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Court voids Kansas researcher's conviction in Chinese espionage probe

A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a researcher who was accused of hiding work he did in China while employed at the University of Kansas. Feng Franklin Tao was convicted in April 2022 of three counts of wire fraud and one count of making a materially false statement. US District Judge Julie Robinson threw out the wire fraud convictions a few months later but let the false statement conviction stand. She later sentenced him to time served. But the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday ruled that the government failed to provide sufficient evidence that Tao's failure to disclose his potential conflict of interest actually mattered, and it directed the lower court to acquit him of that sole remaining count. The case against Tao was part of the Trump administration's China Initiative, which started in 2018 to thwart what the Justice Department said was the transfer of original ideas and intellectual property from US universities to t

Court voids Kansas researcher's conviction in Chinese espionage probe
Updated On : 14 Jul 2024 | 6:41 AM IST

Australia: Court denies bail to army private accused of spying for Russia

An Australian army private and her husband accused of spying for Russia were denied bail Friday on the first charges against suspected operatives under Australia's sweeping espionage laws enacted in 2018. Kira Korolev, 40, and her husband Igor Korolev, 62, are Russian-born Australian citizens and hold Russian passports. They did not appear in person and were represented by lawyers in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on a charge each of preparing for an espionage offense. They did not enter pleas and will appear next in a federal court on Sept. 20. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw had earlier told reporters the couple allegedly "worked together to access Australian Defense Force material that related to Australia's national security interests. We allege they sought that information with the intention of providing it to Russian authorities. Whether that information was handed over remains a key focus of our investigation." Kershaw said. While the couple are the fir

Australia: Court denies bail to army private accused of spying for Russia
Updated On : 12 Jul 2024 | 10:41 AM IST

Is your iPhone compromised by 'mercenary spyware attack'? What Apple said

Apple notes that these sophisticated attackers invest "exceptional resources" to selectively target a small group of people

Is your iPhone compromised by 'mercenary spyware attack'? What Apple said
Updated On : 11 Jul 2024 | 1:04 PM IST

China has developed multiple spy facilities in Cuba: US think tank

China has developed multiple spy facilities in Cuba, less than 100 miles from Florida, according to a US think-tank report. China has historically lacked access to ground stations in North America. Accessing installations in Cuba could help close that gap, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think-tank, said in a report which gives satellite images from the region. Cuban facilities would also provide the ability to monitor radio traffic and potentially intercept data delivered by US satellites as they pass over highly sensitive military sites across the southern United States, CSIS said. Florida alone is home to the major space-launch complex at Cape Canaveral, the headquarters of both the US Southern Command and Central Command, and multiple submarine and other bases, it added. Pentagon Press Secretary Maj Gen Pat Ryder, at a news conference, said China had completed an upgrade of its facilities in Cuba in 2019. "We know that the PRC is going to continue to tr

China has developed multiple spy facilities in Cuba: US think tank
Updated On : 03 Jul 2024 | 7:17 AM IST

Houthis claim to break up US-Israel spy network after arresting UN staffers

Yemen's Houthi rebels said Monday they had arrested members of an American-Israeli spy network, days after detaining at least 11 UN staffers along with others from aid organisations. Maj. Gen. Abdulhakim al-Khayewani, head of the Houthis' intelligence agency, announced the arrests, saying the spy network had first operated out of the US Embassy in Sanaa. Then after it was closed in 2015 following the Houthi takeover of the capital Sanaa and northern Yemen, they continued their subversive agenda under the cover of international and UN organisations, he said. He did not say how many people were arrested. Houthi authorities issued what they purported to be videotaped confessions by 10 Yemenis, several of whom said they were recruited by the US Embassy. They did not include any of the UN employees who were arrested. The Houthis' claims could not be independently verified. The United Nations on Friday announced the arrests of 11 Yemeni staffers. Six worked for the UN's human rights agenc

Houthis claim to break up US-Israel spy network after arresting UN staffers
Updated On : 11 Jun 2024 | 8:45 AM IST

