NSA employee pleads guilty after stolen classified data landed in Russian hands

A former National Security Agency hacker has admitted to illegally taking highly classified information from the agency’s headquarters, which was later stolen by Russian hackers.

Nghia Pho, 67, a Maryland resident who worked for the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations, the agency’s elite hacking unit, entered a guilty plea on Friday to charges of willful retention of national defense information.

The Justice Dept. confirmed the news in a statement on Friday. The New York Times was first to report the news.

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Source: ZDNet