Two Iranians Sentenced For Spying On The United States

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, have been sentenced to prison terms of 38 months and 30 months, respectively, for their criminal convictions relating to their conduct conducting surveillance of and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members … More Two Iranians Sentenced For Spying On The United States

Iran /USA Prisoner Swap – Espionage Charges v Trade Violations

Iranian and US Authorities have confirmed that a prisoner swap took place simultaneously in Zurich, Switzerland. The prisoner swap involved Xiyue Wang, a graduate from Princeton University, who was detained in August 2016, then in July 2017 was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran on espionage charges and Massoud Soleimani, a 49-year-old professor … More Iran /USA Prisoner Swap – Espionage Charges v Trade Violations

Bulgaria Opens Investigation as Former MP Accused of Spying for Moscow Receives Award From Putin

An investigation is underway in Sofia into how a former Bulgarian MP accused of spying for Russia was able to travel to Moscow to receive an award from the Kremlin despite being under orders not to leave the country. Nikolai Malinov, a former parliamentarian from the Socialist Party, who also heads two pro-Russian non-governmental organisations … More Bulgaria Opens Investigation as Former MP Accused of Spying for Moscow Receives Award From Putin

Chinese National Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export Military- and Space-Grade Technology from the United States to China

United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa sentenced Tao Li, a 39-year-old Chinese national, to 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  Li had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to export military- and space-grade technology to the People’s Republic of China without a license in violation of the International Emergency Economic … More Chinese National Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Illegally Export Military- and Space-Grade Technology from the United States to China

Civil Rights Organizations Call on Elected Officials to Stop Amazon’s Doorbell Surveillance Partnerships with Police

Today, over 30 civil rights organizations signed an open letter sounding the alarm about Amazon’s spreading Ring doorbell partnerships with police. The letter calls on local, state, and federal officials to use their power to investigate Amazon Ring’s business practices, put an end to Amazon-police partnerships, and pass oversight measures to deter such partnerships in the future. … More Civil Rights Organizations Call on Elected Officials to Stop Amazon’s Doorbell Surveillance Partnerships with Police

New Zealand Contributes to Cyber Security Counter Espionage Capacity Building in the Pacific

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi today announced a new initiative to support Pacific countries to respond to cyber security risks in the region. “With improvements in connectivity in the region, Pacific countries are seeing an increased risk of cyber security threats and New Zealand … More New Zealand Contributes to Cyber Security Counter Espionage Capacity Building in the Pacific

NSO Group Announce New Human Rights Policy to Counteract Unlawful Digital Surveillance Concerns

In a press release issued today, the NSO Group announced a new Human Rights Policy and the introduction of a supporting governance framework that will bring the company into alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. NSO products are used exclusively by government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to fight crime and … More NSO Group Announce New Human Rights Policy to Counteract Unlawful Digital Surveillance Concerns

UK Government Employee “Detained” in China

British Consulate Officer, Simon Cheng Man-kit, a trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulate’s Scottish Development International section has been detained in mainland China.  The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office reported that Simon Cheng had attended a business event in Shenzhen, Southeast China  8th August, but had gone missing while returning to Hong … More UK Government Employee “Detained” in China

UK MoD Looking to Fill Senior Defence Digital & IT Roles

UK Ministry of Defence is looking to fill two positions in their Digital and IT Function inside the MoD; Director Defensive Cyber and Risk  The Director Defensive Cyber and Risk is responsible for leading defensive cyber activities, including traditional IT, operational technology, weapons platforms and electro-magnetic spectrum security. As a direct report to the Chief … More UK MoD Looking to Fill Senior Defence Digital & IT Roles

Microsoft Human Contractors Are Listening to Skype Calls

Microsoft human contractors are listening to live audio and video Skype calls through the app’s translation service. The leak came after tech Motherboard obtained a cache of internal documents, screenshots and audio recordings. At the time the story broke, Skype’s privacy statement said, “When you use Skype’s translation features, Skype collects and uses your conversation to … More Microsoft Human Contractors Are Listening to Skype Calls