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On Wednesday, news broke that prolific anti-government Tweep @Takrooz was arrested by authorities upon his return to Bahrain.  His Twitter account, with nearly 18,000 followers and 100,000 tweets, became unavailable after his arrest.  Police charged @Takrooz with “inciting hatred against the regime” for his social media activity.  He was beloved by many for his cowboy persona and salty humor.

takroozFor several years, @Takrooz represented himself online with this picture of the Marlboro Man.

Last year, Bahrain Watch revealed that dissidents who apparently clicked on links sent by Bahrain’s Cyber Crime Unit were sentenced to jail for “insulting the King.”  @Takrooz was a favorite target of the Cyber Crime Unit; the Unit sent him at least 24 malicious links that were publicly visible.  We suspect that the Unit sent him further malicious links through private messages.

Most of the links that the Cyber Crime Unit sent to @Takrooz were so-called “IP Spy” links, designed to identify the IP address of a user who clicks on the link.  However, one link was to a file created by the Unit, called “DownAlkhalifa.docx.”  The file is hosted on MediaFire, but cannot be downloaded anymore as it is set to “private.”  Bahrain Watch previously exposed how Bahrain’s government uses such documents to hack activists’ computers, with the aid of a British/German company, now known as FinFisher GmbH.

downalkhalifaA picture of the suspicious file sent to @Takrooz using MediaFire

We have compiled twenty of the tweets that Cyber Crime Unit accounts sent to @Takrooz below.  Warning: the links in the Tweets are IP spy links!  Please do not open them from inside Bahrain, unless you are using a VPN or TOR Browser:

Created At (GMT) Sent By Tweet Text Link in Tweet
10/22/2012 19:32:59 nawaljenoon @Takrooz مساءك صمود http://t.co/hVulfHSf http://goo.gl/727tU
10/22/2012 21:01:55 nawaljenoon @Takrooz صورة مرتزق في العكر يقضي حاجته باكستاني الكلب ارجع بلدك http://t.co/k3AY8olK http://yep.it/ekrseige
10/23/2012 13:43:40 Jihanaldawar @Takrooz صورة مرتزق في العكر يقضي حاجته باكستاني الكلب ارجع بلدك http://t.co/k3AY8olK http://yep.it/ekrseige
10/23/2012 21:53:25 DieHamad @Takrooz @abo_homod هذا هو رابط لمدونة اللقيط وهو يتكلم عن تشرده الواطي الذي اصبح بكرم العراقيين عراقي وهو http://t.co/KWICddaQ http://lnk.in/7nct
10/23/2012 22:46:37 strangeresource @Takrooz وانا على الوعد سكن آل خليفة على ميديا فاير http://t.co/oRbM0OSJ http://www.mediafire.com/view/?k65cg77auadc5ac
10/24/2012 21:22:24 AlQurmuz @Takrooz @bahraniamemo @WardahTwitt @OmMujtaba2005 @free4ever1 @brokenangel077 @Roo7Althawrah العكراويات http://t.co/OZ9Ne3pd http://bit.ly/RDZvGn
10/24/2012 22:50:22 AlQurmuz @Takrooz ونصور استخف http://t.co/OZ9Ne3pd http://bit.ly/RDZvGn
10/25/2012 10:51:41 AlQurmuz @Takrooz عاجل حصول على نفق bullshits في وزير الخارجية البحرينية http://t.co/guW27xnE http://is.gd/jy65bW
12/4/2012 8:36:57 SheikhKhaIifaPM @Takrooz This is for you in return http://t.co/cz6MMONe http://bit.ly/OROl30
12/19/2012 13:44:43 DieHamad @Takrooz @el_khelid @gulf_alkarar ما عليك منهم اخوك الكلاب تبقى كلاب حتى الاهبل منهم مستفيدين مننه http://t.co/MWrJ5RbY http://goo.gl/QCwYC
12/20/2012 7:03:38 DieHamad @Takrooz طبل بحريني 100% http://t.co/e2j1mdQ1 http://bit.ly/YnFn1R
12/19/2012 18:25:51 BlaIeet_bh @Takrooz هذا غوريلا يا شيخنا حق فلم http://t.co/YvbOuaFc ههههههههههههه http://goo.gl/1rMup
12/20/2012 18:12:34 DieHamad @Takrooz تكروزي رد شنو الحل ويا هالقحاب http://t.co/aoZGmSuh http://bit.ly/URd7hO
12/21/2012 15:44:41 DieHamad @Takrooz حصول على #ام_السيخ http://t.co/GFs1bTR0 http://bit.ly/VWcvY6
12/24/2012 7:04:11 bahrainimix @Takrooz عثور على حيوانات نادرة مع اوباما http://t.co/fv69YhJy #bahrain #يسقط_حمد_وآل_سعود http://bit.ly/12zFmbp
12/24/2012 17:38:43 bahrainimix @Takrooz اخوك انا مو مسؤل اذا مت من الضحك على النكت السرسري ولد البتري حمد مسؤوول محد سوا لنا سوالف الا اهو http://t.co/zQFWDYfc http://richtweets.com/nefh5
12/24/2012 18:42:26 bahrainimix @Takrooz اخوك انا مو مسؤل اذا مت من الضحك على النكت …..السرسري ولد البتري حمد مسؤوول محد سوا لنا سوالف الا اهو http://t.co/zQFWDYfc http://richtweets.com/nefh5
12/24/2012 20:08:08 bahrainimix @Takrooz الصغير عرفناه من والكبير تفضل بعد عرفناه http://t.co/Ad5QuOVI ههههههههههه http://bit.ly/ZvKNta
12/24/2012 20:42:32 ASamee3M @Takrooz @bahrainimix صفعة ليست لوالد الطفل انما لكل من طالب بسلمية الثورة. مفهوم الخاطئ لسلميتنا http://t.co/wi8Z83sT http://goo.gl/dKwf4

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