Ex-BrahMos engineer gets life imprisonment for spying for Pakistan

The former BrahMos engineer has been charged under Official Secrets Act for keeping classified information related to missiles in his personal device, which was leaked outside

Ex-BrahMos engineer gets life imprisonment for spying for Pakistan
Updated On : 03 Jun 2024 | 4:58 PM IST

Beijing blames Britain of recruiting couple working for Chinese govt to spy

In a statement, China's civilian spy agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS), said it just cracked a "major espionage case" involving MI6

Beijing blames Britain of recruiting couple working for Chinese govt to spy
Updated On : 03 Jun 2024 | 1:47 PM IST

Yemen's Houthis sentence 44 to death on charges of treachery, spying

A court run by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Saturday sentenced 44 people to death, including a businessman working with aid groups, on spying charges, a defence lawyer said. The 44 were among 49 people who were detained by the Iran-backed rebels and accused of collaborating with the enemy, a reference to the Saudi-led coalition that has been at war with the Houthis since 2015, lawyer Abdel-Majeed Sabra said. Four were given prison sentences, Sabra said. Sixteen were sentenced to death in absentia, while 28 were brought before the Specialised Criminal Court in the capital Sanaa, Sabra said. Among those sentenced to death was Adnan al-Harazi, CEO of Prodigy Systems, a Sanaa-based company that developed systems to help humanitarian groups register and verify the distribution of aid to those in need in the war-stricken country. The Houthis detained al-Harazi in March last year after throwing stones at his company. Saturday's court ruling included the seizure of al-Harazi's properties, Sabr

Yemen's Houthis sentence 44 to death on charges of treachery, spying
Updated On : 01 Jun 2024 | 10:49 PM IST

Pak refuses to share details of consular access to 2 Indian spying accused

Pakistan on Friday refused to share details of consular access to the two Indian nationals held on the charges of spying, saying such access had been provided from time to time. Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch was asked at the weekly briefing about the reported consular access to two Indians who were arrested for allegedly spying in Gilgit-Baltistan. I will not go into the details of such communications. However, Pakistan does from time to time arrange consular access for the Indian High Commission to its nationals, she said. Earlier this week, The Express Tribune newspaper reported that Pakistan authorities granted consular access to India for a meeting with two Indian nationals arrested on charges of spying in 2020. The consular access was provided at the request of the Indian government and the meeting between Indian diplomats and the alleged spies took place on Monday. Reports suggest that the two individuals, purportedly from Jammu and Kashmir, were arrested i

Pak refuses to share details of consular access to 2 Indian spying accused
Updated On : 01 Jun 2024 | 7:33 AM IST

UP ATS arrests Pakistan ISI agent working at Indian Embassy in Moscow

Satendra Siwal, a resident of Shahmahiuddinpur village in Hapur, could not give satisfactory answers and confessed to his crime during 'questioning', it said

UP ATS arrests Pakistan ISI agent working at Indian Embassy in Moscow
Updated On : 04 Feb 2024 | 10:28 PM IST

China says it detained individual accused of collecting secrets for Britain

China says it has detained an individual accused of collecting state secrets on behalf of Britain's foreign intelligence agency MI6. The Ministry of State Security posted on social media on Monday that Britain had been cooperating since 2015 with the person, who it said was a citizen of a third nation and had the surname Huang. The ministry said Huang had received training in intelligence gathering, provided with equipment and had collected numerous state secrets on repeated visits to China. No further information on the intelligence gathered was given, nor did the ministry say when he or she had been detained or where they were being held. The definition of state secrets is not clearly defined under China's opaque political and legal system, and many consulting and advisory firms have been investigated for obtaining data that would ordinarily be in the public record, particularly if they were shared with foreign entities. The British government has yet to comment on the allegation

China says it detained individual accused of collecting secrets for Britain
Updated On : 08 Jan 2024 | 4:17 PM IST

