Iran-Based Threat Actor Exploits VPN Vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are aware of a widespread campaign from an Iran-based malicious cyber actor targeting several industries mainly associated with information technology, government, healthcare, financial, insurance, and media sectors across the United States. The threat actor conducts mass scanning and uses tools, such as Nmap, … More Iran-Based Threat Actor Exploits VPN Vulnerabilities

China’s Attempt to Influence U.S. Institutions: A Conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray

Join Hudson Institute for a conversation with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray on the pernicious influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the United States and how the Bureau is responding to curtail Beijing’s far-reaching influence. From manipulating Fortune 500 companies and stealing intellectual property to subverting U.S. universities and sowing … More China’s Attempt to Influence U.S. Institutions: A Conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray

CISA – Defending Against Malicious Cyber Activity Originating from Tor

CISA – The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency have released through the National Cyber Awareness System an advisory highlighting risks associated with Tor (the Onion Router). Summary This advisory uses the MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK®) and Pre-ATT&CK framework. See the ATT&CK for Enterprise and Pre-ATT&CK frameworks for referenced threat actor … More CISA – Defending Against Malicious Cyber Activity Originating from Tor

Billion-Dollar Secrets Stolen Scientist Sentenced for Theft of Trade Secrets

When scientist Hongjin Tan resigned from the Oklahoma petroleum company he’d worked at for 18 months, he told his superiors that he planned to return to China to care for his ageing parents. He also reported that he hadn’t arranged his next job, so the company agreed to let him stay in his role until … More Billion-Dollar Secrets Stolen Scientist Sentenced for Theft of Trade Secrets

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

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

Former Intelligence Officer Convicted of Attempted Espionage Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

A former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, who pleaded guilty in March to attempting to communicate, deliver, or transmit information involving the national defense of the United States to the People’s Republic of China, will serve 10 years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Dee Benson imposed the sentence Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City. … More Former Intelligence Officer Convicted of Attempted Espionage Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Leidos Awarded Contract to Support Counterintelligence Operations

Leidos has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) to provide intelligence support services. AFOSI is a federal law enforcement agency with responsibility for conducting criminal investigations, counterintelligence, specialised investigative activities, and integrated force protection. Leidos will support the organisation’s Terrorism Analysis Support Services by providing AFOSI program … More Leidos Awarded Contract to Support Counterintelligence Operations