Losses from intellectual property espionage: a trillion dollars a year

NPR published a recent article called, “China’s Cyber Threat A High-Stakes Spy Game.” Here are some interesting points: How to travel to China: “I first of all get a loaner laptop. And the USB that I bring, I clean digitally before I bring it, so it’s totally blank,” Lieberthal says. Lieberthal then disconnects the Wi-Fi and […]

Domestic Terrorism Threat: New York Al-Qaeda Sympathizer Wanted to Attack US Military Personnel in US

Jose Pimentel: 27 years old born in the Dominican Republic came to the US when he was eight years old spent 19 years living in America converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammed Yusef unemployed, divorced and living in New York City spent most of his time on the internet on radical extremist Islamic […]

Cybersecurity: Hackers ‘hit’ US water treatment systems

Our nation’s infrastructure, water lines, hackers, Russia, multiple attacks. Not good. Read on: From the BBC, 21 November 2011: Hackers are alleged to have destroyed a pump used to pipe water to thousands of homes in a US city in Illinois. Hackers with access to the utility’s network are thought to have broken the pump […]

Where in the world is Ray today?

D*I*C*E Man Ray Semko is in Brooklyn, Minnesota today as the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Minnesota Symposium on Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness (M-STEP). This annual conference brings together security professionals, law enforcement officials and government representatives, who plan, manage and/or respond to threats posed by terrorism. The conference addresses the latest, most sophisticated […]

USMC 236th Birthday

Great video celebrating the 236th birthday of the US Marines today. I can’t embed it but you can watch it here. From the USMC website, the Marines prayer which I’ve separated into bullet points because they are a good reminder for us all in work and home: The Marines’ Prayer Almighty Father, whose command is […]

US Army soldier charged with attempted espionage

BAD DICE: A 22-year-old US Army military policeman, Specialist William Colton Millay, has been formally charged with attempted espionage. According to Reuters, Millay “knowingly making false statements to Army Counterintelligence officials regarding the full scope of his attempts to contact foreign governments and the nature of information he disclosed. He is also accused of soliciting […]

Trusted insider charged with corporate espionage

An local ABC TV news station in Chicago is reporting on a recent case of 2009 Cornell University graduate Yihao Ben Pu, a 24-year-old man holding both a US and Chinese passport who “was once a trusted technology employee at Citadel Investments, once of the world’s largest hedge fund managers. Pu is charged with attempting to […]

REPORT: Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets in Cyberspace

The National Counterintelligence Executive has issued their latest report to Congress on foreign economic collection and industrial espionage called “Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets in Cyberspace.” Executive Summary Foreign economic collection and industrial espionage against the United States represent significant and growing threats to the nation’s prosperity and security. Cyberspace—where most business activity and […]

Operation Ghost Stories

Just in time for Halloween, the FBI has released documents, videos and photographs of their 10+ year investigation into the Russian SVR espionage agents operating here in the United States, codenamed “Operation Ghost Stories”. Ghosts, goblins, witches and vampires are nothing compared to the frightening reality of Russian intelligence officers spying against the United States […]

C.H.E.W.

No, don’t worry, I’m not changing the title of my security awareness program from D.I.C.E. to C.H.E.W. (would I have to replace the dice with a graphic of a mouth??). It’s  a short video on cyber threats by former White House official Richard Clarke where C is for Criminals, H is for Hackivism, E is […]