Jury Finds Air Force Veteran Guilty in First Conviction After Trial in the United States for Attempting to Travel Overseas to Join ISIL

(DOJ) Former U.S. Air Force Airplane Mechanic Convicted of Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists and Obstruction of an Official Proceeding A jury in the Eastern District of New York today found Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 48, of Neptune, New Jersey, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, guilty of attempting to provide material support […]

The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets

(FBI) Economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy billions of dollars annually and puts our national security at risk. To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have launched a nationwide campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret […]

Encryption useless when OPM hires foreign contractors

Who needs to hack into a system when you are given the keys to the front door? Let’s cut to the chase of this Ars Technica article and highlight this info towards the end: Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments […]

Navy Civilian Engineer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

(DOJ/NSD) Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 36, of Yorktown, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to charges of attempted espionage relating to his attempt to provide schematics of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford to Egypt while serving as a Navy engineer. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of […]

Former DOE employee tried to sell US nuclear secrets to foreign country

‘My country for a Honda Civic.’ That’s how much a former DOE/NRC government employee thought the United States was worth. He walked into a foreign embassy overseas and tried to sell US secrets so he could buy a new Honda Civic. The price to sell out the country is getting lower and lower. He told […]

U.S. military personnel have been convicted of $50 million worth of crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

DICE Principles one, two and three: Do the right thing when no one is looking. Live with honor. Have integrity every day. Stealing secrets, stealing fuel, stealing money–it’s all the same and done in the same way through vulnerabilities, relationships, recruitments, wanting revenge, wanting to get rich quick instead of earning money honorably. U.S. military […]

How to Create Awareness of the Insider Threat

(CIO/Ira Winkler) One of the legacies of Edward Snowden’s treason is that companies are now concerned about the insider threat more than they ever were before. He demonstrates that a single person inside an organization can devastate the organization. While technology should have caught Snowden, there is also the realization that his coworkers and managers […]

Insider Threat Awareness Growing But Action Lacking

(HStoday) Although the insider threat is on the radar for most organizations, many are repeatedly failing to take the necessary steps to prevent an attack, according to a recent report sponsored by SpectorSoft and conducted by the SANS Institute. The report, Insider Threats and the Need for a Fast and Directed Response, surveyed 772 IT security […]

Hacker Implants NFC Chip In His Hand To Bypass Security Scans And Exploit Android Phones

(Forbes) US navy petty officer Seth Wahle, now an engineer at APA Wireless, implanted a chip in his hand, in between the thumb and the finger of his left hand. It has an NFC (Near Field Communications) antenna that pings Android phones, asking them to open a link. Once the user agrees to open that […]

Owner of Defense Contracting Businesses Pleads Guilty to Illegally Exporting Military Blueprints

Hannah Robert, a defense contractor, did not protect technical drawings related to parts used in the torpedo systems for nuclear submarines, military attack helicopters and F-15 fighter aircrafts. She was willing to provide them to any foreign buyer — and she transmitted the plans via her church’s website to hide her activities. Not only that, but […]