04 Jan 2019

North Korea’s defecting ambassador an intelligence gold mine

North Korea’s interim ambassador to Italy has reportedly defected. If confirmed, the defection comes at a critical time in the development of South Korea-North Korea relations and may threaten their progress, as the defector has a high-ranking family background and could be a key source of intelligence for the West.

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31 Dec 2018

Russian security agency arrests ‘US spy’ in Moscow

The Russian FSB has arrested a US citizens on charges of espionage in Moscow no December 28. No further details have been provided, but there has been an increase in charges of spying between the US and Russia over the past year. The US has prosecuted a number of Russians

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28 Dec 2018

U.S. Spies Want to Know How to Identify Compromised AI

“The U.S. government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect ‘Trojan’ attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents. Here’s the problem the agency wants to solve: At a simple level, modern image-recognition AI learns from analyzing many images of an object. If

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14 Dec 2018

Iran hackers hunt nuclear workers, US targets

“As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of US-Iranian relations. The AP drew

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07 Dec 2018

Australian think tank hit by cyber attacks from China

“Australia’s leading foreign affairs think tank has been the subject of at least two cyber attacks from China, in an apparent effort to view its dealings with the federal government and foreign dignitaries. The attacks on the Lowy Institute mirrored a Chinese campaign against think tanks in the United States,

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26 Nov 2018

Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: Report

China has been angered by a recent Australian report alleging a spike in cyberattacks originating with China’s Ministry of State Security, working to steal intellectual property. The report cites high level government officials, with corroborating statements and evidence provided by private security firms. “The [malicious] activity is mainly from China

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16 Nov 2018

Spies Without Borders – How the FSB Infiltrated the International Visa System

“One of the unanswered questions lingering after Bellingcat’s unmasking of the identities of suspects in the botched-up poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, is how two (or, likely, more) undercover GRU officers were able to obtain visas to travel to the UK. Securing a visa to the UK – as

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15 Nov 2018

German prosecutors charge Chinese-born engineer in industrial espionage case

Prosecutors in Germany are charging a Chinese-born German national for stealing trade secrets in connection with his former position with chemicals firm Lanxess. German intelligence has warned firms that China may seek to uncover and export trade secrets and that it can be difficult to tell the difference betweens state

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04 Nov 2018

Intel Community is Developing a More Spy-Proof Room

“The intelligence community wants to make the spaces government officials use to review and discuss sensitive information impervious to digital spying. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to fund research to further lock down sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs, against enemy surveillance and insider threats. SCIFs are built

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02 Nov 2018

China’s Five Steps for Recruiting Spies in the US

“On Tuesday, the Justice Department unsealed new charges against 10 Chinese intelligence officers and hackers who it says perpetrated a years-long scheme to steal trade secrets from aerospace companies. The case continues an impressive tempo from the Justice Department, as it continues to try curb China’s massive, wide-ranging, and long-running

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