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    by Eric Lendrum   On Wednesday, federal prosecutors in New York charged five individuals with acting on behalf of the Chinese government as they attempted to spy on U.S. citizens, and to subsequently harass them for criticism of China. As reported by the Washington Post, three separate charges were brought against each of the five defendants in Brooklyn, with the charges coming from the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The defendants have been accused of stalking and harassing Chinese nationals living in the country who are now critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In one example, one of the spies tried to interfere with the congressional candidacy of a military veteran who said he had been a leader of the student protesters at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. In another instance, the defendants allegedly plotted to destroy the artwork of a former Chinese national currently living in Los Angeles. In another of the accusations, a defendant is accused of using his position within the Chinese community of New York City to seek information about prominent...
    The giant sculpture in the California desert depicted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s head as a larger-than-life coronavirus molecule. Not long after it was unveiled in 2021, it burned to the ground. Security cameras installed to keep the artwork safe had been disconnected. All that remained of the work was a sign with large red letters that spelled out “CCP Virus,” blaming the COVID-19 pandemic on the Chinese Communist Party. Soon after the fire, artist Chen Weiming accused the Chinese government of “wanting to shut down our free speech.” But charges filed by federal prosecutors in New York this week allege that three Chinese agents did more to harass the California-based sculptor than simply vandalizing his work. And he was hardly their only apparent target. Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu and her father, Arthur Liu, were also the focus of covert operations by the Chinese government “to stalk, harass and spy on Chinese nationals,” authorities say. Chen’s case was one of three filed by federal prosecutors this week accusing five men of acting on behalf of the Chinese government. In the...
    RICHMOND (CBS SF/AP/CBS News) — Bay Area figure skating champion Alysa Liu and her family in Richmond were among those targeted in a spying operation that the Justice Department alleges was ordered by the Chinese government. Arthur Liu told The Associated Press he had been contacted by the FBI last October, and warned about the scheme just as his 16-year-old daughter was preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics. The father said he did not tell his daughter about the issue so as not to scare her or distract her from the competition. READ MORE: 2nd Victim Dies in Weekend Shooting In FairfieldArthur Liu said he took a stand against China’s bullying by allowing his daughter to compete at the recent Olympic Winter Games, where she placed 7th in the women’s event. “This is her moment. This is her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games. I’m not going to let them stop her from going and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure she’s safe and I’m willing to make sacrifices so she can enjoy the moment,” Arthur...
    CYBERCRIMINALS have been targeting government websites in Israel – and one expert believes they're from Iran. Several official Israeli sites were met with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattack on Monday, the DailyDot reported. 1Israel suffered its largest-ever cyberattacks on MondayCredit: Alamy Israeli officials suspect the cyberattacks came from another country, though they have not been able to confirm anything yet. Still, one former senior cyber authority official named Rafael Franko has gone on the record to say that an Iranian hacking group could be to blame, according to the Jerusalem Post. Franko specifically identified the Iran-affiliated hacker group Black Shadow as the perpetrators. He also alleged that the group was behind cyberattacks on the Israeli diamond exchange over the weekend as retaliation to the ongoing Israeli-Iranian conflict. Read more on IsraelROM ON THE RUN Abramovich ‘lands in Moscow’ as his £1bn yachts set sail to escape seizure ROMAN RIDDLE Abramovich's jet 'lands in Tel Aviv' as Israel is warned not to be safe haven Monday's assault shut down many Israeli servers and was described by experts as...
