Washington Post: CIA instructs Russians on how to share secrets with the spy agency

Washington Post: CIA instructs Russians on how to share secrets with the spy agency. “On Monday, the CIA published instructions for how Russians can covertly volunteer information using an encrypted conduit to the agency’s website. The hope is to attract intelligence — and potentially gain more access to official Russian secrets — from disaffected people who have been trying to contact the CIA since the war began, officials said.”

Bellingcat: Food Delivery Leak Unmasks Russian Security Agents

Bellingcat: Food Delivery Leak Unmasks Russian Security Agents. “Russian tech giant Yandex has blamed one of its employees for the hacking and subsequent leak of data from Yandex Food, a popular food delivery service in Russia. Among the many users affected are serving agents of Russia’s security services and military, who in several cases even ordered food to their places of work using their official email addresses.”

Daily Beast: Congress Eyeing ‘Dumpster Fire’ of Hate Talk in Spy Agency Chat Rooms

Daily Beast: Congress Eyeing ‘Dumpster Fire’ of Hate Talk in Spy Agency Chat Rooms. “The House and Senate intelligence oversight committees are looking into hate speech that has flourished in spy agency chat rooms over the past five years, spokespersons there tell SpyTalk. The House Armed Services Committee is also ‘aware of these allegations and we are working with the relevant agencies to assess the claim,’ said Caleb H. Randall-Bodman, the panel’s spokesman.”

Daily Beast: Shady Network of Fake Mossad Job Sites Targets Iranian Spies

Daily Beast: Shady Network of Fake Mossad Job Sites Targets Iranian Spies. “VIP Human Solutions’ website is one of 16 such sites that use the same pitch, phrasing, logos, phone numbers, and, for some, web infrastructure over the past four years to lure former spies and soldiers in Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah to come work for Israel. Intelligence experts say the crude and clumsy sites are fakes, with no plausible connection to Israel’s spy services. But the bogus recruiters’ websites have nonetheless endured, surfacing and disappearing at a number of hosts over the same four-year period to pitch to internet users in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon through Google Ads.”

New York Times: The U.K. Spy Agency MI5 Joined Instagram. It Wasn’t for the Likes.

New York Times: The U.K. Spy Agency MI5 Joined Instagram. It Wasn’t for the Likes.. “Take Instagram, a clearinghouse for vacation selfies, food pictures and airbrushed dispatches from your friends’ lives. Now add MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, known for its spying and secret-keeping, performed — in the fog of popular imagination, anyway — by handsome, tuxedoed men who drink martinis. A match made in influencer heaven?”

Washington Post: ‘The intelligence coup of the century’

Washington Post: ‘The intelligence coup of the century’. “The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software…. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages.”

Ars Technica: How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it

Ars Technica: How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it. “A covert ‘transitional’ channel used for communicating with sources that Central Intelligence Agency handlers couldn’t reach directly was exposed and infiltrated by Iranian intelligence in 2009. The breakdown in operational security—which apparently relied heavily on security through obscurity—was the result of Iranian intelligence officials simply using Google to locate the websites used as the communications channel after a double-agent exposed the method used by the CIA, according to a report from Yahoo News’ Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin.”

The Next Web: CIA plans to replace spies with AI

The Next Web: CIA plans to replace spies with AI. “Human spies will soon be relics of the past, and the CIA knows it. Dawn Meyerriecks, the Agency’s deputy director for technology development, recently told an audience at an intelligence conference in Florida the CIA was adapting to a new landscape where its primary adversary is a machine, not a foreign agent.”

Engadget: NSA sent coded messages through Twitter

Engadget: NSA sent coded messages through Twitter. “Spy agencies have a long history of using public outlets to deliver secret messages, such as numbers stations or cryptic classified ads. Now, however, they’ve adapted to the internet era. Both the New York Times and the Intercept have learned that the National Security Agency used Twitter to send ‘nearly a dozen’ coded messages to a Russian contact claiming to have agency data stolen by the Shadow Brokers. Reportedly, the NSA would tell the Russian to expect public tweets in advance, either to signal an intent to make contact or to prove that it was involved and was open to further chats.”

Wilson Center: Ryszard Kuklinski CIA Documents Available in HAPP Digital Archive

Wilson Center: Ryszard Kuklinski CIA Documents Available in HAPP Digital Archive. “Ryszard Kuklinski was a Polish colonel and Cold War spy who passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents to the United States Central Intelligence Agency between 1972 and 1981. Kuklinski, a senior officer on the Polish General Staff and aide to Polish prime minister and communist party chief (and later president) Wojciech Jaruzelski, volunteered his services to the United States Army in 1972. For over nine years, Kuklinski provided the CIA with more than 40,000 pages of documents regarding the innermost secrets of the Warsaw Pact, ‘the secrets of the kitchen’ in the words of Jaruzelski. The documents Kuklinski shared included war plans—intelligence that was deemed of ‘truly great strategic significance’ by Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s national security adviser.”

Business Insider: Britain is having trouble recruiting new spies because Facebook and Google pay ‘five times more’

Business Insider: Britain is having trouble recruiting new spies because Facebook and Google pay ‘five times more’. “The UK’s surveillance agency, GCHQ, is having trouble recruiting new spies because current and potential spooks want to take better-paid jobs at big tech firms such as Apple, Google, and Facebook.”