Suspected ISIS member charged with helping terrorists with encryption

Man accused of storing OS on USB to orchestrate terror attacks

An alleged member of ISIS has been remanded in custody after being accused of training terrorists on how to use encryption programmes, in order to help them plan terror attacks.

Samata Ullah, 33, from Cardiff, faces six terrorism charges, including storing an operating system on a USB disguised as a cufflink to organise terrorist attacks.

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He was also charged with preparing for an act of terrorism by using an encryption programme to encrypt his blog, on which he allegedly published instructions on how to use that programme.

The Metropolitan Police claims Ullah knew that a person following these instructions intended to use the encryption programme to help them commission or plan acts of terrorism.

Ullah, who was arrested in Cardiff last month by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, is also accused of "directing the activities" of an organisation that commissions acts of terrorism.

He also had a book about guided missiles in his possession, and a PDF about missile guidance, the Met claims.

The charges cover a period from 31 December 2015 to 22 September 2016.

Ullah has been remanded in custody after an appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court, and will appear at the Old Bailey on 28 October.

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