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19/10/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Czech spy agency says it neutralized Hezbollah cyberespionage network
Officials in the Czech Republic have announced that the country’s spy agency headed an operation in several countries, aimed at neutralizing a cyberespionage network operated by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
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16/10/2018 | Frente Externo
Pakistan removes judge who accused spy agency of trying to rig general election
The government of Pakistan has dismissed a High Court judge who accused the country’s powerful intelligence agency of interfering with the judicial process in order to rig the outcome of last July’s general election.
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12/10/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Russia claims ¨misunderstanding¨ led to arrests of four spies in Holland
Russia’s minister of foreign affairs has downplayed the arrest and expulsion of four Russian military intelligence officers in Holland last April, saying that the incident was caused by a “misunderstanding”.
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11/10/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Turkey claims Saudi dissident was killed, dismembered inside Saudi consulate
Turkish government sources have said that a former trusted aide of the Saudi royal family, who was shunned by Riyadh after criticizing Saudi policies, was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, is an American-educated former adviser to Saudi royals.
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08/10/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Swiss police saw Russian oligarch Abramovich as threat to security, files reveal
Police in Switzerland cautioned that allowing the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich to live there would threaten public security and damage the country’s reputation, according to files released this week.
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06/10/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Denmark arrests two for attempting to procure drones for ISIS
Danish Police have announced the arrest of two men who attempted to procure unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) —commonly known as drones— on behalf of the Islamic State in Syria.
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05/10/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US - CIA to return to traditional espionage against state actors, says new director
The United States Central Intelligence Agency will return to traditional espionage against foreign states and focus less on counterterrorism against non-state actors, said its new director in her first public appearance.
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25/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Dead Russian oligarch’s links to UK spy agencies must stay secret, judge rules
A judge has ruled that the British government has the right to withhold information relating to alleged links between British spy agencies and a Russian millionaire who died in mysterious circumstances in England.
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23/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
UK - Book alleges 1980s British Labour Party leader was Soviet agent
The leadership of the Labour Party in Britain has reacted with disdain after a new book by a leading author and columnist claimed that Michael Foot, who led the Party in the early 1980s was paid agent of the Soviet KGB.
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22/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Europe - Germany’s ruling coalition in ‘permanent crisis mode’ over far-right spy row
Germany’s fragile ruling coalition continues to face strong criticism two days after removing the country’s domestic intelligence chief over concerns that he may harbor far-right sympathies.
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20/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Western spy agencies thwarted alleged Russian plot to hack Swiss chemical lab
Western intelligence agencies thwarted a plot involving two Russians intending to travel to a Swiss government laboratory that investigates nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and hack its computer systems.
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18/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US sees Russian weapon behind US diplomats’ mystery ailments, say officials
A Russian-made device caused the mystery ailments that affected more than two dozen American diplomats in Cuba and China, according to United States government officials who have been briefed on the matter.
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13/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Authorities in Eastern Europe warn about rise of heavily armed paramilitary groups
Security agencies in Eastern Europe have voiced concern about the rise of far-right paramilitary groups whose members have access to heavy weaponry, including in some cases armored vehicles and tanks.
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11/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US - Trump officials ¨discussed secret coup plans¨ with Venezuelan army officers
United States President Donald Trump authorized American officials to attend secret meetings held by Venezuelan military officers who conspired to launch a military coup against President Nicolás Maduro.
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08/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Police investigate mysterious disappearance of close WikiLeaks associate
Police in Norway and Holland have opened formal investigations into the whereabouts of a Dutch cybersecurity expert and senior associate of WikiLeaks, who disappeared without trace on August 20.
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07/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Germany drops espionage case against senior Swiss intelligence official
Germany has dropped a criminal case against the second-in-command of Switzerland’s intelligence agency, who was accused by Berlin of authorizing an espionage operation against the German tax collection service.
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05/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Microwave weapons were behind US diplomats’ ailments, says leading scientist
Advanced weapons that emit microwave radiation were most likely responsible for the ailments of American diplomats in Cuba and China, according to the scientist leading the investigations into the matter.
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04/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Microwave weapons were behind US diplomats’ ailments, says leading scientist SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 BY JOSEPH FITSANAKIS LEAVE A COMMENT US embassy in CubaAdvanced weapons that emit microwave radiation were most likely responsible for the ailments of Ame
The government of Afghanistan is facing one of its most serious crises since the end of the Taliban reign in 2001, as the country’s most senior security and intelligence officials tendered their resignations this week.
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02/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Russia, US, deny conducting mystery airstrikes in Tajikistan
Russia, the United States and Tajikistan have all denied that they were behind a series of mystery airstrikes that took place along the Tajik-Afghan border on Sunday, while the identity of the targets also remains unknown.
