Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

FBI Has Suspect in Damaging CIA Leak of Spying Code

FBI Has Suspect in Damaging CIA Leak of Spying Code

The NYT quoted Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in California, as saying that WikiLeaks had magnified the danger posed by the Vault 7 leaks and that the tools were aimed only at small groups of high-value targets. The former prosecutor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an open investigation, also said that if government lawyers acknowledged in a public hearing that Schulte was a target, they probably suspect he acted alone. The leak also led to security researchers finding cases of the tools actively infecting governments and companies since at least 2011.

At a January hearing on child pornography charges filed against Schulte, an assistant USA attorney in the Southern District of NY said the government conducted several search warrants on Schulte's home.

Laroche added part of the investigation was to determine whether technology known as Tor, which allows Internet users to hide their location, was used to transmit classified information.

There's one problem, though: investigators haven't been able to collect enough evidence to file charges against Schulte despite having searched his apartment and confiscated his personal computer and notes.

Schulte has actually been in jail since being indicted for possession of child pornography last September.

A report from The Washington Post cites court documents that name Joshua Adam Schulte as the person authorities think to be behind the massive Vault7 data dump. Schulte is in custody on other charges. He was in the CIA for the development of a computer code to the intelligence of foreign adversaries.

Schulte's father, Roger, said he was scared to death.

The FBI is investigating whether a former Central Intelligence Agency employee jailed on child pornography charges is also tied to a massive leak of cyber hacking tools.

With Schulte's lawyers demanding prosecutors come to a decision on Vault 7 charges, officials indicated last week that they'd be filing a new indictment in the next 45 days, the Times stated. The documents themselves covered a period from 2013 to 2016, when Schulte had been employed at the agency.

Schulte said he had also been planning a vacation with his brother to Cancun, Mexico, which may have given the appearance that he was trying to flee the country.

He also said that because of 'unfortunate circumstances the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately made the snap judgement that (he) was guilty of the leaks and targeted (him)'.

Since he's been jailed, Schulte has created a Facebook page where he posts articles criticizing the criminal justice system. Following the search of his apartment in March 2017, prosecutors waited six months to bring the child pornography charges. Laroche was actually describing a "characterization" by Schulte's attorneys and expressing disagreement.

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