Baier, Adams and Gericke are also accused of modifying computer exploits “into covert hacking systems for U.A.E. government agencies” and of stealing personal identifying information from people around the world.
The intelligence-gathering services allegedly provided by the three men included sophisticated hacking tools that can infect a mobile device without the user having to click on anything, prosecutors said.
Baier, Adams and Gericke agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal with the government that includes more than $1.6 million in penalties.
Attorneys for the three men could not be immediately reached for comment.
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