    A Mexican scientist pleaded guilty to working for a foreign government while in the United States. The scientist, who admitted to having worked for Russian spies in Florida, faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. This week, 36-year-old Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes went before U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks where he pleaded guilty to the official charge of “acting on behalf of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General” – a type of charge used for espionage cases. He is expected to be sentenced in May. Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican national is a biochemist and a researcher who lived in Singapore and also studied for an advanced degree in Russia. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the manner in which Cabrera Fuentes communicated with the Russian government official and the events that followed “are consistent with the tactics of the Russian intelligence services for spotting, assessing, recruiting, and handling intelligence assets and sources.” The case against Cabrera Fuentes began in 2019, when a Russian agent recruited the Mexican scientist and asked him to rent a...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s spies must give up some of their deep-rooted secrecy and seek help from tech firms to combat fast-moving cyber threats, the head of the U.K’s foreign intelligence agency says. MI6 chief Richard Moore says the agency has to “become more open to stay secret” in a world of destabilizing technological changes. Moore plans to set out his view of current threats Tuesday in his first public speech since becoming head of the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, in October 2020. According to extracts released in advance by the government, Moore will say the disruptive potential of artificial intelligence and other rapidly developing technologies “is a white-hot focus for MI6.” “According to some assessments, we may experience more technological progress in the next 10 years than in the last century, with a disruptive impact equal to the industrial revolution,” he plans to say. “As a society, we have yet to internalize this stark fact and its potential impact on global geopolitics.” “Our adversaries are pouring money and ambition into mastering artificial intelligence, quantum computing and...
    The CIA evacuated an intelligence officer from Serbia who was suffering from symptoms associated with 'Havana Syndrome' as more cases of this mysterious neurological attack continue to affect American spies and diplomats.  This incident in the Balkans - which hasn't been previously reported - happened within recent weeks and continues a troubling uptick in attacks, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.  About a week ago, a CIA agent fell ill with suspected Havana syndrome while on a work trip to India with CIA director William Burns and another agent experienced the same symptoms about a month ago in Vietnam.  All the unidentified officers reported same symptoms associated with the unexplained syndrome, which include headaches, pain, nausea or vertigo brought on by sounds, pressure or heat.  There have been 200 reported cases of the yet-unexplained illness, which has been colloquially named for its first reported case in 2016 at the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba.  Roughly half of the cases involved CIA officers or their relatives, nearly 60 have been linked to Department of Defense workers or relatives,...
    Of the many implications of ending a 20-year war in Afghanistan, there’s one that U.S. spies believe could haunt Americans for years to come: a massively deteriorated intelligence-gathering operation in the Middle East. Former CIA directors for the region and counterterrorism experts told The Daily Beast that intelligence ground operations would obviously suffer from the absence of a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, which could have implications for the U.S. government’s ability to keep tabs on terrorist threats. It’s not impossible to run espionage operations in the country. But it makes it so that whatever intelligence spies are able to collect is that much muddier and more suspect, as the government will be less able to assess source motivations and agendas for sharing information. It’s also more dangerous. U.S. spies on the ground will have fewer options to escape to safety if their cover is blown. ”We’ve lost two things: we’ve lost our embassy—and the embassy of course is where we would have had intelligence collection ability—and we also lost our partner, which is the Afghanistan Intelligence Service,” Marc...
    PARIS (AP) — France’s defense minister wants to learn from her Israeli counterpart what, if anything, Israel knew about the clients of the spyware company NSO who possibly targeted the cellphones of President Emmanuel Macron and other members of the French government. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was meeting in Paris on Wednesday with French Defense Minister Florence Parly, and the French government spokesman said Parly planned to question him about “the knowledge the Israeli government had about the activities of NSO clients.” Gabriel Attal said Parly also wants to know what measures will be taken to prevent such “misappropriations.” France is trying to get to the bottom of allegations that in 2019 Macron and members of his government may have been targeted by an unidentified Moroccan security service, using NSO’s Pegasus spyware. Morocco has denied those reports and is taking legal action to counter allegations implicating the North African kingdom in the spyware scandal. NSO has also denied that Macron was targeted. Morocco, a key French ally, has toughened its stance against allegations that it was infiltrating...
