ISIL-Linked Hacker Pleads Guilty in First-of-Its-Kind Cyber Terror Case

Hackers are not only breaching companies’ systems for their own monetary gain – they can be “cyber terrorists,” acting on behalf of nation-states or movements. After successful international cooperation, on June 15, 2016, one such terrorist, Kosovo citizen Ardit Ferizi, pled guilty to charges of providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He stole PII from an Illinois company to help ISIL threaten U.S. military and government personnel. “The case against Ferizi is the first of its kind, representing the nexus of the terror and cyber threats,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said. See also “Prosecuting Borderless Cyber Crime Through Proactive Law Enforcement and Private Sector Cooperation” (Mar. 2, 2016).

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