Two hackers accused of tricking reporters indicted

Rachel Weiner reports

Two hackers who promoted the Syrian government by compromising media coverage were indicted Thursday in Alexandria federal court on 11 counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Ahmad Umar Agha, known online as “The Pro,” and Firas Dardar, known as “The Shadow,” are still at large, believed to be in Syria. A co-conspirator, Peter Romar, was extradited from Germany and pleaded guilty in 2016.

All three were charged by criminal complaint two years ago with carrying out online attacks in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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