QSL Security – Monthly Briefing: Foreign Collection Methods

Foreign Collection Methods

Cleared defense contractors within the United States are prime targets for many foreign intelligence collectors and foreign government economic competitors. Cleared employees working within America’s most sensitive programs are of special interest.

The number of reported collection attempts are continuing to rise and of course, as you have all seen on the news, threats within (insider threats) are also rapidly surfacing. Below, I have included a link to an interesting article which was forwarded to me by the Defense Security Service which discusses Beijing’s effort to produce up to 25,000 intelligence collectors. According to the article, Beijing’s spy networks WITHIN the United States include up to 25,000 Chinese intelligence officers and more than 15,000 recruited agents who have stepped up offensive spying activities since 2012.

Since 2012, Chinese leaders have dispatched over 5,000 spies to the United States which are disguised as students, businessmen, and immigrants. According to the article, the top priorities for these agents are to collect weapons-related technology and to elicit or “buy” cleared individuals persuading them into becoming insider threats by disclosing classified or sensitive Intel.

According to the Defense Security Service, the most common foreign collection methods used in over 80% of targeting cases are

  • Requests for information
  • Academic Solicitation
  • Suspicious Network Activity
  • Targeting at Conferences, Conventions, and Trade Shows
  • Elicitation and Recruitment.

Below you will find a brochure which will discuss in detail various collection methods and techniques for countering them. If you suspect you have been targeted or know someone who may have become a target, please do not forget to report the situation immediately!

Article: Article – Bejings Networks

Brochure / Job Aid: Foreign Collection Methods – Job Aid