Feeds

Suburban woman accused of using net to recruit terrorists

Feds cuff JihadJane

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A suburban Pennsylvania woman who went by the online alias JihadJane used the internet to recruit Islamic terrorists and to plot the assassination of a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Colleen R LaRose was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and related charges, according to an indictment filed in US District Court in Pennsylvania. She has been detained since October, but the charges were only made public on Tuesday, following the arrests of others.

According to prosecutors, LaRose began a series on online correspondences with unindicted co-conspirators after posting a comment on YouTube under the alias JihadJane that stated she was "desperate to do something somehow to help" Muslim people who were suffering. She said her blond hair and blue eyes were assets that would allow her to "blend in with many people".

One conspirator directed LaRose to travel to Sweden, hunt down a resident there and to kill him, the indictment claims. Her answer: "I will make this my goal till i achieve it or die trying."

The identity of the Swedish resident was not revealed in court documents, but numerous published reports, citing people familiar with the investigation, said it was Lars Vilks, a cartoonist who ignited outrage in the Muslim world after depicting Muhammed with the body of a dog.

LaRose, also known as Fatima LaRose, allegedly corresponded with at least five conspirators to recruit men and women with the ability to travel in the US and Europe. In March 2009, she agreed to live in Sweden and marry one of the conspirators so he could live in Europe.

If convicted, LaRose faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $1m. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
SHELLSHOCKED: Fortune 1000 outfits Bash out batches of patches
CloudPassage points to 'pervasive' threat of Bash bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.