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US Charges China’s MSS With Running a Hacking Operation

The Justice Department accused officers in a provincial bureau of the Ministry of State Security, of creating a sham information security company that they used as a front for a sprawling hacking operation. Source: US Accuses Chinese Officials of Running Data Theft Ring – The New York Times China responded by saying it opposes all...

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Israeli Spyware Used to Surveil Activists World Wide

Israeli Spyware Used to Surveil Activists World Wide

Military-grade spyware leased by the Israeli firm NSO Group to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and the two women closest to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and 16...

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Why the Covid-19 ‘Lab Leak Theory” Needs Another Look 

Why the Covid-19 ‘Lab Leak Theory” Needs Another Look 

Sometimes the problems facing intelligence agencies–and those who report on them–seem insoluble. For example, what caused U.S. diplomatic official to experience a host of strange symptoms after being posted in Havana? Science does not yet offer definitive answers about the “Havana Syndrome.” Are the symptoms caused by a “directed energy attack,” mounted by a foreign...

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RIP: Janine Brookner, Ousted CIA Officer Who Challenged Agency in Court

RIP: Janine Brookner, Ousted CIA Officer Who Challenged Agency in Court

Yet Ms. Brookner was among the most skilled and admired case officers in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations — the clandestine service that infiltrates foreign countries and recruits agents to provide secrets to the United States. She was among the few women to ascend the ranks of the department, until her career was derailed in...

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