British man, 20, named as #CyberCaliphate hacker radicalized and married woman twice his age
By RYAN GORMAN
A 20-year old Briton who fled to Syria to join ISIS has been fingered as the hacker behind a series of cyber attacks across the U.S. in recent days -- but his path to infamy has taken a series of bizarre turns.
Junaid Hussain is reported by Reuters to be the leader of a group called the "Cyber Caliphate," which has hacked American media and government Twitter accounts and claimed to have infiltrated Pentagon and FBI servers.
Hussain was previously jailed in 2012 for hacking the address book of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to Reuters. He is also believed by the governments of both the U.S. and Britain to be the lead recruiter for the Islamic State's cyber terror outfit.
That group has claimed responsibility for hacking the Twitter accounts of a Maryland television station, the Albuquerque Journal newspaper and the U.S. military's central command for the Middle East (CENTCOM).
The troubled young man was also widely reported last year to have married and fled to Syria with a British 45-year-old mother-of-two that he met – on the Internet, of course.
Sally Jones, also from Kent, once headlined an all-girl rock band named Krunch, but has since fallen on hard times and was unemployed and living on government assistance, according to the Daily Mail.
She is reportedly believed by British officials to have become radicalized following a whirlwind online romance with Hussain and assumed the name Umm Hussain al-Britani, the latter of which means "the Briton."
The accused hacker has since assumed the name Abu Hussain al-Britani.
Both claimed online to have separately traveled to Syria last year, where they met and presumably were married. She left her children behind.
An August 10 tweet from his adoring wife's Twitter account bragged that she and her husband were finally living in the "caliphate" after being stuck for seven months in an area of northern Syria.
Other cached tweets from their now-suspended Twitter accounts suggest Junaid Hussain attended an ISIS training camp in September or October of last year.
Pictures from his Instagram show various poses with firearms and weapons including an assault rifle and rocket-propelled grenades.
"You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa ... Come here I'll do it for you!" the cougar shouted in a tweet from last year, RT claimed in a previous report.
Junaid Hussain is also believed by authorities to be a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to RT.
A terror analyst told Reuters that Umm Hussain claimed her young husband was killed in Syria by a drone attack, but a Twitter account believed to be run Junaid Hussain refuted the notion.
An AOL News review of her most recent tweets uncovered no evidence she suggested his demise.