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Kosovar Hacker Pleads Guilty To Helping IS In U.S. Case

A citizen of Kosovo has pleaded guilty to hacking the personal data of hundreds of U.S. service members and officials on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group.

At a June 15 plea hearing in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, Ardit Ferizi pleaded guilty to providing material support to the IS group and unauthorized access to a computer, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old man hacked the records of a private company and provided names, e-mail passwords, and phone numbers of more than 1,300 service members and federal employees to IS militants last year.

IS then published the data on Twitter with a warning it would "strike at your necks in your own lands."

Ferizi was arrested in Malaysia in October and brought to the United States in January.

He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters