21 May 2019

Former CIA officer jailed for 20 years for spying for China

A former CIA intelligence officer found guilty of conspiring to provide national defense information to China was sentenced to 20 years in prison last Friday. Kevin Patrick Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia, had worked for the CIA and the DIA and held a top secret security clearance. Assistant Attorney General John

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15 Apr 2019

F.B.I. Bars Some China Scholars From Visiting U.S. Over Spying Fears

As part of a new counterintelligence operation, the FBI has barred 30 Chinese scholars from entering the US by either revoking their visas or subjecting the documents to administrative review. According to the US State Department, Chinese intelligence agencies have been instructing scholars to gather sensitive data on US citizens

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05 Mar 2019

China Has Accused Two Detained Canadians of Stealing State Secrets

China aims to charge two Canadian citizens with theft of state secrets. The Canadians were detained on December 10 of last year, in what analysts considered to be a direct response to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese tech giant Huawei, in Vancouver earlier that month. The

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15 Feb 2019

Iran indictments show even U.S. intelligence officials are vulnerable to basic hacking schemes

As the story broke about the charges against former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist who defected to Iran and support targeted hacking against some of her former colleagues, one clear takeaway stood out: even U.S. intelligence officers can fall victim to basic, directed hacking campaigns. The process was simple; the

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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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