US penalises three ‘hackers for hire’ working for UAE firm

Source: Al Jazeera News

Three defendants agree to pay $1.68m in penalties after criminal investigation by US Justice Department.

Proliferation of unregulated ‘offensive cyber capabilities undermines privacy and security worldwide’, US Justice Department official says [File: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo]
Three “hackers-for-hire” working for a company in the United Arab Emirates “for the benefit” of the government in Abu Dhabi have agreed to pay $1.68m in penalties as part of a legal settlement in the United States, the US Justice Department said.

The suspects, two US citizens and one former American citizen, provided “zero-click” computer hacking services to the UAE company “that could compromise a device without any action by the target”, the Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14055 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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