Chinese espionage against US targets increases as trade tensions between the two countries rise.
The US State of Oregon became aware Monday that an email account using its Oregon.gov domain had been compromised and used in a massive phishing campaign. The direct damage phishing does to those who fail to recognize and spit the hook is well-known, but those whose accounts or domains are hijacked also suffer. Oregon is still struggling to get its domain removed from the many blacklists to which it was added after the phishing campaign.
"Leaked images of YouTube star" is serving as surprisingly compelling phishbait. It's especially prevalent in South Korea, but users everywhere should avoid this come-on.
US officials experience two minor Sputnik-moments. Speaking at the Capitol Hill National Security Forum, NSA Deputy Director George Barnes says the US isn't good at playing "a long game," unlike adversaries like China. Richard Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial Agency, substantially agreed, citing quantum computing and cybersecurity as two areas in which US innovation may come too late.
General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the Center for a New American Security that American complacency about encryption and precision timing have enabled peer adversaries to steal a march in electronic warfare.
NSA and Air Force alumna Reality Winner has agreed to a plea deal over charges related to provision of highly classified documents to the Intercept.
A former Israeli Knesset member and Energy Minister has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran.