The German government has approved a bill allowing intelligence agencies to “listen” to encrypted messages of users of messengers like WhatsApp in order to fight terrorism, according to SecurityWeek. Users of these apps may have their future and past messages searched if the bill passes.
On October, 23, the United States Government has imposed sanctions against Russian Federal State “Central Scientific-Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics” (TSNIICHM). “The Russian Government continues to engage in dangerous cyber activities aimed at the United States and our allies,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.
The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on September 25, his new order to create a Military Science Council to work on the country’s own weapons system. The announcement was commemorated to the 15th anniversary of the operational strategic command of the armed forces of the Republic.
The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against Ukrainian MP Derkach and three Russian nationals. The information was posted not eh US Treasury website. The sanctions were imposed for Derkach’s attempts to influence the US election campaign. The list of sanctions also includes three Russian citizens.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of the senior diplomat from the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow. The ambassador was invited to the Russian Foreign Ministry and informed that as a response, one of the senior diplomats of the Norwegian Embassy was also declared ‘persona non grata”.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to the Russian citizens pertaining the threat of the prosecution by the American law enforcement agencies and special services when traveling to the United States. Such statement was issued, due to the recent arrest of the Russian citizen Yegor Kryuchkov on August 22 in the US.
On Friday, a Russian language teacher was arrested in the Ukrainian city of Kherson. She is remanded in custody until October 9th. This is unsafe, as Coronavirus numbers continue to increase in Ukraine. The pandemic is taking a huge toll on Ukraine now. The accused, Tatyana Kuzmich, is charged with treason.
A new weapon has been unveiled during this week at the Army-2020 Expo. The new weapon is designed by the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering. The weapon is specifically engineered for the Russian special forces. One if its main advantages is its silent operation.
Austria issued a removal order for a Russian diplomat. The order gives the Russian diplomat one week to leave the country. The Russian Embassy in Austria did not make an official statement pertaining to the current situation. An official did say the situation is just a misunderstanding.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation made an official proposal to classify information about the defense sector, which is not a state secret, as confidential, and make it an official secret. This is according to the draft of the military department to amend the law “on defense.”
Britain accused Russia of meddling into its elections. Last week, the UK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament’s Russia Report was released. The committee was investigating Moscow’s interference in various election campaigns over the past year.
Russia announced that it started testing a super weapon that can deliver a global strike on any country in the world. The statement may be over ambitious, but given the released image and description, this is a very scary and dangerous technology. The Ministry of Defense described the weapons’ capabilities.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went to live in New Zealand according to the British media. A bottle with “Novichok” was used to poison former Russian spy Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, 2018. Skripal was a Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted in 2006 of spying for the UK. In 2006 he was released in a spy swap and moved to the UK where he settled in Salisbury. The poisoning not only effected the intended targets but also UK citizens as well.
China announced its strategy to focus on the third world countries digitalization via the use of Crypto-Yuan. Crypto-Yuan (BSN) on April 25 in Beijing. China. China Mobile is heavily involved in the Crypto-Yuan payment system and is also involved in a Facebook underwater cable initiative around Africa.
George Floyd was a man who died on May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd. The death of Floyd brought back memories of the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Since then, violent protests erupted across US.
Russian experts suggested that the Russian Interior Ministry create a digital profile of a foreigner entering Russia as well as foreign nationals who are already working in Russia. It will be a special app that all foreigners will have to install on their electronic devices. Russian law enforcement will monitor all the person’s whereabouts and communication.
A Prosecutor investigating the case of a former US Navy officer accused of spying in Russia has requested 18 years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant, Paul Whelan. The trial wrapped up on May 25, 2020. It is expected that the verdict of the marine, who was detained in Moscow 17 months ago, will be announced by the court in June after final submissions.
A decorated SVR intelligence agent has been found dead in Moscow. SVR is the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service focusing mostly on civilian affairs. The SVR RF succeeded the First Chief Directorate of the KGB in December 1991. It is also engaged in intelligence to provide the state with information that can influence Russian policy and decisions made by its leadership. The range of power is extremely wide including intelligence in the military-strategic, economic, political, scientific and technical fields. The SVR headquarters are located in the Yasenevo District of Moscow.
Nordic Monitor published classified information about surveillance operations by the Turkish intelligence services in the US and other nations around the globe. According to the documentation, the Turkish President has been authorizing intelligence operations to spy on critics of Turkey. The documentation seems to have a stamp from the Turkish government agency established in 2016 under the Turkish National Security Agenda.
The news broke that a Chinese researcher working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was murdered on May 2. He was apparently on the brink of big breakthrough pertaining to the coronavirus. He was murdered by a fellow Chinese national, who committed suicide after the murder. The deceased has been identified as Dr Bing Liu and was only 37 years old.
Facial recognition technology has become one of the most utilized tools in airports and other entities. It is a great tool for risk assessment and controlling ational security around the globe. Facial recognition projects have been around since last century. There were many primitive attempts that took place in the 1980s.
The most notable project, and a predecessor of the currently evolved facial recognition technology, was development by Paul Viola and Michael Jones in 2001. The Viola–Jones object detectionframework is the first framework to provide competitive object detection rates in real-time. At the time a standard available computer could produce 15 images per second using this method.
The situation around the globe pertaining to coronavirus continues to escalate. The number of infected continues to rise, including the death toll. At this time, even high ranking politicians are testing positive for COVID-19, the latest being Senator Rand Paul in the US, who tested positive on March 22. As everyone is aware by now, the coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China. Due to the Chinese regime’s failure to identify and contain the virus immediately, the virus spread around the world. Additionally, nations around the globe did not suspend travel in time and it became a full blown pandemic.
