British cyber-jihadi who stored data on 'USB cufflinks' admits terror crimes

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

A 34-year-old man in the United Kingdom who used a James Bond-style USB cufflink to store extremist data in pursuit of Islamic State's campaign of terrorism today admitted five charges against him.

Samata Ullah, from Cardiff, admitted being a member of Isis and to charges of terrorist training, preparing terrorist acts and possessing articles for terrorist purposes.

At the time of his arrest in September a year ago, Ullah was found in possession of a USB cufflink loaded with a Linux operation system to hide a hoard of extremist data, Press Association reported.

British counter terrorism police had tracked him down after being passed intelligence from authorities in Kenya who had arrested another man.

The court also heard how, from December 2015, Ullah had provided instructional videos on how to secure sensitive data and remain anonymous online by using Tor and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption. When he was arrested one of the devices held extremist data and a blog.

However, he denied a charge of directing terrorism between December 2015 and September past year contrary to section 56 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

During a hearing at the Old Bailey on Monday (20 March), Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said the crown had accepted the pleas after referring them to the attorney general.

He also admitted having a book entitled Guided Missiles Fundamentals AFM 52-31 and an electronic version of Advances in Missile Guidance, Control and Estimation for terrorist purposes.

Mr Altman said a hi-tech report dealt with the defendant's desire to copy his blog onto a platform in a "format that meant it could not be closed down or deleted by the authorities".

Commander Dean Haydon, the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), said: "Just because Ullah's activity was in the virtual world, we never underestimated how unsafe his activity was".

Ullah, who has since been diagnosed with autism, is due to be sentenced on 28 April.

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