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US Sanctions Egyptian, Turkish Nationals for Providing Cybersecurity Training, Funding for ISIS

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The United States has sanctioned two Egyptian nationals for allegedly providing cybersecurity training to members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and facilitating funding efforts in support of the terrorist organization. 

In a press release, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control named Mu’min Al-Mawji Mahmud Salim and Sarah Jamal Muhammad Al-Sayyid under Executive Order 13224, which aims to disrupt the financial support network for terrorists and terrorist organizations. 

The two are behind the Electronic Horizons Foundation, a platform that the Treasury said guides ISIS supporters on how to evade law enforcement when conducting cyber activities.

Mu’min Al Mawji directly provided technical support and cryptocurrency advice to ISIS leadership while Sarah Jamal recruited other ISIS supporters to join EHF and procured web servers to host ISIS platforms.

The Treasury also sanctioned Faruk Guzel, a Turkish national. According to OFAC, Guzel received and distributed funds from and to ISIS-affiliated individuals.

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