Project Lakhta: Russian Meddling Gets Russians Indicted

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Feb.16 that a Federal grand jury dropped the hammer on a gaggle of Russian citizens and three Russian entities for their hand in the meddling in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. This Russian intelligence effort, code-named “Project Lakhta,” was conducted from 2014 to 2016 and is an..
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Uber Settles IP Suit with Waymo for $245 Million

The Waymo intellectual property theft suit against Uber came to a screeching halt last week, just days into the jury trial to determine whether Uber had stolen Waymo’s technology. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed his “regret” for what had taken place and directed his team to settle. Waymo was to provide .034 percent of Uber,..
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Micron’s IP was Stolen and The Company Wants It Back

In a sequence of events we don’t see with regularity, a U.S. company’s intellectual property (IP) is being protected by the laws and courts of another country. This is exactly what Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology is experiencing in Taiwan, Republic of China, where three of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) employees were indicted for the alleged..
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China Gifts the African Union a 21st Century Trojan Horse

China’s intelligence community demonstrated its appetite for high-risk espionage operations—and evidenced it had “cojones” at least as large as Chicago’s Millennium Park’s egg—when it built the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It turns out the Chinese gift was a 21st century Trojan Horse, according to the French daily newspaper, Le Monde. The..
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Counterintelligence: Who is the Alleged Chinese Spy Jerry Chun Shing Lee?

Until Jan. 16, unless you were part of the counterintelligence China mole-hunt team at the CIA and FBI, you probably had never heard of a former CIA case officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee. A 13-year veteran of the CIA (1994-2007), Lee stands accused of “unlawful retention of national defense information.” To the uninformed, it may..
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Global Undersea Cables Vulnerable to Russia’s Special Ops

British defense officials have added their voice to those of others highlighting the threat posed by the capabilities of the Russian military and intelligence entities to the soft underside of the global telecom infrastructure: undersea cables. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, chief of defense staff in the U.K., highlighted how the need to protect..
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China’s Economic Espionage via the Non-Attributable Hand

As we come to the end of the tumultuous 2017, the award for sleight of hand perhaps should go to China and its intelligence apparatus, the Ministry for State Security (MSS) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA), as they continue to harvest intellectual property (IP) and personal data with almost total impunity. The question every company..
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