Sep 26, 2018

Former NSA engineer sentenced to 5 years for security breach

The National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former engineer at the National Security Agency to five and a half years in prison for causing a major security breach at the agency after he removed troves of top secret information without authorization and kept it at his home.

The details: Between 2010 and 2015, Nghia Hoang Pho worked on sensitive NSA programs that hacked into computers used by terrorists and U.S. adversaries. An unidentified group that called itself Shadow Brokers had gained access to some of the agency’s hacking tools stored on Pho's home computer and posted some online. The source of the leak has not been found.

The big picture: U.S. District Court Judge George Russell, who issued the sentence, was infuriated over what he called a double-standard for top officials who violate laws aiding the nation's secrets, Politico reports. "Did he do one day in prison?”, he asked of former CIA Director David Petraeus, who admitted to keeping top secret information at his home without permission. Petraeus was sentenced to two years probation for providing classified information to his girlfriend and was fined $100,000.

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DMV area issues coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 766,336 — Total deaths: 36,873 — Total recoveries: 160,001.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 153,246 — Total deaths: 2,828 — Total recoveries: 5,545.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30 — Rep. Nydia Velázquez diagnosed with "presumed" coronavirus infection.
  4. State updates: Virginia and Maryland issued stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states — Florida megachurch pastor arrested for refusing to call off mass services.
  5. World updates: Italy reports 1,590 recoveries from the virus, its highest ever.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan
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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.