Espionage

Saudi Arabia Accused of Hacking Amazon Chief’s Phone

WASHINGTON — The investigator hired to look into the release of intimate images of Jeff Bezos said Saturday he has concluded that Saudi Arabian authorities hacked the Amazon chief’s phone to access his personal data.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, laughs as he speaks at a Washington, DC, event in September 2018. (Cliff Owen/AP Photo)

Iranian Cleric Claims Country Hacked Netanyahu Family Phones

TEL AVIV – An Iranian ayatollah who is a close ally of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed that the Islamic Republic has managed to hack the cellphones of Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s “family,” according to a report by Radio Farda. 

WARSAW, POLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the opening session of the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. The ministerial is a conference on the Middle East sponsored by the Polish and …

Putin Claims Russia ‘Foiled’ 600 Foreign Spies Last Year

In his annual speech to officers of Russia’s FSB security agency, President Vladimir Putin commended the service for thwarting almost 600 foreign attempts to spy on Russia, painting a picture of a world obsessed with stealing Russia’s amazing military technology.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to raise the standard of living in Russia will cost almost $400 billion, the government said in a report. File Photo by Yuri Gripas/UPI

China Accuses Detained Canadians of Stealing ‘Sensitive Information’

China formally accused – but did not yet formally charge – Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig of espionage on Monday. The two were arrested soon after Canada detained Huawei executive and Communist royalty Meng Wanzhou for possible extradition to the United States. The accusation of espionage was made three days after Canada announced Meng’s extradition hearing would proceed.

Combo photo of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, Canadians whom China accused of espionage on Monday.

Sweden Arrests Alleged Russian Spy

The Swedish domestic security agency says a person has been arrested on suspicion of having been recruited by Russia to carry out “illegal intelligence activities against Sweden.”

Police have cordoned off an area after an object exploded next to a police station in Rosengard in Malmo, Sweden on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Johan NILSSON / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland Charges Chinese Huawei Manager for Espionage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers with espionage against Poland on behalf of China, Polish state television reported on Friday.

Canada, US call for 'immediate release' of two Canadians held by China

E.U. Sanctions Iran over Assassination Plots

The EU hit Iran’s intelligence services with sanctions Tuesday after accusing Tehran of being behind plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish and French soil.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor on November 20, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Claims ‘Large-Scale Infiltration’ of Israeli Intelligence

A Tehran regime intelligence official on Thursday dismissed as “delusional” a statement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week that Mossad agents “periodically” visit Iran to “catch up” on its illicit nuclear activities.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel holds up a placard of a suspected Iranian atomic site while delivering a speech at the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2018 in New York City.World leaders are gathered for the 73rd annual meeting at the UN headquarters …

Albanian Media Claims Netanyahu Cancelled Visit Due to Security Threats

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cancellation last month of a visit to Albania could have been related to a possible plot against him, Albanian media reported Thursday, in the aftermath of the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and another diplomat from the country, reportedly over a plot to target the Israeli national soccer team.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attends the second day summit meeting of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Zagreb on December 4. 2018. - Leaders of Central Europe arrived in Zagreb to attend a two day summit meeting of the CEI which is taking place in Zagreb and which marks …

Iran Officials Accuse Israel of New Cyberattack

Iranian officials say the country is being targeted by a cyberattack. Telecommunication Minister Mohammad Javad Azeri Jahromi and his deputy, Hamid Fatahi, both tweeted about the attack on Monday — the same day U.S. sanctions on the country once lifted by the nuclear deal resumed.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries speaks to journalists about the techniques of Iranian hacking, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Shadow Wars: Iran Hit by Computer Virus as Israel Stays Silent

A malicious computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated” has brought upheaval to Iran’s internal infrastructure. Israeli officials are mute on any possibility they may have contributed to its release, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries speaks to journalists about the techniques of Iranian hacking, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Chinese Student Arrested for Spying on U.S. Engineers

Police arrested a Chinese national living in Chicago on Tuesday for allegedly spying on U.S. engineers, scientists, and defense contractors on behalf of Beijing, federal prosecutors announced.

US arrests Chinese national on spying charge