Vulnerabilities / Threats
2/1/2016
02:00 PM
50%
50%

First Hacker Arrested for CyberTerror Charges Arrives In American Court

Kosovo citizen faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison for hacking and providing material support to ISIS.

Kosovo citizen Ardit Ferizi, 20, AKA "Th3Dir3ctorY," made his first appearance before a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia Wednesday after being arrested in Malaysia in October for hacking, identity theft, and providing material support to a terrorist organization.

It is the first true cyber-terror case being tried. If convicted, Ferizi faces a sentence of up to 35 years in prison.

The criminal complaint states that Ferizi passed stolen data to members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, more commonly known as ISIS) on two separate occasions -- once to Tariq Hamayun, AKA Abu Muslim Al-Britani, and once to Junaid Hussain, AKA Abu Hussain Al-Britani, a "British hacker and well-known member of ISIL," according to DoJ.

The charges state Ferizi compromised an unnamed victim organization, stealing data on roughly 100,000 individuals -- including names, email addresses, email passwords, physical locations, and phone numbers for approximately 1,350 U.S. government and military personnel. Ferizi sent the files to himself via Facebook, then passed it to Hussain. Hussain then took the identity and location data of the government personnel on Twitter with a message with the intent of "encouraging terrorist attacks against the affected individuals." The earlier attack appeared to be for stealing PII and credit card data.

 

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
Security Operations and IT Operations: Finding the Path to Collaboration
A wide gulf has emerged between SOC and NOC teams that's keeping both of them from assuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT systems. Here's how experts think it should be bridged.
Flash Poll
New Best Practices for Secure App Development
New Best Practices for Secure App Development
The transition from DevOps to SecDevOps is combining with the move toward cloud computing to create new challenges - and new opportunities - for the information security team. Download this report, to learn about the new best practices for secure application development.
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
In past years, security researchers have discovered ways to hack cars, medical devices, automated teller machines, and many other targets. Dark Reading Executive Editor Kelly Jackson Higgins hosts researcher Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert, vice president of threat intelligence at Recorded Future, to discuss some of 2016's most unusual and creative hacks by white hats, and what these new vulnerabilities might mean for the coming year.