    JOURNALISTS and their sources could be treated like foreign spies under a chilling revamp of the Official Secrets Act. New plans would threaten scoops such as our exposure of Matt Hancock’s affair. 1New plans to revamp the Official Secrets Act would threaten scoops such as our exposure of Matt Hancock's affairCredit: THE SUN Law Commission proposals being considered by ministers could see the sentence for breaching the secrets act bumped up from just two years to 14. It comes days after the Information Commissioner’s Office raided homes in a bid to smoke out the source on our scoop. The Home Office consultation document says: “We do not consider that there is necessarily a distinction in severity between espionage and the most serious unauthorised disclosures.” Most read in NewsVILE ATTACK Pregnant teen suffers miscarriage after being kicked in stomach and stamped onBreakingE-SCOOTER HORROR Girl, 3, suffers life-changing injuries after e-scooter crash in parkWarningMUM 'MURDER' Daughter, 39, 'knifed mom to death before dumping dismembered body in river'SAFETY BREACH Vue Cinema fined £750,000 after dad, 24, crushed to death by seat during filmCOME...
    More On: cuba Letters to the Editor — July 17, 2021 ‘This is not correct’: Florida Democrat rips AOC over Cuba statement AOC breaks silence on Cuba protests, calls for end to ‘cruel’ embargo The week in whoppers: CNN’s desperation, BLM’s new low and more After stemming historic protests across Cuba by shutting down digital communications this week, the island’s beleaguered Communist government is now beefing up a more traditional way of stifling opposition — citizen spies. The rapid-response brigades, which are made up of civilian snitches — neighbors, co-workers and plainclothes cops loyal to the regime — are out in force after protesters demanding food, medicine and freedom took to the streets beginning July 11, according to dissident bloggers on the island. Cuban journalist Yoani Sanchez reported an increase in the activity of the brigades, and “a heavy police presence” on the streets of many large cities across the country on her “Ventana 14” podcast Friday. “The government lost the street and are using anything they can to stop the protests,” said Ted Henken, a Baruch College...
    A CROWDSOURCING app is being used by the US military to turn users into SPIES without them realizing it, a new report has claimed. Premise, owned by a company in San Francisco, pays people a small fee - usually between five and 10 cents - to take pictures and complete minor tasks, with some data reportedly bought by military intelligence. 1Some of the data gathered by users of the Premise app is bought by military intelligence, a new report revealsCredit: Apple Since 2017, the app has received at least $5million from military projects including from contracts with the Air Force and Army, according to federal spending records published by the Wall Street Journal. Typical requests include snapping photos, filling out surveys or basic data collection such as counting ATMs. According to Premise, half of its clients are private companies chasing information to better understand the market and their competitors. The WSJ, however, revealed that users of the gig app may also be contributing to government intelligence gathering without realizing. Premise started working with the US military and foreign governments in recent...
    Kremlin-backed cyber spies behind the SolarWinds hack launched an audacious spear phishing campaign against US government agencies this week, Microsoft has revealed. An email from the State Department's own Agency for International Development was sent to more than 3,000 accounts across 150 different organisations, many of them focused on human rights or humanitarian aid. It contained a link which, when clicked, would implant a code on the target's computer giving the hackers unfettered access to their files from 'stealing data to infecting other computers on a network,' Microsoft Vice President Tom Burt said. Some of the emails were hardly subtle, including one which said: 'USAID ALERT: Donald Trump has published new documents on election fraud.' It provided a link to 'view documents' which led the users to download the Trojan virus. The discovery of the latest breach comes just three weeks before President Joe Biden is to meet Vladimir Putin in Geneva amid heightened tensions already inflamed by the SolarWinds hack which came to light in December. The email contained a link which, when clicked, would implant a code...
