Scientist and wife plead guilty to espionage involving nuclear weapons

(Examiner) Two contract workers for a U.S. nuclear facility pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on Friday to espionage charges involving classified nuclear weapons information, according to Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, a U.S. citizen, […]

US Army Major convicted of espionage for Cambodia

(HawaiiNewsNow)  A military jury has found a Schofield Barracks officer guilty of illegally possessing and passing classified national defense information. Military prosecutors say Army Maj. Seivirak Inson, 43,  attempted to hand over a number of military secrets to members connected to the Cambodian government between 2009 and 2012. Prosecutors say that Inson — who is of […]

Update on NASA Chinese Contractor Case

U.S. Finds Porn Not Secrets on Suspected China Spy’s PC (Business Week) A Chinese research scientist suspected of spying on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – — and pulled from a plane in March as he was about to depart for China — is set to plead to a misdemeanor charge of violating agency […]

Insider Threat: Soldier Receives 16-Year Sentence for Attempted Espionage

FBI: A 22-year-old military police officer in Alaska has been sentenced to a 16-year jail term in connection with his efforts to sell classified documents to a person he believed was a Russian intelligence officer. In 2011, William Millay was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage when he began to talk to—and solicit help from—other […]

DIA intel analyst Ana Montes: Cuban Spy

A Most Dangerous Spy By Jim Popkin / Special to The Washington Post Published: April 27. 2013 4:00AM PST WASHINGTON — Ana Montes has been locked up for a decade with some of the most frightening women in America. Once a highly decorated U.S. intelligence analyst with a two-bedroom co-op in Washington, Montes today lives in a two-bunk cell in […]

INSIDER THREAT: University Researcher Charged with Economic Espionage for China

It never ends. Each time you read one of these cases, they all end up having one country in common: China. Medical College of Wisconsin researcher charged with economic espionage; Feds allege anti-cancer compound was stolen for China (Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) A researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin has been charged with stealing a […]

L-3 employee gets 5+ years for exporting military secrets to China

5-plus years for Illinois man in military secrets case (AP) A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor to more than five years in prison for taking U.S. military technology trade secrets to his native China, ignoring the man’s contentions that it was an error in judgment and […]

Insider Threat: Thieves obtained detailed security plans to get inside

Here’s an interesting story about security and the insider threat: Hollywood-style caper in $80M theft obtained security plans to get inside  (New Jersey Star-Ledger) According to the article, thieves were successful in breaking in to a number of high-risk warehouses all over the country because they knew exactly where the security vulnerabilities were and how […]

REPORT: The Risk of Insider Fraud

The Ponemon Institute has issued its second The Risk of Insider Fraud report. Based on the average, it is likely that your organization will experience fraud 55 times this year. From the Introduction: The Risk of Insider Fraud: Second Annual Study reveals that the insider threat has become more of a challenge for IT professionals. […]

Theft is still the biggest problem for US companies in China

From The Economist: “If the technology matters, then don’t bring it to China as it will get stolen.” ON JANUARY 5th, in a night raid, a gang of criminals broke into a factory near Shanghai owned by Mercury Cable, an American manufacturer of high-voltage equipment. The thieves took not only raw materials but machinery from […]

How Do You Spot The Thief Inside Your Company?

Insider fraud costs $3,500,000,000,000 (t-r-i-l-l-i-o-n) and your company is a target. Some facts from this recommended article for security officers: Businesses, on a global basis, experience losses of about 5% each year from schemes executed by and with employees. The median loss was about $400,000, and in one-fifth of businesses that were surveyed in the ACFE […]

Former Navy Sailor Charged in Virginia with Attempted Espionage (Updated)

Robert Patrtick Hoffman, II 39 years old, born 1973 US Citizen, born in Buffalo, NY US Navy, 1991-2011 Petty Officer First Class, E6 Cryptologic Technician Held TS/SCI clearance with access to SAPs Resident of Virginia Beach, VA Attempted to spy for Russia, revealing to them methods to track US submarines Caught in an FBI sting operation […]

Insider Threat: GM Engineer Convicted of Stealing $40M Trade Secrets for China

US Citizens Shanshan Du (Engineer with General Motors) and Yu Qin. I guess they didn’t become Americans because they were motivated by the ideals of freedom and liberty of America’s Founding Fathers. Double the insider threat. Two Convicted in Conspiracy to Steal GM Trade Secrets (FBI/Detroit) –A former General Motors engineer and her husband were convicted […]

Ex-Navy Translator Charged under Espionage Act

Ex-Wisconsin man charged in espionage case (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) A former Arab linquist for the military has been charged under the Espionage Act with allegedly copying classified documents and shipping them back to the United States, including to Stanford University, which maintains a collection in his name. A Navy commander said the security breach by James […]

US jihadist happy to hear American soldiers being killed

Insider Threat: 27-year-old US citizen born in Massachusetts turns to the ‘religion of peace’ — Man Sentenced in Boston for Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and Attempting to Provide Detonation Devices to Terrorists (FBI) Rezwan Ferdaus was sentenced today for plotting an attack on American soil and attempting to provide detonation devices to […]