Brian Stewart’s piece for CBC News features Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert on the Russian cybercrime underworld.
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Russian officials had a muted response on Thursday to a potentially embarrassing revelation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it had uncovered a ring of Russian agents that was smuggling microchips out of the United States.
Source: Ray Stern, Phoenix New Times
The FBI has broken up a spy network based in Houston that “enhanced” the capabilities of the Russian military by exporting sensitive, U.S.-made electronics.
The US classification system is “dysfunctional” and “clearly lacks the ability to differentiate between trivial information and that which can truly damage our nation’s well-being.”
Last June, three men squeezed inside a wind turbine in China’s Gobi Desert. They were employees of American Superconductor Corp., a maker of computer systems that serve as the electronic brains of the device.
Source: The Telegraph
It was a spy plot so far-fetched it would be worthy of James Bond – a transmitter concealed inside an artificial rock by British agents and placed next to a Russian street in order to steal classified data.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
On the ground floor of a six-story building here, agents working for Moammar Gadhafi sat in an open room, spying on emails and chat messages with the help of technology Libya acquired from the West. The recently abandoned room is lined with posters and English-language training manuals stamped with the name Amesys, a unit of French technology firm Bull SA, which installed the monitoring center. A warning by the door bears the Amesys logo. The sign reads: “Help keep our classified business secret. Don’t discuss classified information out of the HQ.”
Source: The Washington Times
Chinese computer hackers, some linked to the military, engaged in an aggressive international campaign of electronic espionage through the Internet from 2003 through at least 2009, according to documents obtained by Inside the Ring. The electronic spying campaign targeted large amounts of data and information from U.S. government and private sector networks, as well as from the French and German governments, other states and international organizations.
Source: Outlook India
Days after Outlook’s expose on illegal phone-tapping, a few senior intelligence officials agreed to speak to us on how the tapping raj actually works.
Ron Deibert is featured here regarding his comments at a panel discussion, dubbed the Role of Internet Giants in Totalitarian States, at York University’s Toronto-based Schulich School of Business on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. He discusses the shift from criminal to political espionage that constitutes the current “arms race in cyberspace.”