A defense contractor performing IT services on Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras has been sentenced to ten years in prison for an insider attack by essentially stealing classified military email and files he did not have the need-to-know to access (emphasis added):
Glenn, 35, was hired in 2012 to perform technical support at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras where government attorneys said he gained access to base commander’s email account and made copies of thousands of messages and hundreds of sensitive documents.
He was arrested in February 2014 and charged with eight counts, including theft of government property, computer intrusion, structuring financial transactions and immigration fraud. He pleaded guilty in January to willful retention of classified national defense information pursuant to the Espionage Act, a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and one count of conspiracy to commit naturalization fraud.
Court documents in the case suggested Glenn had copied intelligence reports and military plans from the hacked account and then stored them covertly in an encrypted folder.
Gerald Parsons, an Army counterintelligence expert, testified that Glenn had been reading books on espionage and digital encryption, but was unable to prevent authorities from discovering the stolen files, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Defense lawyers said their client was “something of a technological hoarder” and never intended to exploit the stolen data for monetary gain or purposes of espionage, but Judge Marra disagreed, calling Glenn’s actions “very serious” and driven by maliciousness or greed.
“I think betraying your country is one of the most egregious things a citizen can do,” Judge Marra said in court, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “He either did it for profit or because he wanted to hurt the United States.”
Glenn only had access to this data by virtue of holding a position of trust as an administrator. That he abused the trust to steal classified information for personal gain demonstrates how egregious his actions were. It seems to me, he will be reaping what he sowed.