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

Trump to Sign Taiwan Bill Opposed by Beijing

March 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law new legislation opposed by China that calls for increasing high-level visits with Taiwan, according to administration officials.

The president could sign the measure into law in the coming days, said officials familiar with the issue.

Source: Trump to Sign Taiwan Bill Opposed by Beijing

China Violated Obama-Xi Agreement to Halt Cyber Theft

February 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

China’s government conducted cyber attacks against American businesses in violation of a U.S.-China agreement made during the Obama administration, the admiral in charge of Cyber Command told Congress on Tuesday.

Adm. Mike Rogers, retiring commander of Cybercom, testified that China’s aggressive cyber attacks are one feature of Beijing’s pursuit of economic and diplomatic interests in violation of established international norms.

Source: China Violated Obama-Xi Agreement to Halt Cyber Theft

ASAT Test Highlights China’s Growing Space Warfare Capabilities

February 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

China earlier this month conducted the latest flight test of one of its newest and deadliest strategic missiles—the DN-3 anti-satellite interceptor.

The test, as in the past, was masked by the Chinese military as a missile defense interceptor test. American defense officials, however, said the DN-3 is one of several direct ascent anti-satellite missiles capable of destroying most U.S. satellites.

Source: ASAT Test Highlights China’s Growing Space Warfare Capabilities

Indictment Reveals Russian Influence Operation Primarily Targeted Clinton

February 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The indictment revealed that intelligence and law enforcement agencies first learned of the election meddling plans in the summer of 2014—two years earlier than the claims of a recent U.S. intelligence assessment.

The indictment did not reveal how prosecutors obtained details of the operation. But it quotes from internal emails and other communications used by the Russians, suggesting the details were obtained from intelligence gathered by human spies or electronic intercepts during its years of activities, or after its operations were publicly exposed in September.

Source: Indictment Reveals Russian Influence Operation Primarily Targeted Clinton

State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials

February 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The nominee for a key State Department Asia policymaking post confirmed Thursday the State Department took part in preventing the FBI from arresting Chinese intelligence officials for conducting illegal activities in New York recently, but asserted she did not take part in the decision.Susan Thornton, a career foreign service officer widely viewed among Republicans as favoring conciliatory policies toward China, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that if confirmed, her policies toward China at State would closely resemble the soft-line policies of the Obama administration.

Source: State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials

FBI Counterspies Under Scrutiny Over FISA Abuses

February 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Disclosures that FBI and Justice Department officials abused secret surveillance laws by spying on a Trump campaign adviser are raising new concerns about FBI counterintelligence lapses.

Classified memos produced by the House and Senate show FBI counterspies believed Carter Page, an energy consultant with business experience in Russia, would lead them to Russian intelligence activities aimed at influencing the Trump presidential campaign during the 2016 election.

Source: FBI Counterspies Under Scrutiny Over FISA Abuses

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