ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Kosovo citizen has pleaded guilty to hacking computers to expose U.S. service members’ personal data on behalf of the Islamic State.
At a plea hearing Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi told a judge that he still doesn’t know why he committed the crime. He pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic State and unauthorized access to a computer.
Ferizi faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.
Ferizi admitted hacking the records of a private company and providing names, email passwords and phone numbers of more than 1,300 service members to the Islamic State last year. The group then published the data on Twitter with a warning it would “strike at your necks in your own lands.”