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How Osama bin Laden sent emails without the US finding him

By Emil · 29 replies
May 13, 2011
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  1. Osama bin Laden sent thousands of emails to his various operatives around the world without Internet or a phone line at home, as he feared he would be discovered by…

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  2. Painstaking ? Whatever. Maybe if it was everyday day to day business would this way of emailing be a pain.

    This is just the obvious way in which to do cover your tracks. I am sure someone must of figured out his routine way before.

    At least he didnt have to go through all the spam and phishing emails, he had his lacky do it for him.

    He only got caught when he was verifying his Playstation network details to see if his account was ok.
  3. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 455   +21

    Quick, TechSpot! A Guest actually contributes something worthwhile (and admittingly, rather funny) content to the news articles!

  4. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 455   +21

    Quick, TechSpot! A Guest actually contributes something worthwhile (and admittingly, rather funny) content to the news articles!

  5. NeoFryBoy

    NeoFryBoy TS Rookie Posts: 72

    Wow. Yeah, that sounds reeeeeeeally "painstaking." Clearly the research was thorough.
  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Not all glamour is it this "Warlording" business..?

    I didn't realise copy and pasting was such hard work.
  7. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    I think that computer illiterate turd just didn't know how to send an email!
  8. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Not exactly new though, that joke got around fast as soon as news of osama's (so called) death surfaced...

    I read it on a site as "Osama Bin Laden really shouldn't have used his real address on PSN." lol.

    Meehhhh.... Back on topic, I've actually seen this being done in a movie quite some time ago, though I can't seem to remember what... Though Ironically, I somehow remember the movie being about terrorists as well getting information around that way =_= Was a pretty old-ish film too.

    I wonder if today's hollywood is taking away the thinking for the terrorists. >.>
  9. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Being honest, this sounds like the most basic way of getting your messages out. But there is always a big risk when lackeys are involved (betrayers everywhere!).

    You don't think it's the other way around? :p
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Had only Newegg.pk conducted a bit of research into who was buying all those flash drives, this could have been resolved years ago.
  11. What a croc of S*&t as if the ppl who knew about this would talk.
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Flash drives can be bought very cheaply and anonymously almost anywhere, so I don't think that would have helped; however, more 'intelligent' and 'easy' way to find him would have been to get suspicious of a man living with 'three wives' as that doesn't happen often enough (if at all in this part of the world).
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Arabs are typified as being good negotiators, I'm sure he would have bought in bulk rather than paying retail each and every instance. And Newegg.pk is going online as a CIA front next week to prevent it from happening ever again (and hopefully helping to ease some of the budget problems in the process.)
  14. That joke has a beard longer than Osama himself.
  15. Hasbean

    Hasbean TS Booster Posts: 110   +27

    If only they didn't put two bullets into his head and then throw him into the sea, they could have just asked him in his court trial....Oh sorry that's called justice, not american justice, my bad.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    That doesn't sound elaborate to me?
  17. Superpeter

    Superpeter TS Member Posts: 49

    "Officials say they appear to still contain bin Laden's back-and-forth communications, including email addresses, phone numbers, and thousands of messages"

    Sucks to be these people....They're coming 4 ya!!
  18. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    i guess he never knew what proxies are lol
  19. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    Nearly copy pasted from yahoo news, at least you didn't act as surprised by this simple tactic as the other writer. You could have just said bin laden used flash drives to send emails and we would have filled in the rest. The breadth of his communication? He used flash drives any 10 year old could think of this plan.
  20. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    too bad i can't thumb you two up here :)

    sorry, this is a serious topic, have no more comments ... :p

  21. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    What's so "painstaking" about his methods ? It's not like he had to use a manual typewriter or write it on a paper scroll and sent it via messenger on horseback or, if you have to go back a few hundred years, carrier pigeons.
  22. Quote:
    wagan8r said:
    on May 13, 2011 9:35 AM "I think that computer illiterate turd just didn't know how to send an email!"

    Not standing up for him but I think he was a little bit more intelligent than that..he did manage to avoid capture/assassination for 10 years while carrying a huge ransom and being pursued by the government, military, etc..and if you know anything about him you'd know hes wasn't just a common, everyday person. Feels good to be typing wasn't there instead of not!

    I suppose you could've just been attempting humor..failed.

    Honestly I think he didn't practice a more elaborate/cryptic system because he didn't think it necessary..imo its hard to imagine he didn't have protection from at least a single govt. or other major sources too .
  23. Just VPN and go Incognito in Chrome, jeez Bin Laden...
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    @Guest # 22
    A little history lesson for you.

    OBL was 'created' by US with help of ME friends to defeat the other evil empire i.e. USSR. For a very long period of time he was considered to be a 'valuable friend' by US, because he was 'used' for guarding their interests, I remember some time in 1980s there was a news item that OBL visited CIA headquarters. Only when he 'rebelled' against the americans in mid 90s that he was branded as terrorist.

    The very same story is being repeated in Libya now, where, Abdul Hakeem Hasdi and his fellow killers are being touted as 'liberators / freedom fighters' because they are serving imperial interests, how? Well, first, they have promised to give control over their oil to west (e.g. France has been promised 35% share).

    So the long and the short of it, such characters are created, then branded as terrorists and killed according to empire's needs.

    In fact, Al Hasdi was caught by americans in early part of the first decade of 21st century, declaring that he is an Al Qaeda operative, he spent more then 6 years in prison (read Gitmo); now the same guy is being funded by CIA/Nato members; I wonder if there was some sort of a deal involved in his release bits of which I quoted above. :confused:
  25. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    At least he's in esteemed/vilified company...
    Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Pinochet, Batista, Ngo Dinh Diem, Pol Pot, Zia Ul-Haq, Rafael Trujillo, Roberto Suazo Cordova, Somoza (x2), Suharto, Muhammed Reza Pahlevi, Stroessner....

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