Accused ISIS Hacker Busted

Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 06:10 PM gHale

A Kosovo citizen is under arrest in Kuala Lumpur for computer hacking and providing information about U.S. service members to the Islamic State group, Malaysian and U.S. authorities said.

Malaysian national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the man, in his 20s, ended up arrested Sept. 15. Khalid said investigations showed the man was in contact with a senior Islamic State group leader in Syria, and police said he provided information on U.S. service members after hacking several servers.

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Khalid said the man, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to study computer science at a private institution, would undergo extradition to the U.S.

In a separate statement, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) identified the man as Ardit Ferizi, believed to be leader of an Internet hacking group called Kosova Hacker’s Security. DoJ said Ferizi will stand trial on charges of computer hacking and identity theft violations.

DoJ further said Ferizi, known by the moniker “Th3Dir3ctorY,” hacked into the computer system of a U.S.-based company and stole the personal information on 1,351 U.S. military and other government personnel.

Between June and August 2015, Ferizi provided the information to Islamic State group member Junaid Hussain, also known as Abu Hussain al-Britani, officials said. On Aug. 11, Hussain posted a tweet titled “NEW: U.S. Military and Government HACKED by the Islamic State Hacking Division!” which contained a link to a 30-page document, the U.S. statement said.

The post was to provide Islamic State supporters in the U.S. and elsewhere with the information for the purpose of encouraging terrorist attacks against those individuals, it said.

“This case is a first of its kind and with these charges, we seek to hold Ferizi accountable for his theft of this information and his role in (Islamic State’s) targeting of U.S. government employees,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said in the U.S.

If convicted, he could face up to 35 years in jail.