The FBI has released a report which states that 3 members of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) have been charged in federal court for multiple conspiracies related to computer hacking. The hackers had hijacked the websites and social media accounts of prominent U.S. media organizations – they also targeted the U.S. military.
Ahmed Al Agha – Syrian Electronic Army hacker
The FBI report stated the following about Ahmed Al Agha.
According to the charges, Agha, 22, known online as “The Pro,” and Dardar, 27, engaged in a multi-year conspiracy that began in 2011 to collect usernames and passwords that gave them the ability to deface websites, redirect domains to sites controlled by the conspirators, steal e-mail, and hijack social media accounts.
Firas Dardar – Syrian Electronic Army Hacker
The FBI stated the following about Firas Dardar which also worked with Peter Romar.
Dardar, known online as “The Shadow,” also worked with Peter “Pierre” Romar, 36, on a scheme beginning in 2013 to extort U.S. businesses for profit. According to the complaint, the pair would hack into the victims’ computers and then threaten to damage computers, and delete or sell the data unless they were paid a ransom.
They are being hunted
The U.S. District Court has issued arrest warrants for all three defendants. The FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) is investigating the case with assistance from the NASA Office of the Inspector General and Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and other law enforcement agencies.
As a result of a thorough cyber investigation, FBI agents and analysts identified the perpetrators and now continue to work with our domestic and international partners to ensure these individuals face justice in the United States.