An American body that specialises in cybercrime allegedly asked the US Postal Service to help to identify a whistleblower at Barclays. The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), which brings together governments and companies to fight cybercrime globally, asked an employee of the Postal Service in July 2016 to find out who had posted letters to Barclays board members, according to a document.
It is unclear why the NCFTA, a not-for-profit organisation based in Pittsburgh, was involved in the matter, which was initiated by Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays. Mr Staley and Barclays are under investigation by US and UK authorities over whether they breached whistleblowing rules.
According to a document purporting to be from the US Postal Service, which has been put on the internet, an individual from the NCFTA asked someone at the US Postal Service to provide information. The Postal employee provided “point of sale information”.
There also was an attempt to gain security camera images, but none existed. The names of both people have been redacted. The document says that the NCFTA representative did not tell the postal employee that the letter contained whistleblower information. Instead, the worker understood the letter to contain “insider information”. The postal employee entered the request in the organisation’s “Cyber Program activity log”.