July 2017 Intelligence News
- Firm Says Tehran-Linked Hackers Used Fake Female Profile To Lure Men RFE/RL 27 Jul 2017 -- A cybersecurity firm says hackers working for the Iranian government have impersonated a young female photographer on social media to lure men working in key industries of Tehran's regional rivals.
- Fear of Chinese Spies Halts Australia-Solomons Cable Project Sputnik 27 Jul 2017 -- A project to build a 4,000-kilometer underwater cable connecting Sydney and the Solomon Islands came to a screeching halt following the Australian Secret Intelligence Service's warning to the Solomons Islands prime minister that the Chinese firm contracted to do the work, Huawei, allows Chinese spies access to conduct cyberattacks.
- Russian Terrorism Suspects Allege Torture At 'Secret' FSB Site RFE/RL 25 Jul 2017 -- Lawyers for two Kyrgyz-born brothers charged in a deadly bombing on a St. Petersburg subway train in April have asked Russian authorities to investigate their clients' claims that they were tortured at a "secret jail" outside Moscow.
- US citizen arrested in Iran, accused of certain crimes: Foreign Ministry IRNA 24 Jul 2017 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that the Chinese-American citizen arrested in Iran had been prosecuted for certain accusations against him.
- FSB Was Client Of Russian Lawyer At Center Of U.S. Election Probe RFE/RL 22 Jul 2017 -- Russia's FSB spy agency was a client of the Russian lawyer at the center of U.S. probes into Moscow's alleged attempts to meddle in the presidential election, media reported on July 21.
- Pace of Change Complicates Signals Intelligence World, NSA Chief Says AFPS 22 Jul 2017 -- The National Security Agency has never seen the field of signals intelligence change as rapidly as it is right now, said agency director Navy Adm. Mike Rogers at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado today.
- 'WikiLeaks will take down America any way they can': CIA director Press TV 21 Jul 2017 -- The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says WikiLeaks is seeking to destroy America, adding he doesn't "love" the global whistleblowing service.
- Saudi security system overhauled on overnight royal decrees Press TV 20 Jul 2017 -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued a series of overnight decrees to overhaul the country's security and intelligence apparatus, a move that could spark fresh concerns about the royal's increased inclination to give more power to his son and the second to the throne Mohammed.
- Iran Says U.S. Dual National Jailed For 10 Years On Spying Charges RFE/RL 16 Jul 2017 -- Iran has identified the U.S. national sentenced to 10 years for spying as Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old researcher at Princeton University.
- Iran Sends Chinese-American Scholar to Prison for 10 Years for 'Espionage' VOA 16 Jul 2017 -- An Iranian court has sentenced a Chinese-American scholar to 10 years in prison on "infiltration" charges, Iran's judicial spokesman said Sunday. The announcement triggered an immediate protest from the U.S. State Department.
- Russian Gave Trump's Son Folder With Information Damaging To Clinton: Report RFE/RL 15 Jul 2017 -- The Associated Press is reporting that a Russian lobbyist who met with U.S. President Donald Trump's son last year gave him a portfolio of information she said was damaging to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
- Ex-Soviet Intelligence Officer, Now Lobbyist, Confirms Being At Trump Jr. Meeting RFE/RL 14 Jul 2017 -- The Russian lawyer who met with the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump and other officials of his presidential campaign in June 2016 was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist who is a former Soviet counterintelligence officer, according to multiple U.S. media reports.
- Dutch Senate Passes Tapping Bill Allowing for Large-Scale Info Collecting Sputnik 12 Jul 2017 -- The senate of the Netherlands on Wednesday approved a new surveillance law that will give the country's secret services broad tapping powers, local media reported.
- Army's first cipher office broke the code on modern cryptology Army News 07 Jul 2017 -- When Ralph Van Deman established the War Department's intelligence organization shortly after the United States entered World War I, he was faced with the daunting task of building his section from nearly nothing.
- US: Russia steps up spying efforts after 2016 presidential election Press TV 07 Jul 2017 -- US intelligence officials believe Russian spies are increasing their intelligence-gathering efforts in the United States, amid ongoing investigations over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
- Lithuanian Court Sentences Russian Security Official To 10 Years In Prison For Spying RFE/RL 07 Jul 2017 -- A Russian security official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Lithuanian court for attempting to recruit local officials to bug the home of the country's president.
- Notorious Russian Hacker With Links To FSB Scandal Sentenced To Prison RFE/RL 06 Jul 2017 -- A notorious Russian hacker whose exploits and later arrest gave glimpses into the intersection of computer crime and Russian law enforcement has been sentenced to two years in prison.
- Chinese man continues to be detained on espionage charges CNA 06 Jul 2017 -- Taipei's District Court on Thursday granted a prosecution request to keep detaining Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭), a Chinese man who had been under detention since March on charges of violating Taiwan's National Security Act.
- Chinese man indicted for espionage in Taiwan CNA 06 Jul 2017 -- A Chinese man was indicted Thursday for violation of Taiwan's National Security Act after he was found to have attempted to bribe an official with money in exchange for classified information, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said.
- Robins AFB finishes Global Hawk work AFNS 05 Jul 2017 -- A special ribbon-cutting ceremony, signaling the early completion of work on the first RQ-4 Global Hawk at Robins Air Force Base, was held on the base flight line here June 29, 2017.
- Russia demands US return seized compounds Press TV 04 Jul 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will demand the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the United States when he meets US President Donald Trump in Germany this week for the first time, the Kremlin said.
- China, Iran, Russia Among Leaders of Anti-German Espionage, Berlin Claims Sputnik 04 Jul 2017 -- Beijing, Moscow and Tehran have become the "major players" in the espionage activities directed against Berlin, Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said in an annual report on Tuesday.
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