Black Hat: This is how a naive NSA staffer helped build an offensive UAE security branch


What began as an incredible job offer for a naive, young security analyst turned into an explosive case of former US experts unwittingly helping a foreign service create an offensive security branch.

Known as Project Raven, a team of over a dozen former US intelligence operatives was poached with promises of job roles that seemed too good to be true — only for them to participate in activities on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that were, at the least, dubious.

Project Raven, as previously reported by the New York Times and Reuters, involved the clandestine surveillance of other governments, militant groups, human rights activists, journalists, and other parties of interest to — or, critical of — the monarchy.

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Source: ZDNet