US citizen charged in jihadist plot “wanted to go after the Army people”

BAD DICE: Another person born in a foreign country who took an oath to become a US citizen is now charged with wanting to attack his fellow Americans in the Tampa, FL area. His first choice was Army bases, but found them too secure, so he decided to go after softer targets. It is clear he was […]

Cyber Security Threats in 2012

“We live in a world where all information is in digital form and is easily accessible if you know how. Today’s spies no longer need to infiltrate a building to steal information. As long as they have the necessary computer skills, they can wreak havoc and access even the best-kept secrets of organizations without ever […]

Chinese hacker attacks

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article about Chinese cyber spying (U.S. Homes In on China Spying). According to the article, the US has been able to identify the groups in China responsible for cyber attacks, and that these groups are sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army. Two weeks ago US officials confronted their Chinese […]

Russian spy tried to recruit politicians and government officials

From the Daily Telegraph. While this happened in the UK, it is also happening right now in the US: “He  was very friendly and his English was very good. I did not for one moment think he was a spy. I didn’t even realise he was Russian until later.”–a British security expert who met Repin […]

China’s Spies Are Catching Up

A recent op-ed in the New York Times by intelligence author and historian David Wise whose most recent book is the highly recommended “Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China.” IN 1995, a middle-aged Chinese man walked into a C.I.A. station in Southeast Asia and offered up a trove of secret Chinese documents. Among them […]

China’s non-government economic espionage against US companies

From The Diplomat, 11 December 2011: With each week seeming to bring with it a new example of a cyber attack launched from China, the issue has in many minds become inextricably linked with the Chinese government. And with China’s state-owned firms dominating the country’s economic landscape – and with Beijing’s apparent willingness to protect […]

Attend Ray Semko’s training courses in 2012

Make plans to attend one of the Counterintelligence for the Security Professional courses in 2012 taught by Ray Semko. The course schedule for next year has just been announced: February 15-16, 2012 Fredericksburg, VA April 18-19 2012 Springfield, VA June 26-27, 2012 Huntsville, AL September 11-12, 2012 Washington, DC area December 3-4, 2012 Kissimmee, FL Hope to […]

China #1 Country for ‘Sexpionage’

Brian McAdam said countries have been using sex to gather intel for over 1,000 years, and it hasn’t slowed a bit. “Many countries are still carrying on sexpionage, and the number one country is China.” This statement was made by a former Canadian diplomat at a recent security conference in Canada about defending against espionage. Attendees […]

Insider Threat: Senior Scientist in Utah Charged With Industrial Espionage

A senior scientist at drug company Frontier Scientific Inc. in Utah — 42 year old Prabhu Mohapatra — was charged for emailing company trade secrets to his brother-in-law in India, who co-founded a new competitor company called Medchemblox. JDLR Alert: A co-worker saw him create Microsoft Word documents of a chemical formula, which was intellectual property […]

Losses from intellectual property espionage: a trillion dollars a year

NPR published a recent article called, “China’s Cyber Threat A High-Stakes Spy Game.” Here are some interesting points: How to travel to China: “I first of all get a loaner laptop. And the USB that I bring, I clean digitally before I bring it, so it’s totally blank,” Lieberthal says. Lieberthal then disconnects the Wi-Fi and […]