Posts tagged as Intelligence

Avia Solutions Group dispels doubts about connections with Russia

Friday, March 5, 2021

Avia Solutions Group has demanded that the Lithuanian intelligence service “dispel doubts about the firm, after it claimed that the aviation firm was unreliable. “The information is important to the public. We are publicly asking and giving consent to the [State Security Department] VSD to disclose all information it has about our company,” Vygaudas Ušackas, a member of the company’s management board and former high-ranking diplomat, said in a press…

Lithuania won’t be ‘part of the China-controlled technosphere’

Friday, March 5, 2021

Laurynas Kasčiūnas, chairman of Lithuania’s parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, has suggested drafting a list of unreliable technology providers. “One of the ideas is to identify specific producers from non-democratic countries whose information and communication technology equipment poses potential threat to the country’s national security and should not be used for the 5G mobile network in Lithuania,” Kasčiūnas said in the parliament on Thursday. “This way, we will…

Estonian Intelligence: Russians will develop deepfake threats

Friday, February 19, 2021

Russia continues to be the ‘primary threat’ to the EU in cyberspace, presenting intensifying dangers in terms of online espionage, cyberattacks, and also a likely turn to deepfake technology in the near future, a new report from the Estonian intelligence services says. Published on Wednesday (17 February), the annual security assessment from Estonia’s Foreign Intelligence Service noted that Russia continues to apply certain ‘KGB-style’ tactics in cyberspace to sow discord…

CIA operations in Soviet-occupied Lithuania: ‘Not a story of success’

Thursday, September 17, 2020

After the Second World War, the newly established American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) collected information on struggles against the Soviet occupation in the Baltic states. But the Soviets convinced the West that people in Lithuania did not support the resistance movement. When the World War ended, the US feared that there could be another war with the USSR. The American intelligence wanted to find out if the Soviet-occupied countries would…

Estonia’s presidency at UN Security Council calls out Russian cyberattacks

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Estonian diplomats holding the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council have raised cyberattacks as a separate issue for the first time in the organisation’s history. In an interview with LRT.lt, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Sven Jürgenson said the country left a “digital footprint” at the Council. Estonia became a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 and held the rotating presidency in May. “In March 2020,…

Bill for intelligence watchdog thwarted at Lithuanian parliament

Friday, May 22, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament has rejected a proposal to set up an intelligence ombudsperson, with the opposition’s bill being criticised as “ruining a good idea”. The parliamentary opposition proposed establishing an omburdsperson to carry out independent oversight of the intelligence institutions. The office would also handle people’s complaints about any possible abuses. On Thursday, members of the Seimas rejected the bill, with 40 MPs voting in favour, nine against and 43 abstaining.…

Iran intelligence attempted to access University of Tartu e-mail accounts

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An attempt has been made to gain access to University of Tartu email accounts with phishing emails as part of a campaign probably organized at the instructions of the government of Iran, the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) says in its annual review published on Tuesday. A phishing email was used to try to gain access to some email accounts connected to the University of Tartu. This was probably a campaign…

Lithuania’s State Defense Council to discuss coronavirus situation, intelligence reports

Friday, March 13, 2020

Lithuania’s State Defense Council is set on Friday to hold a meeting at the Ministry of National Defense and discuss the coronavirus and the intelligence services’ last year’s reports. The coronavirus situation will be presented by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, presidential spokesman Antanas Bubnelis told BNS, and also the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defense will present their reports. The meeting will…

LRT English Newsletter: Intelligence, pollution and a voice from Iran

Friday, January 10, 2020

LRT English  Newsletter   – January 10, 2020 If you’re happy to breathe easy after what seemed to many (#FranzFerdinand and #WorldWarThree were trending worldwide) as the beginning of the end, feel free to skip this section. In short, Lithuanian soldiers were stationed at the Iraqi Al Asad airbase, but  left   seven hours before the Iranian missile strike and were  unharmed  . Meanwhile the Baltic states are  thinking  …

Greater state security powers no threat to human rights, intelligence chief says

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Amendments granting more powers to state security, allowing “preventative conversations,” administrative detention and ID checks, would not violate human rights, Darius Jauniškis, head of the country’s State Security Department, says. “Those amendments have been under consideration for a long time, and I am deeply convinced that it definitely has nothing to do with some human rights violations,” he told the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence on Wednesday. “There…