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Jailed: Cyber-terrorist Samata Ullah who used James Bond-style cufflinks to hide Isis propaganda

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 02/05/2017 Jonathan Mitchell

A British jihadi who used a James Bond-style USB cufflinks to create a "one-stop shop for terrorists" from his bedroom has been jailed for eight years.

Cyber-terrorist Samata Ullah, 34, compiled a library of terror propaganda and provided guidance for ISIS terrorists to help them plan attacks and avoid detection from his bedroom in Cardiff.

He was found to have held information on missile systems and rocket design, the Linxus operating system, and a catalogue of the Islamic State magazine Dabiq onto James Bond-style USB cufflinks.

Ullah, an unemployed IT expert, intended to sell the intelligence to terrorists.

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The James-Bond-styled cufflinks used by Ullah to store terrorist data (Met Police)

He was jailed at the Old Bailey today having been branded a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist”.

Described as a “loner”, Ullah was handed an extended sentence of eight years with a further five years on extended licence.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Police’s counter-terrorism command SO15, said: "It is the first time we have seen anything on this scale.

"He had set up a self-help library for terrorists around the world and they were using his library. In my view he was a very dangerous individual although he was operating from his bedroom.”

Ullah was caught after authorities in Kenya alerted British police, having linked him to an alleged terrorist there, who is awaiting trial.

British counter-terrorism police had tracked him down after being passed intelligence by the FBI, who had been handed the information from authorities in Kenya, who had arrested another man.

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The computer tower recovered from Ullah's bedroom (Met Police)

Ullah, who has been diagnosed with autism, was in regular contact with the man via encrypted Telegram chats in which he vowed to use his special skills to help in the IS campaign.

Brian Altman QC told the court: "The prosecution says this defendant represents a new and dangerous breed of terrorist, a cyber terrorist."

From December 2015, Ullah had provided instructional videos on how to secure sensitive data and remain anonymous online.

He was jailed after being found guilty of five terror-related offences.

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