China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses.  You can watch a video of the hearings here. More information about the above graphic of China’s Strategic Goals can be found in John Demers’ statement: Testimony. The following is the statement by the FBI’s […]

Marriott Data Breach Traced to Chinese Hackers

(New York Times) The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that also hacked health insurers and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the investigation. The hackers, they said, are suspected of working on […]

Chinese Intelligence Officers and Their Recruited Hackers and Insiders Conspired to Steal Sensitive Commercial Aviation and Technological Data for Years

(DOJ) Chinese intelligence officers and those working under their direction, which included hackers and co-opted company insiders, conducted or otherwise enabled repeated intrusions into private companies’ computer systems in the United States and abroad for over five years. The conspirators’ ultimate goal was to steal, among other data, intellectual property and confidential business information, including […]

Capitol Hill SSCI Director of Security for 28 Years Pleads Guilty

As a recap, the man who, for 28 years, was the Director of Security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which receives our nation’s highest classified secrets, was leaking classified info to his much-younger news reporter lover and other reporters. The fact that he only was charged with one count unfortunately shows the higher […]

How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

Supply Chain Threat: The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources in this article. (Bloomberg) In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a […]

Chinese Intelligence Officer Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets from Leading U.S. Aviation Companies

Deputy Division Director with the MSS’s Jiangsu State Security Department, Sixth Bureau, Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui   “We will not tolerate a nation that reaps what it does not sow.”…… (DOJ) A Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) operative, Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui, has been arrested and […]

Former NSA Employee Sentenced to Prison for Willful Retention of Classified National Defense Information

Another classified info Hoarder: (DOJ) Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, of Ellicott City, Maryland, and a naturalized U.S. citizen originally of Vietnam, was sentenced today to 66 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for willful retention of classified national defense information.  According to court documents, Pho removed massive troves of highly […]

U.S. accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn

(Reuters) The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down. William Evanina, the U.S. counterintelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, […]

Former Defense Contractor Sentenced for Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information

Update on the Wendall Marshall case. As a reminder, he was the guy who downloaded highly sensitive classified information onto a CD, labeled the disc “My Secret TACAMO Stuff” and took the CD home where it sat unprotected for years. See previous post for more info. Former Defense Contractor Sentenced for Unlawfully Retaining Classified Information […]

Jury Convicts Former CIA Officer of Espionage

(DOJ) Today, a federal jury convicted Kevin Patrick Mallory, 61, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer of Leesburg, Virginia, on espionage charges related to his transmission of classified documents to an agent of the People’s Republic of China. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern […]