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Document: Justice Department Extradites, Unseals Charges Against Russian National Accused of Hacking U.S. Companies

On Friday, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the extradition and charging of Andrei Tyurin, a Russian citizen who is accused of participating in a hacking campaign against U.S. companies, including banks and media companies. He was extradited at the request of the United States by the government of Georgia.

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Russia Indictment 2.0: What to Make of Mueller’s Hacking Indictment

As President Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin, his Justice Department says it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Russian president has been lying about his country’s involvement in the 2016 election hacking.

Cybersecurity: Crime and Espionage

Another Cryptocurrency Target for U.S. Regulators: Tether

Bitcoin and its ilk have gotten a lot of attention recently as the speculation bubble bursts. The negative attributes and uses of cryptocurrency are substantial: Bitcoin is known to facilitate money laundering, drug sales and extortion—illegal activity for which transactions are banned by centralized authorities that control all other electronic payment channels.

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Shadow Brokers and Vault 7: Where Are the Arrests?

A recent opinion piece in The Hill concerning lack of arrests in the Shadow Brokers and Vault 7 cases argues that this primarily demonstrates the government’s general inability to stop insider leaks. Another piece in the New York Times flagged that there have only been three arrests, presumably Hal Martin, Nghia Huang Pho, and Reality Winner.

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Documents: Criminal Information and Plea Agreement in NSA Employee Willful Retention Case

Former NSA Tailored Access Operations (TAO) developer Nghia Hoang Pho pleaded guilty on Friday to willful retention of national defense information. Pho faces a maximum of ten years in prison for removing and retaining classified U.S. government documents in his home from 2010 to March 2015. You can read the the criminal information and plea agreement here.

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