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Three former U.S. intelligence officers agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million in penalties over three years after admitting to violating U.S. hacking and export laws while employed by the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The men confessed to supplying the UAE government with advanced offensive cyber technology that could be used to illegally gain access to computers, including mobile phones, around the world.

  • Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke also agreed to a lifetime ban on future U.S. security clearances and certain restrictions to their future employment options in order to resolve an investigation into their actions.

The big picture: Baier, Adams and Gericke worked for DarkMatter, a company that is an arm of the UAE government, according to the New York Times.

  • They admitted to carrying out hacking operations for the UAE government between 2016 and 2019, the Justice Department said.
  • With the technology the three men supplied, UAE cyber officials were able to breach the servers for an undisclosed U.S. company, giving them access to "any of the tens of millions of smartphones and mobile devices" using that company's operating system over an 18-month period.

What they're saying: “Hackers-for-hire and those who otherwise support such activities in violation of U.S. law should fully expect to be prosecuted for their criminal conduct," said Mark Lesko, the acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Go deeper: Des Moines school district warns of "more sophisticated" hacking attempts

Go deeper

Sep 14, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Johnston school district warns of "more sophisticated" hacking attempts

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Johnston's school district is still the target of hacking attempts four years after an international hacker group known as The Dark Overlord leaked student data and texted death threats to parents, school spokesperson Laura Sprague told Axios.

What's happening: Johnston recently avoided another security breach, but attack attempts "are getting more sophisticated by the day," Sprague said.

  • She said hackers have imitated emails of multiple school executives, including herself, in attempts to con people out of money. Some even include school logos and headers, making them harder to distinguish as fake.

Why it matters: Ransomware cyberattacks are on the rise across the U.S., threatening our food supplies, health care and national security.

  • Schools can expect to face increasing threats, as the rush to move learning online left many security systems vulnerable to attacks, Politico reports.

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over Biden deportations

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.