The chief information officer of a major virtual private network is reportedly among three former US intelligence and military personnel who have been fined more than $1.6 million by the US Department of Justice to resolve charges related to hacking. ExpressVPN CIO Daniel Gerrick, as first reported on Tuesday Reuters, one of three former US intelligence operatives and military members involved in Project Raven, who worked as hackers for the UAE, helped it spy on your enemies. ExpressVPN said its trust in Gerrick “remains strong.”
According to one, the three defendants have agreed to cooperate with US officials and pay fines in exchange for deferred prosecution. Justice Department release. All three have also forfeited foreign and US security clearances and are facing future employment sanctions. The settlement comes a day after ExpressVPN announced that it had been sold to former adware distributors as part of a $936 million deal. , a company an . co-founded by former Israeli surveillance agent and a billionaire First convicted of insider trading.
Despite future employment restrictions, ExpressVPN noted in an email to Nerdshala that Garrick was not one of the members of the US intelligence community referenced in the Justice Department filing, but a former member of the US military, and that ExpressVPN was still working with Garrick within the company. Supports the situation.
“We know important facts related to Daniel’s employment history before we hired him, because he had actively and transparently disclosed them to us from the very beginning. In fact, it was his history and expertise that made him made him an invaluable hire for our mission. To protect the privacy and security of users,” ExpressVPN said, adding that the company has already benefited from Gerrick’s history in the US government.
“We were confident at the time and continue to believe in Daniels’ willingness and ability to contribute to our mission of enabling users to better protect their privacy and security. Nothing has shown us more than professionalism and commitment to advancing our potential. Safe and personal. Our trust in Daniel remains strong.”
As of Tuesday evening, Garrick’s social media accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn had been removed from public view.
Project Raven, before exposed in 2019, development and Hacking and deployment of surveillance tools for the United Arab Emirates which was allegedly used to target American victims and key workers who spoke Against the human rights record of the UAE. Other Project Raven targets reportedly included Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights activists in Yemen, the Emir of Qatar.
In a Justice Department release, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesco called the agreement “the first resolution of its kind” to investigate two different types of crime.
“Providing unlicensed export-controlled defense services in support of computer network exploitation, and a commercial company that specifically designs, supports and is designed to allow access to data without authorization from computers around the world, including in the United States.” manufactures operating systems,” he said. “Hackers-for-hire and those who otherwise support such activities in violation of US law should fully expect to be prosecuted for their criminal conduct.”
Correction, 11:24 PM PST: A previous version of this story incorrectly portrayed Gerrick’s previous role within the US government. Gerrick is a former member of the US military.