The hosts keeping radical Islamic forums online

By James Cook on August 12th, 2013

Simply Transit is a UK-based hosting company that keeps Islamic Awakening online. Islamic Awakening is one of the most popular forums for the discussion of radical Islamic beliefs online. It’s entry-level forums like this that have served to radicalise people across the world. The site was directly responsible for the radicalisation of Zachary Chesser, an American who converted to Islam and was arrested while attempting to join the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia.

Other notable members of Islamic Awakening include Bilal Ahmad, who was jailed in 2011 for a Facebook post endorsing the attempted murder of MP Stephen Timms. August Kreis, the leader of the group Aryan Nations, is also known to frequent the site, as is notable British radicalist preacher Abuz Zubair.

From a nondescript business park in Worcester, Simply Transit operates an IP network that keep sites like Islamic Awakening online. While the company is based in the UK, they are a subsidiary of the DADA group, a large hosting company operating around the world.

The DADA group prides itself on its corporate social responsibility:

“Every year, a particular social issue is chosen with the intention of supporting as much as possible the needs and emergencies arising in the world around us. This spirit has always accompanied and guided each corporate decision and is still inspiring us today. The commitment to environmental and social responsibility also permeates every aspect of our daily lives.”

The chief executive of DADA is Claudio Corbetta, a maths graduate from Cambridge University who now lives in Italy. According to the DADA website, he serves as either Chairman or CEO of every one of their European companies, including Simply Transit, the site keeping Islamic Awakening online.

A site that hosts far more dangerous content than Islamic Awakening is Ansar al-Mujahideen. Due to the hostile and illegal nature of the posts, registration is by invitation only.

The hosting company behind ansar1 is far more difficult to trace than Simply Transit. However, The Kernel has discovered that one of the most conservative and extremist Islamic forums on the internet is hosted by a company that specialises in keeping hardcore gay, rape and bestiality pornography on the internet.

Amongst Deninet’s mundane client list, some websites stand out: freeiphonesex.info and xgoro.com are just two of the porn sites that are situated on the same server as the extremist Islamic forum Ansar al-Mujahideen. The official Hungarian HTC site is also hosted by the same company providing a platform for the radicalisation of vulnerable people across the world.

The Kernel has also seen evidence of further illegal activity being carried out by sites hosted on Deninet servers, including forum spam, phishing emails, malicious links and piracy tools.

When we emailed Deninet for comment, another company named Webinet replied informing us that they were investigating.

It’s not easy to find out who is behind the Budapest-based web hosting company Deninet. Yet for a company that has taken steps to obscure the identity of the individual who runs it, there has been an embarrassing lapse in security.

webcam in Budapest identifies itself as the “console room of Deninet Ltd.”. With comments stretching back to 2006, this live feed was online for a long time. At the time of writing, the webcam was no longer operational, having been closed down three weeks prior to this report.

Whether the owners of the company intentionally posted their webcam online, or whether its IP address was leaked, archived stills remain available for all to see. We may not know the name of the people hosting the illegal spam, hardcore pornography sites and radical Islamic forums, but we can see into their office.