Hacker Down: ISIS’ Twitter Star

by Ezra Buckley on December 4, 2017

Junaid Hussain, who lived with his family in Birmingham, England, before fleeing to Syria, was far from ordinary. On August 24, 2015, he would become the first hacker in history deemed dangerous enough to be killed in a drone strike.

His death — by a U.S. drone — would mark a new era of terror — one where tweets are considered weapons and the battlefield has a new set of tools: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp.

Hussain wasn’t killed because of his physical acts of violence, or even his hacking abilities. What made him dangerous was his status as a social media influencer, according to the authorities.


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