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17 Jan 2007

Foreign spies in America

2006 Technology Collection Trends in the U.S. Defense Industry, an unclassified report released in June 2006 by the US Defense Security Service Counterintelligence Office, notes espionage incidents involving 106 foreign countries in 2005 (up from 90 the year before), a handful of which are briefly outlined in the appendix. Information systems are not surprisingly the most frequent targets for those seeking, um, information. The body of the report summarizes typical spy tactics and presents countermeasures in succinct tables like the one shown above. The same tactics and countermeasures apply whether the targets are military secrets or proprietary IP - in fact, they are often one and the same (so-called 'economic espionage').

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