CBS News (CBS News) — A former employee of a cybersecurity firm is being investigated by a federal grand jury after he allegedly sent fake antivirus links to a company he said was selling antivirus software to the military.
The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn says Jonathan DeWitt, 34, of Staten Island, sent the antivirus link to a cybersecurity company he believed was selling a product.
It said the company was selling the software to U.N. agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The U.K.-based company said it removed the links, but it is still in the process of finding the source of the links.
In court papers, U. S. Attorney Thomas DiGenova said DeWitty “knowingly and intentionally” sent false antivirus and cybersecurity links to several antivirus products, including one called Antivirus-Plus, which is designed to detect malicious programs and provide a simple solution for protecting organizations and networks from malware.
The Antiviruses-Plus program uses antivirus technology to help businesses protect against malware and other attacks.
The court papers say that DeWitto had access to several versions of the Antivirs-Plus software and that he sent the links to people who were already using the Antirustor product.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
The FBI said that the case was being handled by special agent in charge Jason A. Krieger, of the New York office.