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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31 Oct 2018

U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hack

“Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into private companies’ computer systems and steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners, according to a U.S. indictment unsealed on Tuesday. The indictment said that at the time of the hacks, a Chinese-state owned aerospace

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11 Oct 2018

Chinese spy charged with trying to steal U.S. aviation trade secrets

“A spy for the Chinese Ministry of State Security was arrested and indicted on charges of economic espionage and attempting to steal trade secrets from several U.S. aviation and aerospace companies, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Chinese operative Yanjun Xu, a deputy division director for the ministry’s Jiangsu State

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05 Oct 2018

Report: China Used Tiny Chips to Infiltrate the U.S. Supply Chain

“Tiny surveillance microchips, produced by Chinese company SuperMicro, were placed inside hardware within data centers used by Apple, Amazon and other large U.S. tech companies, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The chips were allegedly used to gather information like trade secrets and intellectual property. According to the report, 30 U.S. companies were affected, but no consumer data was

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04 Sep 2018

U.S. accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn

“The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.” Source: Exclusive: U.S. accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn | Reuters

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30 Aug 2018

Iran has arrested ‘dozens of spies’, says intelligence minister

“Iran’s intelligence minister said ‘dozens of spies’ had been arrested as part of a crackdown on espionage and dual nationals and alluded to an agent Iran had placed in the Israeli government, Iranian media reported on Wednesday. Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi did not provide details of the ‘dozens of spies’,

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20 Aug 2018

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

From 2010 to 2012, China was able to dismantle significant portions of the CIA’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected spies. It now appears that problems in and hacks of the CIA’s communications systems led to China’s penetration of the network. The system itself had been

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