Former CIA Hacker Charged For Releasing Hack Code To Outside Organization

Julia Cohen | Contributor

Former CIA employee Joshua Schulte was charged with stealing and dispersing classified CIA materials Monday, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

“Joshua Schulte, a former employee of the CIA, allegedly used his access at the agency to transmit classified material to an outside organization,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in the press release.

The “classified material” Schulte released is thought to be hacking tools used by CIA officials, according to the Washington Post. The “outside organization” is thought to be WikiLeaks, after the site’s “Vault 7” hacking tutorial released last year.

Schulte previously worked for the CIA’s Engineering Development Group, an area of the agency that designed code to hack foreign enemies, according to the Washington Post. (RELATED: Ex-CIA Chief Defends Decision To Tweet Picture Of Concentration Camp To Prove Point On Immigration)

Officials initially arrested Schulte for possession of child pornography in August 2017. The Monday charges included those for child pornography as well as for criminal copyright infringement.

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