|Sat Aug 12 2017 08:54:40|
Alleged Terrorist Tries Using eBay to Hide His Tracks
By: Ina Steiner
The Wall Street Journal
reported that a man charged in 2015 of accepting money from overseas terrorists led the FBI to a "global network stretching from Britain to Bangladesh." It wrote, "The case suggests how Islamic State is trying to exploit holes in the vast online financial world to finance terror outside its borders."
According to a 2015 press release
from the Justice Department, the man told the investigators that he had pretended to sell printers on eBay that would serve as a cover for the payments he received from ISIL through PayPal and Western Union but claimed that he had never intended to carry out an attack and was only trying to get money from the terrorist organization.
A spokesperson for eBay told the Wall Street Journal the company was working with law enforcement and had "zero tolerance for criminal activities taking place on our marketplace." And a spokesperson for PayPal told the newspaper that it "invests significant time and resources in working to prevent terrorist activity on our platform," and reports suspicious activities to law enforcement.
The report, which is getting picked up by other media, presents the companies with a public relations problem - the headline in Friday's newspaper: "FBI Says ISIS Used eBay To Send Terror Cash to U.S." But as the case shows, using eBay and PayPal provides clues to investigators to track down additional perpetrators and provides prosecutors with documentation.