20-year-old Chicago man charged with writing code to spread ISIS propaganda (Nov 19, 2019)
Thomas Osadzinski has been arrested by U.S. authorities for attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organisation. Undercover FBI agents were told by Thomas Osandzinski that he was creating a custom Gentoo Linux system that was solely to be used by ISIS members. Osandzinski is 20 years old and is a student at DePaul University. The code Osandzinski was developing would have been used to help spread propaganda for the terrorist group ISIS.
Recommendation: Thomas Osandzinski is essentially an insider threat, that for reasons of personal belief or naivete was found to have used his skills to support malicious activity. Organisations have a responsibility to employ staff with some form of vetting process and make efforts to check activity is not going beyond the bounds of the individuals work responsibilities. This can be achieved with behavioural analytics and staff training on appropriate use of company assets and data.
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