After Arrest Of U.S.-Based Pro-ISIS Media Operative, Supporters Speculate That An FBI Agent Has Infiltrated Their Network, Provide Security Tips

April 14, 2021

On April 5, 2021, the U.S. Justice Department reported that a man was arrested on March 24, 2021, after being indicted on charges of "attempting to provide material support and resources" to the Islamic State (ISIS). According to the Justice Department, the man led an international media group dedicated to the translation and publication of pro-ISIS and official ISIS media in English. He was arrested after sending ISIS media content to an undercover FBI agent.

Since the arrest, users of a pro-ISIS Telegram group have been sharing news of the man's arrest, discussing the possibility of the continued presence of an FBI agent in their online circles, and sharing suggestions for further securing any pro-ISIS online activity, such as using a VPN and never using a personal device or a SIM card.

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