Spotlight FRANCE 18/10/2017

Airbus: Enders plays ball with investigators, Elysee Palace frets

Airbus Group has so far refused to invoke the French "blocking statute", which prohibits the disclosure of information to foreign public authorities. [...]

Government Intelligence

US Intelligence on trail of North Korean oil

The House of Representatives has called on the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats to mobilise the US intelligence [...]

ANSSI builds its own data centre

According to our sources, France's computer security agency, the Agence Nationale de la Securite des Systemes d'Information (ANSSI), is building [...]

CIA focuses on biotech threat

Biotech weapons represent a growing threat that the U.S. government is not prepared for, according to panelists at the Ethos [...]

Tehran concerned about separatist minorities

A memo circulated to Iran's Supreme National Security Council, headed by Ali Shamkhani, early in October, calls on Iran's security [...]

New Zealand's intelligence services caught out by "spy MP"

Revelations in September that New Zealand MP Jian Yang was a member of the Communist Party and taught English to [...]

Cyber-spend goes two thirds on defence, a third on attack

A memo on the defence budget that was submitted to the parliamentary defence committee at the end of September shows [...]

Trump launches Hezbollah hunt to put pressure on Iran with old Intel

US President Donald Trump is using obsolete intelligence to gun for Hezbollah as a means to pressure Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps [...]

Intelligence services play down differences in parliamentary hearing

The chiefs of Germany's three main intelligence services addressed the Bundestag earlier this month. [...]

Intelligence ace joins UN anti-terrorism committee

Jean-Paul Laborde, the executive director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee [...]

Battesti exfiltered from China to interior ministry

Eric Battesti, a commissioner who used to be with France's [...]

William Hurd finally launches cyber-reserve

Texas Republican Congressman William Hurd is poised to introduce a [...]

Public security under territorial intelligence influence

The rumour is getting louder that Philippe Bertrand is in [...]

John Sawers, former MI6 chief, on impact of sanctions post-Brexit

John Sawers, the former head of the Secret Intelligence Service [...]

Salman ready to allow Bashar to remain

A meeting between Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz and [...]

Skirmish in Beirut over Unesco appointment

Much infighting was sparked inside the Lebanese government by the [...]

Corporate Intelligence

EUROPE

Chodiev stills counts on GlobalSource's investigators

According to our sources, Kazakh oligarch Patokh Chodiev has the US corporate intelligence firm GlobalSource, headed by Bill Hutman, helping [...]

Former US Air Force chiefs join private sector

Eric Pierce, who retired from the Pentagon's senior executive service in January, was appointed operational director of US defence giant [...]

Risk & Co reconfigures after shake-up

In the wake of founder Bruno Delamotte's departure as chief executive (IOL 786), leading French private security company Risk & [...]

Mathers, investigator turned lobbyist for BAE in Toronto

Chris Mathers, who headed corporate intelligence at KPMG in Canada from 1999 to 2004, will speak at Toronto's Hockey Hall [...]

EUROPE

Airbus's mine scandal hides battle between former royal trustees

A fraud complaint that was filed to the Paris prosecutor's office recently against the mining company Pearl Gold, citing Airbus, [...]

Ex-CIA lie-detector specialist drops convicted partner Free

Keith Taddeus, the head of the Singapore-based corporate intelligence firm Invictus Intelligence Bureau, recently lost his US consultant, CIA veteran [...]

Ex-FBI lawyer to put HSBC back on straight and narrow

In the wake of its $175 million fine for "risky [...]

USCYbercom operational chief joins Accenture

Major-General George Franz, who stepped down in June as director [...]

Lewman, from TOR development to anti-TOR business

Andrew Lewman, the former head of The TOR Project , [...]

Al Tunisi, an advisor among many to Thales in Riyadh

Thales was well represented during the Saudi Arabia day organised [...]

Mendelsohn funds British MPs' Israel trip

According to our sources, Cedarsoak, the consulting firm founded by [...]

Alaco loses thirtysomethings

Alaco, the British corporate intelligence firm founded by Amy Lashinsky [...]

S-RM picks Bedouet in Paris

Frederic Bedouet, the former interim head of the Paris office [...]

Patton returns home to Veracity

Daniel Patton, who left as head of the Singapore office [...]

Gallice and Hyleos reply

Hyleos Surete and Gallice have responded to an article that [...]

International Dealmaking

Verint poised to land major Emirates interceptions contract

According to our sources, the US-Israeli firm Verint is poised to become the lead contractor to the United Arab Emirates' interception agency. [...]

Airbus' helicopter sales channels in Astana under scrutiny

The Kazakh-gate legal investigation underway in Paris has lifted the lid on the consultants Airbus used to get in with the government in Astana in 2009. [...]

Due Diligence

Al Asaker, Mohammed bin Salman's invisible hand

Badr bin Mohammed Al Asaker, head of the crown prince's foundation, was in Paris last week, despite a certain distancing between France and Saudi Arabia since Macron came to power. [...]

Surveillance & Interception

SDR, a spy microphone hidden in an SD card

The Czech firm LEC has taken the miniaturisation of hidden recording devices to the next level with its latest invention. [...]

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