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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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