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Austria's foreign ministry says facing 'serious cyber attack'

Vienna - Austria's foreign ministry is facing a "serious cyber attack", it said late Saturday, warning another country could be responsible.

Review: ‘Spies in Disguise’ has fun with the spy’s love of camouflage Special

‘Spies in Disguise’ is a humorous take on the super spy story that transfers Will Smith’s smooth persona to a slick pigeon.

Iran blasts France for 'interference' over jailed academic

Tehran - Tehran accused Paris on Sunday of "interference" in the case of an Iranian-French academic held in the Islamic republic, saying she is considered an Iranian national and faces security charges.

Iran blasts France for 'interference' over jailed academic

Tehran - Iran accused France on Sunday of "interference" in the case of an Iranian-French academic held in the Islamic republic, saying she is considered an Iranian national and faces security charges.

China calls expulsion of diplomats from US a 'mistake'

Bejing - China on Monday called the expulsion of diplomats from the US a "mistake" following reports that Washington quietly expelled two embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia.

US expelled two Chinese diplomats on spying claims: report

Washington - The United States quietly expelled two Chinese embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia, The New York Times reported Sunday.

French pair held in Iran to face Revolutionary Court: report

Tehran - Two French academics detained in Iran for six months have lost a bid to be released on bail and their case will now go before the Revolutionary Court, Iranian media reported.

US indicts 'Evil Corp' hackers with alleged Russian intelligence ties

Washington - A Lamborghini-driving Moscow hacker who called his operation Evil Corp and allegedly has ties to the Russian FSB intelligence service was indicted by US authorities Thursday for the cybertheft of tens of millions of dollars.

New Zealand to ban big foreign political donations

Wellington - New Zealand moved to ban large foreign political donations and misleading social media advertisements Tuesday amid concerns about offshore interference in next year's general election.

Australia launches anti-espionage task force amid China spy concerns

Sydney - Australia on Monday launched a high-level intelligence task force to combat what officials say is rampant foreign interference in the country and after claims of bold Chinese spying operations Down Under.

Australia slams China's 'unacceptable' treatment of jailed writer

Sydney - Australia's foreign minister on Monday said the treatment of a writer detained in China was "unacceptable", after reports emerged of torture and daily interrogation.

Video shows Chinese 'spy' who defected to Australia in court

Bejing - A Chinese newspaper on Wednesday published a video aiming to discredit the self-styled Chinese spy who recently defected to Australia with an apparent mountain of sensitive intelligence.

Australian police open probe into 'Chinese spy' claims

Sydney - Australian police have opened an investigation into explosive claims by a self-styled Chinese spy who defected Down Under with an apparent trove of sensitive intelligence.

Australia investigates 'Chinese plot' to create spy MP

Sydney - Australia's prime minister insisted he was "not naive" to the threat of foreign interference Monday, as authorities investigated an alleged plot by China to recruit a businessman and get him elected.

China says defector to Australia is 'unemployed' fugitive

Bejing - China sought late Saturday to discredit a man identified as a Chinese spy who defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on Beijing's political interference operations in Hong Kong and overseas, accusing him of being an unemployed fraudster and...

Defector claims rare glimpse into life as a Chinese spy

Fpo - Black ops, abductions and betrayal -- a man identified as a Chinese operative who defected to Australia has provided an unverified but chilling glimpse into the life of an apparent spy who came in from the cold.

Chinese spy defects to Australia with trove of intel: report

Sydney - A Chinese spy has defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on China's political interference operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere, according to a media report Saturday.

China wants to 'take over' Australian politics: ex-spy chief

Sydney - China wants to "take over" Australia's political system with an "insidious" and systematic campaign of espionage and influence-peddling, Canberra's ex-spymaster warned in an interview published Friday.

Norwegian freed in Moscow spy swap 'deceived' by secret services

Oslo - A Norwegian man freed by Moscow from an espionage jail term as part of a spy swap between Lithuania and Russia said on Tuesday he felt "deceived" by his country's intelligence service.

Lithuania, Norway swap spies with Russia at border

Vilnius - Russia on Friday returned two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage to Vilnius while NATO and EU member Lithuania freed two Russians jailed for spying in an exchange reminiscent of the Cold War.

Lithuania pardons Russian spies ahead of possible swap with Moscow

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Friday pardoned two Russians jailed by Vilnius for espionage, an official statement said, paving the way for a possible spy swap with Moscow.

Kremlin defends Putin decorating Bulgarian 'spy'

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday defended President Vladimir Putin's decision to confer a state award on a Bulgarian charged with spying for Russia and warned of "very negative consequences" if this affected ties.

'Russians don't surrender': 'agent' Maria Butina arrives in Moscow

Moscow - Maria Butina clutched bouquets of flowers and exclaimed that "Russians don't surrender" as she arrived in Moscow on Saturday after serving nine months in a US jail for acting as a Russian government agent.

Aussie ex-intel boss charged with secrecy breach

Sydney - A former top Australian intelligence official has been charged with mishandling classified documents, officials said Thursday, years after his home was raided during an investigation into Chinese influence operations.

Russian 'agent' Maria Butina to be released from US prison

Washington - Maria Butina, the red-headed gun advocate from Russia who built a network of high-level Republican contacts before being arrested for spying, is expected to return to her country after her Friday release from a Florida prison.

Japan says citizen held in China after alleged spying reports

Bejing - Chinese authorities have detained a Japanese man in Beijing, Tokyo confirmed Monday, following media reports that a university professor was being held on suspicion of spying.

Q&A: Former NSA Chinese espionage expert details cyber-threats Special

Charity Wright, former NSA Chinese espionage expert, and current threat researcher with global threat intelligence firm, IntSights, has released a new analysis on Chinese influencer campaigns. Charity shares with Digital Journal the main findings.

Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was ordered Friday to make his first in-person London court appearance to determine whether he can be released from prison as he fights extradition to the United States.

Australian bloggers held in Iran return home in possible swap

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran on spying charges have been freed and returned home, authorities said Saturday, in a possible swap for an Iranian student wanted in the US.

Australian couple charged with spying in Iran released

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple who were detained in Iran on spying charges have been released and returned home, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday.
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