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FBI Director: Chinese Espionage ‘Most Significant Threat We Face as a Country’

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday that investigations of Chinese espionage are open in all 50 states. “I think China, from a counterintelligence perspective, in many ways, represents the broadest, most challenging, most significant threat we face as a country,” he said.

The EU is looking at whether Google gives unfair prominence to its own apps such as maps or music streaming in deals with mobile manufacturers such as Samsung or Huawei

Chinese Phones Identified as Security Risk Sold at U.S. Military Bases

Stars & Stripes reports that smartphones made by the Chinese company Huawei are being sold to U.S. military personnel at exchanges on military bases in Germany. Defense officials explained that until Huawei products are explicitly banned by statute or regulation, they will remain available. A bill that would bar U.S. government contractors from using Huawei equipment is currently making its way through Congress.

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un has threatened ever more missile tests and had boasted this week that the firing of an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 over Japan was a mere "curtain-raiser"

5 Epic Failures of North Korean Science and Industry

North Korea’s belligerent threats, claims of military supremacy, and claims of an official ideology based on independence and personal achievement are difficult to square with the endless series of horrifying blunders by the regime in Pyongyang.

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Polish Senate Approves Internet Surveillance Law

(AFP) – Poland’s senate on Friday approved a controversial amendment making it easier for the secret service and police to access Internet data, stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member. The new measure will notably give

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Cyber-Attack May Have Taken Down Ukraine’s Power Grid

Security experts across the world are increasingly worried about the possibility of a cyber-attack that would target infrastructure – anything from communications and traffic control to electric power or utility services. Just such an attack is believed to have occurred on December 23 in Ukraine.

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Australian Government Hit by ‘Massive’ Chinese Cyber-Attack

Another data point for the ongoing debate about whether China has scaled back its cyber-espionage activities a little, or not at all, since Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama met in Washington a few months ago: the Australian government was just hit by a major cyber-attack, which it blames on China.

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Iran Hacks State Department Social Media Accounts

Unimpressed by their “historic” nuclear deal with the United States, and its billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran’s hackers have escalated their attacks on U.S. government officials over the past four months.

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Officials: ‘No Indication’ China Has Stopped Hacking American Companies

China’s talk of cyber-security reform has not been followed by significant action, according to U.S. intelligence officials. “We haven’t seen any indication in the private sector that anything has changed,” said National Counterintelligence Executive William Evanina on Wednesday, as he announced a forthcoming report on economic espionage in cyberspace.

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Governments Go Low-Tech to Relieve Cyber-War Anxiety

It feels as if the Information Age is trembling on the verge of some catastrophe that will make us rethink the way everything has been restructured to incorporate high-speed Internet access. Perhaps that process has already begun, with the high-profile hacking incidents which have dominated headlines over the past few years.

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Cyberwar Defeat: U.S. Pulls Assets from China After OPM Hack

CNN reported Wednesday that a U.S. official has confirmed that “the United States is pulling spies from China as a result of the cyberattack that compromised the personal data of 21.5 million government workers.”

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Obama Blusters On Chinese Hacking, But As Expected, Nothing Happens

The Chinese were nice enough to allow the President to talk tough for a little while to save face, but the bottom line is precisely what was expected: a “common understanding” with China that cyber-espionage is just awful, and it shouldn’t happen any more, which will allow China to sustain its preferred narrative about how it hates hackers more than anyone.

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Cyber-War Surrender: Obama Will Bow to China’s Dictators

The Obama Administration has been building up to the visit of Chinese unelected President Xi Jinping by talking tough about cyber-espionage. But the reality behind this tough talk is that Obama will likely let China off the hook for their past actions, and allow China to posture as the world’s firmest enemy of cyber espionage.