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 […]

Domestic Terrorism Threat: New York Al-Qaeda Sympathizer Wanted to Attack US Military Personnel in US

Jose Pimentel: 27 years old born in the Dominican Republic came to the US when he was eight years old spent 19 years living in America converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammed Yusef unemployed, divorced and living in New York City spent most of his time on the internet on radical extremist Islamic […]

Cybersecurity: Hackers ‘hit’ US water treatment systems

Our nation’s infrastructure, water lines, hackers, Russia, multiple attacks. Not good. Read on: From the BBC, 21 November 2011: Hackers are alleged to have destroyed a pump used to pipe water to thousands of homes in a US city in Illinois. Hackers with access to the utility’s network are thought to have broken the pump […]

Where in the world is Ray today?

D*I*C*E Man Ray Semko is in Brooklyn, Minnesota today as the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Minnesota Symposium on Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness (M-STEP). This annual conference brings together security professionals, law enforcement officials and government representatives, who plan, manage and/or respond to threats posed by terrorism. The conference addresses the latest, most sophisticated […]

USMC 236th Birthday

Great video celebrating the 236th birthday of the US Marines today. I can’t embed it but you can watch it here. From the USMC website, the Marines prayer which I’ve separated into bullet points because they are a good reminder for us all in work and home: The Marines’ Prayer Almighty Father, whose command is […]