IT Crowd bloke charged with terrorism

The bloke alleged to have provided Al Qaeda with its computer technical support has been arrested in New York.

Prosecutor’s claim that Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, who has dual US and Australian citizenship, had the vital role of asking terrorists if they had tried turning it off and turning it on again if they ever had problems with their PC.

Hasanoff was denied bail and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network.

His fellow technical support bloke, Wesam El-Hanafi, was arrested and charged in the same indictment, and is currently detained pending an appearance in Manhattan federal court later this week.

US Magistrate Judge James Francis placed Hasanoff in detention without bail, deeming his “level of sophistication” too big a risk.

It is unusual for technical support people to be labelled sophisticated so this ruling will be a surprise to people in the IT Crowd. Hasanoff pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hasanoff’s “advanced computer knowledge,” as well as his two passports, made him a prime asset to the radical network, prosecutors claimed.

It’s alleged Hasanoff held coded online chats with El-Hanafi discussing fighting overseas, bought e-mail encryption software and made international wire transfers to al Qaeda militants.