US authorities arrested a 20-year-old student from Chicago, Thomas Osadzinski and accused him in developing software for terrorists. Namely, he is accused in the development of a custom Gentoo distribution for ISIS.[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o, according to court documents, Osadzinski wrote a Python script to automatically save ISIS multimedia from social networks so that other users could re-post this content on their accounts and thereby help spread the propaganda of the terrorist organization, ignoring deletions and blocking.
“THOMAS OSADZINSKI, 20, was arrested on Monday in Chicago. A criminal police charges him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. Osadzinski appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole in Chicago and was ordered held without bond”, — noted in court documents.
In addition, in March of this year, arrested student managed to talk with an FBI agent undercover, telling about his plans to create a custom Gentoo Linux distribution for terrorists. According to his plan, this distribution should work on any computer and be very easy, fast and safe alternative to other operating systems.
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ISIS and its supporters distribute the propaganda materials of the terrorist group on the Internet to the widest possible audience with the aim of recruiting militants and promoting violence against the United States and other countries.
“Social media platforms routinely remove ISIS media content due to the violent nature of the materials. According to the complaint, Osadzinski’s computer process would automatically copy and preserve ISIS media postings in an organized format, allowing social media users to continue to conveniently access and disseminate the content”, — reported in court documents.
In May, Osadzinski boasted a screenshot of the Gentoo distribution being created with another developer (another FBI cover agent), saying that very soon the distribution would be available to ISIS supporters.
However, the development soon stalled, and Osadzinski admitted to agents that building the OS was hard work and he still needed to learn a lot. At the same time, law enforcement officers note that, theoretically, Osadzinski had enough qualifications to work on such an ambitious project. So, according to a student’s page on LinkedIn, he studied computer science software development at De Paul University of Chicago.[box]If Osadzinski is found guilty of providing material support to terrorists, he faces up to 20 years in prison.[/box]