Australia, India, Japan, United States
US uses Quad fellowship as brain gain ploy in the face of China
With its team of former Boston Consulting Group staff on board, Schmidt Futures has begun selecting Australian, Indian and Japanese researchers to sponsor their study in the US.
United Arab Emirates, United States
Washington focuses on Talal Al Kaissi in its new UAE cloud offensive
Appointed head of G42 Cloud in January, Talal Al Kaissi has been receptive to a charm offensive by US companies and that of their business contacts, providing a ray of hope for Washington that's alarmed by the inroads into the UAE by China's Huawei.
Kiriyenko dynasty flouts sanctions and gains influence at heart of Kremlin
Russian oligarchs and politicians hit by Western sanctions are seizing the new opportunities that have begun to surface from the reshaping of the balance of power within the country's intelligentsia, and there is one clan rising above the rest.
Spotlight | France
DGSE juggles between its Paris headquarters
France's external intelligence service has an envelope of €889m this year to build its future headquarters at the Fort of Vincennes, on the outskirts of Paris. In the meantime it is cosying up to the DGSI, the internal intelligence service, at Noisy Fort.
NGA's intelligence cloud contract signals ultimate demise of JEDI project
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) award of a cloud contract to General Dynamics Information Technology marks the end of ambitions to create a unified cloud for the entire US defence community. Interoperability is the new watchword.
Spy Way Of Life | United Kingdom
Wind of change at London's Special Forces Club
Across the globe, spies gather in inconspicuous dens, where they meet contacts and hold discreet conversations. This week, Intelligence Online pushes open the doors of London's prestigious Special Forces Club, where its members are increasingly discussing business matters, once taboo, within its walls.
Ben Scott and Pierre Omidyar's anti-disinfo lobby monitoring French elections
Luminate and Reset are about to reveal the existence of their task force GVNIE, which is tracking fake news and hate speech in the run-up to the presidential election. Meanwhile, Viginum, the French agency dedicated to fighting foreign digital interference, is struggling to take off.
CIA rolls out well-oiled plan on familiar turf in Ukraine
Engrossed in Europe, US intelligence has increased its operations in Ukraine. It has considerable scope of action in the country forged from eight years of building relations with and providing support to its Ukrainian homologues.
Spotlight | France, Russia, Ukraine, United States
Geospatial intelligence providers caught in the middle of Russia-Ukraine war
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is almost the first conflict in history to be followed with live and publically available satellite imagery. The intelligence fuelling the information war between Russia and the West is not coming from state services alone.
China, United States
Pangu Lab, Chinese ally of Singapore's zero-day reseller Coseinc, exposes NSA cyber operations
Close to Singapore's zero-day vulnerabilities broker Coseinc and Chinese cybersecurity giant Qi An Xin, China's Pangu Lab has published a lengthy report on a threat campaign attributed to the NSA-linked advance persistent threat group Equation Group.
Linkedin strengthens threat intelligence with former Facebook staff
Professional social network Linkedin has been singled out as a Chinese intelligence data source and is strengthening its threat intelligence department by recruiting from Meta (formerly Facebook), which has been extending its teams in this field over the past three years.
India joins battle against China's Tencent
The Chinese tech giant, which is at the heart of a major battle in Southeast Asia, is the main target of a fresh ban on some 54 new apps by the Indian government. The apps in question are all still available in Europe, Intelligence Online has discovered.
Poland, Ukraine, United States
Warsaw and Pinchuk join forces in Washington
The Polish government has hitched its wagon to a pro-Eastern European Washington think-tank connected with Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.
Dataflow Security moves into the big league
Italian-based newcomer Dataflow Security is ramping up its credentials ahead of its participation at the next ISS fair, the place to be for providers of cyberoffensive tools. The firm has recently poached highly experienced zero-day vulnerability researchers from intelligence agencies.
With Mnuchin on board, Satellogic can look to Gulf
Having distanced itself from China, the observation satellite operator can now target markets favoured by former Trump treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin's private equity firm, which is well-connected in the Gulf.
Ireland, United Kingdom
Irish Data Protection Commission beefs up technical investigation capacities with help from private sector
The regulator, which has come under attack for not being tougher with the US tech giants, has teamed with a British forensics expert and four international accounting firms to bolster its investigations.
Spotlight | Europe, Israel, United States
Wi-Fi protocol evolution is turning agencies away from dedicated interception systems
The increasing use of randomised MAC addresses has made Wi-Fi interception more difficult and tools less stable. A similar process of obfuscation of the unique identifier is being implemented by the 5G network, which does not bode well for the future use of current interception tools.
UK business diplomacy firm D Group takes strong interest in national security
Former national security adviser Mark Sedwill's new seat on the advisory board of business diplomacy firm D Group reflects its growing focus on intelligence and national security. Stephen Lovegrove, Sedwill's successor as NSA, will address its members in January.