ISIS Secretly Executed Journalist And Posed As Her On Facebook To Trap Her Friends And Family 5 years ago

ISIS Secretly Executed Journalist And Posed As Her On Facebook To Trap Her Friends And Family

This is so frightening. 

It's been reported that ISIS secretly executed journalist Ruqia Hassan and hacked into her Facebook account to trick her friends and family, keeping her death a secret for three months.

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Thirty-year-old Ruqia, who went by the pen name Nissan Ibrahim, was killed in September after being accused of spying for the Free Syrian Army, according to The Independent.

The Islamic State have claimed the Syrian city of Raqqa as its capital, and activists and groups like the Free Syrian Army who oppose this, are targets of ISIS.

In the three months between her death and it being reported, the terrorist group hacked her Facebook account, posing as her to gather information from her friends and family about other journalists and activists.

However, her death has now been confirmed by activist group  Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, with one of the group's members tweeting her last words.

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Hassan, who had studied philosophy, had been an active Facebook user before her death.

When ISIS tried to ban wifi hotspots in Raqqa, Hassan posted a status which read:

Go ahead and cut off the Internet, our messenger pigeons won't complain."

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However, after her public Facebook posts stopped in July, members of the militant group reportedly used her account to send messages to her friends and family.