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ISIS hacker brought to U.S. to stand trial

This news story was published on January 30, 2016.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A computer hacker linked to the ISIS-ISIL terror group that may have victimized at least 1,000 Americans has been caught and extradited to the United State to stand trial.

Ardit Ferizi, 20, a citizen of Kosovo, made his initial appearance Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis of the Eastern District of Virginia on charges alleging that he provided material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and committed computer hacking and identity theft violations in conjunction with the theft and release of personally identifiable information (PII) of U.S. servicemembers and federal employees.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia, Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Michelle S. Klimt of the FBI’s Jacksonville, Florida, Division made the announcement.

Ferizi, with an alias of “Th3Dir3ctorY” was detained by Malaysian authorities on a provisional arrest warrant on behalf of the United States, was charged by criminal complaint on Oct. 6, 2015. The criminal complaint was unsealed on Oct. 15, 2015. Ferizi – who reportedly may have victimized 1,000 or more U.S. employees and service members – subsequently waived extradition.

If convicted, Ferizi faces a maximum penalty of 35 years in prison. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and Jacksonville Division. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Van Grack of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Gregory Gonzalez of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. The Malaysian authorities and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs also provided significant assistance.

Audit Ferizi (right), ISIS hacker

Audit Ferizi (right), ISIS hacker

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4 Responses to ISIS hacker brought to U.S. to stand trial

  1. Allen Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    No trial, and save tax payer money. The only sentence he needs is a public beheading, immediately.

    • Bodacious Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      If that is the kind of justice you want, go to Iran and live there. Or Syria or any other place. This is the United States. We don’t execute people without giving them their day in court. It is the Constitution, remember that?

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        January 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm

        Tell that to the families of the people that these terrorists have executed, and to the Americans tortured during the Benghazi attack. You must be a clinton supporter. No rebuttal will be acknowledged.

        • Bodacious Reply Report comment

          January 31, 2016 at 9:50 pm

          Typical radical republican. Don’t want to debate unless he sets the rules.