February 21, 2001
* George Trofimoff, a retired Army Reserve colonel, was arrested in Florida and charged last year with spying for the former Soviet Union and Russia for 25 years. He is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer ever charged with espionage. A civilian worker in Army intelligence in Germany, he allegedly was recruited into the KGB in 1969. He is accused of photographing U.S. documents and passed the film to KGB agents, and was later recruited into the KGB.
May 25, 2000 |
With bogus police badges in hand, the infiltrators set to work. From one guarded federal facility to the next, the undercover agents wandered hallways almost at will, fooling guards and making their way near the offices of Atty. Gen. Janet Reno and other senior officials. "We're friends of Janet's from Miami. We just wanted to say hello," an agent posing as a plainclothes police officer told a secretary outside Reno's door.
April 25, 2000 |
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ordered a shake-up in the way her department protects national secrets Monday following the disappearance of a laptop computer loaded with classified information from a supposedly secure conference room. "Like several other recent serious lapses in security, this is inexcusable and intolerable," Albright said of the loss of the computer, which contained classified information about weapons proliferation and other matters.
February 24, 2000 |
A college student in Boston broke into military and government computers, gained control of a NASA system and interrupted business at an Internet service provider in a nationwide hacking outburst, federal prosecutors alleged. Ikenna Iffih, 28, a student at Northeastern University, was charged with three counts related to hacking that carry up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Prosecutors said there was no disruption to the nation's defenses and no meddling with satellite control.
December 12, 1999 |
The Cold War may be dead and gone, but old-time espionage is alive and well. That's the lesson of a startling series of spy-vs.-spy capers in the last week. The barrage of bizarre revelations about low-rent tradecraft and high-tech skulduggery offered a rare peek into the shadowy world of special ops and secret agents. Indeed, the clock itself seemed to have turned back more than a decade. And that's just fine with America's most senior spooks.
December 10, 1999 |
Stunned FBI agents and U.S. diplomatic security officers scrambled Thursday to determine how--and when--a Russian spy secretly planted a sophisticated eavesdropping device inside a State Department conference room used by high-level officials and whether national security was put in jeopardy as a result. U.S.