Category Archives: Espionage

October 24, 2016

Ex-NSA Contractor Stole at Least 500 Million Pages of Records and Secrets, U.S. Says

The Justice Department outlines details of the probe, says it will likely charge Harold Martin with additional crimes.

A former National Security Agency contractor amassed at least 500 million pages of government records, including top-secret information about military operations, by stealing documents bit by bit over two decades, the Justice Department alleged in a court filing submitted Thursday.

Prosecutors in August arrested and charged Harold “Hal” Martin III, of Glen Burnie, Md., with theft of government property and unauthorized removal or retention of classified documents. The case was kept under seal until earlier this month, when some details became public.

The new filing said the Justice Department would likely charge Mr. Martin with additional crimes, including violating the Espionage Act, an offense that carries much stiffer penalties than the current charges.

Mr. Martin’s attorney, Jim Wyda, declined to comment on the new filing. In the past, he has said that Mr. Martin is a patriotic American who has served his country.

A federal court has scheduled a hearing for Friday to consider whether Mr. Martin should be released while awaiting trial. The Justice Department released its 12-page document ahead of that hearing, detailing new allegations about the scope of Mr. Martin’s alleged theft and suggesting he had become heavily armed, accumulating 10 weapons, and had taken sophisticated steps to cover his tracks.

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October 17, 2016

NSA whistleblower says DNC hack was not done by Russia, but by U.S. intelligence

Binney also proclaimed that the NSA has all of Clinton’s deleted emails, and the FBI could gain access to them if they so wished.

On Aaron Klein’s Sunday radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” (broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM), US government whistleblower William Binney threw his hat into the DNC hack ring by stating that the Democratic National Committee’s server was not hacked by Russia but by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker.

The motivation of the hacker…concern over Hillary Clinton’s disregard of national security secrets when she used a personal email and consistently lied about it.

Binney was just getting started with revelations we are sure no main stream media news site will dare to cover. The “Putin did it” fairytale is just to easy for the sheep to follow.

Binney also proclaimed that the NSA has all of Clinton’s deleted emails, and the FBI could gain access to them if they so wished. No need for Trump to ask the Russians for those emails, he can just call on the FBI or NSA to hand them over.

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October 15, 2016

Tell Congress and Trump to investigate Hillary!

New demands for fresh, apolitical probe of Espionage Act violations, mishandling state secrets, destroying evidence, more.

Ever since the second presidential debate, when Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton that as president he would “instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Democrats and the big media have gone wild – accusing Trump of emulating the world’s most evil tyrants and dictators, from Hugo Chavez to Robert Mugabe to Vladimir Putin, despots who routinely imprison – if not shoot – their political opponents.

Trump, however, claims he wants to see Clinton investigated, not because she is a political opponent, but because she has blatantly violated U.S. espionage laws, mishandled top-secret information, destroyed government files and obstructed justice.

Is Trump right in calling for a fresh, independent investigation of Clinton’s “situation”?

How relevant is it that, as multiple news reports confirm, “FBI agents are ready to revolt” over Director James Comey’s “cowardly” whitewash of the bureau’s investigation? Or that even the left-leaning PolitiFact website confirms 33,000 emails were indeed deleted from Clinton’s unsecure private server three weeks after she received a congressional subpoena demanding the production of her emails – an act that normally would result in being held in contempt of Congress. Or that more than half of all Americans – 56 percent according to an ABC News/Washington Post survey – believe Hillary Clinton should have been indicted.

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June 9, 2016

60% of World Wide Web Application Attacks Target USA

Sixty percent of all world wide web applications attacks targeted the United States in the first quarter of 2016, with the majority coming from China, USA and Turkey.

The Interpol 2015 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment estimates that cybercrime is “well on the way to surpassing the drug trade.” Once about stealthy theft, cybercrime is increasingly becoming about hostile aggressions. Instead of subterfuge and covertness, there is a growing trend toward the use of extortion and ransomware against “individuals and businesses [that] bears the signature of organized crime.”

The Akamai Intelligent Platform regularly transmits between 15 – 30 percent of all Internet traffic. For the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015, Akamai reported that denial of service (DDoS) attacks were up 40 percent, and repeat attacks rose dramatically. One customer suffered over 280 attacks in the 90-day period.

There were 19 “mega-attacks” involving 100 Gbps (billions of bits per second), a +137 percent increase from the prior year. The largest bandwidth attack was 289 Gbps.

The average duration of an attack was 16.16 hours. The top targets were:

Gaming (55%)
Software & Technology (25%)
Media & Entertainment (5%)

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May 5, 2016

Romanian hacker Guccifer: I breached Clinton server, ‘it was easy’ (Video)

The former secretary of state’s server held nearly 2,200 emails containing information now deemed classified, and another 22 at the “Top Secret” level.

The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.

“For me, it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker “Guccifer,” told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.

Guccifer’s potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported by Fox News last month. The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News.

Fox News could not independently confirm Lazar’s claims.

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April 28, 2016

Facebook Filtering Users’ Timelines Stokes Concerns of Censorship and Data-Mining

#Facebook has a long and checkered past concerning the way the company decides what a user sees in his or her #timeline. Now, the #socialmedia giant is changing the formula again, and this time it will impact whether or not users will see articles shared by their friends. The method by which Facebook will do it involves another controversial issue that has dogged the company: data-mining.

