Harold Martin, government contractor for NSA, arrested for taking classified info home

New spy case? Harold Thomas Martin, 51 year old Navy vet working at Booz Allen on contract to NSA in Maryland stashed highly classified information (including SCI material) in his home in Glen Burnie and was secretly arrested on August 27.  No indication yet that he gave the information to a foreign state or organization. Will […]

Management lessons from the espionage of Ana Montes

(CSO) As companies shop for expensive IT security software packages, hire information assurance specialists, or enter into contracts with IT security firms to provide up-to-date cyber threat intelligence, they should not overlook the threats posed to company data from traditional espionage tradecraft. Not even the most robust computer security measures or the latest behavioral analytic/machine […]

FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Acting in the US as an Agent of the Chinese Government

(DOJ)  Defendant Collected and Caused Sensitive FBI Information to be Provided to the Chinese Government Kun Shan Chun, a native of the People’s Republic of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty today to a criminal information charging him with acting in the United States as an agent of China without providing prior notice […]

Defense Contractor Arrested for Selling Satellite Secrets to Undercover Agent Posing as Russian Spy

Gregory Allen Justice, 49, who worked for Boeing Satellite Systems, was arrested for his attempts to sell spy satellite information to a person he believed to be a Russian intelligence officer. (DOJ) A Culver City, California, man was arrested yesterday on federal charges of economic espionage and violations of the Arms Export Control Act for his attempts […]

The man who seduced the 7th Fleet

In perhaps the worst national-security breach of its kind to hit the Navy since the end of the Cold War, Leonard Glen Francis doled out sex and money to a shocking number of people in uniform who fed him classified material about U.S. warship and submarine movements. Some also leaked him confidential contracting information and even […]

Navy man admits to illegally retaining photos taken inside a nuclear submarine

(DOJ) Kristian Saucier, 29, of Arlington, Vermont, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill of the District of Connecticut to one count of unauthorized possession and retention of national defense information. The guilty plea was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly of […]

Banker Sentenced in Connection with Conspiracy to Work for Russian Intelligence

(DOJ) Evgeny Buryakov, aka Zhenya, 41, was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for conspiring to act in the United States as an agent of the Russian Federation without providing prior notice to the Attorney General. The sentence was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara […]

Want a security clearance? Feds will now check your Facebook and Twitter first

(Washington Post) The government will start scanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts of thousands of federal employees and contractors applying and re-applying for security clearances in a first-ever policy released Friday. Federal investigators looking at applicants’ backgrounds to determine their trustworthiness will not ask for passwords or log in to private accounts, limiting their searches […]

DICE Security News Update – 2 May 2016

Former TVA manager admits Chinese government paid him for nuclear secrets (Knoxville News Sentinel) A former senior TVA manager has admitted he was paid by the Chinese government for nuclear technological information while working for the utility, court records unsealed Friday show. Ching Ning Guey has struck a deal to plead guilty to a charge of […]

7 potential security concerns for wearables

(Network World) Wearables are rapidly invading the workplace in much the same way that smartphones did. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, head-mounted displays and other new form factors are beginning to capture the public imagination. Sales of wearable electronic devices topped 232 million in 2015, and Gartner forecasts they’ll rise 18.4% this year, when another 274.6 million devices […]