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  • Accused WikiLeaks source granted access to classified case material with caveats

    12/13/2018 1:17:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Joshua Schulte, a former CIA employee charged in connection with leaking classified hacking tools to WikiLeaks, will be shackled and subjected to strip searches if he wishes to view classified material related to the government’s case against him, a court ordered Thursday. The conditions appear in a protective order requested by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, where the former CIA computer engineer is being held awaiting trial for espionage. The government has prepared a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, in which Mr. Schulte and his attorney can visit to review classified information concerning his case, prosecutors wrote in a filing...
  • Arrest of Chinese telecom exec looking more like a counterespionage op authorized by POTUS Trump

    12/09/2018 8:38:39 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 8 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/9/18 | USA Features
    Espionage: On Wednesday, news broke that Canadian authorities had arrested Meng Wanzhou, 46, the chief financial officer of mega-Chinese telecom Huawei, the largest in the world, as she was changing planes in Vancouver. As Fox Business reported, authorities picked her up “as part of a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme by Huawei to use the global banking system to avoid American sanctions against Iran.” Meng, other reports noted, is the chief financial officer for the company, so on the surface at least, it makes sense that she would be targeted by authorities. Subsequent reporting noted that Weng was detained...
  • Exclusive: Fearing espionage, U.S. weighs tighter rules on Chinese students

    11/29/2018 12:23:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 29, 2018 | by Patricia Zengerle, Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is considering new background checks and other restrictions on Chinese students in the United States over growing espionage concerns, U.S. officials and congressional sources said. In June, the U.S. State Department shortened the length of visas for Chinese graduate students studying aviation, robotics and advanced manufacturing to one year from five. U.S. officials said the goal was to curb the risk of spying and theft of intellectual property in areas vital to national security. But now the Trump administration is weighing whether to subject Chinese students to additional vetting before they attend a U.S. school....
  • China's 5 Steps for Recruiting Spies

    11/26/2018 2:50:49 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    Wired | 10.31.18 07:00 am | Garrett M. Graff
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  • How Chinese overseas students are learning harsh life lessons

    11/24/2018 6:05:17 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 21 replies
    The vast majority of Chinese students studying abroad never have contact with authorities from their country, but Chinese government operations on foreign campuses seeking to use and influence students do exist. The head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation warned last year – not naming China specifically – that Australia needs to be conscious of foreign influence in its universities, which affects the behaviour of lecturers and foreign students. The scope of these operations is difficult to determine, but professors at universities around the world have recounted instances of students reporting back to higher officials on the activities of their...
  • The Monstrous Thanksgiving Terror Plot the Fake News Media and Hollywood Ignore

    11/24/2018 6:13:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    On the morning of November 17th, 1962, FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. took on “all the trappings of a military command post,” according to historian William Breuer. The previous night an intelligence puzzle had finally come together. The resulting picture staggered the FBI men. And these had served at their posts during WWII and the height of the Cold War. They’d seen plenty. Now they had mere days to foil a crime against their nation to rival Hideki Tojo’s.At the time (pre-Mueller! And pre-Comey!), the FBI relied heavily on “HUMINT” (Human Intelligence.) So they’d expertly penetrated the plot, identified the ringleaders...
  • The war with China

    11/15/2018 1:45:34 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2018 | Daniel Gallington and Abraham Wagner
    The United States has been at war with China since at least 1947-49, when Chiang Kai-shek, his extended family and the Chinese Nationalist regime were air and boatlifted from mainland China to Taiwan, this after Mao Zedong’s Communist forces prevailed against Chiang’s Nationalists. During the Korean War (1950-53), large scale military combat between U.S. and Chinese forces actually took place; however, since then the war has largely been an economic one, and the Chinese have beaten the United States badly. Make no mistake about it, it is truly a war — although many fail to realize it. Here are just...
  • New Documents Reveal CIA Spied on Congress, Whistleblowers

