A hacker the US authorities have labeled as the leader of an overseas Internet hacking group—the Kosova Hacker’s Security—pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to charges of providing material support to the US enemy. It was the first known prosecution of a hacker joining forces with a terror group in a bid to carry out terrorism, the government said.
The defendant, a Kosovo citizen named Ardit Ferizi, was arrested in Malaysia last year and was accused of stealing data on US military personnel by hacking US corporate computers and then providing that data to the Islamic State terror group.
“Ferizi admitted to stealing the personally identifiable information of over 1,000 U.S. servicemembers and federal employees, and providing it to ISIL with the understanding that they would incite terrorist attacks against those individuals,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin. “The case against Ferizi is the first of its kind, representing the nexus of the terror and cyber threats.”
The defendant admitted (PDF) to forwarding the data to Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State hacker killed in August by a military airstrike. Days before his death, Hussain tweeted “NEW: U.S. Military AND Government HACKED by the Islamic State Hacking Division!” The…