    Chinese spies could be able to access “sensitive” information in Belgium through investments made into the Liège Airport by the Jack Ma-owned e-commerce giant Alibaba, the country’s justice minister admitted this week. Appearing before a hearing of the House Justice Committee, Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne said that “Chinese intelligence service agents could have access to sensitive and secure areas of the airport”. “Alibaba will also have to obey the Chinese security apparatus in the event that the latter wishes to have access to potentially sensitive commercial and personal data held by Alibaba in the context of its activities in Liège,” the minister added in comments reported on Friday by the local news outlet 7sur7. Quickenborne referenced the 2017 National Intelligence Law, which mandates that Chinese companies allow the communist government access to their data, no matter whether such a company has overseas operations, such as Alibaba, which uses Liège as a distribution hub for shipping goods around Europe. He also pointed to the 2016 cybersecurity law in China, which he said gives the power to Chinese intelligence operatives to...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China is stepping up anti-espionage activities amid worsening ties with the United States and a renewed focus on national security ahead of a key Communist Party anniversary later this year. Announcing the new regulations Monday, state news agency Xinhua quoted a senior official at the Ministry of State Security as saying "overseas espionage and intelligence agencies and hostile forces have intensified infiltration into China, and broadened their tactics of stealing secrets in various ways and in more fields, which poses a serious threat to China's national security and interests." The regulations create new responsibilities for a host of bodies -- including "social groups, enterprises and public institutions" -- to keep a watch out for and prevent foreign espionage activity. Once designated by the Ministry as being responsible for anti-espionage work, entities must vet and train personnel, particularly ahead of any foreign trips, after which they must be debriefed about any national security issues -- essentially treating a broad range of bodies, including potentially universities and private businesses, as if they are sensitive government agencies."It places emphasis on companies...
    CHINA poses a significant cyber threat to the US by stealing data, hacking government agencies, and spying on people, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said today. During his appearance on Morning Joe this morning, Rep Adam Schiff detailed the ways in which the communist country was interfering with America in "space, land, sea, and the cyber realm." 2Adam Schiff revealed China's insidious tactics on Morning Joe 2Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Chris Krebs compared China's spying to climate change  "It is a top threat," Schiff acknowledged, noting that US officials had done a "deep dive" into the matter and that intelligence communities were also aware of it. "China has one of the most capable cyber hacking and espionage capabilities," he told MSNBC hosts and former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Chris Krebs. Schiff noted that this threat ranged from "stealing your private data," "stealing corporate trade secrets" from US business owners, and "hacking into government agencies." The congressman revealed that China's actions were "affecting our economic competitiveness" when they are just stealing information....
    The New York Times Why Are So Many Kids In Pakistan Testing Positive for HIV? A PEDIATRIC H.I.V. OUTBREAK IN RATODERO SHOWS THE URGENCY OF GLOBAL HEALTH AFTER COVID. One day in February 2019, Nazeer Shah carried his 1-year-old daughter, Eman, into a medical clinic. The doctor there, Imran Arbani, was immediately alarmed: The girl was limp and lethargic, her head flopped over on her father’s shoulder. Her breathing was shallow and fast. She was asleep, hard to rouse, except when she woke to cough. She drooled from her mouth. Her tongue was covered with a thick white coating, which Arbani recognized as thrush, a condition that usually indicates a weakened immune system. At around 11 pounds, she was frighteningly underweight. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Shah told the doctor that Eman was born healthy and was well until three months earlier, when she began having diarrhea daily. Her weight dropped precipitously; she spiked fevers regularly. Every day she seemed worse than the day before. Shah handed the doctor a green plastic bag filled...
    (CNN)More than three years after former senior US intelligence officer Marc Polymeropoulos suffered a mysterious attack in Moscow that changed his life forever, he finally has a diagnosis: a traumatic brain injury, sleep insomnia, and anxiety. The determination from Walter Reed Medical Center this month comes after he spent years fighting to get specialized medical treatment as his own employer, among others, cast doubt on the nature of his illness. "When they provided me the piece of paper with the diagnosis that said I had a traumatic brain injury, you know, I had tears in my eyes," Polymeropoulos told CNN. "I immediately, in fact, called another agency officer who had been affected by this, and all I could say was, you know, they didn't believe me before. And look at this now."Polymeropoulos is one of some 40 US government officials across multiple agencies who were victims of debilitating invisible attacks in Russia, Cuba, China and other places around the globe. Just last year, more of these assaults were carried out against Central Intelligence Agency officers, according to a source familiar...
