U.S. Arrests Chinese Intelligence Officer for Economic Spying – Bill Gertz

October 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Chinese intelligence officer who was charged with economic espionage against U.S. aviation companies.

The officer was identified as Yanjun Xu, a Ministry of State Security intelligence officer who was extradited to the United States from Belgium on Tuesday. He was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy and attempting to steal secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies.

Xu’s arrest is a rare prosecution of an MSS officer and highlights the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on Chinese spying and technology theft.

Source: U.S. Arrests Chinese Intelligence Officer for Economic Spying

China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War – Bill Gertz

October 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s new Strategic Support Force highlights Beijing’s growing military might and plans to expand both power and influence using space, cyber, and information warfare in both peacetime and a future high-tech war, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.

The new force, set up in late 2015, is not part of army, navy, air force, or missile force and is directly under the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, according to a report published this week by the National Defense University.

The force has combined several People’s Liberation Army (PLA) advanced warfare and intelligence capabilities into a single unit for the first time, although much of the unit remains shrouded under Chinese military secrecy.

Source: China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War

U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

September 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States is vulnerable to a devastating electromagnetic pulse event caused by a high-altitude nuclear blast or solar superstorm, according to a recently published book.

Peter Pry, a former CIA analyst and author of the book EMP Manhattan Project, is urging the government to rapidly harden the U.S. electric power system against EMP similar to the three-year crash program to build the first atomic bomb in 1942.

“Today the United States and the world faces another existential threat—from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) catastrophe that can be caused by nature or man, and topple the technological pillars of modern electronic civilization,” said Pry, who served on a congressional EMP commission in the early 2000s.

Source: U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

Pentagon Plans to Deploy Space-Based Missiles

September 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pentagon is studying the deployment of space-based missiles and new sensors to counter the growing threat of high-speed missile attacks from China and Russia, senior defense officials said Tuesday.

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said a network of 1,000 missile interceptors deployed on satellite launchers, could be built for $20 billion—not at a cost of hundreds of billions as critics of space weapons assert.

Griffin, a long-time missile defense expert, said missile threats are increasing and space-based defenses are needed to counter the threats.

Source: Pentagon Plans to Deploy Space-Based Missiles

Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda

August 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California.

A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of radio station XEWW AM 690 radio near Tijuana reveals the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Phoenix TV.

Source: Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda

Chinese Aviation Firm Seeking Investment in U.S. Aircraft Makers

July 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

A Chinese state-run aircraft and missile manufacturer linked to military programs and past espionage is attempting to purchase interests in major U.S. aircraft manufacturers.

According to Trump administration officials, the Aviation Industry Corp of China, known as AVIC, is seeking to gain access to advanced technology through attempts to buy minority stakes in major aircraft companies.

The attempts were detected by U.S. intelligence agencies several months ago and reported internally within the U.S. government.

Source: Chinese Aviation Firm Seeking Investment in U.S. Aircraft Makers

China Industrial Policy Seeks to Steal ‘Crown Jewels’ of U.S. Tech

June 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

China’s government is using a multi-pronged strategy to systematically steal advanced American technology as part of economic aggression against the United States, according to a White House report.

The report, based in part on declassified intelligence from the Pentagon and intelligence agencies, provides some of the first public details on China’s industrial policies that have produced the world’s second largest economy, often at the expense of American companies.

“The Chinese state seeks to access the crown jewels of American technology and intellectual property,” says the report, made public Tuesday night.

Source: China Industrial Policy Seeks to Steal ‘Crown Jewels’ of U.S. Tech

Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The FBI mishandled the politically charged investigation of classified information found on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and Bureau agents engaged in improper behavior including a text message threat to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president, according to a Justice Department inspector general probe.

A report by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, however, appeared to let the FBI off the hook for allowing political biases and concerns about protecting the FBI’s reputation influence its investigation of classified data found on the email server.

Source: Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption

Ex-DIA Official Charged as Beijing Spy Used Chinese Cell Phones

June 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer charged with spying for Beijing’s intelligence service used Chinese cell phones to communicate with his spy handlers, according to an FBI document.

Ron Rockwell Hansen, was arrested by the FBI on Saturday and charged with attempted transfer of defense secrets to China and other crimes.

Hansen, an intelligence contractor for many years after leaving DIA in 2006, was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he planned to travel to China.

A current DIA official working with the FBI helped identify Hansen’s alleged spying activities.

Source: Ex-DIA Official Charged as Beijing Spy Used Chinese Cell Phones

Artificial Intelligence to Weaponize Fake Videos

May 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Deception operations using high-quality fake videos produced with artificial intelligence are the next phase of information warfare operations by nation states aimed at subverting American democracy.