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01/09/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
CIA informants inside Russia are going silent, say US sources
Secret informants inside the Russian government, which the United States has relied on in recent years for tips about Moscow’s strategy and tactics, have gone silent in recent months, according to sources.
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29/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Radioactive device goes missing in Malaysia, prompting security fears
A highly radioactive device used by an energy company has gone missing in Malaysia, sparking a nationwide emergency for fear that it might have been stolen by a militant group. According to Malaysia’s Straits Times newspaper, a radioactive dispersal device (RDD), which is used for the industrial radiography of oil and gas supplies, disappeared during transit on August 10.
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24/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Security - US announces arrest of two men charged with spying for Iran
On June 30 of this year, authorities in Belgium arrested a married Belgian couple of Iranian descent, who were found to be carrying explosives and a detonator. On the following day, July 1, German police arrested an Iranian diplomat stationed in Iran’s embassy in Vienna, Austria, while a fourth person was arrested by authorities in France, reportedly in connection with the three other arrests.
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23/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Japan releases files on 1942 Tokyo spy ring that helped USSR win World War II
Japan has released secret documents from 1942 relating to the Tokyo spy ring led by Richard Sorge, a German who spied for the USSR and is often credited with helping Moscow win World War II.
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18/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Canada seeks to take away passports from children of Russian spies
Two Canadian brothers, whose Russian-born parents fraudulently acquired Canadian citizenship before being arrested for spying on the United States for Moscow, are not entitled to Canadian citizenship, according to the government of Canada. Tim and Alex Vavilov are the sons of Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley, a married couple arrested in 2010 under Operation GHOST STORIES, a counterintelligence program run by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
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16/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Montenegro seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer accused of role in pro-Russian coup
Government prosecutors in Montenegro, the youngest member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, claim that a former officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency helped pro-Russian plotters organize a coup in 2016.
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14/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US-backed alliance in Yemen war bribes, recruits al-Qaeda warlords, report finds
Yemeni militias backed by Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are actively paying off al-Qaeda-allied factions to abstain from the fighting, and are recruiting al-Qaeda members to fight against Shiite rebels, according to a new investigative report.
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13/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US fired Moscow embassy employee who may have spied for Russia
A female Russian national who worked for the United States Secret Service in Moscow was quietly dismissed in 2017, amidst concerns that she was spying for Russia.
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11/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
UK - British police arrest man over mystery killing of Seychelles leader in 1985
A man has been arrested by British counter-terrorism police in Northern Ireland, reportedly in connection with the assassination of a Seychelles exiled political leader in London in 1985.
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05/08/2018 | High Tech
US - Facebook says efforts to subvert upcoming US elections resemble ¨new arms race¨
Facebook has said it is involved in an “arms race” against “bad actors” as it announced on Tuesday the removal of accounts that allegedly tried to subvert the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States.
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03/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US diplomats secretly met with Taliban without Afghan government
In a dramatic change to longstanding policy, senior United States diplomats have reportedly held secret meetings with Taliban leaders without the presence –and presumably knowledge– of the Afghan government.
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02/08/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Qatar - FIFA World Cup host Qatar ¨used ex-CIA agents to sabotage rival bids¨
The government of Qatar, which won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hired a high-profile public relations group and a team of former officers of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in order to undermine rival bids to host the tournament, according to a British newspaper.
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30/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Middle East - Researchers uncover ¨ambitious¨ Iranian hacker group that targets the Middle East
An American cyber security firm has reported the discovery of a previously undetected, “highly active” Iranian cyber espionage group, whose extensive target list consists mainly of large organizations and companies in the Middle East.
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26/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Iran warns of repercussions as US intensifies campaign against Tehran
Iranian military officials have warned of extracting “revenge from foreign intelligence services”, as Reuters reported that an aggressive campaign against Tehran has been launched by Washington.
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24/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Emirati royal seeks asylum in rival Qatar in unprecedented move
A member of one of the United Arab Emirates’ seven royal families has defected to Qatar and asked for political asylum, in what appears to be the first time that an Emirati royal has publicly turned against the oil-rich kingdom.
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19/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Indian intelligence infiltrated Islamic State in ¨unprecedented operation¨
A joint Indian-American counterintelligence operation, described as “unprecedented in its scale and scope”, reportedly foiled a major suicide attack by the Islamic State in New Delhi and helped achieve “a string of victories” against the group in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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16/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Security - Greece expels Russian diplomats who ¨tried to bribe Greek officials¨
In a rare moment of downturn in relations between Athens and Moscow, Greece has expelled two Russian diplomats and refused to accredit two more, reportedly for “undermining Greek national security”.
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12/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
North Korea asked Israel for $1 billion to stop giving missile technology to Iran
North Korea offered to stop selling missile technology to Iran and other enemies of Israel in exchange for $1 billion in cash from the Jewish state, according to former senior North Korean diplomat who has now defected.