    The U.K. government expelled three Chinese spies who were posing as journalists in the past year, The Daily Telegraph revealed Thursday. A senior source within the British government confirmed that the three spies posed as journalists working “for three different Chinese media agencies” and had “set foot in the UK” in the past 12 months, according to The Daily Telegraph. The three were believed to be intelligence officers for Beijing’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), and arrived in the U.K. on visas that indicated they would be working in the media. ???? EXCL: Three Chinese spies who falsely posed as journalists have been expelled from Britain in past year. The three intelligence officers for Beijing’s Ministry of State Security arrived in UK on journalism visas under fake pretext of working in mediahttps://t.co/TYR8L4g5XG — Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher) February 4, 2021 Officials also confirmed that the three were asked to leave following The Daily Telegraph’s report, according to The Guardian. The Chinese media companies that the individuals were claiming to work for were believed to be “complicit in these plots.” A...
    The Boris Johnson administration’s efforts to pass legislation which will allow the state to recruit children to spy on their parents and even break the law while doing so has horrified some of the party’s top parliamentarians. The Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS) Bill will, if passed into law, allow 22 state agencies, including the likes of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and local councils, as well as the intelligence services and police, to recruit children as “covert human intelligence sources” — spies, essentially. Children aged 16 and 17 could even be used to spy on their own parents, and afforded certain protections to break the law while doing so. “Once you start taking action like this to put spies in people’s homes whatever the purpose, this does have complications. It is very important for Government to recognise that this is not something that should be easily done in a democratic state,” warned Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative party leader and Cabinet minister, in comments reported by The Telegraph. “Everyone I have spoken to has been horrified by it...
    A capitol rioter may have stolen Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop with plans to sell it to the Russian government, according to an FBI affidavit filed on Sunday. The affidavit charges Riley June Williams with unlawful entry and impeding government functions, based on extensive video record placing her at the scene of the Capitol riot. But the affidavit also uncovers an apparent plan to steal Speaker Pelosi’s laptop and convey it to a contact in Russia, who would then make contact with the country’s government. Williams was identified by UK media over the weekend, and officers confirmed the identification with her driver’s license photo (on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) and in an in-person interview with her parents. Notably, public videos show Williams directing rioters to the general location of Pelosi’s office, consistent with the idea that she intended to ransack the office. According to the affidavit, a former associate of Williams told police she had planned to steal Speaker Pelosi’s laptop with the intention of selling it to the Russian government. “[The witness] stated that Williams intended...
    By Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn, Raphael Satter and Jack Stubbs (Reuters) - Speaking at a private dinner for tech security executives at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco in late February, America's top cyber defense chief boasted how well his organizations protect the country from spies. U.S. teams were “understanding the adversary better than the adversary understands themselves,” said General Paul Nakasone, boss of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Reuters reporter present at the Feb. 26 dinner. His speech has not been previously reported. Yet even as he spoke, hackers were embedding malicious code into the network of a Texas software company called SolarWinds Corp, according to a timeline published by Microsoft and more than a dozen government and corporate cyber researchers. A little over three weeks after that dinner, the hackers began a sweeping intelligence operation that has penetrated the heart of America’s government and numerous corporations and other institutions around the world. The results of that operation came to light on Dec. 13, when Reuters reported that suspected Russian hackers...
