Teen set up terror social media channel while on bail

A 16-year-old boy, arrested last June for attempting to travel to join a terror group in Syria, set up a social media channel to provide tips about hacking.

While on bail for booking flights to join the extremist Nusra Front in Syria, the teenager, who cannot be named, set up the channel sharing terror training manuals on messaging app Telegram. Westminster’s Magistrates’ Court heard how he also shared 40 videos, including one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo, on the platform.

Matthew Brook, prosecuting, told the court: "On that channel he posted 26 lessons or tutorials, some of those about the best operating systems to be used for hacking. Other lessons were how to hack other people's computers, how to take control of other people's computers remotely ... and how to set up ransomware."

The teenager admitted one count of terrorist training, two counts of distributing terrorist publications and one count of possession of articles for a terrorist purpose. The person in question has been remanded in custody to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 17 April.

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