A new member on an online muslim community message board this week has posted the below message. It was the new member's first message:
"salam my sisters and brothers we should get out of this evil country and pledge our allegiance to the muslim sharia law and get out of evil west. who wants to join me so we can wage war and jihad against the corrupt west."
So who was this would-be jihadist? Members of the online community were quick to check out the poster's IP address to see if it gave any clues. And it seems the IP address used by the member to register points to the offices of the Daily Mail group, which it should be noted are home to a number of different UK newspapers and their websites.
That may mean a journalist working from those offices has tired of their job and has decided to wage war on the west instead, or it may mean they are trolling muslim messageboards trying to scare up some stories.
The moderators of the forum, called Ummah.com, have posted the following statement, saying "there may be possible explanations as to why this has happened, IP addresses can be spoofed or faked... someone may have compromised their network, or it may even have been someone within the network posting this trying to entrap us."
In the statement Ummah.com mentions a confirmed case of 'entrapment' from 2009 when The Sun was made to apologise by the PCC after running a scare story based on fake comments from a phoney 'extremist' posting comments on Ummah.com.