#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: Primacy for the investigation remains with German authorities. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue to liaise with German counterparts as the investigation continues…..
#AceDailyNews reports that an arrest has been made in Berlin as part of joint investigation on suspicion of committing offences relating to being engaged in ‘Intelligence Agent activity’ (under German law) the statement read …
Aug 11, 2021 09:52 BST
+ The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is responsible for investigating allegations and matters relating to alleged breaches of the Official Secrets Act.
German authorities are in charge of the investigation, but officers will continue to work with German counterparts, the police said.
The man is due to appear before an investigating judge on Wednesday.
#AceNewsReport – June.16: Adel Amara, a former Ikea employee who helped expose the wrongdoing, called the ruling “a big step in defence of the citizen … it makes me glad that there is justice in France.”
FRANCE: Ikea fined $1.7 million for spying on employees, customers and two former executives were convicted and fined over the scheme and given suspended prison sentences: Among the other 13 defendants in the high-profile trial, some were acquitted and others handed suspended sentences.
The panel of judges at the Versailles court found that between 2009 and 2012, Ikea’s French subsidiary used espionage to sift out troublemakers in the employee ranks and to profile squabbling customers.
Ikea France was convicted of receiving personal data obtained through fraudulent means in a habitual way, and ordered to pay 1 million euros in fines and about 100,000 euros in damages.
Trade unions accused Ikea France of collecting personal data by fraudulent means, notably via illegally obtained police files, and illicitly disclosing personal information.
Lawyers for Ikea France denied the company had any strategy of “generalised espionage”.
A lawyer for the unions, Solene Debarre, expressed hope the verdict would “make some companies tremble”.
“1 million euros isn’t much for Ikea, but it’s a symbol,” Ms Debarre said.
The company, which said it cooperated in the investigation, had faced a potential financial penalty of up to 3.75 million euros.
Prosecutor Pamela Tabardel asked the court to hand “an exemplary sentence and a strong message to all companies”.
The executive who was in charge of risk management at the time of the spying, Jean-François Paris, acknowledged to French judges that 530,000 to 630,000 euros a year were earmarked for such investigations.
Mr Paris — the only official to have admitted to the alleged illegal sleuthing — said his department was responsible for handling the operation on orders from former Ikea France CEO Jean-Louis Baillot.
Mr Paris was convicted of fraudulently gathering personal data, fined 10,000 euros and given an 18-month suspended sentence.
Mr Baillot, who denied ordering a spy operation, was convicted of receiving fraudulently collected data and complicity in the scheme.
He was fined 50,000 euros and given a two-year suspended sentence.
Another former CEO of Ikea France was acquitted for lack of evidence.
Ikea France’s lawyer, Emmanuel Daoud, said the company had not decided whether to appeal against the decision.
He said the case was marked by a lack of hard evidence, and noted the fines were well below the maximum possible.
“The court took into account the action plan that Ikea put in place after the revelation of the facts in 2012. That’s very satisfying,” Mr Daoud said.
The company fired four executives and changed internal policy after French prosecutors opened a criminal probe in 2012.
Trade unions alleged that Ikea France paid to gain access to police files that had information about targeted individuals, particularly union activists and customers who were in disputes with Ikea.
In one situation, Ikea France was accused of using unauthorised information to try to catch an employee who had claimed unemployment benefits but drove a Porsche.
In another alleged instance of illegal prying, the subsidiary reportedly investigated an employee’s criminal record to determine how the employee was able to own a BMW on a low income.
The company also faces potential damages from separate civil lawsuits filed by unions and 74 employees.
Ikea’s France subsidiary employs more than 10,000 people in 34 stores, an e-commerce site and a customer support centre.
#AceNewsReport – Jun.01: Intelligence was collected on other officials from Germany, France, Sweden and Norway, according to the report:
NSA Spying Row: Denmark helped US gather data on European officials, says report that the Defence Intelligence Service (FE) collaborated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to gather information, according to a report by Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio.
Then, secrets leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged tapping of the German chancellor’s phone by the NSA.
When those allegations were made, the White House gave no outright denial, but said Mrs Merkel’s phone was not being bugged at the time and would not be in future.
Germany is a close ally of the US.
The alleged set-up, said in the report to have been codenamed “Operation Dunhammer”, allowed the NSA to obtain data using the telephone numbers of politicians as search parameters, according to Danmarks Radio.
The report follows an investigation by the broadcaster involving interviews with nine sources, all of whom were said to have had access to classified information held by the FE.
Along with Mrs Merkel, then-German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and opposition leader at the time Peer Steinbruck were also said to have been targeted.
Denmark’s Defence Minister Trine Bramsen, who had reportedly been earlier informed of the espionage, told Danmarks Radio that “systematic wiretapping of close allies is unacceptable”.
