Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources

As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on Read More …

British, French Spies Risk EU Curbs on Telecom Data Snooping

British and French spy and security agencies shouldn’t be given unfettered access to phone and internet users’ data, according to an adviser to the European Union’s top court who warned that mass interception of private communications is only allowed in a Read More …

Kazakh government will intercept the nation’s HTTPS traffic

Internet service providers (ISPs) based in Kazakhstan are being instructed to force their users to install government-issued root certificates on their devices to allow agencies to intercept web traffic. The increasingly-widespread Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) refers to the transmission of Read More …

ASD reveals rules for keeping vulnerabilities secret

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has quietly published its process for deciding when knowledge of cybersecurity vulnerabilities is kept secret. This is the first official acknowledgement that the ASD might not disclose all of the vulnerabilities it discovers. However, knowledge Read More …

Russia’s FSB thwarts IS terror plot against GRU officers, commuter rail passengers

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has foiled an attempt to carry out a terrorist attack on military intelligence (GRU) officers and railway passengers in Moscow that members of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) were plotting, Kommersant reported, Read More …

Fitness app Polar exposed locations of spies and military personnel

A popular fitness app that tracks the activity data on millions of users has inadvertently revealed the locations of personnel working at military bases and intelligence services. The app, Polar Flow, built by its eponymous company Polar, a Finnish-based fitness Read More …

State Intelligence/Fusion Center staying ahead of next threat

High above the congested traffic on Kanawha Boulevard across the river from the state Capitol, Scott Pauley helps manage a team of eight intelligence analysts constantly searching for the next potential threat. Pauley is deputy director of the West Virginia Read More …

Lebanon Foiled ISIS Barbie Doll Bomb Plot On Flight From Australia To Abu Dhabi

Lebanese intelligence helped foil a plot by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) to bring down an airliner with bombs hidden inside a Barbie doll and a meat grinder, the country’s interior minister said Monday. Nouhad Machnouk told reporters that Lebanese police intelligence stopped Read More …