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posted by martyb on Thursday September 27 2018, @04:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the me-and-my-shadow...brokers dept.

NSA employee who brought hacking tools home sentenced to 66 months in prison

Nghia Hoang Pho, a 68-year-old former National Security Agency employee who worked in the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, was sentenced today to 66 months in prison for willful, unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents and material from his workplace—material that included hacking tools that were likely part of the code dumped by the individual or group known as Shadowbrokers in the summer of 2016.

Pho, a naturalized US citizen from Vietnam and a resident of Ellicott City, Maryland, had pleaded guilty to bringing home materials after being caught in a sweep by the NSA following the Shadowbrokers leaks. He will face three years of supervised release after serving his sentence. His attorney had requested home detention.

In a letter sent to the court in March, former NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers told Judge George Russell that the materials removed from the NSA by Pho "had significant negative impacts on the NSA mission, the NSA workforce, and the Intelligence Community as a whole." The materials Pho removed, Rogers wrote, included:

[S]ome of NSA's most sophisticated, hard-to-achieve, and important techniques of collecting [signals intelligence] from sophisticated targets of the NSA, including collection that is crucial to decision makers when answering some of the Nation's highest-priority questions... Techniques of the kind Mr. Pho was entrusted to protect, yet removed from secure space, are force multipliers, allowing for intelligence collection in a multitude of environments around the globe and spanning a wide range of security topics. Compromise of one technique can place many opportunities for intelligence collection and national security insight at risk.

Previously: Former NSA Employee Nghia Pho Pleads Guilty to Willful Retention of National Defense Information

Related: "The Shadow Brokers" Claim to Have Hacked NSA
The Shadow Brokers Identify Hundreds of Targets Allegedly Hacked by the NSA
Former NSA Contractor May Have Stolen 75% of TAO's Elite Hacking Tools
Former NSA Contractor Harold Martin Indicted

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27 2018, @08:29PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27 2018, @08:29PM (#741020)

    no, if you held a clearance you would know all of the training that those of us with clearances have to go through, and would know of the similar instances in which we've seen the book thrown at coworkers for much more benign offenses. You would know how untruthful Clinton was during the entire investigation and after because there is absolutely no earthly way she didn't know what she was doing was extremely wrong. Sure, you can look up a law... but do you know the details about clearances and classification? Do you know what it's like working in those environments and what safeguards are in place? Do you know how those affect those laws? I doubt it.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27 2018, @08:43PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27 2018, @08:43PM (#741026)

    DeathMonkey's world is so simple: "Trump is Hitler, Democrats give a shit about me, and Hillary ought to have been queen."

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday September 27 2018, @09:16PM (1 child)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Thursday September 27 2018, @09:16PM (#741042)

      If you're going to post that sort of flamebait nonsense, the least you could do is log on.

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday September 27 2018, @10:24PM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday September 27 2018, @10:24PM (#741073) Journal

        Butbutbut then you might DOX HIM!!!!111one! At least, that seemed to be the concern last time *I* asked one of these anonymous jerkoffs to find his or her gonads and put a username behind their bullshit...

        I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...