Four Members of Syrian Electronic Army Charged in Cyber Attacks

Four members of what is known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) are facing U.S. federal charges related to computer hacking and terror hoaxes. The indictments of the four Syrians were unsealed on Tuesday in Virginia.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin joined with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente, Assistant FBI Director James Trainor with the Cyber Division, and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Paul Abbate in announcing the criminal complaints, a statement from the Department of Justice revealed.

Ahmad Umar Agha, 22, known online as “The Pro,” and Firas Dardar, 27, known online as “The Shadow,” are being charged with criminal conspiracy relating to:

  • engaging in a hoax regarding a terrorist attack; attempting to cause mutiny of the U.S. armed forces
  • illicit possession of authentication features
  • access device fraud; unauthorized access to, and damage of, computers
  • unlawful access to stored communications

Additionally, Dardar and Peter Romar, 36, also known as Pierre Romar, have been separately

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