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Australia says Chinese spy ship has been hugging west coast

May. 13, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's defense minister said Friday that a Chinese warship with spying capabilities had been hugging the nation's western coastline in what amounted to an “aggressive act.” Minister Peter Dutton said the ship was sighted Friday morning heading...

14-year sentence for engineer in China trade secrets case

May. 09, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A chemical engineer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison over what prosecutors say was a scheme to steal trade secrets about materials used in cans for soda and other drinks to benefit the Chinese government and a Chinese company. According to the U.S....

Catalan: Spain spy chief admits legally hacking some phones

May. 05, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A leading Catalan separatist politician said Thursday that Spain's top intelligence official acknowledged that her agency had hacked into the cellphones of “some” of the dozens of politicians reported to be targeted by spyware but she said it had proper judicial...

2 S Koreans arrested for spying for N Korea, paid in crypto

Apr. 28, 2022 07:49 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean army captain and a businessman have been arrested and indicted for allegedly stealing military secrets under the direction of a North Korean spy who lured them with cryptocurrency, Seoul officials said Thursday. Both have been formally...

Poland arrests Russian and Belarusian for alleged spying

Apr. 27, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Russian man and a Belarusian man have been arrested in Poland for three months on allegations of spying for Russia’s special services, security authorities in Poland said Wednesday. Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland’s state security bodies, said...

Sweden charges man with spying on military installations

Apr. 22, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man was charged Friday with spying on 13 military installations in Sweden — gaining information that “make it possible to map military infrastructure of great importance for national defense,” a prosecutor said. The 51-year-old, whose name and citizenship...

Judge sends Assange extradition decision to UK government

Apr. 20, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. The case will now go to Britain’s interior minister for a decision, though the WikiLeaks founder still has legal avenues of appeal. The...

Cyberattack cripples Puerto Rico toll collection system

Apr. 19, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that an electronic toll collection system was the target of a cyberattack over the weekend, the latest such incident in recent years. The system, known as AutoExpreso, is run by a private operator called...

Russian convicted of spying in Germany, gets suspended term

Apr. 13, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted a Russian man of espionage and gave him a one-year suspended sentence on Wednesday for passing research including information about European rockets to Russian intelligence. The defendant, identified only as Ilnur N. in line with German...

Chinese man sentenced for stealing Monsanto trade secret

Apr. 07, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chinese national who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing a trade secret from agribusiness giant Monsanto while he worked in Missouri has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Haitao Xiang, formerly of Chesterfield, Missouri, was sentenced...