Taiwan reports China sent 4 suspected spy balloons over the island

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said that China sent four balloons over the island, three of which passed near to a key air force base. The reported incursions on Tuesday come as China has been upping its threat to use force to annex the self-governing republic. Taiwan is holding elections for its president and legislature on January 13, and China has used its military, diplomatic and economic power to influence voters to back candidates favouring unification between the sides. Despite that, the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party is leading in most polls, reaffirming the electorate's backing for the status of de-facto independence from mainland China. China regularly sends navy ships and warplanes to waters and airspace close to Taiwan, and its use of balloons to collect intelligence could be a new stage in its campaign of intimidation against the island. The Defence Ministry said three of the balloons passed from east to west, close to the Ching-Chuan-Kang air base, home to

Taiwan reports China sent 4 suspected spy balloons over the island
Updated On : 03 Jan 2024 | 7:57 PM IST

Iran charges Swedish national Johan Floderus with spying for Israel

Iran on Sunday held the first hearing for a Swedish citizen who was detained last year on charges of spying for Israel, media reported. A report by Mizanonline.ir news website, which is affiliated with the country's judiciary, said that the prosecutor accused the man who was identified as Johan Floderus of having links with Israeli elements" and gathering information for Israel in the framework of projects through American, Israeli and European institutes that were active against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The prosecutor said Floderus had traveled to Israel, worked with Swedish intelligence and transferred money to Iran for projects aimed to toppling its government. He asked the judge to prosecute Floderus based on articles of Iranian law that carry penalties from six months to capital punishment. Judge Iman Afshari said a date for the next session will be decided later. The report also published images of Floderus and his lawyers in the courtroom. The report did not say anythin

Iran charges Swedish national Johan Floderus with spying for Israel
Updated On : 10 Dec 2023 | 11:23 PM IST

Chinese military spy balloon spotted in Taiwan Strait: Island's def min

Taiwan's Defence Ministry says a Chinese military surveillance balloon was spotted in the Taiwan Strait, as well as a large-scale dispatch of military aircraft and ships. The ministry said the balloon passed southwest of the northern port city of Keelung on Thursday night, then continued east before disappearing, possibly into the Pacific Ocean. Taiwan has threatened to shoot down such balloons, but the ministry did not say what, if any, action was taken. It said the balloon was monitored flying at an altitude of approximately 6,400 meters (21,000 feet). It also said 26 Chinese military aircraft were detected, along with 10 Chinese navy ships, in the 24 hours before 6 am Friday. Of the aircraft, 15 had crossed the median line that is an unofficial divider between the sides, but which Beijing refuses to recognize. Some also entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone outside the island's airspace. Taiwan's military monitored the situation with combat aircraft, navy vessels and

Chinese military spy balloon spotted in Taiwan Strait: Island's def min
Updated On : 08 Dec 2023 | 11:35 AM IST

Xi's security obsession turns ordinary Chinese citizens into spy hunters

As President Xi Jinping throws up a forcefield of security controls to repel perceived foreign threats to Communist Party rule, Beijing's message to the public is spooks are everywhere

Xi's security obsession turns ordinary Chinese citizens into spy hunters
Updated On : 18 Sep 2023 | 9:38 AM IST

UK PM Rishi Sunak conveys Britain's spying concerns to China at G20 Summit

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday conveyed the UK's significant concerns about alleged Chinese interference in the UK's parliamentary democracy to the country's Premier at the G20 Summit in New Delhi, after a UK media report revealed spying charges against two men. Sunak met Li Qiang as The Sunday Times' reported that two men were arrested under the UK's Official Secrets Act amid claims a parliamentary researcher in Britain spied for China. One of the men, in his 20s, was a researcher with links to several governing Conservative Party MPs and another man in his 30s were both said to have been arrested in March and now out on bail. "The Prime Minister met Premier Li Qiang and conveyed his significant concerns about Chinese interference in the UK's parliamentary democracy," a 10 Downing Street spokesperson said. Both men were held at a south London police station until being released on bail until early October. The Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, which ...

