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US hacker mercenaries face charges for working for UAE

A man on his laptop on 5 August 2018 [Liam Carlier/Flickr]
[Liam Carlier/Flickr]

Three former US intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, face federal charges by the US Justice Department, according to a court docket created yesterday.

Reuters reported the three men, Marc Baier, Ryan Adams, and Daniel Gericke, were part of a clandestine unit named Project Raven that helped the United Arab Emirates spy on its enemies.

According to reports from 2019, the American hackers helped the UAE spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar.

The nature of the charges was not immediately clear.

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