US fines former NSA employees who provided hacker-for-hire services to UAE

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The US Department of Justice has fined three former NSA employees who worked as hackers-for-hire for a United Arab Emirates cybersecurity company.

Marc Baier, 49, Ryan Adams, 34, and Daniel Gericke, 40, broke US export control laws that require companies and individuals to obtain a special license from the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) before providing defense-related services to a foreign government.

According to court documents [PDF], the three suspects helped the UAE company develop and successfully deploy at least two hacking tools.

The three entered into a first-of-its-kind deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ today, agreeing to pay $750,000, $600,000, and $335,000, respectively, over a three-year term, in order to avoid jail time for their actions.

The three worked for DarkMatter’s Project Raven

While the court documents are heavily redacted, Baier, Adams, and Genicke’s story is well known, with their actions being first exposed by a whistleblower and documented in

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