Friday it was announced that Nghia Hoang Pho had pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the District of Maryland to willful retention of national defense information: between 2010 and May 2015, he took quantities of classified information home, with him, both in hard-copy and on his laptop. According to documents unsealed Friday, Pho was a developer with the National Security Agency's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit. He faces up to ten years in prison. He's free until sentencing, scheduled for April 6th, 2018.
The laptop Pho used to take classified information home with him is the one that's long been discussed in connection with the US Government's ban on Kaspersky products. He had Kaspersky security software installed which detected some of the sensitive files he'd placed on his machine. Kaspersky acknowledges that it did detect the files, but denies having read them, or done anything with them. Pho doesn't appear to be the source of the Shadow Brokers' leaks, so that mole-hunt remains ongoing.
Ciaran Martin, director of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, Friday advised permanent departmental secretaries that Kaspersky software should not be used in systems holding information whose compromise would damage British national security. Saturday Barclay's withdrew free Kaspersky software it formerly provided to customers.
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