BBC, CNN and other international medias reported today that a Kosovar citizen living in Malaysia, Ardit Ferizi, has been detained in Malaysia on a provisional U.S. arrest warrant alleging he provided material support to ISIS and committed computer hacking and identity theft.
According to a criminal complaint by the U.S. Department of Justice, Ferizi hacked into the computer system of a company in the United States and stole personally identifiable information of more than 1,000 U.S. service members and federal employees. Then, he allegedly gave that information to several ISIS figures, including a prominent propagandist for the group, the complaint says.
According to BBC, Ardit Ferizi, thought to head a hacker group called Kosova Hacker’s Security (KHS), will beÂ extradited to the US.Â A statement from the US Department of Justice said Mr Ferizi, known by his moniker “Th3Dir3ctorY”, hacked into a US company’s systems in order to take the personal details of 1,351 US military and government staff.
He will be charged with computer hacking and identity theft, and faces up to 35 years in jail, the statement added. According to the Malaysian authorities, Ferizi has been arrested back in mid-September.