Treasury Leaks Bank Secrets

A senior official in the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit (FinCEN) was just arrested for leaking thousands of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to a journalist. The SARs covered financial transactions of Trump campaign officials and others, as well as funds transfers from the Russian embassy. The journalist used them to write a series of stories for Buzzfeed. The Treasury official downloaded the SARs to a flash drive, then sent photos of them to the journalist via an encrypted messaging app. There has been speculation in the security community about how investigators retrieved the encrypted messages. It’s unlikely they were actually intercepted and decrypted. We know the sender’s


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