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11/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Europe - Iran sleeper cell agents, including diplomat, arrested in three European countries
An Iranian diplomat and members of what authorities described as an “Iranian sleeper cell” were arrested this week in Belgium, Germany and France, as they were allegedly planning to a bomb a high-level meeting in Paris. The arrests came after a complex investigation by several European intelligence agencies and were announced by Belgium’s Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon.
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02/07/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Europe - More spies now in Brussels than Vienna, Austrian intelligence chief says
The head of Austria’s counterintelligence agency has said that Brussels has now replaced Vienna as Europe’s spy capital. For nearly a decade, this blog has published expert commentary that points to the Austrian capital being the world’s busiest spy den.
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29/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Norway spy agency urges IT firms to be cautious when outsourcing operations abroad
The Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) has warned the country’s information technology firms to prioritize national security over cutting costs when outsourcing their operations abroad.
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26/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
China - Chinese shipbuilding boss gave CIA aircraft carrier secrets, reports claim
One of China’s most senior shipbuilding executives, who has not been seen in public for nearly two weeks, has been charged with giving secrets about China’s aircraft carriers to the United States.
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23/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Germany - German intelligence chief says Russia tried to hack energy grid
The head of Germany’s domestic security agency has publicly blamed the Russian government for a large-scale cyberattack that has targeted German energy providers.
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19/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Europe - Belgium to probe alleged Spanish espionage against separatist Catalan leader
Belgium will investigate whether Spanish intelligence spied on Carles Puigdemont, the separatist Catalan leader who escaped to Brussels after launching an unsuccessful independence bid last year.
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13/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Analysis: The Islamic State is far from dead; it is regrouping and rebranding itself
In a recent series of interviews to promote his new book, Anatomy of Terror, former FBI special agent and current counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan insists that the Islamic State remains potent and dangerous.
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12/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Security - Television program about the Mossad prompts controversy, strong denials in Israel
Israeli officials have denied reports that the head of the country’s internal security service was asked by the prime minister to spy on the director of the Mossad intelligence agency and the head of the military.
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02/06/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Chinese influence in New Zealand threatens intelligence-sharing, says Canadian report
China’s influence in New Zealand is so extensive that it threatens the traditionally close intelligence contacts between New Zealand and its Western allies, according to a report written by the Canadian spy agency. Since World War II, New Zealand has been a member of what is sometimes referred to as the UK-USA Security Agreement.
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31/05/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Intelligence - Pakistan bars its former spy chief from leaving the country over controversial book
Pakistan has officially barred a former director of its powerful intelligence agency from leaving the country, after he co-authored a controversial book with his Indian counterpart.
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25/05/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Security - US alerts its diplomatic staff in China over ¨abnormal sounds and symptoms¨
The United States Department of State has warned its personnel stationed in China of the danger of experiencing “unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises”.
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21/05/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
NATO obtained Soviet Novichok nerve agents through German intelligence in 1990s
Some North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states obtained access to the Soviet Union’s so-called ‘Novichok’ nerve agents in the 1990s, through an informant recruited by German intelligence, according to reports.
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19/05/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
US, China - China gave ex-CIA officer ¨hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash¨ to spy on US
Chinese intelligence operatives gave a former officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency “hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash” in exchange for carrying out espionage, according to court papers.
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18/05/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Joint US-Iraqi intelligence operation used cell phone app to trap senior ISIS figures
An joint operation conducted by American and Iraqi intelligence officers employed a popular messaging app on the phone of a captured Islamic State commander to apprehend four very senior figures in the organization, according to reports.
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25/03/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
EU recalls envoy to Moscow over Skripal poisoning, more expulsions may follow
The European Union has recalled its ambassador to Moscow in an apparent response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent, who was attacked with a nerve agent in England earlier this month.
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24/03/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Jerusalem - French consular employee caught smuggling guns to Gaza using diplomatic car
An employee of France’s consulate in Jerusalem is under arrest for allegedly smuggling weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, according to French media reports, which have been confirmed by Israel.
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14/03/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
UK - Russian spy may have been poisoned by nerve agent smeared on car’s door handle
The nerve agent that poisoned a Russian double spy in England last week may have been smeared on his car’s door handle, according to sources.
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10/03/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
UK, Russia - Analysis: All evidence points to professionals behind Skripal poisoning
Most state-sponsored assassinations tend to be covert operations, which means that the sponsoring party cannot be conclusively identified, even if it is suspected. Because of their covert nature, assassinations tend to be extremely complex intelligence-led operations, which are designed to provide plausible deniability to their sponsors.
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09/03/2018 | Inteligencia y Seguridad
Australia continues to detain whistleblower who revealed espionage behind oil deal
Australia continues to deny freedom of movement to a former intelligence officer who revealed that Canberra bugged government offices in the small island nation of Timor-Leste, in an effort to secure a lucrative oil deal.
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