The FBI and the NCIS on Saturday arrested a US Navy Engineer and his spouse for trying to promote nuclear secrets and techniques to a ‘international occasion’
Jonathan Toebbe, a US Navy nuclear engineer, and his spouse Diana Toebbe had been apprehended by federal authorities for allegedly buying and selling confidential army data. The couple was busted whereas making what would have been the third dead-drop in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Toebbe is alleged to have obtained a complete of $100,000 value of Monero (XMR) from an undercover FBI agent who posed as a consultant of a international energy seeking to purchase army secrets and techniques.
An engineer working below the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, Toebbe had been promoting data on the design of nuclear-powered warships to the ‘international energy’ for a few 12 months. His place as a nuclear engineer within the Navy earned him nationwide safety clearance via the US Division of Protection, which allowed him to get his fingers on confidential data.
He first despatched restricted data to a international authorities in April final 12 months. The nuclear engineer used encrypted electronic mail to make preparations with the opposite occasion, whom he believed represented a international nation. The alternate went on for months earlier than they settled on a deal that may see him obtain Monero for the knowledge he stole.
Toebbe obtained the primary fee, $10,000 in cryptocurrency, which was meant to cement the connection at first of June. He then delivered an SD card hidden in a sandwich at a pre-arranged location in West Virginia along with his spouse as a lookout on 26 June. He then despatched the decryption key for the SD card, which had data on submarine nuclear reactors, through electronic mail after receiving a second $20,000 fee in crypto.
Two months later, he made the same drop however this time in Japanese Virginia. He used a chewing gum bundle to cover the SD card, and after sending the decryption key, he obtained paid $70,000. Oblivious that the entire alternate had been a setup, Toebbe went on to ship the third ‘bundle’ on Saturday however was arrested on the location by FBI brokers who had been trailing him. The brokers reportedly tracked Toebbe and recognized him on the first two useless drops.
It’s believed the couple resorted to utilizing the privacy-oriented Monero for the transaction due to its excessive degree of anonymity. The coin is understood to be virtually not possible to hint as its addresses aren’t publicly seen besides to the events concerned within the transaction. Its use in prison actions has seen totally different departments within the authorities contract consultants to construct instruments and techniques that may monitor transactions involving the cryptocurrency.