    11/14/2018 7:50:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | November 14, 2018 Updated: November 14, 2018 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    Newly declassified documents reveal the CIA—which is supposed to be strictly limited in the types of surveillance and other secret operations it conducts on U.S. soil—routinely monitors U.S. government computer systems. That information is contained in two formerly secret letters of “congressional notification” written in 2014 by the Intelligence Community inspector general at the time, Charles McCullough. In the letters, McCullough reveals the CIA secretly intercepted and collected emails between congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection. The collection was said to occur as part of the CIA’s “routine counterintelligence monitoring of government computer systems.” Several...
  • OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

    11/13/2018 2:48:03 PM PST · by Salman · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | 13 Nov 2018 | Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
    People's connections in the US to Google – including its cloud, YouTube, and other websites – were suddenly rerouted through Russia and into China in a textbook Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attack. That means folks in Texas, California, Ohio, and so on, firing up their browsers and software and connecting to Google and its services were instead meandering through systems in Russia and China, and not reaching servers belonging to the Silicon Valley giant. Netizens outside of America may also have been affected. The Chocolate Factory confirmed that for a period on Monday afternoon, from 1312 to 1435 Pacific...
  • U.S. Launches Crackdown on Chinese Economic Espionage

    11/02/2018 10:12:20 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 2, 2018 5:00 am | Bill Gertz
    State-run Chinese company indicted for advanced semiconductor technology theft Amid unfulfilled Chinese government promises not to spy on U.S. companies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced a major initiative to counter multi-billion dollar theft of American technology from Chinese economic espionage. "Chinese economic espionage against the United States has been increasing—and it has been increasing rapidly," Sessions said. "We are here today to say: enough is enough. We’re not going to take it anymore. It is unacceptable." Sessions noted that in 2015, China stated publicly it would not target American companies for economic gain. "Obviously, that commitment has not...
  • Spy budgets soared in Trump's first year

    10/30/2018 1:52:17 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 30, 2018
    Congress secretly boosted U.S. spy agency funding last year, pushing intelligence budgets to their highest publicly known level and raising questions about the reason for the surge. Non-military spy agency budgets soared nearly 9 percent to $59.4 billion in fiscal 2018, and military intelligence funding grew more than 20 percent to $22.1 billion. Overall intelligence spending increased more than 10 percent to $81.5 billion, according to the figures released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Department, a month after the fiscal year ended.
  • Chinese intel officers charged with hacking US companies to steal sensitive aviation data

    10/30/2018 2:56:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/30/18 | Olivia Beavers
    The Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed charges against a group of Chinese intelligence officers, alleging that they hacked into a series of private companies’ computer systems in the U.S. and abroad as part of an effort to steal sensitive commercial aviation data. Zha Rong, Chai Meng and seven other co-conspirators worked to steal intellectual property and other sensitive data from over a dozen companies so that China could develop a turbofan engine "without incurring substantial research and development expenses," according to the to the indictment. "Members of the conspiracy targeted, among other things, companies in the aerospace and other high-technology...
  • How A KGB Double Agent Saved Britain And Won The Cold War For The West

    10/26/2018 5:32:41 AM PDT · by gattaca · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 26, 2018 | Tony Daniel
    Hstorian Ben MacIntyre's new book, 'The Spy and the Traitor,' tells the thrilling story of how the KGB's Oleg Gordievsky helped check the Soviet Union as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan fought communism. In his new book The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, veteran espionage historian Ben MacIntyre confirms a troubling decision—or lack thereof—that some had suspected for years. This is the fact that in 1983 the man overseeing both British spy services MI6 and MI5, head of British Civil Service Robert Armstrong, knew that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s main opponent in the...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers More Classified Material on Hillary Clinton’s Unsecure Email System

    10/12/2018 2:31:53 PM PDT · by blueyon · 27 replies
    JudicialWatch.com ^ | 10/12/18 | PressRoom
    (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch announced today that it received 288 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were transmitted over her unsecure, non-“state.gov” email system, three of which contain classified information. Judicial Watch obtained the documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015, after the State Department failed to respond to a March 4, 2015, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)) seeking: All emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as...
  • China spy busted: Who, again, started the China trade war?

