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ISIS Hacker Faces Jail Term Up to 35 Years


Ardit Ferizi, a 20-year old hacker from Kosovo, is being charged for supplying a trove of personal data of government employees and military members of U.S. to Islamic State, which is useful to plan terrorist attacks against them.

A citizen of Kosovo namely Ardit Ferizi, who is known by his online moniker of "Th3Dir3ctorY", was arrested in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year on suspicion of supplying information about US troops to an ISIS member. That information was later disclosed in a 30-page document on a Twitter, which encouraged supporters to attack persons who were named.

Ivan D. Davis, Magistrate Judge, officially charged Ferizi for accessing to a computer illegally. If he is found guilty of all crimes, he could face a jail term up to 35 years.

According to charges, Ferizi was also accused for transferring credit card credentials to supporters of Islamic State proving that he supplied material support to ISIS. Breitbart posted on 1st February, 2016, stating that the credit card info went to an ISIS-linked Twitter account known as "@Muslim_Sniper_D", which was also linked with one of the Jihadis killed in trying to attack the Mohammed Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas.

It is not known that how ISIS managed to recruit Ferizi, but court documents reveal that the hacker breached the server of a US online retailer and stole data of 1,351 US government and military personnel.

Ferizi then transferred this data to the leader of the Islamic State Hacking Division (ISHD), known as Junaid Hussain. Later on, Hussain posted the received information online with inspirations from ISIS lone wolves to hunt down and kill all the listed persons.

The hacker even tried to extract bribe in Bitcoin from hosting company to leave their system. The FBI traced these messages to Malaysia, and linked to Ferizi by identifying his computer from his activity on his Facebook page. Hussain leaked this information online after few weeks. The ISIS hacker Ferizi is charged of conspiracy with Junaid Hussain, was apparently killed in airstrike by U.S. in Syria last August.

Ferizi was arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport in October 2015, when he was trying to return home to Kosovo.

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