A Kosovo hacker was pardoned after his conviction. The hacker provided personally identifiable information to more than 1.000 government officials USA in ISIS, while he was accused of committing other crimes while he was in federal prison. US sentences Ardit Ferizi to 20 years in prison in September 2016 after hacker admitted to illegally acquiring access in protected computer and provided material support to the terrorist organization.
In December 2020, Federal District Judge Leonie Brinkema of East Virginia reduced Ferizi's sentence after the 25-year-old submitted a handwritten proposal stating that obesity and asthma make him vulnerable to COVID-19.
According to a federal complaint filed against Ferizi, the hacker was awaiting deportation back to his homeland in Kosovo when the FBI found that he had committed several new federal crimes. Ferizi was imprisoned at the time of the alleged crimes Federal Correctional Institute in Terre Haute of Indiana.
U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson said Ferizi provided access to personal information of U.S. citizens, even while serving a prison sentence, for providing information similar to ISIS.
In addition, according to FBI, in 2017 and 2018 Ferizi participated in numerous "fraudulent" projects while in prison, which he orchestrated with a member of his family, who handled them accounts email from Ferizi. At least one account e-mail included large databases of stolen personal information, large lists of stolen email accounts, credit card numbers, passwords and other confidential information gathered by Ferizi during his criminal activity.
Finally, according to Infosecurity Magazine, Ferizi, known on the internet as “Th3Dir3ctorY”, is accused of identity theft but also of wire fraud. If convicted on both counts, he faces a maximum of 22 years in prison and a $ 250.000 fine.