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  • X-37B Spaceplane 'Spying on China'

    01/05/2012 2:33:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | January 5, 2012 | Jonathan Amos
    America's classified X-37B spaceplane is probably spying on China, according to a report in Spaceflight magazine. The unpiloted vehicle was launched into orbit by the US Air Force in March last year and has yet to return to Earth. The Pentagon has steadfastly refused to discuss its mission but amateur space trackers have noted how its path around the globe is nearly identical to China's spacelab, Tiangong-1. There is wide speculation that the X-37B is eavesdropping on the laboratory. "Space-to-space surveillance is a whole new ball game made possible by a finessed group of sensors and sensor suites, which we...
  • MKs Slam Espionage Charges for Protest Organizers

    01/05/2012 4:32:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Nationalist MKs lined up to criticize state prosecutors for charging residents in Judea and Samaria who revealed IDF troop movements pertaining to demolition orders of Jewish homes with espionage. MK Uri Ariel (National Union) told a Constitution Committee hearing on law enforcement in Judea and Samaria that the charges were an "immoral abuse" of power. "The police and the prosecution put a black mark on Yitzhar by accusing people of spying," Ariel said. "Who is the enemy here? The settlers?" "The criminal justice system that is actively working to destroy the homes of civil servants and army officers has now...
  • Must Read: report about China fighter development strategies

    01/03/2012 4:57:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | January 3, 2012 | Greg Waldron
    Must Read: report about China fighter development strategies China's fighter upgrading tends to draw either the scorn of overseas commentators ('they still can't build engines') or fear ('by 2020 the J-20 will dominate the skies over the Himalayas'). A recent report by the Institute for National Strategic Studies - 'Buy, Build, or Steal: China's Quest for Advanced Military Aviation Technologies' - outlines the rise of China's defence aerospace sector from its obscure beginnings in the fifties to the appearance of the Chengdu J-20 in early 2011. The report asserts that while China's fighter capability is still roughly 15-20 years behind...
  • Ron Paul: Wikileaks Leaker Manning Is a 'Hero'

    12/21/2011 6:57:33 AM PST · by TBBT · 72 replies · 2+ views
    spectator.org ^ | 12/21/2011 | JEFFREY LORD
    Well. So Ron Paul is picking up steam in Iowa. May even be a frontrunner. And here he is (beginning at 4:06 in the video) saying of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who leaked thousands of pages of classified U.S. government documents to Wikileaks, that Manning is a "true patriot" and a "political hero." I kid you not. Here’s the link to the video. Wait 'til Newt, Mitt, Rick, Rick, Michele, and Jon hear about this.
  • Letter suggests Manning wanted to make history

    12/19/2011 2:55:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 12/19/11 | DAVID DISHNEAU and PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- An Army witness says the intelligence analyst blamed for the largest-ever leak of U.S. secrets boastfully declared he was changing history in a letter adjoining some data he allegedly sent to WikiLeaks.
  • Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning 'punched a female superior and was prone to tantrums'

    12/18/2011 8:14:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 19, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The American soldier alleged to have leaked vast numbers of classified documents to Wikileaks was prone to tantrums and at one point struck a female superior, a court heard today. Captain Casey Fulton, an Army intelligence officer who worked in the same secure facility as 24-year-old Bradley Manning, described a violent outburst in May 2010 at their secure office or SCIF (Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility). Fulton said she ordered a derogatory report against Manning, who is charged with downloading hundreds of thousands of sensitive files from the military's classified network when he was a U.S. Army intelligence analyst in Iraq,...
  • Manning's sexual orientation raised in hearing

    12/17/2011 1:43:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/17/11 | PAULINE JELINEK and DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- The young Army intelligence specialist accused of passing government secrets spent his 24th birthday in court Saturday as his lawyers argued his status as a gay soldier before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" played an important role in his actions. Lawyers for Pfc. Bradley Manning began laying out a defense to show that his struggles as a gay soldier in an environment hostile to homosexuality contributed to mental and emotional problems that should have barred him from having access to sensitive material. Manning is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive items...
  • Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Weapons Technologies?

