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An accused CIA leaker decries his jailhouse conditions. A military intelligence agency has been purchasing mobile phone data. And a Russian pleads guilty for running Deer.io. This is CyberScoop for Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Schulte: Pretrial conditions are 'worse than death'

The man accused of leaking CIA hacking tools to WikiLeaks is asking a judge to force the Bureau of Prisons to improve the conditions of his solitary confinement. Joshua Schulte, who is awaiting a June retrial in the case, says he has been subject to sleep deprivation, filthy cells and the denial of books and outdoor recreation. “It is barbaric and inhumane to lock human beings into boxes for years and years — it is a punishment worse than death,” Schulte says. WikiLeaks published the trove of CIA documents, known as Vault 7, in 2017. Joe Warminsky has the court documents.

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What's this intel agency doing with mobile data?

The Defense Intelligence Agency has been using smartphone location data purchased from commercially available databases, according to an intelligence memo obtained by CyberScoop. The DIA has been gathering the location data on both Americans and non-U.S. citizens dating back two-and-a-half years, and has sought to access Americans’ data and their past movements a total of five times, according to the memo. Sen. Ron Wyden indicated last week he will propose legislation meant to curb the practice. Dive in with Shannon Vavra.

Founder of a hosting service for cybercrime pleads guilty

A Russian computer security researcher has pleaded guilty to hacking-related charges in connection with U.S. law enforcement action against an internet marketplace for thieves. Kirill Firsov ran Deer.io, an illicit web hosting service that enabled scammers to operate independent web stores where they sold access to hacked web accounts and other services. The U.S. Department of Justice shuttered the website in March 2020, weeks after Firsov was arrested at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City. He faces up to 10 years. Jeff Stone has the latest.

Guilty plea in case of security video snooping

A former home security technician for ADT has pleaded guilty to accessing approximately 200 customer accounts more than 9,600 times, with the intention of watching naked women or couples having sex. Telesfloro Aviles faces up to five years in prison in the case, which involved improper access to customers' "ADT Pulse" accounts. Sometimes Aviles would persuade customers to give him access, and sometimes he would add himself without permission, prosecutors said. The company still faces civil suits in the incident, which it first disclosed in April of 2020. Tim Starks has the story.

CISA chief to mayors: We have ransomware resources for you

Speaking at an online event hosted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, CISA's acting director, Brandon Wales, said the agency is launching a new public awareness campaign aimed at helping K-12 school systems and other organizations to avoid ransomware attacks. The CISA campaign will direct officials to a detailed guidebook it developed last year with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The agency will also promote information on how governments can enlist CISA’s technical services — including the Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting service it funds through the MS-ISAC — as well as its scanning and monitoring capabilities. Benjamin Freed explains at StateScoop.

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