Category Archives: Espionage

The CIA’s communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran.

In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world. Teams of CIA experts worked feverishly to take down and reconfigure the websites secretly used for these communications; others managed operations to quickly spirit assets to safety and oversaw other forms of triage.

“When this was going on, it was all that mattered,” said one former intelligence community official. The situation was “catastrophic,” said another former senior intelligence official.


China’s military scientists target Canadian universities

Canadian academics have collaborated on dozens of projects with Chinese military researchers – some of whom appear to have obscured their defence ties – raising concerns that Canada is inadvertently helping China modernize its armed forces.

The academic exchanges, jointly advancing technologies such as secure communications, satellite-image processing and drones, include the enrollment of Chinese defence scientists as graduate students and visiting scholars at Canadian universities, The Globe and Mail has found.


Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist, but a high-level operative for the Saudi intelligence service

German Press Reveals Saudi Spook Saga Behind Khashoggi Disappearance

Germany’s leading right-of-center daily Die Welt this morning reveals that Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist, but a high-level operative for the Saudi intelligence service, an intimate of Osama bin Laden, and the nephew of the shadiest of all Arab arms dealers, the infamous Adnan KhashoggiJohn Bradley reported last week in the Spectator that Khashoggi, who allegedly met a grisly end in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that among other things wants to replace the Saudi monarchy with a modern Islamist totalitarian state.

Figures he’d be working for the Washington Post.


British intelligence chiefs thought former Labour leader Michael Foot was ‘a paid Soviet informant’

Michael Foot – Vile Communist

MI6 believed claims made by a Soviet defector that former Labour leader Michael Foot was a paid KGB contact, according to a new book.

Intelligence chiefs were reportedly briefed on the politician’s KGB history in 1982 and were prepared to pass on the information to the Queen had he become prime minister after the following year’s general election.

Allegations of Mr Foot’s links to Soviet intelligence, made by double-agent Oleg Gordievsky, were first published in the Sunday Times 23 years ago. At the time he dismissed the claims as a ‘big lie’ and successfully sued the paper for libel.


Convicted spy released on parole less than halfway into sentence

The Parole Board of Canada decided Tuesday to release convicted spy Jeffrey Delisle on day parole, after a two-hour hearing at Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick.

Delisle, 47, a former Canadian naval intelligence officer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for, in the words of the sentencing judge, “coldly and rationally” selling secrets to Russia.

It was considered Canada’s biggest spy scandal in more than half a century.

If he was a terrorist Justin would write him a fat cheque.


FBI Director: Chinese Espionage ‘Most Significant’ Spy Threat Facing US

China, rather than Russia, is the “most significant” long-term threat to the United States, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt at the Aspen Ideas Forum, Wray said that the FBI has economic espionage investigations in all 50 states that trace back to Chinese activity.

“It covers everything from corn seeds in Iowa to wind turbines in Massachusetts and everything in between,” said Wray.


Former Rolls-Royce engineer ‘arrested under Official Secrets Act’ amid fears China tried to obtain F-35 fighter jet details

A man in his 70s has been arrested as part of a probe under the Official Secrets Act, police said on Thursday, amid reports he was a former Rolls-Royce engineer suspected of divulging secrets about Britain’s new stealth fighter to China.

Scotland Yard said the man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and taken to a police station in Derbyshire before being released under investigation.

A search at an address in Derbyshire was ongoing while a search warrant was also executed at an office address in the West Midlands.


Israel indicts former cabinet minister accused of spying for Iran

Israel’s internal security agency on Monday accused the former Israeli energy minister Gonen Segev of supplying Iran with information on the energy sector and security sites in Israel.

Segev, a physician, served as energy minister from 1995 to 1996 under then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and was jailed in 2004 for attempting to smuggle ecstasy pills from the Netherlands.

He left Israel in 2007 after his release from prison.

Shit Bet said Segev, when living in Nigeria, was recruited by Iranian intelligence agents who supplied him with an encrypted communications system.


How Vulnerable Are Undersea Cables That U.S. Says Russia Is Tracking?

Announcing fresh sanctions against Russia this week, the U.S. Treasury Department accused Moscow of “tracking undersea communications cables” and imposed punitive measures on a St. Petersburg firm that it says provided underwater diving equipment to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

The announcement followed warnings by U.S. and other Western officials about Russian activities in recent years near undersea cables that serve as conduits for nearly all global telecommunications data.


Mounties, CSIS still haven’t publicly ID’d people behind electronic cell surveillance in Ottawa

After investigating for over a year, the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) are still unable to publicly identify those who have deployed electronic espionage devices in the national capital.

In April 2017, a CBC/Radio-Canada report revealed that IMSI catchers were being used in Ottawa and Montreal. These devices can capture cellphone data and listen to telephone conversations.


China hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare — including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials.

The breaches occurred in January and February, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The hackers targeted a contractor who works for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a military organization headquartered in Newport, R.I., that conducts research and development for submarines and underwater weaponry.


FBI suspects former CIA employee of leaking trove of hacking tools

The US government has identified a suspect in the high-profile leak of CIA hacking tools last year.

In March of 2017, WikiLeaks published more than 8,000 classified documents detailing hacking tools and strategy of the CIA. At the time, the CIA and FBI said a criminal investigation would be launched to find the culprit behind the biggest leak since the Snowden files.


White House Considers Restricting Chinese Researchers Over Espionage Fears

WASHINGTON — It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: In April, China is said to have tested an invisibility cloak that would allow ordinary fighter jets to suddenly vanish from radar screens.

This advancement, which could prove to be a critical intelligence breakthrough, is one that American officials fear China may have gained in part from a Chinese researcher who roused suspicions while working on a similar technology at a Duke University laboratory in 2008. The researcher, who was investigated by the F.B.I. but never charged with a crime, ultimately returned to China, became a billionaire and opened a thriving research institute that worked on some projects related to those he studied at Duke.


Why is the US targeting China’s Confucius Institute?

…Nearly 40 percent of Confucius institutes are located in the United States. In recent months, members of the US Congress, the director of the FBI and academic advisory groups have gone so far as to accuse the Confucius Institute as being a “subversive” mechanism controlled by Beijing to slowly indoctrinate US universities with a pro-Beijing narrative.


US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.

The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now.