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Tech Firm Fights|Alleged Jihadi Link

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - An online education website is "being used to educate jihadists in the art of hacking," a network security company claims in court.

Offensive Security Limited, a Cayman Islands limited corporation, sued Udemy, a California corporation based in San Francisco, on Feb. 19 in Federal Court.

Offensive Security seeks an injunction and damages for trademark and copyright violations, unjust enrichment and unfair competitions.

Offensive Security, which provides training in network information security, claims Udemy uses some of its brand-name programs and services in online courses.

"As a direct result of defendant Udemy's appropriation of the identity, identifiers, and the intellectual property of Offensive Security, plaintiff and its services [are] being associated with jihadists," the complaint states.

In an exhibit , Offensive Security shows a screen shot of a tweet apparently showing a jihadist website with instructions on how to access a Udemy video that bears an image of the plaintiff's "Kali Linux" mark.

Offensive Security is represented by Charles Riddle of Riddle Patent Law in Scranton, Pa.

Contact Arvin Temkar at [email protected]

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