Pro-Assad Syrian pleads guilty in US to role in hacking

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Posted: Sep 28, 2016 10:47 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Syrian national has pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in hacking computers and targeting what he perceived to be enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Peter Romar, who was living in Germany when he was arrested earlier this year, entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors said Romar was a member of a so-called Syrian Electronic Army that harassed Harvard University, Human Rights Watch and media outlets. Sentencing guidelines call for six months to a year in prison.

In April 2013, Syrian Electronic Army hackers allegedly sent a tweet from The Associated Press' Twitter account falsely claiming a bomb had exploded at the White House and injured the president. The message caused the stock market to dip before it was determined to be a hoax.