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#1 Crisp

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 14:51

NASA Security Breach: Was Arrested Chinese Scientist A Spy?

A Chinese scientist at NASA has been pulled off a plane and arrested after attempting to leave the United States with a laptop and other computer data.

The FBI are investigating Bo Jiang, a contractor at the National Institute of Aerospace, after he boarded a plane at Dulles International Airport with a one-way ticket.

He had been working as a contractor and "research scholar" at NASA on "high-tech imaging technology".

One US congressman said that if his work had been leaked it "potentially could be a direct threat to our country".

Representative Frank Wolf added that "the Chinese have the most comprehensive spying program in Washington that has ever been".

Wolf alleges that NASA are not taking the threat seriously, though the situation is complicated because Wolf is chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the agency.

Jiang admitted he had a mobile phone, a memory stick, an external hard drive and a laptop when he tried to leave the States, the FBI said.

Special Agent Rhonda A. Squizzero added:
"However, during the search, other media items were located that Jiang did not reveal. Such items found include an additional laptop, an old hard drive and a SIM card."

It is not known, or has not been revealed, what data was on the devices.

NASA said it was reviewing "a potential security breach" but did not elaborate.

"The agency takes any allegation of a security violation very seriously," it said.


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#2 fusi0n

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 14:55

lol.. South Park has ruined me
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On a more serious note.. I hope they get to the bottom of this and find all the information he has/had.. Story sounds like Swordfish with the airplane part..

#3 Jason S.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 14:58

not very surprising...

#4 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 15:01

So in 6 months we'll probably hear about China launching a robot to Mars called "Kuriosity".

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 19:34

This is a really serious problem, and not just in NASA.

The US has a law called ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) which restricts the dissemination of weapon and dual-use technologies (items with both civilian and military uses.)

It goes so far that even images of parts of the old Saturn V, or new Falcon 9, rockets are restricted. Even certain computer hsrdware is on the list and cannot be sold or shipped overseas..Ditto some industrial gear.

The problem is that many academics are sloppy, or just ignore, ITAR when it comes to sharing info with visiting foreign nationals whose countries or organizations are on the restricted list. Many cite "academic freedom" or other such nonsesne (as in this case.)

The problem in this case is that many of the techs this guy was given access to at JPL were dual-use and could be perverted into precision weaponry. His access to many of these hardware & software techs makes no sense because his specialty was image analysis, especially edge detection in probe imagery.

In spite of this he was allowed to take a NASA laptop with restricted info back to China on a previous trip, and on this trip he tried to export storage devices etc. that he hadn't declared when auestioned.

The whole affair stinks not only because of the security violations, but because of the attitude of his superiors and the cover-up.

#6 Growled

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:59

Of course he is a spy. Moles from other countries are everywhere.

#7 Hum

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 18:40

What about from other planets ... ? :shifty:

#8 Growled

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 00:44

What about from other planets ... ? :shifty:


Don't even go there. :p