3 ex-U.S. intelligence officials confess to hacking for UAE

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Three former United States intelligence officers agreed to pay fines of nearly $1.7 million over three years after admitting to violating US hacking and export laws while employed by the United Arab Emirates, the Justice Department. announced Tuesday.

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why it matters: The men confessed to supplying the UAE government with advanced offensive cyber technology that could be used to illegally gain access to computers, including mobile phones, around the world.

  • Mark Baer, ​​Ryan Adams and Daniel Gerrick also agreed to a lifetime ban on future US security clearances and some restrictions on their future employment options to resolve an investigation into their actions.

big picture: Baier, Adams and Gerrick worked for Darkmatter, a company that is an offshoot of the UAE government. new York Times.

  • The Justice Department said that he admitted to conducting hacking operations for the UAE government between 2016 and 2019.
  • With technology supplied by three men, UAE cyber officials were able to breach the servers of an unidentified US company, allowing them to access “millions of smartphones and mobile devices” using that company’s operating system in 18 months. Anyone” was granted access. Period.

What are they saying: “Hackers-for-hire and those who otherwise support such activities in violation of U.S. law should be fully prosecuted for their criminal conduct,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesco of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. should be expected.”

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