    11/22/2011 2:48:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Minyanville ^ | November 21, 2011 | Sterling Wong
    Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Weapons Technologies? Let’s say one hears rumblings that certain East Asian countries are stealing US defense technology. Naturally, the immediate assumption is that it’s the North Koreans or the Chinese. Little would anyone expect that it is South Korea, one of the US’s staunchest allies, who might be doing some copyright law-breaking. According to Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo, there had been talk in recent weeks that American intelligence agencies were investigating Korean defense companies to see if they had developed weapons based on stolen US military technologies. “The rumors began circulating after an unusual...
  • DECKER & TRIPLETT: Beijing’s electronic Pearl Harbor

    11/12/2011 10:35:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2011 | Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II
    The following is an excerpt from “Bowing to Beijing” (Regnery Publishing, Nov. 14, 2011): In November 1997, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism that “we’re facing the possibility of an electronic Pearl Harbor. … There is going to be an electronic attack on this country some time in the future.” Two years later, he told a secret session of the House Armed Services Committee, “We are at war - right now. We are in cyberwar.” Fast-forward more than a decade, to 2011. President Obama’s choice for secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, tells the Senate...
  • Chinese military uses wide network of female spies (dragnet spying)

    11/09/2011 10:27:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies · 3+ views
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/09/11 | KENJI MINEMURA
    Chinese military uses wide network of female spies November 09, 2011 By KENJI MINEMURA / Correspondent BEIJING--At 170 centimeters tall and with model-like looks, a former farming girl had no problems attracting attention at bars in Beijing. But she was only after a certain type of man, one who could provide secrets for use by the Chinese military. "I felt a sense of guilt for deceiving people," she said. The former spy now works as a company receptionist, but the Chinese military continues to rely on human spies for intelligence-gathering activities, despite the wide attention focused on its use of...
  • U.S. Army soldier arrested on suspicion of espionage

    11/01/2011 6:45:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 November 2011
    A U.S. Army specialist has been arrested at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on suspicion of espionage, an Army spokesman said on Tuesday. Specialist William Colton Millay, a 22-year-old military policeman, was taken into custody on October 28, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll told Reuters. Coppernoll said Millay, of Owensboro, Kentucky, was arrested following a joint espionage investigation conducted by the FBI and Army Counterintelligence special agents.
  • Chinese man pleads guilty for U.S. trade secret theft

    10/20/2011 3:57:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    A Chinese-born scientist pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing valuable trade secrets about pesticides and food products from two major U.S. companies and sending the information to China and Germany. Kexue Huang, 46, worked at a Dow Chemical Co subsidiary from 2003 to 2008 in Indiana where he led a team of scientists developing organic insecticides and then later for another agribusiness giant, privately held Cargill Inc. He pleaded guilty in a federal court in Indiana to one count of stealing trade secrets from Cargill and one count of engaging in economic espionage at Dow, only the eighth case charged...
  • Spies Could Hide Messages in Gene-Modified Microbes

    09/27/2011 7:09:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 26 September 2011 | Jacob Aron
    Forget invisible ink or lemon juice – spies can now send messages hidden in genetically engineered bacteria. The new method, dubbed steganography by printed arrays of microbes (SPAM), uses a collection of Escherichia coli strains modified with fluorescent proteins that glow in a range of seven colours. Each character of the message is encoded using two colours, creating 49 possible combinations – enough for the alphabet, the figures 0 to 9 and a few other symbols. "You can think of all sorts of secret spy applications," says David Walt, a chemist at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, who led the...
  • Brian Kelley, Veteran Counterspy, Dies at 68 (Broke Moscow Code, Was Falsely Accused as KGB Mole)

