The Sunday Read: ‘The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon’

A New York Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #industrial-espionage, #israel, #politics-and-government, #privacy

Justice Dept. to End Trump-Era Initiative to Deter Chinese Threats

The agency will instead introduce a broader strategy meant to address threats from hostile nations.

#china, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #garland-merrick-b, #industrial-espionage, #justice-department, #olsen-matthew-g, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Is Set to Modify Trump-Era Program Aimed at Fighting Chinese Threats

Critics said the China Initiative unfairly targeted Asian professors and contributed to a rising tide of anti-Asian sentiment.

#china, #chinese-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #industrial-espionage, #justice-department, #olsen-matthew-g, #research, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘In the End, You’re Treated Like a Spy,’ Says M.I.T. Scientist

Gang Chen was arrested a year ago on charges of hiding his links to China. The charges were dismissed, but he said the damage — to him, and to American science — has lingered.

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U.S. Moves to Drop Case Against M.I.T. Scientist Accused of Hiding China Links

Gang Chen, a professor of mechanical engineering, was arrested a year ago, accused of concealing his affiliations with Chinese government institutions.

#chen-gang-1964, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #industrial-espionage, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #politics-and-government, #research

The Metaverse Is Coming, and the World Is Not Ready for It

The geopolitical consequences may be radical.

#computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #industrial-espionage, #international-relations, #privacy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers

What Uber’s Spies Really Did

A former co-worker accused the men of wiretapping their colleagues, hacking foreign governments and stealing trade secrets. It wasn’t true, but the allegations still follow them.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #didi-chuxing, #industrial-espionage, #kalanick-travis, #khosrowshahi-dara, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker NSO Group

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of “flagrant” violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

#apple-inc, #citizen-lab, #cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #icloud, #industrial-espionage, #lookout-inc, #nso-group, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Spies for Hire: China’s New Breed of Hackers Blends Espionage and Entrepreneurship

The state security ministry is recruiting from a vast pool of private-sector hackers who often have their own agendas and sometimes use their access for commercial cybercrime, experts say.

#chengdu-china, #china, #commerce-department, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hainan-island-china, #industrial-espionage, #justice-department, #ministry-of-state-security-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

The Murky World of Private Spies and the Damage They May Be Doing

Barry Meier’s “Spooked” is an investigative reporter’s probe of other investigative reporters who may be using their talents for questionable purposes.

#bc-strategy-ltd-black-cube, #books-and-literature, #fusion-gps, #industrial-espionage, #k2-intelligence-llc, #meier-barry, #news-and-news-media, #simpson-glenn-r, #spooked-book, #steele-christopher-1964, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Flourish, The Rock for President? and a 7-Eleven Grudge Match: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#7-eleven, #centner-academy-miami-fla, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #industrial-espionage, #miami-fla, #miami-design-district-miami-fla, #order-the-extremist-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

A ‘System of Espionage’ Reigned at Ikea, a French Prosecutor Charges

In a case riveting national attention, Ikea France is charged with violating privacy rights by surveilling unions, employees and customers.

#detectives-private, #france, #ikea, #industrial-espionage, #privacy, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets

A lawsuit by Wisk, partly owned by the Google co-founder Larry Page, says two engineers took sensitive files before joining Archer.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #archer-aviation-inc, #boeing-company, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #page-larry, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-airlines, #venture-capital, #wisk-aero-llc

White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership with private industry.

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China Appears to Warn India: Push Too Hard and the Lights Could Go Out

As border skirmishing increased last year, malware began to flow into the Indian electric grid, a new study shows, and a blackout hit Mumbai. It now looks like a warning.

#china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #industrial-espionage, #mumbai-india, #phishing-computer-fraud, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #territorial-disputes

Scientist Accused of Hiding Chinese Funds Sues Harvard, Saying It Abandoned Him

Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s chemistry department, claimed in the lawsuit that the university turned its back on a “dedicated faculty member.”

#china, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #industrial-espionage, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #research, #suits-and-litigation-civil

The Short Tenure and Abrupt Ouster of Banking’s Sole Black C.E.O.

Tidjane Thiam made Credit Suisse profitable again. But the Swiss rejected him as an outsider, and a sudden scandal took him down.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #black-people, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #credit-suisse-group-ag, #high-net-worth-individuals, #industrial-espionage, #switzerland, #thiam-tidjane

TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy

Technological progress has outpaced the political debate again. What will happen when the next TikTok arrives in the United States?

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #industrial-espionage, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wechat-mobile-app

China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says

In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits.

#china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #industrial-espionage, #justice-department, #malaysia, #united-states-politics-and-government

How One Man Conned the Beltway

The billion-dollar “Black Budget” demands secrecy. That made it a perfect target.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #courtney-garrison-kenneth, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #industrial-espionage

Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Pits Spy Against Spy

The intelligence wars over vaccine research have intensified as China and Russia expand their efforts to steal American work at both research institutes and companies.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #foreign-intelligence-service-russia, #industrial-espionage, #ministry-of-state-security-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china, #russia, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-north-carolina, #vaccination-and-immunization

Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #google-inc, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #levandowski-anthony, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo

Russia Sets Mass Vaccination for October After Shortened Trial

The announcement raised concerns that Russia would begin inoculations and declare victory in the race for a coronavirus vaccine without fully testing its product.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #industrial-espionage, #russia, #sovereign-wealth-funds, #vaccination-and-immunization