A teenager in Austria will serve prison time after pleading guilty to terrorism charges, admitting he downloaded plans on bomb construction to his Sony PlayStation game console. The unnamed 14-year-old hoped to detonate a bomb and then head to Syria to pick up arms for the Islamic State.
Although he faced a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, the Austrian court gave him eight months in prison - with an additional 16 months suspended. A forensics search of his smartphone, PC and game console found numerous "violent images" and propaganda related to the Islamic State terrorist group.
Unfortunately, it looks like this 14-year-old, who came to Austria from Turkey in 2007, is the latest casualty of a successful social media campaign by IS. The group has been especially successful in its attempts to lure younger people from around the world, essentially brainwashing them into fighting.