Hacker gets twenty years for releasing data to IS

Hacker gets twenty years for releasing data to IS
A computer hacker from Kosovo received the maximum punishment from the US court after he hacked the personal data of 1300 government and military officials and released it to IS.
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24 Sep, 2016
Ferizi received twenty years from the West Virginia court [Getty]

A twenty year old Kosovan man was sentenced to two decades in prison in the United States on Friday after he leaked personal data related to 1300 United States servicemen and government agents to IS.

Ardit Ferizi, aka Th3Dir3ctorY, received the maximum penalty allowed by the court after he hacked the senstive data and released it to Junaid Hussain, aka Abu Hussain al-Britani, a member of IS.

Ferizi was arrested in Malaysia on a provisional US arrest warrant on Oct. 6, 2015 and opted to be extradited to the US voluntarily.

"The case against Ferizi is the first of its kind, representing the nexus of the terror and cyber threats," said assistant attorney General Carlin.    

"We will identify, disrupt and prosecute any individual who provides material support to ISIL, no matter how they do so."

The court claimed that Ferizi knew of the danger involved in passing on the names, email addresses, passwords, locations and phone numbers to IS and passed judgement accordingly.

According to the court's statement of facts, Ferizi subsequently tweeted on August 11, 2015 a document, in the name of the Islamic State Hacking Division, with the personal data that Ferizi had hacked from a private company's database.

"Cyber terrorism has become an increasingly prevalent and serious threat here in America," said US Attorney Dana Boente, "however, cyber terrorist are no different from other terrorists.

"No matter where they hide, we will track them down and seek to bring them to the United States to face justice."