Foreign Spies Targeting U.S. Universities

National security officials have become alarmed at the growing signs that foreign intelligence services are spying on American institutions of higher education.

Efforts to penetrate U.S. research institutions have increased over the past five years, reports Bloomberg.com. Other countries are placing academics in universities under the guise of conducting legitimate research to access developing technologies and sensitive, classified and proprietary information.

According to a statement released by the FBI,  the open environment of U.S. campuses of higher education may be misused in order to:

  • Steal technical information or products
  • Bypass expensive research and development
  • Recruit individuals for espionage
  • Exploit the student visa program for improper purposes
  • Spread false information for political or other reasons

To accomplish one or more of the above goals, duplicitous or opportunistic actors or organizations may use a variety of methods such as:

  • Conduct computer intrusions
  • Collect sensitive research
  • Utilize students or visiting professors to collect information
  • Spot and recruit students or professors
  • Send unsolicited email or invitations
  • Send spies for language and cultural training, and to establish credentials
  • Fund or establish programs at a university

Read the full story.

Related Articles:

 

 

 

 

Read More Articles Like This… With A FREE Subscription

Campus Safety magazine is another great resource for public safety, security and emergency management professionals. It covers all aspects of campus safety, including access control, video surveillance, mass notification and security staff practices. Whether you work in K-12, higher ed, a hospital or corporation, Campus Safety magazine is here to help you do your job better!

Get your free subscription today!


Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety HQ