Hacker from Kosovo shares US military list to ISIS

ISIS-HackerA Kosovo citizen named Ardit Ferizi, was arrested in Malaysia last year.He went by the handle Th3Dir3ctorY was accused of stealing data on US military personnel by hacking US corporate computers and then providing that data to the Islamic State terror group ISIS.

Ardit Ferizi had been forwarding US military related confidential data to Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State hacker killed in August by a military airstrike. It was days before his death, Hussain tweeted “NEW: U.S. Military AND Government HACKED by the Islamic State Hacking Division!” The tweet contained a hyperlink to a 30-page document, which included the “names, e-mail addresses, (PDF) e-mail passwords, locations and phone numbers for approximately 1,351 US military and other government personnel,” the government said.

“Ferizi admitted to stealing the personally identifiable information of over 1,000 U.S. service members and federal employees, and providing it to ISIL with the understanding that they would incite terrorist attacks against those individuals,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin. “The case against Ferizi is the first of its kind, representing the nexus of the terror and cyber threats.”

Ferizi faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for providing material support to ISIS, as well as a maximum sentence of five years for accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 16 in a Virginia federal court.


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