Intelligence chief reveals how Canberra’s ‘keyboard warriors’ are disrupting Islamic State

A young female graduate recruit successfully impersonated a senior male Islamic State terrorist commander online to convince a young radicalised man to abandon his quest for jihad.

The covert operation by one of Canberra’s so-called “keyboard warriors”, described as a yoga-loving scientist, was part of the Australian Signals Directorate’s broader efforts to fight Islamic State, which included the disruption of communications and the spread of propaganda.

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