Espionage

U.S. Indicts Chinese Nationals on Charges of Trying to Steal Coronavirus Research

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday unsealed an 11-count indictment against two Chinese nationals accused of running a global hacking campaign for both personal gain and the benefit of the Chinese state. American companies researching vaccines for the Wuhan coronavirus were among the hundreds of entities they allegedly targeted for data theft.

Top government leaders told NPR that federal agencies are years behind where they could have been if Chinese cybertheft had been openly addressed earlier. Bill Hinton Photography/Getty Images

Israel Announces Successful Launch of New Spy Satellite

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Defense Ministry announced the successful launch of a new spy satellite early on Monday that would help the country monitor Iran’s nuclear activity as its foreign minister hinted that Israel may have been behind a fire that damaged an Iranian nuclear site last week.

PALMACHIM, ISRAEL - JUNE 11: In this handout photo released by the Israeli Aerospace Industries, a Shavit rocket carrying the Ofek 7 satellite is launched early morning from the Israeli Air Force test range June 11, 2007 in Palmachim, Israel. According to reports, the new satellite will be able to …

Chinese Researcher Convicted of Spying on American Companies

A Chinese citizen that completed a portion of a doctoral program at an unnamed Californa university was convicted of stealing American trade secrets on Friday. The DOJ charged the man with conspiring to steal trade secrets from multiple American companies and hand them over “for the benefit of the Chinese government.”

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Indian Officials Go Missing in Pakistan After Car Accident Arrest

Two Indian officials went missing in Pakistan on Monday morning, raising fears they had been covertly arrested by Pakistani security and would be charged with espionage. When Pakistani media reported seven hours later that the two had been arrested on suspicion of a hit-and-run driving incident, the Indian government filed a strong protest, and it was quickly decided that the duo would be returned to India.

Pakistani army soldiers and policemen gather at a bomb explosion site, which killed one person and injured ten, in Rawalpindi on June 12, 2020. (Photo by Farooq NAEEM / AFP) (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)