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Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: report

Sydney - China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a "constant, significant effort" to steal intellectual property, according to a report published Tuesday that angered Beijing.

Russia had mole in visa firm used by UK: report

Moscow - Russia's FSB security service had a mole in a company used by Britain and other countries to process visa applications, according to a report published Friday by investigative group Bellingcat.

Austrian spy suspect released from custody

Vienna - An Austrian court on Tuesday released from custody a former colonel suspected of spying for Russia, but placed him under judicial supervision, it said.

Russia condemns 'unfounded' Austrian spy accusations

Moscow - Russia said on Saturday that Austria's "unfounded accusations" in a spy scandal were unacceptable, as the suspect in the case was taken into custody.

Austria accuses colonel of spying for Russia for decades

Vienna - Austria has a launched a probe into a colonel suspected of spying for Russia for several decades, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Friday, the latest in a string of cases where Moscow has been accused of espionage in EU states.

Moscow names 'Kim Philby Square' to honour British defector

Moscow - Moscow this week named a square after Kim Philby, the British double agent who defected to the Soviet Union in 1963, near the headquarters of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.

Snowden issues surveillance warning to Israelis

Apo - US whistleblower Edward Snowden urged Israelis to be on guard against heavy-handed government and private surveillance in a speech by video link Tuesday and defended his 2013 massive leak of classified documents.

Putin backs spy agency accused over Skripal poisoning

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday publicly backed the GRU military intelligence agency at the centre of a spy poisoning row while rubbishing a recent change to its name.

US indicts 10 Chinese over scheme to steal aerospace tech

Washington - The United States indicted 10 Chinese, including two intelligence officers, over a five-year scheme to steal technology from US and French aerospace firms by hacking into their computers.

Australia spooks emerge from shadows with tweets, China warning

Sydney - Australia's highly secretive signals intelligence agency -- tasked with eavesdropping and decrypting adversaries' communications -- has made a tongue-in-cheek Twitter debut, while issuing a serious warning of security risks from Chinese technology.

Norway frees Russian man suspected of spying

Oslo - A Russian man suspected of spying at the Norwegian parliament was released from prison on Friday after Norway's intelligence service withdrew an appeal against the decision.

China says US made spy case 'out of thin air'

Bejing - Beijing on Thursday dismissed US espionage accusations against an alleged Chinese intelligence agent who was extradited from Belgium as made "out of thin air" -- upping the ante in a case likely to exacerbate tensions between the global powers.

Second Skripal suspect decorated by Putin: Bellingcat probe

London - One of the two suspects in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain was an intelligence operative who was personally decorated as a hero by President Vladimir Putin after conducting covert operations in Ukraine, investigative group...

Second Skripal suspect was decorated by Putin: Bellingcat

London - Investigative group Bellingcat on Tuesday said the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was personally decorated as a hero by President Vladimir Putin in 2014.

Second Skripal poisoning suspect named as 'Russian GRU doctor'

London - Investigative group Bellingcat on Monday identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a doctor employed by Moscow's GRU military intelligence service.

Second Skripal poisoning suspect is Russian GRU agent: Bellingcat

London - Investigative group Bellingcat on Monday identified the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a trained military doctor employed by Russia's GRU military intelligence agency.

Dutch expulsion of alleged Russian spies a 'misunderstanding': Moscow

Moscow - Moscow said Monday that four Russians expelled as alleged spies by the Netherlands were on a "routine visit", insisting that the Dutch intelligence operation had failed to provide proof of any hacking plot.

Kremlin says Netherlands has no proof of alleged Russian hacking plot

Moscow - Moscow on Monday said that documents presented by the Netherlands last week alleging that Russian agents attempted to hack into the global chemical watchdog organisation were not proof of Moscow's involvement.

Moscow to summon Dutch envoy over cyber-attack claim: agencies

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry was to summon the Dutch ambassador on Monday after the Netherlands said it had foiled a cyber attack by Russians, state news agencies reported.

Russian spy saga shows darker side of Dutch 'city of peace'

Den Haag - The Hague brands itself as the "City of Peace and Justice", but this week the stately seat of the Dutch government also revealed a darker side with the exposure of four alleged Russian spies.

Dutch PM defends decision not to arrest Russian spies

Den Haag - Dutch agents decided not to arrest four Russians accused of plotting a cyber-attack on the world's chemical weapons watchdog because it was "not a criminal inquiry", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday.

Russian military intelligence's embarrassing blunders

Moscow - Russia's shadowy military intelligence has found itself thrust into an unwelcome spotlight over glaring errors that exposed its agents' alleged role in the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and an attempt to hack into the global chemical...

'No James Bond': Dutch hotel says Russians went quietly

Den Haag - Four alleged Russian spies were arrested by Dutch agents as they walked out of a hotel lift in The Hague without force and with "no James Bond involved", the manager said Thursday.

Chemical weapons watchdog says target of growing cyber activities

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday it has suffered "increased cyber-related activities" since the start of the year, after a bombshell revelation that it was targeted by Russian intelligence agency hackers.

Norway court extends detention of Russian accused of spying

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Thursday remanded a Russian citizen accused of spying for two more weeks in a case that triggered outrage in Moscow.

Dutch thwart Russian cyber attack on chemical weapons watchdog: intel agency

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence thwarted a Russian cyber attack targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog in April and expelled four Russian agents, the government said Thursday.

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

Den Haag - Western powers have accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world's chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands.

UK accuses Russian spies of global cyber attacks campaign

London - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday accused Russian military intelligence of conducting a campaign of "indiscriminate and reckless" online attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media and sport bodies around the world.

UK Jeremy Hunt accuses Russian spies of global cyber attacks campaign

London - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday accused Russian military intelligence of conducting a campaign of "indiscriminate and reckless" online attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media and sport bodies around the world.

Putin brands poisoned spy Skripal a 'traitor' and 'scumbag'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday branded former double agent Sergei Skripal a "traitor" and a "scumbag", saying Moscow knew he had cooperated with foreign intelligence after his release in a spy swap.
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