ISIS HACKER ARDIT FERIZI ARRESTED IN MALAYSIA
A 20-year-old foreign student, identified by the USA Justice Department as Ardit Ferizi.who allegedly hacked into US servers and passed information to I.S.I.S (Daesh) militants has been arrested in Malaysia, police said on Friday 10/16/2015.
The suspect, who is awaiting extradition to the USA, was arrested last month (09/2015) on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, police chief Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement.
The suspect allegedly hacked into several US computer servers to gather information about US security forces and passed it on to a ranking Islamic State leader in Syria, Khalid said ( see also – Junaid Hussain ).
The suspect is a native of Kosovo who came to Malaysia in 08/2014 to study computer science and forensic computing, another police source said.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation tipped off Malaysian authorities about the suspect’s illicit activities, according to the police source, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media about the case.
Ardit Ferizi. was charged with providing material support to the Islamic State, theft and distribution of US military and federal employee personal information, it said. If convicted the defendant could face up to 35 years in prison, the statement added.
“Ferizi, also known by his hacking moniker ‘Th3Dir3ctorY,’ is believed to be the leader of a Kosovar internet hacking group called Kosova Hacker’s Security (KHS),” the statement said.
Ardit Ferizi allegedly hacked into the computer system of a company located in the United States and stole “personal identifiable information” of thousands of individuals. He then provided that information to Daesh to be used against those employees, the statement said.
US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin described the case as “a first of its kind.”