FBI has included two hackers who are members of the group known as the “Syrian Electronic Army” to the agency’s Cyber’s Most Wanted list.
The bureau said Tuesday it has added Ahmed “The Pro” Al Agha and Firas “The Shadow” Dardar — both believed to be residing in Syria — to its cyber most wanted list and is offering up to $100,000 in reward for information that could lead to the targets’ arrest.
The U.S. District Court has called on the arrest of the two suspects along with another conspirator named Peter “Pierre” Romar for the hijack of government and military social media accounts and websites and the extortion of U.S. businesses to ransom computer data, FBI added.
“These complaints serve to tear down the perceived impunity surrounding their hacking activities and expose the SEA membership’s true colors,” John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a statement.
Paul Abbate, assistant director in charge of FBI’s Washington field office, added the SEA members support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and aim to achieve personal monetary gain through their hacking activities.
The bureau currently works with other law enforcement agencies, NASA‘s Office of the Inspector General and the State Department‘s Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the continued investigation.