A Cabinet Office spokesman admitted that the UK government sold the IP adresses to Saudi firms and were later traced to extremist accounts on social networking sites
A groups of hackers part of a group calling themselves VandaSec have claimed that they traced at least three Daesh(ISIS/ISIL) twitter accounts to IP’s belonging to a British governmental department in London.
IP addresses where shown to the Mirror Online journalists, the IP addresses first showed up as haven been situated in Saudi Arabia but using specialist tools the hackers were able to pin point the true location details of the IP address which showed up as being in London belonging to computers in the Department of Work and Pensions.
Upon closer inspection the Mirror Online reports to have found that the IP addressess point towards transactions between the UK government and the Saudi government. They reported that the UK government had sold on a large amount of IP addresses to two Saudi firms.
The sale of the IP addresses was completed in October and then went on to be used by extremists to spread propaganda and to recruit people. There was an admittance from the cabnet office that they sold large numbers of IP addressess as a part of a wider campaign to get rid of IP addresses belonging to the Department of Work and Pensions.
A spokesman for the Cabinet office said: “The government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers.
“We have sold a number of these addresses to telecoms companies both in the UK and internationally to allow their customers to connect to the internet.
“We think carefully about which companies we sell addresses to, but how their customers use this internet connection is beyond our control.”