    09/20/2011 9:14:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | Bill Gertz
    Retired CIA officer Brian J. Kelley, a veteran counterspy who broke the code on how Moscow secretly communicates with deep-cover agents and who mistakenly was hounded by the FBI as a suspected KGB mole, has died. He was 68. Mr. Kelley died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack and was found Monday, according to his wife, Patricia McCarthy Kelley. Pentagon press secretary George Little, a former CIA spokesman, called him “a national treasure.” “I’m saddened by the loss of this outstanding CIA officer, someone who courageously confronted every challenge that came his way on the job,” Mr. Little...
  • Japan: Mitsubishi Heavy comes under cyberattack: Yomiuri(major defense firm)

    09/19/2011 4:10:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    IBN ^ | 09/19/11
    Mitsubishi Heavy comes under cyberattack: Yomiuri Tokyo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s computer network was hacked at factories that build submarines and missiles and make components for nuclear power plants in the first such attack targeting Japan's defence industry, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Monday. Information from the company's computer system was seen stolen in the cyber attack, the Yomiuri said without citing where it got the information. A Mitsubishi Heavy spokesman confirmed the cyber attack, but said the firm was still investigating the case including the possibility of information leaks. Yomiuri newspaper said about 80 virus-infected computers were found at...
  • `N.Korea finances party in SK through tech company`

    09/03/2011 3:22:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 08/26/11
    `N.Korea finances party in SK through tech company` AUGUST 26, 2011 03:35 “Wangjaesan” is an underground party that received financial resources from an IT company set up with technology offered by North Korea, South Korean prosecutors said Thursday. The party was created by the order of the North’s propaganda division and has been active for a decade in the South. The division sent encrypted orders to the party using steganography, a cutting-edge communications method, via Google and Gmail, whose servers are located overseas. This is the first time for steganography to be detected in a spy investigation. The Seoul Prosecutors...
  • Russia and China accused of cyber-spying campaign to steal U.S. secrets

    08/13/2011 5:55:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 12, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian
    Washington — The military and intelligence services of Russia and China are conducting a sustained campaign to steal American commercial and military secrets through cyber espionage, according to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and he warned that sophisticated computer hacking poses a major danger to U.S. interests. "Nation states are investing huge amounts of time, personnel and money to steal our data," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Friday in a speech to an association of retired U.S. intelligence officers. "We are not as prepared as we need to be." Rogers' remarks were framed as a warning against overly...
  • Massive Global Cyberattack Targeting U.S., U.N. Discovered; Experts Blame China

    08/03/2011 6:25:02 AM PDT · by Freeport · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 03, 2011 | N/A
    The world's most extensive case of cyber-espionage, including attacks on U.S. government and U.N. computers, is set to be revealed Wednesday by online security firm McAfee, and analysts are speculating that China is behind the attacks. The spying was dubbed "Operation Shady RAT," or "remote access tool" by McAfee -- and it led to a massive loss of information that poses a huge economic threat, wrote vice president of threat research Dmitri Alperovitch "What is happening to all this data — by now reaching petabytes as a whole — is still largely an open question," Alperovitch wrote on a blog detailing the threat. "However,...
  • U.S. official says pre-infected computer tech entering country

    07/09/2011 3:50:12 PM PDT · by jefferson31415 · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/8/2011 | M. Alex Johnson
    Confirming years of warnings from government and private security experts, a top Homeland Security official has acknowledged that computer hardware and software is already being imported to the United States preloaded with spyware and security-sabotaging components.
  • Russia charges Chinese man with smuggling military equipment

    07/08/2011 10:24:55 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    rian ^ | July 8, 2011
    CHITA, July 8 (RIA Novosti) Customs authorities in Russia's Far East have launched a criminal case against a Chinese citizen who attempted to smuggle spare parts for Russian MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters last year, a customs' spokesperson said on Friday. The man, whose identity has not been revealed, was caught at one of the border checkpoints in Transbaikal region in July last year. Customs officials found six stepping motors, two piston pumps, 54 connectors, an elapsed-time meter and other parts in the trunk of his car. "It took experts from the Defense Ministry almost a year to prove that the...