US costs Syrian Digital Military hackers

US charges Syrian Electronic Army hackers

Regardless of quite a few excessive-profile hacking campaigns towards the US authorities, information retailers and tech corporations, the Syrian Digital Military has remained a largely faceless entity… till now. The US has charged Ahmad Umar Agha (left), Firas Dardar (proper) and Peter Romar with a number of crimes, together with unauthorized pc entry and (within the instances of Dardar and Romar) cash laundering. The three are accused of compromising quite a few targets, together with a Marine Corps recruiting web page (the place they inspired mutiny) and a information website (the place they made false claims that the White Home was underneath assault). Individually, Dardar and Romar are charged with conducting extortion schemes: Dardar would pressure victims to pay up and use Romar to get round Syrian sanctions forbidding funds.

The FBI can also be including Agha and Dardar to its Cyber’s Most Needed listing, and it will supply $one hundred,000 every if in case you have ideas that result in their arrests. With that stated, the fees won’t be all that efficient. At the least Agha and Dardar are believed to be dwelling in Syria, and it isn’t as if the Assad regime is about to extradite sympathizers (nevertheless self-serving) to a rustic that desires Assad gone. As such, these fees are extra symbolic than something — they will forestall the accused from touring to extradition-pleasant nations, however they in all probability will not put anybody behind bars.