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Covert Contact is a podcast hosted by John W. Little of Blogs of War that covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology events that are shaping our world.

Covert Contact is a podcast hosted by John W. Little of Blogs of War that covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology events that are shaping our world.

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San Francisco, CA

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Covert Contact is a podcast hosted by John W. Little of Blogs of War that covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology events that are shaping our world.

Language:

English

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Episodes

Shortwave Numbers Stations | Episode 118

10/1/2020
Scot Terban joined me to discuss the use of shortwave numbers stations, recently declassified KGB investigative techniques for identifying recipients of those broadcasts, how shortwave has changed with the introduction of the internet, and technologies such as software defined radio (SDR) that make capturing mysterious signals affordable (sometimes free) and easier than ever.

Duration:00:33:19

Chinese Spies in US Law Enforcement – And Everywhere Else | Episode 117

9/25/2020
The regular counterintelligence chat with William Tucker is a day late but full of new Chinese espionage activity in the NYPD, the EU, and beyond. We also touch on intelligence history and why literature from the Middle Ages or beyond is not only fascinating but still relevant.

Duration:00:31:24

The Threat of Fake Spies | Episode 116

9/17/2020
William Tucker returns to discuss the incredible case of Garrison Courtney and Alpha-214. Posing as a CIA NOC Courtney was able to engineer a scheme that duped numerous beltway contractors, intelligence officials, former military officers and many others.

Duration:00:24:19

Election Threats and Disrupting Chinese Espionage | Episode 115

9/10/2020
William Tucker joins me for our weekly counterintelligence chat. In this episode we discuss the recent report for Microsoft that details Russian, Chinese, and Iranian attacks on individuals and organizations tied to our presidential campaigns and the recent move to revoke the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese grad students and researchers who have been deemed security risks.

Duration:00:25:17

French Officer Busted Spying on NATO for GRU & Other Espionage Cases | 114

9/4/2020
William Tucker joins me to discuss two high profile cases this week, sloppy Chinese tradecraft, and why it always pays to visit the FBI before the FBI visits you.

Duration:00:23:33

Russians Targeted Tesla Gigafactory in Ransomware Plot | Episode 113

9/1/2020
Scot Terban is back to discuss the plot, common points of vulnerability, and what you can do it, like a Tesla employee, you find yourself in the middle of a Russian criminal plot.

Duration:00:33:04

Texas A&M, NASA, and Chinese Espionage | Episode 112

8/28/2020
William Tucker joins me to discuss the Zhengdong Cheng case, how Chinese espionage might need to evolve, global awareness of the scope of China’s spying, and how organizations can protect themselves if they haven’t started evaluating their own risk.

Duration:00:26:26

Careers in Intelligence: Beyond the Three Letter Agencies |Episode 111

8/23/2020
Dean Baratta joins me to discuss the rapidly diversifying and expanding non-traditional career paths in intelligence. We also touch on some tips for those looking to enter the field.

Duration:00:35:41

Spying for Russia: The Peter Debbins Case | Episode 110

8/22/2020
William Tucker joins me again to look into yesterday’s indictment of Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, a former Green Beret alleged to have worked for Russian intelligence for over a decade.

Duration:00:21:57

Counterintelligence Chat: Alexei Navalny & Alexander Ma | Episode 109

8/20/2020
William Tucker returns to look at the apparent poisoning of Alexei Navalny and yet another Chinese espionage case, this time involving Alexander Ma. It’s a classic case, with a Hawaii connection, and there’s likely more interesting details to come. You can follow William Tucker on Twitter @tuckerwj

Duration:00:24:46

Preparing for A Career in Intelligence: Thoughts on Personal Security and Behavior | Episode 108

8/16/2020
Former CIA officer Maggie Gwynne joins me to discuss how those interested in pursuing a career in intelligence should manage their profiles (online and off) and conduct themselves to prepare for a challenging recruitment and training period.

Duration:00:37:28

Understanding the Israel-UAE Deal | Episode 107

8/15/2020
Alon Pinkas, who served as foreign policy advisor to Ehud Barak, political advisor to Shimon Peres, Chief of Staff to four Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Consul General of Israel in New York City returns to Covert Contact for a quick dive on the drivers behind the deal and what it means for the region.

Duration:00:17:08

A Pardon for Edward Snowden? | Episode 106

8/14/2020
William Tucker returns to discuss the Edward Snowden case after President Trump made remarks on the case that sparked new speculation about a potential pardon.

Duration:00:25:04

Washington Takes Aim at the Confucius Institute | Episode 105

8/13/2020
Today’s decision to force the Confucius Institute to register as a foreign mission is the subject of my regular Thursday evening counterintelligence chat with Covert Contact regular William Tucker. We look at why it was necessary and where we, and China, might go from here. You can follow William Tucker on Twitter @tuckerwj

Duration:00:24:22

Israel and The United States: Past, Present, and Future with Alon Pinkas | Episode 104

8/12/2020
Alon Pinkas joins Covert Contact to look at the state of the relationship, look at where it could (and should) evolve, and to dive into some of the socio-political dynamics that shape the relationship and how it is viewed from both sides.

Duration:00:34:45

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy | Episode 103

8/7/2020
Australian journalist Stilgherrian, who's been covering internet policy for more than a decade, and has been closely following Australia's cybersecurity and digital surveillance laws for global tech site ZDNet returns to Covert Contact to discuss Australia's recently released 2020 cyber security strategy.

Duration:00:40:54

Chinese Spies and Russian Honey Traps | Episode 102

8/6/2020
William Tucker returns for our regular Thursday evening counterintelligence chat. We start off by discussing the resource and coordination challenges in addressing Chinese espionage but quickly pivot to thoughts on Russian cases, honey traps, and the universally terrible outcomes experienced by American defectors and spies.

Duration:00:35:45

Quick Take: An Explosion in Beirut | Episode 101

8/4/2020
A massive explosion has rocked Beirut at a critical time in Lebanon's history. In this quick take I share some concerns about what could happen next.

Duration:00:06:44

Online Security: Avoiding a Personal October Surprise | Episode 100

8/1/2020
Infosec professional and security blogger Scot Terban joins me to discuss the recent LinkedIn spying case, the degrading environments in social media, and strategies for improving your personal security so that you don't get targeted, compromised, and swept into your own (or someone else's) October surprise.

Duration:00:46:33

Chinese Espionage in the United States | Episode 99

7/30/2020
William Tucker is back to discuss the scale of Chinese espionage in the United States and some of the misconceptions that have hampered our response to the threat.

Duration:00:24:24