ISIS Supporter On Telegram Lists Common Mistakes Made Online Which Lead To Arrest; Cautions Against 'Deepfake' Technology

June 22, 2021

On June 15, 2021, an Islamic State (ISIS) supporter published a post on Telegram listing mistakes supporters make online, which could lead to their arrest. The user warned against sharing personal information, including real names, phone numbers, or addresses, and also described "deepfake" technology.

In the post, titled "How To Get Arrested Or How To Become A Prisoner," the user listed nine actions that could lead to arrest:

  1. Being foolish and trusting an anonymous person on the Internet, giving him your personal number, real name, address, or photo.
  2. Transferring money to a person who claims to help female and male prisoners or fighters whose real names or identities you do not know. Even if you are not arrested, your money will go to the thief.
  3. Inquiring on the internet about lone-wolf operations and how to carry them out, so that someone sends you a private message or initially invites you to carry them out.
  4. Answering unknown calls and revealing your wishes and creed. You should be alerted by any person who calls you and claims that he connected to a certain person of the mujahideen or is one of them. Do not trust [anyone] except by tazkiyah [accreditation].
  5. Joining a network that helps sisters, yet discovering that one of them who seeks help or the female sponsor or even one of the network members is an agent. Agents usually penetrate the ranks because of negligence.
  6. Making many money transfers, particularly if they are all sent to or received at the same place or company which keeps you on the watch list. Most money transfer companies have links with intelligence agencies and if they do not, once they are asked they will hand over your personal data to these intelligence agencies voluntarily or out of fear.
  7. Using phone numbers, addresses, or real names.
  8. Receiving phone numbers or social media accounts (Telegram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) from unknown individuals without taking proper security precautions could lead to your arrest.
  9. Sending audio messages. An informed person is aware that virtual intelligence has now significantly advanced. This accelerates the arrest on the basis of voice comparison of the person who made this audio recording.

The ISIS supporter concluded with a warning about "deepfake" technology, which he said allows for the fabrication of images and audio of people.

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