Spain fires intelligence chief amid phone hacking scandals

Spain’s government fired the director of the country’s top intelligence agency Tuesday following the hacking of politicians’ cellphones, including the devices of the prime minister and several supporters of the Catalonia region’s secession. The National Intelligence Center, or CNI, has Read More …

UK spy agencies sharing bulk personal data with foreign allies was legal, says court

A privacy rights org this week lost an appeal in a case about the sharing of Bulk Personal Datasets (BPDs) by MI5, MI6, and GCHQ with foreign intelligence agencies. The British agencies have never stated, in public, whether any of Read More …

Israel: Mossad head’s personal files, photos leaked by Iran-linked Telegram group

Photos and personal documents disclosing information on Mossad director David Barnea and his family were leaked in a Telegram channel called “Open Hands” on Tuesday, Walla reported. Created hours before the leak was published to some 30 followers, the channel Read More …

Swipe left: Snoops use dating apps to hook sources, says Australian Five Eyes boss

Nations running online foreign influence campaigns have turned to dating apps to recruit people privy to sensitive information, according to the director general of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the nation’s security agency directed against external threats and Read More …

Danish intelligence chief held over suspected information leaks

The head of Denmark’s foreign intelligence unit, Lars Findsen, has been remanded in custody over his involvement in a case of “highly classified” information leaks, public broadcaster DR reported on Monday. Denmark’s two intelligence services have been thrown into disarray Read More …

Dutch newspaper accuses US spy agencies of orchestrating 2016 Booking.com breach

Jointly US-Dutch owned Booking.com was illegally accessed by an American attacker in 2016 – and the company failed to tell anyone when it became aware of what happened, according to explosive revelations. The alleged miscreant, named as “Andrew”, is said Read More …

New Zealand spooks say satellite snooping is obsolete – better intel is found elsewhere

New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) – the nation’s signals intelligence and infosec agency – will retire its Waihopai satellite communications interception station because it’s no longer needed. “The nature of telecommunications has changed, and other needs and capabilities Read More …

Ukraine links members of Gamaredon hacker group to Russian FSB

SSU and the Ukrainian secret service say they have identified five members of the Gamaredon hacking group, a Russian state-sponsored operation known for targeting Ukraine since 2014. This Gamaredon hacking group, tracked as Armageddon by the SSU, is allegedly operated Read More …

Russia to work with US on identifying hackers as part of an agreement, FSB chief says

Russia will cooperate with the United States in the field of identifying ransomware hackers as part of an agreement between the two countries’ presidents, Director of Russia’s Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov said in his opening remarks at the IX Read More …