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03/09/2020
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The Vault 7 trial has ended, for now. A new document released Monday shows how Cyber Command operated in its infancy. And a DHS IG was charged with stealing software from the agency. This is CyberScoop for Monday, March 9.

We have a verdict (kind of)

A New York City jury was unable to reach a verdict Monday on a number of charges against a former CIA engineer accused of orchestrating the largest leak in agency history. The jury found Joshua Schulte guilty on charges of contempt of court and lying to the FBI after a monthlong trial and four days of deliberation. Jurors could not reach a decision on more serious charges of illegally transferring national defense information; unauthorized access to classified information; and theft of government property. A hearing will be held on March 26 to determine the next steps in the case. Schulte has been accused giving WikiLeaks a trove of CIA hacking tools, which have become known as the Vault 7 leaks. Jeff Stone has the story.


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WikiLeaks put Cybercom on alert

When WikiLeaks released a trove of diplomatic cables in 2010 on everything from terrorism to Russian President Vladimir Putin to computer intrusions, it sent shockwaves through the Department of Defense and intelligence community over the knowledge being dumped into the public domain. Now we know that unauthorized release even impacted U.S. Cyber Command, according to a document GWU’s National Security Archive obtained through FOIA and shared with CyberScoop. The document, from 2010, suggests the DOD knew who was behind a broad cyber-espionage operation known as Operation Aurora, and was worried adversaries could shift their TTPs based on what they learned about sensitive U.S. cyber-operations as a result of the WikiLeaks dump. Shannon Vavra has more.


Watching the watchdog

Inspectors general are supposed to be an independent check on federal waste and abuse, but a federal indictment announced Friday accuses a former acting DHS inspector general of flagrant corruption after he left office. Charles K. Edwards and a former associate are accused of stealing DHS inspector general software and using it to improve software sold by Edwards’ business. Edwards’ tenure as acting DHS IG for 2011 and 2013 was not without controversy. A bipartisan Senate report accused him of being too soft on the Obama administration officials he was supposed to hold accountable. Sean Lyngaas reports on a head-turning indictment.


Capital protections

The city of Washington, D.C., is set to strengthen its data-breach laws following the passage this week of a bill that greatly expands the definition of personal identifying information that companies doing business in the District are required to protect. It also gives local authorities greater prosecutorial power against companies that expose their customers’ sensitive data. The District of Columbia is no stranger to data-breach suits, having participated in many multi-state settlements, including the 2017 breach of the credit-rating agency Equifax, which affected 147 million people nationally and nearly 350,000 of the city’s residents. Ben Freed has more over on StateScoop.


The JEDI story continues

A federal judge believes Amazon is “likely to succeed” in showing that the Department of Defense erred, at least in part, in how it evaluated bids for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. In a document made public Friday evening, Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith details why she recently decided in Amazon Web Services‘ favor to order an injunction under JEDI, preventing any further work under the contract while the protest is ongoing. Campbell-Smith writes that AWS is “likely to succeed on the merits of its argument that the DOD improperly evaluated” Microsoft’s bid. The document shows for the first time that the court may be leaning toward ruling in Amazon’s favor in the protest. Billy Mitchell has more on FedScoop.


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