Hacker Arrested After Providing Islamic State with American Data

By Kelley Chittenden

Malaysian authorities detained a 20-year-old citizen of Kosovo named Ardit Ferizi based on a U.S. arrest warrant, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors charged Ferizi with hacking personal information of over 1,000 U.S. military personnel and federal employees and providing the information to the Islamic State and Greater Syria. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin describes the hacker teaming up with a terror group to target Americans as a “first-of-its kind-case,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Ferizi is expected to be extradited to the U.S., where he could face up to thirty-five years in prison if convicted of providing material support to the Islamic State, unauthorized access to a computer, and aggravated identity theft.