UK PM Rishi Sunak conveys Britain's spying concerns to China at G20 Summit
Updated On : 10 Sep 2023 | 2:55 PM IST

New images show Chinese spy balloons also targeted Asia: British media

The British media on Monday reported new evidence of China's spy balloon programme, including flights over Japan and Taiwan, months after US-China relations were derailed when one such airship was shot down off the US coast. Working with Synthetaic, an artificial intelligence company which sifted through huge amounts of data captured by satellites, the BBC has found multiple images of balloons crossing East Asia. The company's founder, Corey Jaskolski, found evidence of one balloon crossing northern Japan in early September 2021. These images have not been published before, the BBC reported. Jaskolski also believes the evidence points to this balloon having been launched from deep inside China, south of Mongolia. US-China relations were thrown into turmoil in February this year, when a Chinese spy balloon, said to be the size of three buses, was shot down by American fighter jets over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. China has repeatedly claimed th

New images show Chinese spy balloons also targeted Asia: British media
Updated On : 26 Jun 2023 | 10:00 PM IST

N Korea calls failed spy satellite launch 'serious' shortcoming, vows a 2nd

Top North Korean officials vowed to push for a second attempt to launch a spy satellite as they called their country's first, and failed, launch last month the most serious shortcoming this year and harshly criticized those responsible, state media reported Monday. In late May, a North Korean rocket carrying a military reconnaissance satellite crashed soon after liftoff, posing a setback to leader Kim Jong Un's push to acquire a space-based surveillance system to better monitor the United States and South Korea. The failed launch and North Korean efforts to modernize its weapons arsenals were discussed heavily at a three-day ruling party meeting that ended Sunday, with the presence of Kim and other top officials. A lengthy Korean Central News Agency dispatch on the meeting didn't clearly say who spoke, but said a report to the meeting bitterly criticized the officials who irresponsibly conducted the preparations for (the) satellite launch. The report set forth tasks for officials a

N Korea calls failed spy satellite launch 'serious' shortcoming, vows a 2nd
Updated On : 19 Jun 2023 | 8:41 AM IST

Former FBI agent, who was convicted of spying for Russia, dies in prison

A former FBI agent who took more than $1.4 million in cash and diamonds to trade secrets with Russia and the former Soviet Union in one of the most notorious spying cases in American history died in prison Monday. Robert Hanssen, 79, was found unresponsive in his cell at a federal prison in Florence, Colorado, and later pronounced dead, prison officials said. Hanssen is believed to have died of natural causes, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details of Hanssen's death and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. He had been serving a sentence of life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to 15 counts of espionage and other charges in 2001. He had begun providing highly classified national security information to Moscow in 1985, and got more than $1.4 million worth of cash, bank funds and diamonds in exchange over the course of 16 years, according to an FBI history of his case. The FBI has bee

Former FBI agent, who was convicted of spying for Russia, dies in prison
Updated On : 06 Jun 2023 | 6:46 AM IST

North Korea's attempt to launch first spy satellite ends in failure

North Korea said Wednesday that its attempt to launch the country's first spy satellite has failed. In a statement published on state media, North Korea said a rocket carrying the spy satellite crashed into waters off the Korean Peninsula's western coast after it lost thrust following the separation of its first and second stages. It said scientists were examining the cause of the failure. South Korea's military earlier said the North Korean rocket had "an abnormal flight" before it fell in the waters. North Korea launched a rocket Wednesday, South Korea and Japan said, prompting brief evacuations in those countries as the North appeared to be attempting to put its first military spy satellite into orbit. The rocket was launched about 6.30 am from the North's northwestern Tongchang-ri area, where the country's main space launch centre is located, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. South Korea's military was trying to confirm whether the launch was successful, accordin

North Korea's attempt to launch first spy satellite ends in failure
Updated On : 31 May 2023 | 6:54 AM IST