James Bond-style USB cufflink used by Islamic State terrorist

James Bond-style USB cufflink used by Islamic State terrorist

He pleaded guilty to membership of a proscribed organisation, training terrorists, preparation for terrorism and two charges of possessing articles connected with terrorism.

At the time of his arrest in September past year, Ullah was found in possession of a USB cufflink loaded with a Linux operation system to hide a hoard of extremist data, Press Association reported. He developed a website on computer hacking and kept numerous extremist documents and videos on electronic devices at his Cardiff home, including the USB cufflink.

The court heard that between December 2015 and his arrest, Ullah had provided instructional videos on how to secure sensitive data and remain anonymous online with the use of encryption programmes.

Ullah admitted researching ZeroNet and developing a version of a blog site using the decentralised internet-like peer-to-peer network.

The guilty pleas can be reported today after the Attorney General agreed to drop a sixth charge of directing terrorism for IS, which Ullah denied.

The man also admitted to owning books for terrorist purposes, one called Guided Missiles Fundamentals AFM 52-31 and the other Advances in Missile Guidance, Control and Estimation.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC claimed the man was planning on placing the blog on a platform which could not have been removed by authorities.

In lifting reporting restrictions, Judge Gerald Gordon said the "issue of dangerousness" would have to be assessed before sentencing, which will take place on 28 April.

Commander Dean Haydon, the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), said: "Just because Ullah's activity was in the virtual world, we never underestimated how risky his activity was".

"He sat in his bedroom in Wales and created online content with the sole intention of aiding people who wanted to actively support ISIS and avoid getting caught by the authorities", he said.