Jenny Kane / AP
WASHINGTON – Three former U.S. intelligence and military operatives have agreed to pay nearly $ 1.7 million to resolve criminal charges that they supplied sophisticated hacking technology to the UAE.
An indictment document filed in federal court in Washington accuses the defendants – Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke – of helping develop “advanced secret hacking systems for government agencies in the United Arab Emirates.” It says they used stolen credentials to access personal and private information from computers, including businesses in the United States.
The Justice Department described the case as the first of its kind.
“Hackers and those who otherwise support such activities in violation of US law should expect to be prosecuted for their criminal conduct,” said Mark Lesko, acting deputy attorney general of the national security division of the United States. Ministry of Justice.
No lawyer has been listed for the men.
Baier is identified in a 2019 Reuters report as having previously worked in an elite National Security Agency hacking unit.