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ZDNet reported on Monday, Quoting a criminal complaint Released on Sunday By Of the judiciaryThat is, Jonathan Toebe, a former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer, and his wife, Diana Toebe, tried to sell limited class information about nuclear warships to an unknown foreign government for cryptocurrency. For this, prosecutors allege, Toebus placed multiple dead drops on an SD card containing nuclear information, the first of which was hidden in a peanut butter sandwich.
Jonathan Toebe, 42, a former naval nuclear engineering officer and lieutenant who left active service for the service in 2017, worked on the naval nuclear propulsion program and accessed large amounts of data on nuclear-powered warships. Wrote an FBI special agent Complaints In U.S. District Court for the North District of West Virginia that he attempted to sell the ship’s data laundry list, which included non-public technical specs:
Tobe had access to information on naval nuclear propulsion, including military-sensitive design components, operating parameters, and the performance characteristics of nuclear-powered warships.
Although Toebe was no longer on active duty, he was a human resources officer in the reserve until December 2020, when his security clearance was renewed in March of that year. (His LinkedIn page Still active.) The FBI agent wrote in the complaint that in December 2020, the agency’s legal attachment to “COUNTRY1” received a package that the nation’s representatives said they had received in April 2020 from an unknown group to establish contact. That package included a “printout, digital media file containing technical details, operation manual and performance report”, as well as a letter stating the sender’s desire to sell privacy and an SD card on how to respond.
The letter, dated April 1 (also known as April Fool’s Day), returned to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a return address:
I’m sorry for this bad translation into your language. Send this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be very valuable for your nation. This is not a hoax.
The comedian had a joke, because “COUNTRY1” apparently offered to spy on the FBI. Agents subsequently contacted the account by the end of December 2020 in the encrypted email service Protonmail as instructed in the original letter. According to the special agent who wrote the complaint, the person responded Monero asked for the equivalent of ,000 100,000 in cryptocurrency, after which they would upload the data to a “secure cloud storage account, encrypted with what I gave you.” The FBI responded by telling Wanabe to leave the spy an SD card with the data in a “neutral drop location”.
According to the complaint, the sender was hesitant, after which the FBI allayed their concerns by arranging for a signal to be displayed at a building adjacent to “COUNTRY1” in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day weekend in 2021. The FBI later paid them 10,000. Monero to earn their trust. Agents arranged a dead drop in West Virginia on June 2, then spotted Jonathan Toeb approaching the scene and found a 16GB sandisk “SD card … wrapped in plastic and placed between two pieces of bread over a peanut half. Butter sandwich.” His wife, Diana Tobe, was reportedly on surveillance. The complaint states that the FBI paid Tobias another 20,000 20,000 in Monroe to forward the “sample” decryption key.
In a message left on an SD card during another drop in July, this time “a sealed band-aid wrap with a band-aid is hidden in a clean zip lock bag,” Toebs complained.5 million in Monroe. In particular, the allegations say they are said to be cryptocurrency Divided into $ 100,000 equivalent payments for 50 separate packages that collectively contain thousands of pages of nuclear data. In a communication to the FBI, the allegations continued, with Toibe explaining that the measure was necessary to ensure that the Fed was not snatching a small amount of cash from a bait fund:
The amount of each transaction, in part, is a security measure. As you mentioned in your letter, the U.S. The security forces are lazy. They also have a limited budget. The bait of ,000 0,000 or জন্য 20,000 to catch an agent is among their normal activities. 100,000 USD and more? They can afford it, but they won’t deliver in such large quantities. The new report confirms that this is a common strategy that the United States uses. To expose security forces agents. Please don’t be bothered by it, but your generosity so far matches exactly one opponent [sic] Probably a game to trap me.
We can exchange multiple packages at once, if your seniors are comfortable with this arrangement. For security reasons, I strongly recommend that we do not drop 50 separate drops to complete our business.
Interestingly, the FBI in August provided Toyobs with another ,000 70,000 decryption key for the third dead drop decryption key in a package of chewing gum, bringing the total to $ 100,000.
The content of the data transferred so far included schematics for the $ 3 billion Virginia-class nuclear submarine, which ZDNet noted will remain in service until at least 2060. The technology used in that model was recently In the center A (very funny) International disputes between the United States and France. The United States and Britain have signed an agreement with Australia to help build a nuclear submarine, angering the French government, which has ruined its own $ 66 billion deal with Australia. The French government is a fitting cast and Has withdrawn its envoys From the United States and Australia, although Australian officials were adamant they contacted their French “Deep and serious concern” They originally planned to buy diesel-powered French submarines.
The Feds arrested Toebbes on 9 October. The two are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and violating nuclear energy law, including limited information communication.
According to The sun of Baltimore, Toebbes ‘neighbors described the swarm of police sweeping the defendants’ homes, including more than 15 vehicles and at least 25 federal agents. FBI agents also interviewed neighbors and a white mini Cooper “vandalized” everything, including his seat and GPS computer.
The Sun reports that Toebs is due to appear in court on October 12 in Martinsburg, West Virginia.