Solicitor charged over false claim of corrupt Met police payments

By Rob Evans, the guardian.com, Friday 25 July 2014

“Bhadresh Gohil, 50, has also been charged with giving false information to a parliamentary committee and organising a campaign to publish articles in the media publicising the false allegations.

On Friday at Westminster magistrates court in London, Gohil was accused of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

A private detective, Cliff Knuckey, was also charged with five offences under the Theft Act of faking documents involving payments totalling £11,500. He pleaded not guilty.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/25/solicitor-bhadresh-gohil-false-claim-corrupt-met-police-payments

3PLA aka, “The Chinese NSA”

From Mountains, Island, Secret Town, China’s Electronic Spy Shop Watches

Military Organization 3PLA Is Tasked With Monitoring World-Wide Electronic Information

By James T. Areddy in Shanghai, Paul Mozur in Beijing and Danny Yadron in San Francisco

Surveillance Giant

3PLA’s Role Echoes the NSA’s

  • Founded in the 1930s as an underground Red Army unit
  • Employs some 100,000 hackers, linguists, and analysts
  • Divided into 12 bureaus with specific tasks or targets
  • Governed by China’s Central Military Commission, headed by President Xi Jinping

 
Read the full article:  http://online.wsj.com/articles/chinas-spy-agency-has-broad-reach-1404781324

Foreign couple illegal investigation case to be heard in public

Foreign couple illegal investigation case to be heard in public
2014-07-18 XinhuaWeb Editor: Mo Hong’e

A foreign couple accused of illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens will be tried in public, Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court announced on Thursday.

The couple, Peter William Humphrey, 58, a British national, and his American wife Yu Ying Zeng, 61, were arrested last August. They had been hired by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) China’s Mark Reilly as private investigators in 2013.

It is the first indictment of foreigners for illegal investigation in China.

Prosecutors have found that the couple illegally trafficked a huge amount of personal information on Chinese citizens to seek profits via a company called ChinaWhys Co. Ltd., registered in 2004 in Shanghai.

Read the full article: http://www.ecns.cn/2014/07-18/124831.shtml

 

Secretive court to hear state surveillance complaints

By Jane Croft

A secretive UK court that investigates complaints against intelligence agencies will this week hear the first of a series of legal challenges relating to alleged surveillance by security services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is due to hear a case lodged by human rights groups that stems from the US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about state surveillance. The groups have accused Britain of breaching human rights to privacy after Mr Snowden gave details last year of far-reaching online surveillance programmes by the US and UK governments. He said the UK security services gained information from internet traffic through an operation called Tempora.”

GCHQ is engaging in bulk interception of communications carried on fibre-optic cables entering or leaving the UK,” they said. “Many if not most communications, even between an MP and her constituents, will be carried on such cables.”

Read the full article:  http://www.ft.com/topics/people/Edward_Snowden

 

UK Rushes Surveillance Laws Through Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Thursday to rush through fresh measures to give police and spy agencies the power to scoop up mobile phone and internet data.

Full article at: http://mashable.com/2014/07/10/uk-rush-emergency-surveillance-laws-through-parliament/

US charges Chinese businessman with hacking into Boeing computers

The US has charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computers of Boeing and other defence contractors in order to download information about military aircraft, the latest example of what US officials believe to be a long-running Chinese campaign of industrial espionage.

Copyright: The Financial Times Limited 2014.

Full article at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/11/boeing-china-cybercrime-idUSL2N0PM2FV20140711

China Labels iPhone a Security Threat

Updated July 11, 2014
Report Cites Researchers Who Say Tracking App Could Expose ‘State Secrets’

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers

Privacy boom brings digital paranoia into the open

The growing interest in secrecy should serve as a wake-up call.
There seems to be a booming market in paranoia. The Blackphone, which went on sale in the US this week, is purpose-built for the post-Snowden era: it encrypts all of a user’s data and comes preloaded with apps designed with secrecy in mind to block “information leakage”.
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2014.

Dragonfly: Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

An ongoing cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.

Copyright: Symantec.com

Full article at: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/dragonfly-western-energy-companies-under-sabotage-threat