20 Aug 2018

Confucius Institute closed at US university amid concerns about Chinese influence on campuses

The University of North Florida announced the closure of the Chinese-run Confucius Institute, citing nonalignment with the mission and goals of the university. Politicians on both sides of the isle have criticized the Institute as an effort by China to expand political influence in U.S. universities and enable censorship of

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08 Aug 2018

F-35 secrets stolen from UK air force in ‘honeytrap plot’: report

“The Royal Air Force has confirmed that information about the UK’s highly sensitive F-35 fighter jet program has been leaked, The Daily Mail reported over the weekend. The report described an ‘audacious honeytrap plot,’ which saw an airwoman’s social-media account hacked and then used to ‘sweet-talk’ servicemen into revealing details about

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03 Aug 2018

Suspected Russian spy worked at US Embassy in Moscow: Report

“A woman suspected to be a Russian spy worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and had access to highly sensitive information for more than a decade before she was quietly let go in 2017, according to a report. The Russian national, who was recruited by the U.S. Secret Service,

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24 Jul 2018

Russia’s FSB Launches Raids Over Suspected Missile Tech Leak to West

Russia is trying to identify the source of a leak that saw sensitive hypersonic missile technology pass to the West from one of the country’s top research labs. The Russian Security Service (the FSB) searched offices belonging to rocket and space technology development leader Central Research Institute of Machine Building,

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10 Jul 2018

UK police hunt nerve agent container after woman dies

“A woman who died after being poisoned with a nerve agent that also struck a former Russian spy in March must have handled a contaminated item, and tracking it down is key to police investigations, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said.” Source: UK police hunt nerve agent container after woman dies

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06 Jul 2018

China’s attempts to bribe German MPs

Chinese agents have used carefully crafted fake social media profiles to recruit members of the Bundestag to provide “analysis” in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars, according to a German newspaper report. These MPs would then be invited to China, where they would be accessible to electronic access and

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29 Jun 2018

Australia warns of cold war-style espionage as it passes law banning covert foreign interference in politics

Australia passed two pieces of national security legislation that critics complain criminalizes dissent and is unnecessarily directed towards China, the country’s largest trading partner. The laws ban covert foreign interference in politics, criminalize industrial espionage, and create a public register where lobbyists for foreign governments must be listed. Proponents emphasize

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21 Jun 2018

Senior shipbuilding executive in China arrested for selling military secrets to the CIA

The most recent espionage case involving China and the US has surfaced, this time in China where a senior executive with the Chinese state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is accused of “gross violation of laws and party discipline,” by Chinese oversight bodies. Although the oversight bodies have not released

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21 Jun 2018

Former Israeli minister arrested for allegedly spying for Iran

A former energy minister and Knesset member has been detained by Israel on accusations of spying for Iran. The individual ran a successful medical practice in Nigeria, where he was allegedly recruited before traveling to Iran on multiple occasions. His connections to Israeli businessmen and security personnel in Nigeria, where

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20 Jun 2018

Chinese hackers breach satellite, defense companies

Security researchers at Symantec identified a major breach of satellite operators, defense contractors, and telecoms in the U.S. and southeast Asia by Chinese hackers. Symantec reported that the hack was likely driven by national espionage efforts working to intercept military and civilian communications. The hacks had the capabilities of changing

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