ExpressVPN 知道美国政府今天披露的延期起诉协议 (DPA)，其中命名了我们的一名员工 Daniel Gericke。毫无疑问，DPA 意味着当事人没有被起诉，而是与政府签署了协议。
自从我们雇用他之前，我们就知道与 Daniel 的工作经历有关的关键事实，因为他从一开始就主动和透明地向我们披露了这些事实。事实上，正是他的历史和专业知识使他成为我们保护用户隐私和安全使命的宝贵雇员。
我们当时充满信心，现在继续对 Daniel 的愿望和能力充满信心，为我们的使命做出贡献，使用户能够更好地保护他们的隐私和安全。他表现出了专业精神和致力于提高我们保护用户数据安全和隐私的能力。我们对丹尼尔的信任依然坚定。
背景信息：DANIEL GERICKE 的工作经历
Daniel 的网络安全职业生涯始于美国军方的网络工程，他随后的职业生涯包括为洛克希德马丁公司、URS [现在的 AECOM] 和 Cyberpoint 等公司签订政府合同，最终他在阿联酋工作。
Daniel 在阿联酋的 Cyberpoint 工作是基于通过开源社区和技术会议获得的专业知识，而不是知识或接触到计算机系统的军事情报开发。他的工作职责从来不包括目标选择。
Cyberpoint 是一家美国公司，经美国政府批准，向阿联酋政府提供情报服务。在 Cyberpoint 以及后来的 DarkMatter，Daniel 的理解是，他正在继续他的工作，以促进美国政府的利益，并加强作为美国盟友的阿联酋的国家安全。
作为承包商，Daniel 专注于使用开源工具和框架集成系统。阿联酋当地政府工作人员负责移动设备开发系统的定位和选择，而不是 Daniel。
Daniel 于 2018 年 11 月离开了他与情报相关的工作，并继续通过 DarkMatter 签约，担任管理服务器和数据中心的 IT 专家。Daniel 于 2019 年 12 月停止签约并离开阿联酋加入 ExpressVPN。
注：关于 DPA，Daniel 没有认罪，也不会被定罪。
ExpressVPN statement on Daniel Gericke
ExpressVPN is aware of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) disclosed by the U.S. Government today that names one of our employees, Daniel Gericke. For absence of doubt, a DPA means the parties were not prosecuted and instead signed an agreement with the government.
We’ve known the key facts relating to Daniel’s employment history since before we hired him, as he disclosed them proactively and transparently with us from the start. In fact, it was his history and expertise that made him an invaluable hire for our mission to protect users’ privacy and security.
Daniel has a deep understanding of the tools and techniques used by the adversaries we aim to protect users against, and as such is a uniquely qualified expert to advise on defense against such threats. Our product and infrastructure have already benefited from that understanding in better securing user data.
We were confident at the time and continue to be confident now in Daniel’s desire and ability to contribute to our mission of enabling users to better protect their privacy and security. He has demonstrated nothing but professionalism and commitment to advancing our ability to keep user data safe and private. Our trust in Daniel remains strong.
Of course, we do not rely on trust in our employees alone to protect our users. We have robust systems and security controls in place in all our systems or products. We also engage and provide significant access to many independent third parties to conduct audits, security assessments, and penetration tests on our systems and products.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: DANIEL GERICKE’S WORK HISTORY
Daniel’s cybersecurity career began in network engineering for the US military, and his subsequent career included government contracting working for companies like Lockheed Martin, URS [now AECOM], and Cyberpoint, which ultimately led him to his work in the UAE.
Daniel’s background also included four years working as a contractor for the Defense Health Agency managing computer networks in Department of Defense hospitals. Daniel never worked in a US intelligence agency.
Daniel’s work in the UAE with Cyberpoint was based on know-how gained via open source communities and technology conferences, not knowledge or exposure to military intelligence exploitation of computer systems. His job responsibilities never included target selection.
Cyberpoint was a US company providing intelligence services to the UAE government with the approval of the US government. At Cyberpoint and later at DarkMatter, Daniel’s understanding was that he was continuing his work in the furtherance of US government interests and to enhance the national security for the UAE, an American ally.
While acting as a contractor, Daniel was focused on integrating systems using open source tools and frameworks. Local UAE government staff handled targeting and selection for mobile device exploitation systems, not Daniel.
Daniel left his intelligence-related work in November 2018 and continued contracting through DarkMatter as an IT Expert managing servers and data centers. Daniel ceased contracting and left the UAE to join ExpressVPN in December 2019.
Note: With regards to the DPA, Daniel has not admitted guilt, nor will he be convicted of any crime.