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A former computer science student accused of supporting the ISIL terrorist group has arrived in the US to face charges. 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi is charged with hacking crimes and providing support to a terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 35 years in federal prison. The US Department of Justice and FBI …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Really depends on if they have the right guy and, by the way, where's the rest of that hacking group? I'd really like to know since some of my (extended) family might be part of the dataset.

    1. tmTM

      35 Years

      A good bargaining chip to have should they want him to roll over and reveal the details of the rest of his crew.

  2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    "Really depends on if they have the right guy "

    Of course they got the right guy. Even if the evidence turns out to be wrong, incorrect or just circumstantial and they can't convict him, he'll have "got away with it" rather than be shown to be innocent.

    Then again, considering the time and expense involved, I think we can be pretty confident that the evidence will demonstrate his guilt. Even if they have to make it up.

    Or maybe he really is guilty? Who can tell these days?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    35 years !!!!

    Why so little?

  4. Valeyard


    why would a retailer have someone's status as a soldier or government official somehow discernible?

    1. TimeMaster T

      Re: retailer?

      some places have discounts if your in the Military.

      1. LucreLout

        Re: retailer?

        some places have discounts if your in the Military.

        Indeed - many fast food outlets in the UK also do this. I always remember a debate between a group of soldiers and a low standard burger chain staffer regarding their discount. It seems they needed ID cards; full uniform and an obvious military bearing wouldn't suffice - even the APC parked right outside the window wouldn't sway him.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: retailer?

          Any soldier in uniform should be carrying their MOD90 - official ID - in their left front pocket at all times.

          How else do you get your Costa discount? :)

      2. Valeyard

        Re: retailer?

        ah thanks for the info, so at least the information was somehow relevant then

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is it time to go back to paper records only for financial transactions and personal information? Not just because of this incident but because these incidents occur daily. It is obvious that the Internet is great for disseminating information but also that computers and networks cannot be made safe for the transfer or storage of anything important and going back to paper might increase employment a little.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Paper Records, sheesh... I think we can do better

      No, it is time to go back to not storing every scrap of data that comes across your desk and then linking it with unprotected PII online.

      Starbucks and whoever don't need to store people;s personal details to give discounts. In fact, very few entities need to store people's physical details. If they do, it should be compartmentalized, encrypted and access controlled. Accessible to third parties only upon presentation of a warrant or some other extenuating life and death circumstances. End of story.

      For the supermarket and co. just create an account for these folks, scramble (and separate) the PII data with strong encryption and the give people a physical card or pass code they can enter at the counter when they claim their freebies. Hack that.

      All of our personal data could be made anonymous and safe if we really wanted to. In fact it should be a law. Unfortunately, the dorks that don't want these things still think like 20th century junk mailers. They are the ones who should be doxxed, not paying customers. God help us.

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