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The hacker who stole U.S. military data and passed it to ISIS was arrested

A hacker was arrested in Malaysia because he was accused of stealing personal informations of U.S. military members and giving it to the ISIS.

Ardit Ferizi is a Kosovo citizen who provided material support to ISIS after he committed computer hacking. According to a criminal complaint, Ferizi hacked into the computer system in the United States and stole personally information of more than 1.000 U.S federal employees and service members. After this, he gave the information to several ISIS figures.

U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in a statement: “This arrest demonstrates our resolve to confront and disrupt ISIL’s efforts to target Americans, in whatever form and wherever they occur,”.

Ardi Ferizi hacked into a server and stole names and personally information of more than 1,300 U.S. military and other government members. This list was posted online in August by a group named “Islamic State Hacking Division”.

A message from the group was: “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!”

The military members’ personal data, including photos and home addresses, was stolen Ardit Ferizi and passed on to Junaid Hussein. The U.S military announced in August that Hussein was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was a leading members of ISIS’ so-called CyberCaliphate. In August, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff said: “”I take it seriously, because it is clear what they are trying to do,”

Ardi Ferizi may be the leader of a hacking group known as Kosova Hacker’s Security. The authorities from Malaysia had been monitoring him for a few months after receiving information from the FBI, said Royal Malaysian Police Sr. Assistant Commissioner Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, head of a special counterterrorism division.

In September 15, Ferizi was arrested in Kuala Lumpur. He is under a provisional arrest warrant while U.S. authorities apply for his extradition.

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