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Sergei Skripal, Former Spy Poisoned With Novichok, Released From Hospital But Still Recovering

Sergei Skripal, the former spy who was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok, was released from hospital today. But health officials stress that Skripal still needs more time to properly recover. Read More >>

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Authorities to People Who Came Near Suspected Russian Nerve Agent: Please Wash Your Clothes

Authorities have advised members of the public who may have been in attendance at a pub or a restaurant in Salisbury to wash their clothes and clean personal items with wet wipes after a former Russian spy, his daughter, and a police officer were found poisoned with a nerve agent. Read More >>

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Russian Embassy in London Trolls Twitter by Being Pedantic About Poisoned Spy

The Russia's UK Embassy is known for being a troll online. So it’s no surprise that it’s being pretty flippant about the recent news that a Russian spy was poisoned with a nerve agent in London. Make that a British spy who was poisoned with a nerve agent in London. Because being pedantic about headlines is clearly what’s important in this story. Read More >>

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Study: Malfunctioning Surveillance Gear, Not Sonic Weapons, Could Explain Cuba Embassy ‘Attack’

Bizarre reports of US diplomatic staff in Cuba suffering from symptoms resembling brain trauma, allegedly after hearing unsettling sounds resembling scraping metal or insects buzzing, have continued to baffle medical researchers. But a team from the University of Michigan may have come up with a credible explanation for the incident, per the Miami Herald. Read More >>

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Doctors Find Symptoms of Brain Trauma in U.S. Staff in Cuba, But No Evidence of ‘Sonic Device’

The bizarre saga surrounding what officials have alleged was an attack on U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba using a “covert sonic device” has continued to get weirder, with the first comprehensive medical study of the affected personnel revealing that they indeed suffered symptoms resembling the effects of traumatic brain injuries that doctors simply cannot explain. Read More >>

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China Denies That It Gifted the African Union an HQ Building Stuffed Full of Surveillance Devices

The government of China has long held an interest in building bridges with countries across Africa, which it sees as both a major opportunity for economic investment and a chance to project geopolitical power. But while mutual solidarity is nice and all, the Chinese want to leave as little to chance as possible in their influence-building project on the continent, per a recent investigation by French newspaper Le Monde. Read More >>

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UK Warns Government Agencies to Avoid Kaspersky Products, Citing Russian Ties

Russian security software company Kaspersky Lab has been having a bad few months amid allegations its signature anti-virus software scans for and identifies files of interest to Russian cyber spies. Kaspersky publicly contends a high-profile incident in which it allegedly stole classified files from a National Security Agency contractor’s computer was due to dumb mistakes on that individual’s part, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. government from banning the use of the company’s products at federal agencies. Read More >>

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Russia Allegedly Threatens Retaliation Against Google if It Lowers RT or Sputnik’s Search Rankings

The ominous cloud of doom surrounding the ongoing U.S. investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election got a little darker on Tuesday, with Russian state communications agency Roskomnadzor allegedly threatening retaliation against Google for suggesting it could lower government-funded outlets RT and Sputnik in search rankings. Read More >>

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North Korea’s Broadcasting Strange Codes on the Radio and Nobody Knows Why

Lately some strange radio broadcasts have been coming from North Korea, according to the South Korean government. Read More >>

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Spies Can Tell What a 3D Printer is Making by Listening to it

The latest bit of thinking in the industrial espionage world is really quite interesting, with analysts suggesting that the noises made by major brands of 3D printers could be reverse engineered to reveal the thing they're printing. Read More >>

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US Justice League Warns of Chinese Cyberspy ‘Security Emergency’

Stories of Chinese government organisations hacking American corporations are not new. But in a segment aired on news investigation programme 60 Minutes , US business leaders, government officials and security experts paint a picture of a particularly sophisticated attack on the intellectual property of “thousands” of companies. Read More >>

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These Secret Cold War Radio Stations are Still Broadcasting

In the early days of espionage, long before the advent of burner phones, satcoms, and other modern-day spy gadgets, getting word to field agents—especially those working behind the Iron Curtain—proved a dangerous game with global consequences should the agent's cover be blown. But that's where number stations, and their uncrackable radio codes, come in. Read More >>

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This Electronic Stonehenge Once Divined the Secrets of Soviet Radio

In the early days of electronic espionage, the US intelligence community didn't have the benefit of all-seeing spy satellites; it had to intercept and interpret high-frequency radio waves transmitted by the Soviet Union. To do so, the Americans relied on a network of mysterious structures whose real purpose was kept highly classified throughout the Cold War. Read More >>

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How Google Gives Information to the NSA

Ever since news of PRISM broke, there's been a lot of confusion and denial about exactly how the NSA is getting your information from the companies that have been collecting it. Now Google's fessed up to the details, and it's unsurprisingly simple: by FTP or even by hand. Read More >>

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Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters

In response to the recent news reports about the National Security Agency's surveillance program, President Barack Obama said, "When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls." Instead, the government was just "sifting through this so-called metadata." The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a similarcomment last night: "The program does not allow the Government to listen in on anyone’s phone calls. The information acquired does not include the content of any communications or the identity of any subscriber." Read More >>