Kosovo Hacker Pleads Guilty In U.S. Court To Providing Material Support To ISIS

June 20, 2016

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Ardit Ferizi, the Kosovo hacker arrested in Malaysia in October of last year for alleged connections to ISIS, has pled guilty in the U.S. to providing material support to the terrorist organization. In the complaint filed in court, the FBI accused Ferizi of not only providing material support to ISIS, but also of computer hacking and identity theft.

Ferizi, aka Th3Dir3ctorY, pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on June 15 and faces 20 years in prison for providing material support to ISIS and a maximum of 5 years for accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information.

In July 2015, Ferizi admitted to gaining administrator-level access to a server that maintained the website of a U.S. company, which contained databases with personally identifiable information on tens of thousands of the company’s customers, which he then passed on to ISIS hacker Junaid Hussain, aka Abu Hussain Al-Britani.

On August 11, 2015, Hussain tweeted a document containing the personal information of about 1,300 U.S. military and other personnel in an effort to encourage terrorist acts against them. The document stated, in part, “we are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move, we have your names and addresses, we are in your emails and social media accounts, we are extracting confidential data and passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah, who soon with the permission of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands!”[1]

As part of his plea agreement, Ferizi has agreed to a stipulated order of removal to Kosovo upon the completion of his sentence. [2]

Endnotes:

[1] For more, see CJL report, Hacking In The Name Of The Islamic State (ISIS), August 21, 2015.

[2] Securityweek.com, June 16, 2016.