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Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News

We reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.

β€˜Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing

By JULIAN E. BARNES, ERIC SCHMITT and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

A Saudi operative’s comments to a royal aide after the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi is among the strongest evidence yet tying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his death.

Pakistan charity crackdown spreads uncertainty among aid groups

By Georgi Gotev

Foreign aid groups are being forced out of Pakistan, where the need for their services remains immense, in a move analysts say is fuelled by suspicions of foreign spying.

US indicts 10 Chinese over scheme to steal aerospace tech

By Georgi Gotev

The United States indicted 10 Chinese, including two intelligence officers, over a five-year scheme to steal technology from US and French aerospace firms by hacking into their computers.

Chinese Intelligence Officers Accused of Stealing Aerospace Secrets

By KATIE BENNER

China’s intelligence service has used espionage and computer hackings to steal secrets from American companies to help its own government-run industries, law enforcement officials said.

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and MAGGIE HABERMAN

President Trump has been repeatedly told by aides that his cellphone calls are not secure from foreign spies. But he has refused to heed the warnings to stop talking.

Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider

By KATIE BENNER, MARK MAZZETTI, BEN HUBBARD and MIKE ISAAC

The kingdom silences dissent online by sending operatives to swarm critics. It also recruited a Twitter employee suspected of spying on users, interviews show.

What Happens When Universities Become β€˜Party Strongholds’

By ZHANG LUN

Chinese authorities are combining Mao-era spying practices with new surveillance technology to ferret out outspoken professors and students who fail to follow Communist Party ideology.

The Week in Tech: Fears of the Supply Chain in China

By PAUL MOZUR

For a week now, people have been buzzing about an article that sounded as if it had come from a high-tech spy thriller. Does it point to larger problems?

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