NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Willful Retention of National Defense Information

(DOJ, 1 DEC 2017) Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to willful retention of national defense information. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning for the District of Maryland and Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore […]

Defense Contractor Kevin Mallory arrested for spying for China

  Virginia Man Arrested and Charged With Espionage (DOJ) Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Virginia, made his initial appearance in federal court today on charges that he transmitted Top Secret and Secret documents to an agent of the People’s Republic of China. According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Mallory, travelled […]

Hizballah Spies Caught Operating in the US

Here’s a list of some of the operations these spies conducted: searching for weapons suppliers in the U.S. who could provide firearms to support IJO (Hizballah’s foreign intelligence service) operations identifying individuals affiliated with the Israeli Defense Force gathering information regarding operations and security at airports in the U.S. and elsewhere surveilling U.S. military and […]

Navy Officer gets 6 years for disclosing classified info, failing to report foreign contacts

(Virginian-Pilot) A naval flight officer who pleaded guilty last month to violating the federal Espionage Act will serve six years in confinement. Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, 40, also will be dismissed from the Navy under the sentence issued late Friday by military judge Cmdr. Robert Monahan, who deliberated for four hours. Monahan sentenced Lin to […]

What kind of security awareness program do you have?

SANS has just issued their 2017 Security Awareness Report. In it, they identified five levels of security awareness programs in organizations. Which level is your organization at? Non-Existent: A program doesn’t exist. Employees have no idea that they are a target, that their actions have a direct impact to the security of the organization, don’t know […]

Seven People Charged With Conspiring to Steal Trade Secrets For Benefit of Chinese Manufacturing Company

(DOJ News Release, 24 May 2017) WASHINGTON – A criminal complaint was unsealed today charging seven individuals with conspiring to steal trade secrets from a business in the U.S. on behalf of a company in China that was engaged in manufacturing a high-performance, naval-grade product for military and civilian uses. On May 23, 2017, two defendants […]

Defense engineer pleads guilty after trying to forge ‘The Americans’-type pact with phony Russian spy

(Los Angeles Times) It t looked easy enough on the FX television series “The Americans,” in which a pair of married Russian spies, posing as U.S. citizens, enlist the aid of Americans to steal national intelligence secrets. It’s not so simple in real life, however. That’s what a defense contracting engineer learned the hard way […]

Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts

(New York Times) . . . While corporations and government agencies around the world are training their staff to think twice before opening anything sent by email, hackers have already moved on to a new kind of attack, targeting social media accounts, where people are more likely to be trusting. Pentagon officials are increasingly worried that […]

State Department Employee Arrested and Charged With Concealing Extensive Contacts With Foreign Agents

(DOJ) A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, D.C., and an employee of the U.S. Department of State, with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents. […]

Ray Semko at Impact 2017 Conference

Ray Semko, The D*I*C*E Man, will be giving the rousing, closing DICE security awareness presentation called, “Making Security Great Again” at this year’s IMPACT 2017 Conference sponsored by the National Security Institute. The conference will take place at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, VA from Monday, April 24 to Wednesday, April 26. There’s a great […]