Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

6/19/2018
12:15 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Former CIA Engineer Charged with Theft and Transmission of Classified Info

Suspect had reportedly been named in Vault 7 leak to WikiLeaks.

Ex-CIA software engineer Joshua Adam Schulte has been charged with stealing and disclosing classified information from the agency. The charges came in a 13-count federal indictment released today.

Schulte reportedly had been named as a suspect who had allegedly handed over to WikiLeaks a massive trove of the CIA's cyber espionage tools that the activist group then published online. He has been imprisoned in Manhattan since Aug. 27, 2017, on unrelated child pornography charges.

The epic breach came to light in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began publishing more than 8,700 confidential CIA documents under the title "Vault 7." Among the leaked documents were various zero-day vulnerabilities, as well as exploits against network routers, smart TVs, and connected vehicles.

While the US Department of Justice indictment doesn't name WikiLeaks or the so-called Vault 7 tools, it appears to be referring to them: "On March 7, 2017, Organization-1 released on the Internet classified national defense material belonging to the CIA (the "Classified Information"). In 2016, Schulte, who was then employed by the CIA, stole the Classified Information from a computer network at the CIA and later transmitted it to Organization-1."  

Schulte, 29, also tampered with user privileges and access to a CIA computer, according to the indictment, acquiring unauthorized access for himself, locking out other users, and deleting any evidence of his activity in the system.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Schulte worked in the CIA's National Clandestine Service (NCS) undercover arm as a directorate of science and technology intelligence officer and created software to "support clandestine operations." He also served as a systems engineer with the NSA prior to his stint at the CIA.

The 13 charges against Schulte include illegal gathering of national defense information, illegal transmission of lawfully possessed national defense information, illegal transmission of unlawfully possessed national defense information, unauthorized access to a computer to obtain classified information, theft of government property, unauthorized access of a computer, and obstruction of justice.

"Leaks of classified information pose a danger to the security of all Americans," Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. "It adds insult to injury when, as alleged here, the leaks come from former government officials in whom Americans placed their sacred trust."

Related Content:

 

Top industry experts will offer a range of information and insight on who the bad guys are – and why they might be targeting your enterprise. Click for more information

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
Dark Reading Staff 3/30/2020
Limited-Time Free Offers to Secure the Enterprise Amid COVID-19
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  3/31/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-5300
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-06
In Hydra (an OAuth2 Server and OpenID Certifiedâ„¢ OpenID Connect Provider written in Go), before version 1.4.0+oryOS.17, when using client authentication method 'private_key_jwt' [1], OpenId specification says the following about assertion `jti`: "A unique identifier for the t...
CVE-2019-19699
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-06
There is Authenticated remote code execution in Centreon Infrastructure Monitoring Software through 19.10 via Pollers misconfiguration, leading to system compromise via apache crontab misconfiguration, This allows the apache user to modify an executable file executed by root at 22:30 every day. To e...
CVE-2020-11102
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-06
hw/net/tulip.c in QEMU 4.2.0 has a buffer overflow during the copying of tx/rx buffers because the frame size is not validated against the r/w data length.
CVE-2020-11507
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-06
An Untrusted Search Path vulnerability in Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 8.0.3 could cause arbitrary code execution with SYSTEM privileges when a malicious DLL library is loaded.
CVE-2020-11544
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-06
An issue was discovered in Project Worlds Official Car Rental System 1. It allows the admin user to run commands on the server with their account because the upload section on the file-manager page contains an arbitrary file upload vulnerability via add_cars.php. There are no upload restrictions for...