As Olympics Near, Brazil Arrests 'Absolutely Amateur' ISIS Supporters
In an online forum uncovered by Binary Sec, a July 11 post to fellow "brothers" notes that someone was "wanting to find al-Brazili within 3 weeks... wants to find the recruiter" -- a timetable that coincides with the Olympics' opening week. The poster mused whether this person was a spy and posted his Telegram information.
Binary Sec hackers also flagged a June 18 post with a photo of an AK-47 resting against a carpeted backdrop. "We are expecting a larger audience, will be soon, the blood of sinners will fall and we will show the real power of God," read the accompanying text.
And the poster, going by the name "Wolf," also showed an unidentifiable objecting burning on a concrete surface, talking about "improvisation" with explosive material. "There are many dealers selling fireworks, if you have knowledge, prepare some explosions for the big day."
Binary Sec identified the user as originally being from the U.S. and now acting as a weapons man for ISIS in Brazil. There is no indication that he has been captured by authorities.
In a June 17 post, he says "we will be in the region of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, we need to gather more, all have their opportunity to serve our Lord, even if you want to be a wolf."
"Brothers, today our meeting in São Paulo was good, we have more ideas, no doubt, use the rush hour on the yellow line will be a good opportunity to hold the trial against these pigs. I should point out that we can not use our usual clothes, I noticed that many of you are not yet accustomed to this, but we must be discreet."
Some of the posts were simply from eager volunteers -- the online jihad seekers reportedly easily tracked down by authorities.
"I am muslim one year. I want to help in a possible attack on Brazil," read one post.
"Hi I had contact with a brother was fighting he taught me a few things but I really want to join my brothers," wrote one next to a cartoon image of a pressure cooker.
Users seem to have deserted the forum this month after expressing wariness about security.
A new Telegram channel, Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil, appeared this week, declaring itself an ISIS cell in Brazil that had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “If French police couldn’t stop France attacks, then their training Brazil’s police will serve no use," said a message on the new channel. But the administrator later posted that it was just a messaging channel with one person reposting ISIS news in several languages.
ISIS has been offering its regular propaganda in Portuguese along with English, French, German, Russian and other languages in target areas.