Facebook has a long and checkered past concerning the way the company decides what a user sees in his or her timeline. Now, the social media giant is changing the formula again, and this time it will impact whether or not users will see articles shared by their friends. The method by which Facebook will do it involves another controversial issue that has dogged the company: data-mining.

Facebook has built a multi-billion dollar empire by both providing a service its users want and mining the data of those users for the purpose of advertising sales. The method by which Zuckerberg’s company provides the content that keeps its users coming back is a proprietary algorithm which Slate’s senior technology writer, Will Oremus, described in an article in January 2016:

Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and collects everything posted in the past week by each of your friends, everyone you follow, each group you belong to, and every Facebook page you’ve liked. For the average Facebook user, that’s more than 1,500 posts. If you have several hundred friends, it could be as many as 10,000. Then, according to a closely guarded and constantly shifting formula, Facebook’s news feed algorithm ranks them all, in what it believes to be the precise order of how likely you are to find each post worthwhile.

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April 13, 2016

Taiwan-Born Navy Lieutenant Commander Charged with Espionage

Navy Lt. Commander Edward Lin has been charged with giving “secret information relating to the national defense to a representative of a foreign government,” with “intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation.”

According to NBC News, the intelligence in question was classified at the “Secret” level, one level below “Top Secret.” The military charging documents allege Lin had reason to believe this information “could be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation.”

Lin’s unit oversaw Navy spy planes, “some of the Navy’s most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft,” according to The Washington Post.

A U.S. official told CBS News that Lin leaked details about the communications system of the EP-3E Reconnaissance aircraft to his foreign connections.

Although the heavily redacted charging documents do not specify the foreign power in question, there is much speculation in the media that it was China or Taiwan. (The Washington Post’s sources suggest that it might have been both China and Taiwan.)

The latter is Lin’s birthplace; he came to the United States at the age of 14 and became a naturalized citizen in 2008. He enlisted in the Navy in 1999 and was commissioned as a naval flight officer in 2002. He was actually arrested about eight months ago and is currently confined at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia, according to the Post.

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April 4, 2016

Enormous document leak exposes offshore accounts of world leaders

“Biggest leak in the history of data journalism just went live, and it’s about corruption,” Edward Snowden tweeted with a link to the Panama Papers.

A massive leak of more than 11.5 million documents exposed the offshore accounts of current and former world leaders, The Center for Public Integrity reported Sunday.

The investigation of the files, known as the Panama Papers, was published Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The investigation “exposes a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking,” according to the website.

“Behind the email chains, invoices and documents that make up the Panama Papers are often unseen victims of wrongdoing enabled by this shadowy industry.”

The report exposes hidden information about how banks and lawyers hide dealings with people such as prime ministers, plutocrats and criminals.

The documents have information about Russian President Vladimir Putin, details about England’s gold heist in 1983 and information about bribery allegations regarding soccer’s governing body, FIFA.

The files include nearly 40 years of records and information about more than 210,000 companies in 21 offshore jurisdictions.

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March 27, 2016

Money, Sex for Secrets: Highest-Ranking Navy Officer Ever Sentenced to Prison

U.S. Capt. Daniel Dusek, the highest-ranking U.S. Navy officer charged so far in a bribery scandal, was sentenced Friday to 46 months in prison for selling classified information to an Asian defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes, luxury hotel stays, and other favors.

Dusek faulted family troubles, too much work, and “excessive amounts of alcohol” for making him vulnerable to bribes.

During a federal court hearing in San Diego, the Navy captain, who served as commander of the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault vessel, was also ordered to pay $100,000 in fines and restitution.

He is expected to report to the U.S. Bureau of Prison on June 15.

In press release announcing the sentence, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said:

Dusek, 49, pleaded guilty in January 2015 to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Dusek admitted that he used his influence as Deputy Director of Operations for the Seventh Fleet, headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, and later as executive officer of the USS Essex and the commanding officer of the USS Bonhomme Richard, to benefit Leonard Glenn Francis and his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA).

The Seventh Fleet oversees all U.S. Navy operations in Asia.

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October 21, 2015

NASA Supervisors Charged in Chinese Spy Case

McKeel charged Woodell and Jobson under Title 18 section 799 of the federal espionage statute, alleging their “failing to protect NASA information from unauthorized disclosure” and “continuing to allow a foreign national to exercise complete and unrestricted access to a NASA computer and the information contained.”

Two NASA supervisors were criminally indicted Tuesday under U.S. espionage laws for “willfully violating” national security regulations while allowing a visiting Chinese foreign national to gain “complete and unrestricted access” to the space agency’s Langley Research Center, according to the U.S. Attorneys office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The indictments of NASA Langley supervisors Glenn A. Woodell and Daniel J. Jobson cap a federal investigation into the two supervisor’s decision to permit Bo Jiang unrestricted access for two years at Langley. Bo Jiang was deported back to China in 2013.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa McKeel filed the indictments against the two NASA supervisors before the U.S. District Court in Newport News, Virginia on October 20. The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained the indictments. Woodell and Jobson’s case will come before a yet-to-be named U.S. District Judge in the next few weeks, according to the U.S. Attorneys office.

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