Cyber Terrorist Who Concealed Support for ISIS on Cufflink Denied Parole

Cyber Terrorist Who Concealed Support for ISIS on Cufflink Denied Parole

Refusal of Parole for Cyber Terrorist

Samata Ullah, dubbed a “cyber terrorist,” has been denied parole after being jailed for concealing his support for the so-called Islamic State using a James Bond-style cufflink.

Ullah, aged 34 at the time, operated a virtual “one-stop shop” for terrorists, offering guidance on evading law enforcement from his bedroom in Cardiff.

Arrest and Seizure of Extremist Data

Ullah’s arrest in Cardiff on September 22, 2016, revealed the extent of his activities.

He possessed USB cufflinks containing a Linux operating system and a trove of extremist data, including 15 copies of the ISIS propaganda magazine Dabiq.

His guidance included advising others to avoid storing incriminating information on computers and to use USB sticks to keep it hidden from authorities.

Terror Offenses and Sentencing

In 2017, Ullah pleaded guilty to five terror offenses, including membership in ISIS and preparing for terrorist acts.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison, with an additional five years on extended license.

Parole Board Decision and Criteria

Despite seeking parole, Ullah’s request was denied by a panel of the Parole Board in September 2022.

The Parole Board focuses solely on assessing the risk a prisoner might pose to the public upon release and whether that risk can be managed in the community.

The decision considers various factors, including the nature of the original crime, evidence of behavioral change, and the impact on victims.

Future Review and Priority of Public Safety

Under current legislation, Ullah may undergo a further review at a later date, with the Ministry of Justice determining the next review date.

The primary goal of the Parole Board remains protecting the public.

Ullah’s Role in Cyber Terrorism

Commander Dean Haydon of the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command SO15 described Ullah as a “cyber terrorist” who had established a self-help library for terrorists worldwide.

His library offered guidance on encryption, avoiding detection, and missile systems, in addition to propagating extremist material.

Collaboration with Authorities and Extremist Vows

Ullah had been in contact with an individual via encrypted chats and vowed to contribute his skills to the ISIS campaign.

He provided instructional videos on data security and anonymity online, using voice modification and disguises to avoid detection.

Extensive Data Seizure and Hacking

During the investigation, authorities seized 150 devices and analyzed eight terabytes of data.

Ullah had also hijacked Twitter handles, possessed multiple email addresses, and maintained a vast online presence.

Background and Disputed Claims

Ullah lived near his family in Cardiff and briefly worked in the Legal and General pensions department.

The Crown disputed claims that his activities were merely part of a fantasy life, highlighting the seriousness of his actions.

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