A hacker accused of stealing personal information of American military service members and passing that information on to ISIS had his first U.S. courtroom appearance yesterday before a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ardit Ferizi, a 20-year-old college student from Kosovo who was studying in Malaysia, is accused of helping ISIS create a "kill list" of U.S. military personnel.
Ferizi, who was detained last year in Malaysia on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant and extradited several days ago to the United States, now faces several charges including "providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist group" and "aggravated identity theft."
The accused hacker is next scheduled to appear in court Friday. You can view the criminal complaint here.
U.S. prosecutors are accusing Ferizi of hacking into a U.S. retailer's database and passing along personal details of about 1,300 U.S. military and government personnel to Junaid Hussain, a British citizen and Islamic State member.
Hussain, an ISIS propagandist, then posted links on Twitter to the names, email addresses, passwords, locations and phone numbers of 1,351 U.S. military personnel and urged followers of ISIS to attack them.
Along with their personal information, Hussain posted a warning that soldiers of ISIS would "strike at your necks in your own lands!"
Junaid Hussain was later killed in a drone strike in Syria on August 24.
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