Currently, “deepfakes,” or human image-synthesized videos, mainly involve the use of celebrity likenesses and voices superimposed on women in porn videos.

But the weaponization of deep fakes for political smear campaigns, in commercial operations to discredit businesses, or subversion by foreign intelligence services in disinformation operations is a looming threat.

Source: Artificial Intelligence to Weaponize Fake Videos

House to Probe China Threat

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will begin a major inquiry into the threat from China this week in a shift from its past attention on Russian subversion.

The committee will hold a series of hearings, both open and in secret, examining threats posed by China in the military sphere, economic and industrial realm, technology arena, and Beijing’s significant influence operations against the United States, said committee aides.

The new inquiry is being directed by Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and is supported by Republicans and Democrats.

Source: House to Probe China Threat

White House Counters China’s ‘Orwellian’ Disinformation Aimed at Americans

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The White House for the first time has pushed back against Chinese information warfare and propaganda in denouncing attempts by Beijing to impose political correctness on Americans and U.S. companies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement issued Saturday that President Trump ran against political correctness during the presidential campaign and is opposing “efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens.”

Source: White House Counters China’s ‘Orwellian’ Disinformation Aimed at Americans

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

May 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots.

Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests to the Chinese government over several recent incidents of laser firings near China’s first overseas military base at Djibouti.

Source: Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

Democratic Donors Paid $50 million for New Anti-Trump Research

April 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Anti-Trump researchers are continuing to conduct investigations of President Trump and were paid $50 million by unidentified donors in blue states, according to a House intelligence committee report made public on Friday.

The heavily redacted final report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said the panel is continuing to probe efforts by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, author of the discredited anti-Trump dossier, and the research firm FusionGPS that hired Steele on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign during the election.

Source: Democratic Donors Paid $50 million for New Anti-Trump Research

Military Set for Cyber Attacks on Foreign Infrastructure

April 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

American military cyber warriors are ready to shut critical infrastructures in China and Russia during a future conflict by conducting cyber intrusions into their networks, according to the general set to lead Cyber Command.

Both China and Russia have been detected conducting similar cyber battlefield reconnaissance against the U.S. networks used to control critical infrastructure in the United States, including electric grids, transportation, financial, and other critical systems.

Source: Military Set for Cyber Attacks on Foreign Infrastructure

Party Directive Reveals Increased Chinese Theft of U.S. Technology

April 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

China’s Communist Party recently authorized an aggressive program of stealing U.S. science and technology information by recruiting Americans in the tech sector with access to trade secrets, according to an internal Party directive.

The directive outlines a secret program authorized by the general office of the Communist Party of China (CCP) Central Committee of stepped up technology collection beginning in late 2016 and carried out by an intelligence unit called the United Front Work Department.

Source: Party Directive Reveals Increased Chinese Theft of U.S. Technology

House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress

March 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN.

The committee’s final report on the investigation was approved on Thursday and now awaits an intelligence agency review.

Despite 472 days of investigation and thousands of witnesses, the committee stated in its list of final conclusions and recommendations that it found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump, his campaign aides, and Russia.

Source: House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress

U.S. Lacks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles Fired From China and Russia, General Warns

March 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States lacks defenses against Chinese and Russian hypersonic missiles and needs to speed up work to counter the threat, the commander of the Strategic Command told a Senate hearing Tuesday.”Both Russia and China are developing hypersonic capabilities,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Omaha-based Strategic Command said. “We’ve watched them test those capabilities. So both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities.”

Source: U.S. Lacks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles Fired From China and Russia, General Warns

After Tariffs, Trump to Punish China for Intellectual Property Theft

March 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

“The strategy basically acknowledged that our trade with China was not peaceful engagement, but rather that China was engaged in strategies of economic aggression designed to capture global markets, protect their own market, acquire intellectual property and IP of the world, dominate traditional manufacturing industries, and to a large extent take control of a lot of core natural resources of the world,” the senior official said.China is engaged in a systematic effort to advance their economic interests at the expense of the United States and other nations.

Source: After Tariffs, Trump to Punish China for Intellectual Property Theft

Pentagon Gearing Up for Space Warfare

March 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pentagon is preparing for war should China, Russia, or other adversaries attack vital American satellites and other space systems, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, testified before a House subcommittee that the Trump administration’s new defense policy calls for conducting military and other operations in response to space attacks, mainly by China and Russia.

Source: Pentagon Gearing Up for Space Warfare

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