Spotlight FRANCE 13/12/2017

President Macron sets about rethinking French cyber-strategy

The Elysee Palace has sounded out the French intelligence services on a new cyberwarfare doctrine that is about to see the light of day. [...]

Government Intelligence

Paris prepares to become sixth intelligence 'Eye'

The establishment of the SPINS agreement, which will plug France into US sensors, is imminent. [...]

London invests in prison intelligence

After Paris, London is to have its own intelligence service dedicated to monitoring prison populations. [...]

Purge at online surveillance and propaganda services

Lu Wei, the former head of the central steering committee of Chinese Cyberspace Administration (CCA) is the first ministerial level [...]

London keen to retain EUAM Iraq role post-Brexit

The future of British involvement in the European Union Assistance Mission (EUAM) in Iraq, which was agreed to in October, [...]

Beijing explores AI's use in intelligence

China's announcement earlier this month that it was aiming to become the world's leader in artificial intelligence (AI) has profound [...]

Abu Dhabi pursues plan to team with Ahmed Saleh and sideline Houthi

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has relaunched talks with Riyadh to give Ahmed Saleh a central role in his new anti-Houthi strategy. [...]

Gulf Cooperation Council implodes behind closed doors

The crisis between Qatar and its neighbours threatens the very existence of the GCC. Intelligence Online has the inside track on the tensions that came to the fore at the organisation's last summit in December. [...]

Collomb to deploy shrinks against terrorists

According to Intelligence Online's sources, French interior minister Gerard Collomb [...]

French Spymasters hit the road

General Jean-Francois Ferlet, who was appointed to head of the [...]

Discreet visit by North Korean military envoy goes down badly

A low-key visit to London by the Moscow-based North Korean [...]

Confederation seeks spymaster

Switzerland has recently published an online job advertisement to find [...]

DGSE steps up headquarters security

The DGSE, France's external intelligence service, is poised to begin [...]

Hunt on for Baathists

Dozens of Baathist officers who were advisers to Yemen's Presidential [...]

Chabahar Port strengthens Delhi, Tehran relationship

The inauguration of the $1 billion Chabahar Port in Iran, [...]

EUROPE

Darknet : Europol's discreet consultants

The report published by Europol and the European Monitoring Centre [...]

Iron Dome, a technical success but an export failure

After seven years of operational service in the Israeli air [...]

Corporate Intelligence

Ankara sends private detectives after Gulen

Bosphorus Institute, a little-known Turkish think-tank, recently got in touch with several London corporate intelligence firms about drawing up an [...]

The strange partners Doha is imposing on Nexter

During President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Doha last week, the tank maker Nexter, which was recently folded into KNDS, signed [...]

Silber leaves FTI in New York to launch own firm

Mitchell Silber, the former head of the geopolitical intelligence department of FTI Consulting in New York, has launched his own [...]

Armstrong: from corporate intelligence to hedge fund management

Political risk expert Dominic Armstrong's new project, The Horatius Fund (THF), is taking shape. The entity pitches itself as a [...]

Prince who shelled out a cool $450 million on a Leonardo

Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, who was identified by the New York Times on December 6 [...]

Chris Steele story headed for the big screen Free

Christopher Steele's Trump-Russia dossier, which has had Washington gripped for months (IOL 775, IOL 789), has attracted the interest of [...]

Mayfair gets into Christmas Party mode

The London business intelligence community held its traditional annual Christmas [...]

QATAR EUROPE

Private investigators head for Doha

A number of London-based and US corporate intelligence firms have [...]

Heptagone gets down to forensics with Civipol

The Swiss corporate intelligence and cyber-investigation firm Heptagone is working [...]

Proelium plants flag in Afghanistan

Proelium Law, the London law firm that works with private [...]

Exiger takes another shot at Asian Pacific market

Exiger Diligence, the corporate affairs firm headed by Michael Cherkasky, [...]

Private security firm Eminent develops in Europe

The British private security and corporate intelligence firm Eminent Crisis [...]

Garda eyes further acquisition opportunities in Africa

GardaWorld, the international private security arm of the Canadian security [...]

Musical chairs at Veracity

The US corporate intelligence firm founded by Steven Fox, Veracity [...]

International Dealmaking

French finance ministry explores new economic security measures

With French stock-market listed companies increasingly targeted by international anti-corruption probes, the French finance ministry is looking at ways of protecting sensitive economic information. [...]

Former MI6 chief helps Chernukhin fight Deripaska

John Scarlett, the former head of MI6, is at the heart of a legal battle in London between rival Russian oligarchs Vladimir Chernukhin and Oleg Deripaska. [...]

Due Diligence

Ex-GIGN chief, link between Thales and Qatar's cyber body Somod

Thierry Orosco, the former commander of France's GIGN elite intervention unit, is an advisor to Somod, the Qatari cybersecurity organisation that recently signed a partnership with Thales, one of whose subsidiaries Orosco also advises. [...]

Surveillance & Interception

Extracting data from closely-protected SCADA and ICS critical networks

A piece of malware can transform a Siemens industrial controller into a radio that transmits sensitive data from critical infrastructure. [...]

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