It is a clone of this request.
|Submitted||Oct. 27, 2015|
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
I am requesting documents relating to investigation C-AR-14-0052-P, "Cryptolocker." I am requesting any and all memos and correspondence sent within the office of the inspector general regarding this investigation, as well as any correspondence sent between the office of the inspector general, subjects of the investigation, and other Federal agencies. I am also interested in any additional investigations or infections of the cryptolocker software since this investigation has closed.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. These documents will be used in the course of reporting stories for Motherboard, VICE Media's science and technology website (www.motherboard.vice.com)
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request, and I request that this be processed under the "Media" fee category. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
90 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Dear Mr. Koebler,
Please see the attached correspondence in regards to your request for "documents relating to investigation C-AR-14-0052-P 'Cryptolocker.'" If you have any questions please refer to the contact information noted in the letter.
Monique L. Brewer
NASA | Office of Inspector General
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive,
Bldg. 180, Rm. 202 (M/S 180-202J)
Pasadena, CA 91109
F | 818-393-4882
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." -Maya Angelou
Here is a follow up to your letter. I provided my office address (not Muckrock's) in my initial letter; here it is again for your purposes.
90 N 11th St
Brooklyn NY, 11249
Here is my petition for a fee waiver:
1) I have specifically asked for records relating to a specific, well-known piece of malware that is known to have infected NASA computers in the past. I am asking for specific documents relating to a specific NASA investigation and have provided the associated investigation number. The request is not overly broad nor burdensome for those reasons.
2) I have reason to suspect that additional files relating to cryptolocker infections at NASA will both enhance the public understanding of how the agency deals with cybersecurity threats and of how common they are. It will also help raise awareness of a common type of malware.
3) We have a demonstrated history of turning FOIA documents into news stories that contribute to the public understanding of government events. We have a demonstrated history of covering cryptolocker, ransomware, and cybersecurity in general. We have a demonstrated history of covering NASA.
4) The public has a right to know both if NASA is getting infected by malware associated with foreign hackers and if NASA is paying the ransom. These documents will help tell that story.
Attached is a response to your FOIA request 2016-01, for Cryptolocker records.