A Malaysian-based ISIS hacker accused of stealing personal information of U.S. military members and giving it to Islamic State terrorists was arrested recently. ISIS used that personal information to publish a kill-list online this summer, encouraging lone-wolf attacks on U.S. soil.
ISIS hacker Ardit Ferizi was detained in Malaysia on a provisional U.S. arrest warrant alleging he provided material support to the Islamic State and committed computer hacking and identity theft, the U.S. Justice Department said.
John Carlin, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, commented on the arrest: “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.”
Criminal Complaint Against ISIS Hacker
According to a criminal complaint, Ferizi hacked into the computer system of a company in the United States and stole personally identifiable information of more than 1,300 U.S. military and other government personnel. The criminal complaint alleges that the military members’ data, including home addresses and photos, allegedly stolen by Ferizi was passed on to Junaid Hussein, a British hacker who was active on social media recruiting Westerners to join ISIS.
After the ISIS hacker supplied ISIS and Hussein with the information, an alleged conspirator tweeted, “NEW: U.S. Military AND Government HACKED by the Islamic State Hacking Division!”
The tweet included a link to a 30-page document which read, “We are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move. We have your names and addresses.” The document warned that the information would soon be passed along to ISIS fighters, “who soon with the permission of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands!”
ISIS Propagandist Hussein Killed
The U.S. military announced in August that it had killed Hussein in an airstrike in Syria. He was a leading member of ISIS’ so-called CyberCaliphate, which has carried out mostly nuisance hacks on military and other government websites in the United States, France and other countries.
Hussein was number three on a Pentagon kill-list – behind only Jihadi John and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The woman who claims to be the widow of dead British jihadi Junaid Hussein was recently in the news for sharing a Navy SEAL’s information.
Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill’s personal information and the threat against his life was first shared on social media by a British extremist claiming to be “Mrs Terror” Sally Jones, who dubbed O’Neill a “number one target” and called for his immediate death.
“I leave this info of Robert O’Neill for my brothers in America and Al Qaeda in the U.S, as a number one target to eventually hunt down and kill,” the ISIS supporter wrote.
How did O’Neil respond? He told Fox News, “I’ve been ready for this since we killed Usama bin Laden. I know how to defend myself.”