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Thieves are using ‘informed delivery’ to spy on mail and commit fraud

“Welp, another day and another way for thieves to violate your privacy and commit credit card fraud” writes Jack Morse for mashable.com. Scammers have figured out how to view your mail before it even arrives at your house, and have used this advantage to open credit card accounts in victims’ names and then time the theft of new cards from mailboxes pretty much the moment they arrive. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Spy chief loses out on government role after firebrand speech

“Seehofer, who heads the Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU), had backed the intelligence chief, while the Social Democrats (SPD) wanted him gone” writes Josie Le Blond for theguardian.com. Germany’s outgoing domestic intelligence chief has been denied a promised post in the interior ministry after he delivered a firebrand speech repeating claims video footage showing far-right protesters chasing down migrants in Chemnitz this summer was fake. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Australia spy chief says 5G risks high, in nod to China firms’ exclusion

“Australia previously banned Huawei from providing equipment for its fiber-optic network and moved to block it from laying submarine cables in the Pacific” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Australia expanded its national security rules in August to exclude telecommunication equipment suppliers that it believes have ties to foreign governments. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Amazon and Super Micro also want retraction of spy chip story

“The CEO of Amazon Web Services and the CEO of Super Micro have joined Apple CEO Tim Cook is asking Bloomberg to retract its recent spy chip story” writes Luke Dormehl for cultofmac.com. All three companies were named in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article claiming that Chinese spy chips had been embedded into hardware supplied by Super Micro. Source: cultofmac.com Share This:

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Tim Cook calls out Bloomberg News to retract Chinese spy chip piece

“Apple CEO Tim Cook denied allegations that the company fell victim to a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government, and called on the publication, Bloomberg, to retract the story, according to an interview with BuzzFeed News” reports axios.com. Why it matters: This is the first time Apple has called for a retraction of a news article based on the contents written about the company. Source: axios.com Share This:

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Sergei Skripal briefed Swiss intelligence services on Russian spy unit accused of poisoning him

“Sergei Skripal was briefing Swiss intelligence services on an investigation into the Russian spy unit accused of poisoning him, it has emerged” writes Chief Reporter for telegraph.co.uk. Skripal spent  a week in Switzerland briefing its federal intelligence service in the summer of 2017, just three months after the Swiss had opened an official inquiry into Russian cyber hacking.The cyber attack in March 2017 on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) based in Lausanne is now known to have been conducted by the GRU, the Russian military intelligence unit behind the Salisbury…

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U.S. intelligence watchdog says it will encourage whistleblowers to come forward

“It’s really important we encourage whistleblowers to come forward and that they feel comfortable doing so and if there are allegations of reprisal then we take that very seriously,” Storch said in an interview with Reuters last week” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Getting more staff to come forward and report concerns internally through Storch’s office could reduce the number of leaks, said intelligence community historian Steven Aftergood.(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency’s top oversight official, Robert Storch, is working to repair the spy agency’s reputation with whistleblowers…

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