A new report from a hacking group claims that the Islamic State group is targeting teenage girls via chatrooms and trying to convince them to conduct terror attacks on the United States, according to PJ Media reports.
BinarySec, a hacking group that targets the Islamic State terrorists, say the men who try to recruit these girls often have innocent, cute avatars like kittens or babies. The hackers say the teens come to them for help when they realize they’re in too deep.
“The most disturbing thing, other than the usual gore videos, is the targeting of young teen girls,” BinarySec operative “AnonyMissy” said. “The number of 13- to 15-year-old American non-Muslim girls being targeted for recruitment has definitely gone way up.
“I used to have one girl every three weeks or so contact me in a panic when she realizes she’s in over her head; now it is every week,” she continued. “They seek out the lonely. Invite them to Skype chat. The recruiters are men and women.”
BinarySec founder “Binary” says that the Islamic State group is desperate to lure in teen girls to “recruit them for whatever they can do.” He says that while there is “intel to believe there are recruiters on U.S. soil,” the vast majority originate from overseas.
“I’ve seen them recruited to launch attacks on U.S. soil, I’ve seen them recruited for marriage purposes, and even sex slave purposes,” Binary said. “ISIS members when targeting out a female seek the lonely. They start by sending them little cutesy type of stuff, like messages.”
These messages usually come from so-called “sock” accounts, essentially a puppet account that doesn’t represent a real person.
“They tend not to tweet anything out ISIS-related. They look almost normal,” Binary said, noting that those who use a baby in their profile picture use white babies. “I think they may think it helps them blend in. But it really sticks out like a sore thumb.”
“Depends on the girl, by the time she realizes after a month or so that she has been brought into an ISIS group, she’s been befriended by women and bonds of trust have been built, she has isolated herself from her ‘infidel’ friends and family,” AnonyMissy said of the recruitment process. “Lonely teen girls seeking acceptance, they are easy targets.
“Once they realize it’s real, and in exchange for all of that attention, they need to travel or steal — or worse — they end up … asking for advice.”
And that’s not all. If they start backing out, “The ISIS members start making threats, even death threats,” Binary said.
“I’ve had a girl who told me they asked her to blow up a major place in her town, which I won’t specify for her safety. And they even forwarded her bomb instructions,” AnonyMissy added.
“(B)y the time these girls realize they are in trouble, the jihadis have all of their info.”
“I’m usually contacted after they cannot get rid of the recruiters,” she continued. “I would be very interested to see how many missing or ‘runaway’ teen girls were chatting, knowingly or not, with ISIS recruiters before they disappeared. And does anyone even know to look?”
It’s more reason than ever to monitor your child’s social media access, no matter what they say. Watch out for suspicious activity, particularly accounts like “sock accounts” that don’t look right.
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