Lara Abdallat won the Miss Jordan pageant in 2010, but her life since then hasn’t been about primping and preening. She did go on to win runner up in the Miss Arab competition in 2011 but she spends most of her time behind the computer these days.
Recently, Abdallat left the infamous Hacktivist group Anonymous to join Ghost Security, a group of online activists who liaise with the US Government via intermediary Kronos Advisory Group.
She left Anonymous on good terms, and the group confirmed that she was responsible for identifying and targeting Isis-affiliated social media accounts in November, which led to the suspension of over 900 Twitter profiles.
Not only has Abdallat contributed to disabling many ISIS accounts, she is responsible for preventing a potential attack in Tunisia recently. She did this by disabling two ISIS platforms that were used by the group to distribute important information amongst its members.
Abdallat has said that her work would’ve been useless without people on the ground acting on the important information she culled from her hacking activities.
‘Our executive director DigitaShadow has been working with US counterterrorism officials for several months,” she said. “[I]t has opened many doors for us. We are now able to influence real world actions on the battlefield.”
It’s not only ISIS that Abdallat is seeking to destroy. She’s also working to prevent groups like Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab from recruiting and organizing international terrorist efforts.
Now, that’s an impressive resume.