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Austria seeks explanation from Germany about spying reports

“Kurz noted there were suspicions a few years ago of German intelligence activity in Austria and suggested that was partly responsible for German laws subsequently being tightened to prevent such activities” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Austria is seeking clarification from neighboring Germany of reports that its spy agency snooped for several years on nearly 2,000 targets in the Alpine nation, including companies and ministries VIENNA (AP) — Austria demanded clarification from neighboring Germany on Saturday of reports that its spy agency snooped for several years on nearly 2,000…

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India orders tests on potential ‘spy pigeon’ from Pakistan

“A suspected Pakistani ‘spy pigeon’ seized just inside India’s border faces X-ray by security officials to ensure the bird is not carrying hidden messages, or spy gadgets” writes Ben Farmer for telegraph.co.uk. The bird was handed in to border security forces after landing close to a post near Amritsar, the Times of India reported.Police Inspector Paramvir Singh said officers would order an X-ray to ensure the the pigeon was not carrying any form of coded message or spy hardware. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Woman claims hacker used baby monitor to spy on her in her bedroom — here’s how to protect yourself

“Some 11.2 billion smart devices are projected to be in use by the end of 2018, up from an estimated 8.4 billion devices last year, according to market trends firm Gartner, Inc” writes Kari Paul for marketwatch.com. Consumers should ask whether devices have strong security protocols and third-party safety assessments done. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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US ‘double agent took $800,000 to spy for China’

“And another US diplomat, Candace Marie Claiborne, was arrested for taking money from Chinese intelligence officials, though she was not directly accused of supplying information in exchange” writes Agence France-presse for theguardian.com. Hansen, from Syracuse, Utah, the charges said, had retired from the US army where he worked in signals intelligence. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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COURT: German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs…

“The operator had argued the agency was breaking the law by capturing German domestic communications along with international data” reports yahoo.com. However, the court in the eastern city of Leipzig ruled that internet hubs “can be required by the federal interior ministry to assist with strategic communications surveillance by the BND”.But to the great embarrassment of Germany, it later emerged that the BND helped the NSA spy on European allies.The surveillance sifts through digital communications such as emails using certain search terms, which are then reviewed based on relevance (AFP…

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Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy disputes Trump’s ‘spy’ claim, says FBI acted properly

“Trump did not reference Gowdy’s comments that there was no evidence of the FBI planting a spy on his campaign” writes Anne Flaherty for sun-sentinel.com. On Wednesday, Gowdy said he had “never heard the term ‘spy’ used” and did not see evidence of that.There is no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, a senior House Republican said Wednesday, directly contradicting Trump’s repeated insistence that the agency inserted a “spy for political reasons and to help Crooked Hillary win.”. Trump’s legal team has asked…

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North Korea sends former top spy to U.S. in bid to revive summit

“North Korea is sending its former spymaster to America in hopes of jump-starting the potential summit with President Trump, South Korean news media said Tuesday” writes David K for marketwatch.com. Kim Yong Chol, former head of his nation’s spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, landed in Beijing on Tuesday and then revealed plans to go to Washington D.C. in the latest bid to reschedule the cancelled June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Trump says he is victim of “Spygate” after FBI reportedly used Cambridge professor as source

“It came after Stefan Halper, a retired professor and Life Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, was named in US media reports as an FBI source who approached three Trump campaign advisers in the summer of 2016” writes Rowan Pelling for telegraph.co.uk. Donald Trump accused the FBI of being involved in a scandal he branded “Spygate” following its reported use of a retired Cambridge university professor to glean information about whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Media insist: FBI’s source on Trump was ‘informant,’ not ‘spy’

“The right-leaning Wall Street Journal editorial board on Sunday sarcastically referred to Halper as “the FBI informant who wasn’t spying.”” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Unbeknownst to the Trump team, Halper at some point began assisting U.S. intelligence in the investigation into Russia’s election meddling.How is it that the Trump administration has tried to make it sound as though this would be spying for political purposes?. Is there any evidence of that?” Toobin replied that there’s “absolutely no evidence of that,” but that there is “evidence that they — the FBI used a…

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