20-Year-Old Georgia Woman Accused of ISIS Cyber Jihad
A 20-year-old Georgia woman was arrested this morning in Hephzibah, outside Augusta, on charges of being part of ISIS' United Cyber Caliphate and whipping up kill lists for jihadists to target Americans.
Kim Anh Vo joined the hacking collective in April 2016, the same month that the group posted online the names, addresses, and other personal identifying information more than 3,600 people in the New York City area along with the directive, “List of most important citizens of #New York and #Brooklyn and some other cities . . . We Want them #Dead.”
In January 2017, Vo was recruiting people -- one identified as a minor living in Norway -- into the ISIS propaganda war. In April of that year, the cyber caliphate posted a kill list online with more than 8,000 names and an order to "kill them wherever you find them."
"We have a message to the people of the U.S., and most importantly, your president Trump: Know that we continue to wage war against you, know that your counter attacks only makes stronger," said a video accompanying the release of the list. "The UCC will start a new step in this war against you."
After the March 2017 attack near Parliament in London, Vo allegedly urged using that "recent success attack" to target more countries.
The criminal complaint from the Southern District of New York states that Vo went after a New York-based nonprofit that countered online ISIS propaganda and threatened the CEO, a former U.S. ambassador. “You messed with the Islamic State, SO EXPECT US SOON,” said a threat video directed at the counter-ISIS group.
The complaint says she contacted the FBI for reasons unstated beginning in July 2017 and voluntarily was interviewed by agents three times.
Vo faces up to 20 years in prison on one count of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.