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Hacker who sent ‘kill list’ of U.S. military personnel to ISIS: ‘I feel so bad’

Hacker who sent ‘kill list’ of U.S. military personnel to ISIS: ‘I feel so bad’

Rachel Weiner | The Washington Post

Ardit Ferizi was angry that he had been falsely accused of joining the Islamic State. The hacker’s response: He stole the personal information of U.S. service members and handed it over to the terrorist group.

“Stupidly I was annoyed that the U.S. Embassy would not defend me,” Ferizi, a 20-year-old citizen of Kosovo, wrote in a letter to a federal judge in Virginia. “I don’t know why I thought the U.S. Embassy would get involved. I was doing a lot of drugs now and spending all the day online.”

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on Friday showed little sympathy for an explanation that even Ferizi’s defense attorney called “nonsensical.” While acknowledging that Ferizi is young and has mental-health problems, Brinkema sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

“I want to send a message,” Brinkema said. “Playing around with computers is not a game.”

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