researchers shared with how terrorists have used such communication as well.

The FBI’s Los Angeles Office conducted an investigation into the methods used by the terrorists who perpetuated the Mumbai terrorist attacks last year–including how they communicated. The agency discovered that the terrorists were adept at talking to each other through various means, including applications of social media, to coordinate their actions.