Trump’s sacking of FBI Head Comey stuns Washington

James B. Comey was six and-a-half years into his ten-year tenure as FBI Director, when he was suddenly fired on Tuesday, May 9, by President Donald Trump. The only other FBI director to be dismissed before him was William Sessions, whom Bill Clinton sacked in 1993 over an ethics issue.

Trump acted ironically over an affair which dogged the 2016 presidential campaign that led to his election: Comey’s handling of the investigation against his Democratic Party rival, Hillary Clinton, on her use of a private server for official email correspondence when she was Secretary of State, although some of the mails were confidential and touched on national security. Continue reading

China cyber espionage continues

U.S. Cyber Command recently reported within secret government channels that China is continuing aggressive cyber espionage against American companies.

An intelligence report disseminated earlier this month stated that one of China’s biggest cyber spying operations involved the theft of 1.65 terabytes of sensitive proprietary data from a major U.S. software company, according to a defense official familiar with the report.

The U.S. company was not identified by name. But the hacker group behind the data theft is part of the Ministry of State Security, China’s main police and intelligence service. Continue reading