    10/11/2018 7:36:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/11/2018 | Monica Showalter
    By Monica Showalter In what was hailed as a rare espionage victory against China, U.S. officials successfully extradited a Chinese intelligence official lured to Belgium back to the U.S. on charges of economic espionage. According to the New York Times: The extradition on Tuesday of the officer, Yanjun Xu, a deputy division director in China’s main spy agency, the Ministry of State Security, is the first time that a Chinese intelligence official has been brought to the United States to be prosecuted and tried in open court. Law enforcement officials said that Mr. Xu tried to steal trade secrets from...
  • ‘300 Russian spies unmasked’ by Dutch hacking revelations

    10/05/2018 4:47:37 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 11 replies
    The Times of London ^ | Oct 5, 2018 | Fiona Hamilton
    The GRU military intelligence agency was accused yesterday of making the largest intelligence blunder in Russian history after the Dutch hacking revelations appeared to result in the outing of more than 300 spies. Aleksei Morenets, one of the four Russian operatives accused of attempting to hack into the chemical weapons watchdog in the Netherlands, was identified in a leaked Russian car ownership database. Morenets’ Lada was registered in 2011 to a Moscow address that is believed to house a GRU barracks and specifically unit 26165, its notorious cyberespionage operation accused of attempting to hack into the Office for the Prohibition...
  • The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

    10/04/2018 8:46:18 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 38 replies
    https://pjmedia.com ^ | October 4, 2018 | By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley
    The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. There are two ways for spies to alter the guts of computer equipment. One, known as interdiction, consists of manipulating devices as they’re in transit from manufacturer to customer. This approach is favored by U.S. spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The other method involves seeding changes from the very beginning. One country in particular has an advantage executing this kind of attack:...
  • Is Robert Mueller Covering Up Major Russian Espionage?

    09/11/2018 11:41:21 PM PDT · by kathsua · 19 replies
    Janitor's view ^ | 09/12/18 | Reasonmclucus
    Robert Mueller and his staff may be covering up the biggest act of espionage in the United States since the acquisition of atomic secrets by the Russians at the start of the Cold War. Mueller is supposed to be investigating what the Russian hackers called "Fancy Bear" did during the 2016 election. However, he continues to ignore an Associated Press expose indicating Fancy Bear focused on non-partisan email users including defense industry employees and those in the intelligence community. According to the AP, Department of Justice employees were aware of what Fancy Bear was doing, but didn't warn those whose...
  • China Is Devoting ‘Ungodly Resources’ to Conduct Espionage Against U.S. (abbrev.)

    09/07/2018 9:50:58 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 5, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    "It's a persistent thousand grains of sand," Evanina said. "They hit our academia, our industry, our research development, and obviously our government. The FBI has arrested double-digit individuals in the last year or so—all for spying on behalf of China." "China is number one," he said. "Existentially, long term, they're the largest threat to our national security, bar none—it's not even close." "They bring ungodly resources that we can't handle right now," he added.
  • Chelsea Manning, Ronan Farrow and Ta-Nehisi Coates on terror and bravery at Antidote (Australia)

    09/04/2018 3:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 2, 2018 | Alexandra Spring and Steph Harmon
    “To be brave, you have to know so you can act.” They were South African author Sisonke Msimang’s words but could well have been the theme for this past weekend’s Antidote, a festival of ideas which focused on solutions that saw Chelsea Manning, Ronan Farrow, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maureen Dowd, Msimang and more speaking out on the Sydney Opera House stages. The event was almost overshadowed by the home affairs department’s decision to issue a notice of intention to deny Manning an entry visa on character grounds last week. But her talk went ahead regardless: Manning video-called in from Los Angeles...