Malaysia arrests hacker linked to Islamic State group

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Posted: Oct 15, 2015 10:57 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian and U.S. authorities say a Kosovo citizen has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur for computer hacking and allegedly providing information about U.S. service members to the Islamic State group.

Malaysian national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says the man, in his 20s, was arrested Sept. 15. Khalid says initial investigations showed the man was in contact with a senior Islamic State group leader in Syria, and is accused of providing information on U.S. service members after hacking several servers.

Khalid said in a statement late Thursday that the man, who entered Malaysia in August 2014 to further his studies, would be extradited to the U.S.

In a separate statement, the U.S. State Department identified the man as Ardit Ferizi, believed to be leader of a Kosovar internet hacking group.