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

Cyber-jihadi admits terrorism charges after storing data on USBs disguised as cufflinks

The USBs were disguised as cufflinks (Stock image)

Monday, March 20, 2017

A cyber-jihadi who stored secrets on USB sticks disguised as cufflinks has admitted terror offences.

Thirty USB sticks were found in Samata Ullah's Cardiff home during a police raid last year. When he was arrested one of the devices held extremist data and a blog.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC claimed the man was planning on placing the blog on a platform which could not have been removed by authorities.

The man also offered his services to the Cyber Caliphate Army, a pro-Islamic State hacking group, via a secure messaging app. Prosecutors say it is a group that specialises in hacking and writing death writs, according to Court News UK.

The court heard that Ullah, who is autistic, had been creating videos which explained how to secure sensitive data whilst staying anonymous online by using encryption programmes.

The man also admitted to owning books for terrorist purposes, one called Guided Missiles Fundamentals AFM 52-31 and the other Advances in Missile Guidance, Control and Estimation.

Ullah admitted to five charges of terrorism offences but denied one charge of directing terrorism, according to the BBC.

The case has now been adjourned until April 28.