Hamas: Social media continues to change the way our world works every day. Over the past month, social media has continued this trend. After the success that ISIS found through their use of social media, more extremist organizations have turned to social media to find new aid and support from around the world. Recently, Hamas took to social media to seek out new sources of funding to help keep them afloat. The group posted several times looking to crowdsource Bitcoin donations. Within days of the posting of the group’s first Bitcoin wallet address, they had received approximately $900 USD in Bitcoin. Within a week of the group’s second post with a different Bitcoin wallet address, that wallet had received over $2,500 USD in Bitcoin. While these amounts may seem inconsequential, the fact that they were able to crowdfund such amounts as fast and as early on as they did mark a significant improvement for the group’s ability to find funding.
By Akshay Rohatgi and Randy Pargman About this Student Research Project Binary Defense’s mission is