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British hacker ‘masterminding plan to teach jihadists how to steal from bank accounts of rich and famous to fund terror campaign’

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A British jihadist fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq is feared to be behind a cyber plot to empty British bank accounts to fund terrorism in the Middle East.

Junaid Hussain, 20, escaped to Syria last year while on police bail, and has been posting extremist messages on social media pledging to conquer the world and kill infidels.

Hussain, who is originally from Birmingham, is pictured online posing with a scarf over his face and a rifle in his hands, and tweets behind the alias Abu Hussain al-Britani.

He was jailed in 2012 for stealing personal information from Tony Blair, and is thought to be putting his hacking skills to use adding to the militants’ huge war chest.

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, British financial institutions are aware of the attacks and working overtime to prevent their customers’ funds being extracted.

Hussain has not directly mentioned hacking in his stream of Islamist posts, but a fellow fighter boasted of being bought pizza using celebrity credit card details acquired by a jihadist hacker.  

When the fanatics swept across Iraq this summer, conquering huge swathes of the country, they also captured a central bank in Mosul, which they looted for hundreds of millions of pounds.

The huge windfall immediately made them the world’s richest terrorist organisation, and they have been expanding their financial clout as they storm across the country. 

 

 

 

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