Mother of seven who hacked Facebook accounts to provide support to the Islamic State gets 7 years in jail

Dais never was directly connected to any plots, but her actions warranted serious consequences, officials said

A Wisconsin mother of seven accused of hacking Facebook accounts to provide support to the Islamic State was sentenced to more than seven years in prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Waheba Issa Dais, 48, of the Milwaukee suburb of Cudahy, was convicted of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Prosecutors said Dais admitted to hacking Facebook accounts to pledge her allegiance to the terror group and to communicating with other supporters.

Through social media, she tried recruiting potential ISIS members and encouraged supporters who could not travel to ISIS-controlled areas to initiate terror attacks in their home countries, authorities said.

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She also allegedly posted videos describing how to make an explosive belt, TNT, and Ricin.

“Dais not only personally pledged her allegiance to a terrorist organization but took steps designed to help others cause death and destruction around the world,” said Matthew Krueger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. “I commend the agents, analysts, and attorneys who worked hard to bring Dais to justice.”

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