Objective 7: Tools to Enhance Capabilities and Counter Radical Behaviours

This objective will be realised through three technical components created for the PROPHETS technology platform. The tool has been developed to be as realistic and feasible in scope and complexity as to be used immediately by relevant agencies following the end of the project timeline. PROPHETS will implement useful and practical applications to enhance in combatting online behavioural radicalisation and terrorist cyber criminality that achieve a TRL beyond ‘proof of concept’ or ‘prototype’. The tools will be shaped based on the end user requirements of relevant LEAs and organisations and then thoroughly validated.

  • Enhanced Monitoring and Situational Awareness: One such example would be the investigation of, and subsequent automated crawling of forums and dark web markets, promoting, encouraging, and selling/giving guides on hacking, leaked data, vulnerability exploitation, etc. This automated monitoring could be set up to alert LEA/stakeholders investigators (through enhanced monitoring and situational awareness).
  • Features/ Weak Indicators: PROPHETS will utilise big data analytics and weak indicators, to help notify relevant LEAs and cyber security stakeholders in areas of concern surrounding terrorism and radicalisation leading to the five key areas: 1. Hate speech and harassment; 2. Terrorist generated content; 3. Recruitment and training; Financing; Sabotage and espionage (through weak indicator extraction).  
  • Real-Time Notification and Expert Advice: Additionally, PROPHETS will look at the desirability to create or add to an existing EU security software infrastructure, a portal-database of affiliated stakeholders, such as vetted cyber, psychological, criminological, law enforcement, linguistic expert members and permitting domain experts. These domain experts, via consent, may be contacted securely and remotely for 'quick bursts' of expert advice. This could be sent out through secure encrypted mobile app 'push notifications' that wouldn't be too distracting or inconvenient to subjects, however, would allow for a bulk 'call for support' in which external associates may directly respond or get in contact with relevant LEA personnel relating to the ongoing operational needs. The real-time notification portal will be available in multiple languages based on the project consortium's end users (real-time expert notification portal).