Hacker arrested in Malaysia for supporting Islamic State

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Malaysia recently arrested a hacker on the request of the United States. The 20-year-old man, Ardit Ferizi from Kosovo was charged with hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials to give it over to the Islamic State militants in Syria.

In August 2014, Ardit has entered Malaysia to study computer science and forensics and he will be extradited to the United States,

According to Malaysian Police, an Islamic State member in Syria has kept in touch with the suspect to communicate about the servers to be hacked to get the information of the U.S security personnel. “The details were then transferred to the operation unit of the IS group for further action,” they stated.

Only basic exploits which hasn’t caused much damage to the institutions or individuals involved has been used so far by Islamic State says U.S. government experts.

Nevertheless, allied government counter-terrorism agencies regard the group’s coterie of cyber specialists as highly sophisticated in its use of social media to spread Islamic State’s message and recruit new members and supporters.

According to the the U.S. Justice Department, Ferizi had been charged with supporting the Islamic State by hacking the personal information of 1,351 U.S. military personnel and federal employees.

The department also stated that Ferizi, who is believed to be the leader of a Kosovar Internet hacking group called Kosova Hacker’s Security, hacked the computer system of a U.S. company and stole the personal identification information (PII) of thousands of individuals.

“This case is a first of its kind and, with these charges, we seek to hold Ferizi accountable for his theft of this information and his role in ISIL’s targeting of U.S. government employees,” Said the Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Carlin

Criminal complaint says that, Ferizi has provided the PII to Islamic State members including a hacker who was originally from Britain called Junaid Hussain. U.S. and European officials said that he was a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria. According to Reuters, Hussain was killed in a U.S. drone strike on Aug. 25.

Ferizi has given the PII to Islamic State between April and August. On Aug. 11, Hussain in turn posted a tweet titled “NEW: U.S. Military AND Government HACKED by the Islamic State Hacking Division!”. A 30-page document was linked to the Tweet that read;

“We are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move. We have your names and addresses.”

It said that information would be passed on to Islamic State fighters, “who soon with the permission of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands!”

The Justice Department stated, “This posting was intended to provide ISIL (Islamic State) supporters in the United States and elsewhere with the PII belonging to the listed government employees for the purpose of encouraging terrorist attacks against those individuals.”

Muslim-majority Malaysia has currently arrested over 100 citizens this year on suspicion of links to Islamic State but has not experienced significant militant attacks.

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Source: Akati

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