On March 2, 2020, the Vatican opened its World War II documents from their archive. Until now, they were kept a secret because of suspicions that the head of the Catholic Church at that time, Pope Pius XII, turned a blind eye to the horrors of the Holocaust. Pope Pius XII was born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli and was head of the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958. He is sometimes referred to as “Hitler’s Pope.” Some historians claim that the Pontiff knew about the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis, but failed to do anything.
US Engineers and researchers developed a new means of ensuring privacy in the 21st century, which is saturated with technological threats, on the eve of the Chi Conference On Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020, which will take place in Hawaii on April 25-30. The ACM CHI Conference is generally considered the most prestigious in the field of human–computer interaction and is one of the top ranked conferences in computer science.
Russia announced a Japanese national was caught in the act of espionage trying to obtain classified information regarding the Russian military. The announcement came via the Russian Foreign Ministry. The incident took place on December 25, 2019 in the Russian Eastern town of Vladivostok, a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It’s known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century.
The CIA declassified documents under the law that requires the exposing of Nazi war criminals. The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence.
It has been announced that starting on March 1, 2020, new Android smartphones in the European Economic Zone will have a choice of using the Russian Yandex search engine. Yandex Search is a web search engine owned by a Russian corporation. It is the core product of Yandex. In January 2015, Yandex Search generated 51.2% of all search traffic in Russia according to LiveInternet. The search engine will be offered in Estonia, Finland Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Germany expelled two Russian diplomats due to the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old who fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War and allegedly had links with Georgian intelligence. Khangoshvili and his family made an asylum claim in Germany in 2016, under their new identities secured in Georgia. His asylum was denied in 2017 and it was under appeal at the time of his murder.
China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.
Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.
A fire occurred Sunday in the town of Herzach-22. As a result, a very unique Russian factory, that was producing monomolecular polymetallic filaments, burned down. According to the Russia’s official version, the fire occurred at the tungsten ingot dehydration workshop, due to the failure of the fire systems. The fire spread through the whole factory, including the storage of the final product of the linearized titanium-tungsten monofilament (a single strand of material, as opposed to multi-filament lines), which was ready to ship to the Russian military.
The State Archive of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg has, for the first time ever, made declassified documents available pertaining to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB history (as wee as a few other key people in the KGB). The KGB, translated in English as Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. As a direct successor of agencies such as the Cheka, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, the committee was attached to the Council of Ministers.
The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the USSR’s KGB. The FSB’s main responsibilities are within the country and include counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance as well as investigating some other types of grave crimes and federal law violations.
In 1939, Operation Bernhard was a Nazi Germany project to forge British banknotes, counterfeit currencies. Originally, the project was dubbed “Andreas”. A the time the British pound was the reserve currency and was used as a main international payment method.
Nazi Germany needed forged currency to purchase raw materials for their defense industries. Counterfeiting currency was designed to solve German financial issues during World War II and also destabilize the economies of the nations they dubbed as enemies. Additionally, financing of espionage requires the use of foreign currencies. The challenge for the Nazis was to reproduce an identical paper for the banknotes and the watermark matrix. At the time, the task was given to professional counterfeiters, who were serving prison sentences. The process took close to 7 months.
The head of the Iranian Intelligence Service says an “Israel-Arab” plan to assassinate Qasem Soleimani has been foiled. Hussein Taeb said members of the team that were supposed to carry out the assassination were identified and arrested. Taeb has announced the failure of a plan to assassinate Soleimani, which he said had been “planned for several years” by the “Arab-Hebrew security services.”
Last Friday, August 23, the murder of a Georgian national occurred in Germany’s Kleiner Tiergarten Park. The central district of Tiergarten is known for many public attractions, including the Berlin Zoo. The shooting took place at approximately 12 p.m. and the shots were fired at close range. Witnesses described an assailant shooting a victim twice in the head from behind before fleeing on a bicycle.
A new Ukrainian media campaign could be a provocation to the United States. Last week a documentary aired on Ukrainian TV Channel News One with an agenda to discredit US efforts at democracy in Ukraine.
The scenario resembles Afghanistan and recent statements by the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai who claimed the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections there. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office.
The Russian Institute of Cryptology is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. This week a discovery of Stalin’s application of the cryptology became available. The code was applied starting in 1919 by Stalin in his telegrams. The information posted need a little interpreting but it appears the code Stalin was using came from a small sized book that could be easily carried and the page numbers resemble the letters.
This week, WSJ (Wall Street Journal) published an article, outlining a letter from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the US, offering to aide victims family’s lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, if he is spared the death penalty.
The federal lawsuit was filed in the State of New York by insurance companies in 2017. KSM is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay prison. He was convicted in absentia in 1996, by a New York Court, for participation in a terrorist act in the Philippines.
This week, the government of Austria announced an arrest warrant has been issued for Igor Egorovich Zaytsev. Zaytsev was a GRU officer and an alleged handler of an Austrian Colonel. The recruitment allegedly had taken place 30 years ago. Zaytsev is currently 65 years old and the yet unnamed Austrian Colonel is in his 70s. The allegations against Zaytsev and his source are pertaining to payments being provided in exchange for sensitive information about Austrian military and weapons systems. Zaytsev’s military rank has yet to be disclosed, but given his 30 years of service, it could be opined that he would at least be a Colonel, and possibly a General.
Russian state sponsored television aired a spook program this week. Russia (the government’s official channel) televised an exclusive interview with retired Colonel Elena Vavilova (aka Tracey Foley) and her husband Andrey Bezrukov (aka Donald Hattfield). These two agents were arrested by the FBI on June 27, 2010 at their residence in Massachusetts and charged with espionage.
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