Oakland Man Arraigned on Terrorism-Related Charges, Canadian Man Arraigned on Hacking Charges
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – A 22-year-old Oakland man pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to charges that included attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Amer Alhaggagi is accused in a July 21 grand jury indictment of seeking to aid ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization, by opening social media accounts to promote and benefit the group last year.
Alhaggagi also pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte to three other charges related to fraudulent use of another person’s debit card. Those charges are fraudulent possession of access-device-making equipment; unauthorized use of another person’s debit card; and aggravated identity theft.
Laporte ordered Alhaggagi retained in custody and ordered him to appear before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, the trial judge assigned to the case, for a status conference on August 29.
Also today, a 22-year-old Canadian man pleaded not guilty before Laporte to charges connected with a 2014 hacking account on Yahoo Inc. that affected at least 500 million accounts.
Karim Baratov, a Canadian citizen born in Kazakhstan, is accused of conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse, conspiring to commit access device fraud, conspiring to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
Laporte ordered him retained in custody and to appear before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Aug. 29.
Baratov is one of four people, including two Russian intelligence service officials and one other Russian national, who were indicted in February in connection with the hacking attack.
He is the only one to have been arrested. Baratov was arrested in Canada in March and extradited to the United States this week.
The indictment alleges that one of the Russian Federal Security Service officers directed Baratov to break into at least 80 identified email accounts and paid him about $100 for each successful hack.