How many other websites is Al-Qaeda operating from web hosts in the United States? An update on this story. “Al-Qaida Web Site’s Phoenix Hosts Follow Actions Taken In Tampa,” by Howard Altman for the Tampa Tribune:
For the second time this week, a Web site described as key to al-Qaida communications has been taken down by a hosting company after a call from a reporter.
On Wednesday, the site was removed by a company in Phoenix after a call from the Arizona Republic newspaper. On Monday, a Web hosting company in Tampa removed a related site after a call from The Tampa Tribune.
The site hosted in Phoenix – www.ek-ls.org – was one of six related al-Qaida sites previously hosted in Tampa, said Paul Henry, an Internet security specialist.
The Tampa host company, Noc4Hosts, “is not in cahoots with al-Qaida,” said Steve Eschweiler, the company’s general manager.
The site, Eschweiler said, was one of several hundred thousand the company hosts. Web hosting companies keep banks of computer servers where individual Web sites are based.
“If there is anything anti-American, we will take them down,” he said Wednesday. “We work closely with authorities any time something like this comes up.”…