Export Control

Department of Justice imposes financial penalties and employment restrictions on individuals for violating U.S. export control laws

In September 2021, three former U.S. Intelligence Community employees entered into a deferred prosecution agreement related to export control violations and other illegal activity.

More specifically, the individuals provided cyber services to a UAE government agency without the proper export authorizations from the U.S. Government. They also developed a “zero-click” computer hacking and intelligence gathering software that was successfully used to illegally obtain and use access credentials for online accounts issued by U.S. companies.

Under the deferred prosecution agreement, the individuals agreed to pay penalties ranging from $335,000 to $750,000; relinquished their security clearances, with a lifetime ban on future clearances; and are subject to certain lifetime employment restrictions.

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