    US diplomats and spooks who experienced “Havana Syndrome' in Cuba and China were “suffering effects of directed microwave energy”, an investigation has found. A long-awaited report by the National Academies of Sciences cites medical evidence that backs up a long-held conviction that some sort of pulse caused them to develop severe health problems, including paralysis. 3The spy and diplomats’ health problems surfaced in 2016 after President Barack Obama reopened the embassy in Communist-run CubaCredit: Alamy 3Scans taken of the US diplomats showing the differences in the size of their brainsCredit: AP:Associated Press It's thought sophisticated electromagnetic weapons were used on US embassy staff in Cuba and China which triggered the mysterious illness. Symptoms have included hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, headaches and fatigue, a pattern consistent with "mild traumatic brain injury," State Department officials have said. The study’s report, obtained by NBC News, does not conclude the directed energy was delivered intentionally, by a weapon, as some US officials have long believed.  But the National Academies of Sciences’ report raises that disturbing possibility. A team of medical and scientific experts who...
    RUSSIAN intelligence services are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic via English-language websites, US officials have said. An anonymous source from the government told AP two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow's GRU military intelligence unit have been identified as responsible for a disinformation effort aimed at American and Western audiences. 7 Russia's President Vladimir PutinCredit: AP:Associated Press The US officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, and said the Russians were trying to exploit the coronavirus crisis that America is struggling to contain. The information had previously been marked as classified, but the officials said it had been downgraded so they could discuss it. Between late May and early July three websites published around 150 articles about the pandemic, including coverage aimed at either propping up Russia or deprecating the US, according to the officials. "Russia’s Counter COVID-19 Aid to America Advances Case for Détente," was one of the headlines, in an article that suggested Russia had given substantial aid to the US to fight the pandemic. 7 OneWorld was listed as one of...
    A Chinese agent has admitted to using the career-focused social media platform LinkedIn’s “relentless” algorithm to find batches of U.S. government contacts with access to sensitive information. The spying operation would then gather data and send it to the communist regime in Beijing. The Washington Post reports that a Singaporean man alleged to be an agent of the Chinese government claims that he used LinkedIn’s “relentless” algorithm to track down large batches of U.S. government contacts, telling investigators that collecting the info “felt almost like an addiction.” The man, named Dickson Jun Wei Yeo, pleaded guilty on July 23 to being an illegal agent of China who claimed to be a student to travel to the U.S. and acquire “nonpublic information” for Beijing. Part of his plan involved recruiting Americans to write pair reports for his fake think tank. Yeo admitted to using a “professional networking website” which the Washington Post alleges it LinkedIn to find government and military contacts who may have access to sensitive information. “According to Yeo, the website’s algorithm was relentless,” the signed admission states. Yeo stated that...
    Mother Jones illustration; Shutterstock For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This post was originally published as part of “The Trump Files”—a collection of telling episodes, strange but true stories, and curious scenes from the life of our current President—on June 13, 2016. Intelligence and homeland security agencies already get big chunks of the federal budget, but Donald Trump still thinks they need more resources. So in 2000, he proposed that Americans pick up the tab for a bigger national security budget—using lottery tickets. At the time, Trump was running for the nomination of the Reform Party, the party founded by Ross Perot and later joined by Pat Buchanan and former wrestler Jesse Ventura. In his campaign book, The America We Deserve, Trump complained that the United States wasn’t serious about its spies. “We need to train and employ a lot more of them,” he wrote. “We need to be shelling out a lot more money for what the experts call ‘human intelligence.'” And where to get that money? The lotto. “I bet if...
    It was one of the most notorious espionage scandals of the late 20th century and, perhaps, the largest so far in the troubled history of relations between Cuba and the United States. At dawn on September 12, 1998, 10 Cuban intelligence agents were detained by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of an operation against the Wasp Network, a ring of spies that the Fidel Castro government had infiltrated since beginning of the decade in South Florida. The story seemed to have ended when the last three spies left in U.S. jails were returned to Havana in December 2014, as part of the relationship thaw announced by Obama and Castro. Wasp Network, in English) starring Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz and Gael García Bernal, Ana de Armas and Wagner Moura and shown on Netflix, again to recover the history of “lyou cinco “. “data-reactid =” 39 “> However, now, the movie” Red Avispa “(Wasp Network, in English) starring Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz and Gael García Bernal, Ana de Armas and Wagner Moura and which is exhibited on Netflix,...
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