Mir Islam aka ‘Josh The God’, the hacker who claimed to have been responsible for attacking the UFC’s website and posting Dana White’s personal details online has been arrested by the FBI.
While Islam wasn’t arrested as a result of those actions, the authorities finally caught up with him after he bought credit cards from an undercover agent. islam is believed to have also sold credit card information himself and had access to the data for as many as 50,000 credit card accounts.
When the UFC were first targeted by the hacker at the start of the year, White challenged him to “do it again” which prompted his own personal information to appear online, although it emerged later that much of the data was in fact unrelated to the UFC president.
Nevertheless, White didn’t back down from the intimidation and reflecting on the incident today in an interview with INC Magazine he says he was always confident that those responsible would be caught in the end.
“You should have seen the kind of tweets their Twitter followers were sending me. All these mysterious threats, like, “We’re watching you” and “We can find you.” I told them, Come find me, you f—in’ nerds. Here’s my hotel. I’m in Chicago. Come find me.
It was a Twitter war for days. And that’s when it gets fun. You get these guys engaged, you get ’em going, and that’s when you get the FBI involved. Because there’s so much piracy of UFC merchandise, the FBI was already monitoring everything that was happening. But after Anonymous hacked our site, we also got U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, involved. And it helps when they know when and where the hackers are going to attack. So I put my chin out there, and we knew they were gonna punch it. Two weeks after they attacked me, a lot of them started getting busted. I think we contributed to that.”