Thrilling case of Russian hackers `stealing` secret NSA documents
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Thrilling case of Russian hackers `stealing` secret NSA documents

According to documents published on December 1 by the US Department of Justice, a former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) admitted on November 28 to bringing secret agency documents home.

This person’s name is Nghia Hoang Pho, 67 years old, from Ellicott City, Maryland.

The indictment said Mr. Nghia worked for the NSA’s `Ad hoc Access Operations` (TAO), now renamed `Computer Network Operations` (CNO), unit from 2006-2016.

On Mr. Nghia’s computer, anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab – Russia’s leading software company – was installed.

US National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland – USA Photo: EPA

In October, The Wall Street Journal revealed that Russian government hackers stole classified NSA documents from a contractor – identified as Mr. Nghia – when he viewed them on his home computer (with

After discovering that this code may originate from Equation Group (a division of TAO), the analysis team immediately informed CEO Eugene Kaspersky – who requested to destroy the copy of the code.

Despite Kaspersky Lab’s explanation, in September, the US Department of Homeland Security requested to remove this company’s software from the computers of all federal agencies.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nghia’s behavior could lead to him being sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Mr. Harold T. Martin III was arrested last year after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found about 50 TB of data and documents originating from the NSA and many other agencies in his warehouse and car.

According to Pham Nghia


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