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Intelligence Agencies Monitor Spikes In Traffic For This One Pro-ISIS YouTube Video

A new YouTube video has been connected to attacks made by ISIS. The reason is many ISIS members are often watching the same videos. So, when traffic for the video called "Black Flags of Islam and Imam Mahdi" spikes, U.S. intelligence agencies take note. Patrick Tucker from Defense One talked with people from the predictive analytics firm Predata about it.

In fact, Scott T. Crino, an exec at Predata, calls the video an ISIS fighter’s version of “listening to AC/DC before weight-lifting.” Crino shares, “It gets them psyched up. So, often there’s a big spike in that particular [YouTube video], prior to an event occurring.” According to Defense One:

“In the months before November’s Paris attacks, the French-language ISIS Wikipedia page saw particularly heavy changes, said Joshua Haecker, Predata’s director of business development.” In addition, Haecker said, “You can see a huge spike up in likelihood of terrorist attacks, at 60%, in France on September 11, 2015, and then it drops back down for a few days and then steadily clumps from 28% up to 49%, the day before the attack.”

Predata has a strong incentive to make the right links between online activity they can monitor and real-world terrorist attacks. Although, this is nothing new for intelligence agencies. The CIA’s venture capital arm In-Q-Tel has invested in one of Predata’s competitors, Recorded Future. The Pentagon is starting a trial with Predata later this month. The question is now what to do with the data.

Photo: National Interest, The Intercept

CIA monitoring spikes in pro-ISIS video.

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