Category Archives: Intelligence

NSA Hawaii

Recently I've heard Edward Snowden talk about his working at the NSA in Hawaii as being "under a pineapple field." CBS News recently ran a segment on that NSA listening post on Oahu.

Not a whole lot of actual information. "We're in office building, in a pineapple field, on Oahu...." And part of it is underground -- we see a tunnel. We didn't get to see any pineapples, though.

UK provided evidence to 16 NATO allies of Russia hacking campaigns

UK Government has provided to 16 NATO allies evidence of malicious Russia ‘s cyber activity in their countries over the last 18 months.

According to the foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, the UK Government has provided to 16 NATO allies evidence of cyber attacks carried out by Russia against their countries over the last 18 months.

Hunt explained that Russia’s intelligence apparatus is carrying out a “global campaign” targeting critical infrastructure. The foreign minister will formally accuse Russia of these cyber campaigns during a speech at the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference in London, in presence of NATO’s head Jens Stoltenberg.

“This global campaign also seeks to compromise central government networks,” reads an excerpt from the speech released by the Hunt’s department. 

“I can disclose that in the last 18 months, the National Cyber Security Centre has shared information and assessments with 16 NATO Allies –- and even more nations outside the Alliance — of Russian cyber activity in their countries.”

According to the UK, the misinformation campaigns backed by Russia aimed at influencing elections in the United States and Ukraine.

Russia

The campaigns “breach international law — and justify a proportionate response.”

“Together, we possess options for responding to any attacks. We should be prepared to use them.”

The tension between Russia and the UK has deteriorated due to the activity of Russian intelligence in the country, one of the most clamorous debated operations is the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on British soil.


If you appreciate my effort in spreading cybersecurity awareness, please vote for Security Affairs in the section “Your Vote for the Best EU Security Tweeter”

Thank you

Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Russia, hacking)



The post UK provided evidence to 16 NATO allies of Russia hacking campaigns appeared first on Security Affairs.

Dutch intelligence investigate alleged Huawei ‘backdoor’

Dutch intelligence services are probing Huawei for possibly spying for the Chinese government by using a “back door” in equipment of major telecoms firms.

Dutch intelligence probes Huawei for possibly spying for the Chinese government by using a “back door” in the equipment used by major telecoms firms.

Dutch intelligence shares the concerns raised by other western governments about the risks of involving the Chinese telco giant in the creation of the new 5G mobile phone infrastructure.

Since 2018, US Government has invitedd its allies to exclude Huawei equipment from critical infrastructure and 5G architectures.

According to Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, the probe into Huawei is being led by the Dutch intelligence agency, AIVD.

The newspaper, citing intelligence sources, revealed that Huawei had alleged access to the data of customers of major telecoms firms in the country, including Vodafone, KPN and T-Mobile. In April, KPN announced a partnership with Huawei to update its 4G networks.

“The report comes at a crucial time in the Netherlands, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expected to make an imminent decision on the extent of Huawei’s involvement in the country’s 5G infrastructure.” reported the Telegraph.

AIVD did not comment the report, its spokesman Hilbert Bredemeijer explained that the spy agency “does not comment on possible individual cases.”

Huawei Dutch intelligence

Huawei continues to refuse the accusation of cyber espionage, it also remarked that it is a private company not working for the Chinese intelligence apparatus.

“We do not respond to stories based on anonymous sources or speculation. We have been aware of a Task Force led by the NCTV (Ministry of Justice & Security) for some time to investigate the risks involved in the construction and use of 5G. That was previously announced in a letter from Minister Grapperhaus.” a Huawei spokesperson said.

“It is also known that the three major telecom parties are participating in the risk analysis of the vulnerability of 5G telecommunication networks. This involves looking at what measures are needed to minimize risks. We are in favor of taking general measures that can increase the resilience of telecommunications networks and that apply equally to all relevant parties. We look forward to the results of this report with confidence.”

The Dutch probe is part of a dispute between China and the United States over global trade and cyber espionage.

If you appreciate my effort in spreading cybersecurity awareness, please vote for Security Affairs in the section “Your Vote for the Best EU Security Tweeter”

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EUBloggerAwards2018

Thank you

Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – 5G, Dutch intelligence services)

The post Dutch intelligence investigate alleged Huawei ‘backdoor’ appeared first on Security Affairs.