Neither the FE nor the NSA have yet commented on the latest reports.
Following news of the report on Sunday, Mr Snowden accused US President Joe Biden of being “deeply involved in this scandal the first time around”. Mr Biden was US vice-president at the time the reported surveillance took place.
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the charges
Now that the USA has broken ties with Russia, it is only right and was the planned time for China to be next I guess, but America going mad on ANYONE for spying is the pot calling the kettle black. Stupid really. All the USA have been doing for the last few years is Spy on her allies and others.
America’s decision to file charges against five Chinese individuals and to publish ‘wanted’ posters for them is as serious as it is unprecedented. These are allegations levelled not just against China but against the Chinese State. The United States government is, for the first time ever, accusing another nation of state-sponsored economic espionage or as they called it “21st century burglary”.
The diplomatic fallout will be huge.
The officials from the Department of Justice not only singled out individuals from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), but they named the unit within the PLA which they say has been doing the hacking: Unit 61398. It is not the first time the unit 61398 has been in the frame. Last February, an American internet security firm called Mandiant published the results of several years research and intelligence analysis. Working on behalf of their clients – multinational companies in both the US and in the UK – they analysed instances of hacking and commercial espionage. Using sophisticated technology and cyber forensics, Mandiant collated evidence and ‘digital crumbs’ from hundreds of investigations.
The Chinese military officials accused of spying by the US
They mapped the IP addresses from many different cyber attacks. Remarkably, they all popped up in one small neighbourhood in the Chinese city of Shanghai, and the location of the headquarters of Unit 61398. Mandiant was not able physically to prove that the hackers were inside the building but analysts were convinced that they could not be anywhere else. “Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398 or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighbourhood,” the Mandiant’s founder Kevin Mandia said at the time the report was released.
At the time, the US government said that it was aware of Mandiant’s report. They said they were talking to the Chinese at the highest level about their concerns over cyber espionage of intellectual property. But it was also made clear that the diplomatic sensitivities were huge. The Chinese have been unusually swift with their angry response to the American move. A Foreign Ministry statement, published at nearly midnight in Beijing, said the allegations were “made up”.
US internet firm Mandiant believes some cyber attacks come from China
The Chinese cries of ‘hypocrisy’ will be deafening. After all, as Edward Snowden revealed, America has hacked China – the NSA allegedly hacked into the HQ of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. But the US says its agencies only ‘cyber spy’ when it concerns national security – and they say Huawei is a national security concern. America insists it doesn’t steal intellectual property for commercial gain. In China, the distinction is a little more blurred. America’s allegations are bound to be of concern to companies, big and small, who do business in China and those wanting to break into China. It’s the world’s second largest economy and a market to win. But it’s hard to trust who you’re working with in China.
Hugo Swire, a British Foreign Office minister, is on a trade trip to China this week trying to help UK companies break into the country. But he and his staff leave their smartphones at home – UK government advice states that the chances they may get hacked into are too high to risk taking them. Some of the companies who the Americans say had intellectual property stolen are in the business of nuclear power and solar panels. It just happens that China’s nuclear power and solar panel industries are becoming increasingly successful. Is that through their own innovation or is it “21st century burglary”?
Barack Obama and Xi Jinping (China’s foreign ministry) have discussed cyber-security issues
#AceWorldNews says that Egypt’s public prosecutor on Tuesday charged two men it said were Israeli intelligence agents, Reuters reported.
Two Egyptians were also charged with conspiring in Israel’s interests, according to the prosecutor’s office. Ramzy Mohamed, Sahar Ibrahim, Samuel Ben Zeev and David Wisemen – two officers in the Israeli Mossad – were to be sent to a Cairo criminal court for spying for the interests of the state of Israel, it said.
#AceNewsServices says according to StoryLeak they state that we have been contacted by legislators who have revealed that thanks to exclusive information leaked via Storyleak, such as the reality that Bank of America is actually spying on ‘anti-government’ protesters for the fed’s, legislation has been launched to protect our privacy in an entirely new way on state-wide levels — and it’s expected to pass.
We have seen the same sentiments in exclusive interviews regarding anti-drone spying legislation, which is yet another reminder of how simple it can be to spring real action from truth.
Read More at: http://www.storyleak.com/corrupt-mega-corps-monsanto-bank-america-business/
#AceWorldNews says Australia apologized to Indonesia on Friday for naval breaches of Indonesian territory, Reuters reported. The breaches happened as Canberra stop boats carrying would-be asylum seekers from entering its waters. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison had been told earlier this week about the “inadvertent breaches” on multiple days and immediately informed the Indonesian navy. A formal apology would be issued by Australia’s embassy in Jakarta on Friday. Indonesia downgraded its relations with Australia in November as a result of spying allegations.
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