National Security Agency

Ellicott City man, former NSA employee pleads guilty to taking classified information home

Ellicott City man, former NSA employee pleads guilty to taking classified information home

An Ellicott City man and former employee of the National Security Agency pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to removing classified documents and bringing them home — the latest in a series of similar breaches at the spy agency to be publicly revealed.

Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, removed the documents over a period of five years ending in 2015, according to a plea agreement made public by the Justice Department. The material is reportedly believed to have been stolen from his computer by Russian hackers exploiting his personal antivirus software.

Pho took the documents home to help him write his resume but hackers are believed to have accessed them through antivirus...

43°