Lately some strange radio broadcasts have been coming from North Korea, according to the South Korean government.
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Classic espionage property The Saint, last seen as a 1997 feature film starring Val Kilmer and a variety of laughable disguises, may be making a comeback. Paramount has nabbed the rights to the Leslie Charteris book series, and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is hoping a new franchise will result.
Stories of Chinese government organisations hacking American corporations are not new. But in a segment aired on 60 Minutes tonight, business leaders, government officials and security experts paint a picture of a particularly sophisticated attack on the intellectual property of "thousands" of companies.
In the early days of espionage, long before the advent of burner phones, satcoms, and other modern-day spy gadgets, getting word to field agents — especially those working behind the Iron Curtain — proved a dangerous game with global consequences should the agent's cover be blown. But that's where number stations, and their uncrackable radio codes, come in.
In the early days of electronic espionage, the US intelligence community didn't have the benefit of all-seeing spy satellites — it had to intercept and interpret high-frequency radio waves transmitted by the Soviet Union. To do so, the Americans relied on a network of mysterious structures whose real purpose was kept highly classified throughout the Cold War.
There are plenty of cyberweapons floating around out there, like Stuxnet, Flame and that whole gang. Now, Kapersky has turned up a cyber-espoinage operation it has dubbed "Red October", and it's up there in the big leagues. But unlike its cohorts, it doesn't look State-sponsored. This is a freelance job, and it's professional grade.
You know how you feel slightly nervous when you're flagged for a random customs screening? Even when you haven't done anything wrong? Imagine carrying stolen tech, $US30,000 cash and documents from the Chinese government? Listen, guys, I can explain!
Remember that strange GPS tracking device that a young man found under his car? Turns out that the FBI rushed to send half a dozen agents to retrieve it after photos started appearing online.
Looks like those Russian spies who've been lurking around the US recently aren't so different from you and I. They also have to deal with incredibly crappy tech support representatives, long wait times and stupid suggestions.