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National Security Agency employee tried to sell classified information to an undercover FBI officer for cryptocurrency
In the United States, a former National Security Agency (NSA) official has been charged with attempting to pass classified information to a representative of a foreign government. This was reported in a press release from the US Department of Justice.
Detainee Jare Dalke used encrypted email to send excerpts from three classified national defense documents to a foreign spy. However, the foreign spy turned out to be an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent.
It is alleged that Dalke was willing to sell the entire package of classified data for $85,000 in cryptocurrency. The Ministry of Justice does not specify which cryptocurrency Dalke requested. An ex-NSA agent was detained in Denver, USA, when an FBI officer offered to transfer data over a closed communication channel in a public place. Dalke faces life imprisonment or the death penalty for the charges.
The editorial previously wrote that the FBI was able to identify the Colonial Pipeline hackers with the help of Chainalysis, an analytics firm. The analytics firm is said to collect a large amount of data from the blockchain and also rely on off-chain information from clients. To figure out where and to whom the cryptocurrency can be sent, Chainalysis uses machine learning and statistical analysis.
Recall that in May 2021, a group of hackers called DarkSide hacked into and stopped the Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest oil pipelines in the United States, which led to a shortage of fuel on the east coast. As a ransom, the hackers demanded that 75 BTC be transferred to an anonymous wallet.
Immediately after paying the ransom, the FBI calculated the addresses of the extortionists and received an arrest warrant from the US Department of Justice. As a result, law enforcement officers were able to access wallets and return 63.7 BTC.
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