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Israel reportedly behind spying devices found near White House, other sensitive areas

Israel likely planted StingRays found near the White House and other key locations in Washington to spy on President Trump and his advisers, the U.S. government reportedly determined, though the Trump administration took no apparent action to chastise its ally. “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a Politico report cited a former senior intelligence official as saying. But Israeli Embassy spokesman Elad Strohmayer dismissed the allegations as “absolute nonsense,” the report noted. “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period,” he said. Discovery of the devices in 2017 renewed concerns over Trump’s use of an unsecured personal smart phone. In a 2018 letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs detailed the discovery of  “anomalous activity that appeared consistent with IMSI [International Mobile Subscriber Identity] catcher technology within the NCR [National Capitol Region], including locations in proximity to potentially sensitive facilities like the White House” during a limited pilot program conducted by the National Protection and Program Directorate (NPPD).  At the time, Krebs, who was serving as the senior director performing the duties of the undersecretary of the NPPD, said the directorate had “neither validated nor attributed such activity to specific entities, devices or purposes” because it lacked the enforcement and counterintelligence authority to do so, but had shared the findings with other relevant federal agencies. Krebs told Wyden that DHS had received reports about the unauthorized use of StingRays and that “nefarious actors may have exploited” vulnerabilities in SS7 “to target the communications of American citizens.” The post Israel reportedly behind spying devices found near White House, other sensitive areas appeared first on SC Media.
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Report: Dutch agency recruited Iranian mole to help U.S. and Israel plant Stuxnet virus

The 2007 Stuxnet virus attack perpetrated against Iran’s then-budding nuclear program was made possible after U.S. and Israeli intelligence coordinated with Dutch intelligence agency AIVD to recruit an Iranian engineer as a mole who could infect Iran’s enrichment plant near Natanz, Yahoo News reported this week. The engineer initially provided data that helped Stuxnet’s authors develop code that specifically targeted the plant’s systems. Later, that same insider entered the facility by posing as a mechanic, and either directly downloaded the virus into its systems via a USB flash drive, or infected the system of a facility engineer, who would later unknowingly spread the virus, the report continues, citing multiple intelligence sources. The Stuxnet campaign, which was nicknamed Operation Olympic Games, was designed to sabotage and stall Iran’s nuclear ambitions while nations sought a means to end the program through sanctions and diplomacy. The virus infected programmable logic controllers (PLCs) from Siemens, causing destruction when the exit valves on certain centrifuges would close, trapping gas and raising internal pressure, or when the Iranian nuclear centrifuges operating via these PLCs would secretly spin out of control and break. The plan worked until Stuxnet was discovered and exposed in 2010. Iran would ultimately resume its operations, but in 2015 agreed to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was negotiated with the P5+1 nations and the European Union. In May 2018, the U.S. withdrew from the agreement under the orders of President Donald Trump. Olympic Games was primarily led by the NSA, CIA, Israel’s Mossad, the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Israeli SIGINT National Unit. But Yahoo News reports that the two nations also received strategic assistance from the Netherlands, Germany, the U.K., and one other nation that is believed to be France. The Netherlands not only recruited the Iranian mole, but reportedly also provided intel on Iran’s efforts to procure nuclear equipment, using information gleaned by hacking and infiltrating a network of actors who helped develop nuclear programs in Iran and Libya. Germany, meanwhile, provided technical specifications on the Siemens industrial control systems. (France may have offered similar intel, the report adds.) The post Report: Dutch agency recruited Iranian mole to help U.S. and Israel plant Stuxnet virus appeared first on SC Media.
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