[ISN] The Corporate Side of Snooping

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 00:42:59 -0600 (CST)

Off the Shelf
The New York Times
March 5, 2010

IT'S easy to understand how Washington reporters can become jaded. They 
are constantly being spun by the same gang of politicians and lobbyists 
who dominate the nation's capital.

So, by his own admission, Eamon Javers, a veteran Washington 
correspondent who now covers the White House for Politico, was thrilled 
when he stumbled on a new cast of characters in the area: former spies 
who peddle their services to large companies.

The result is "Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of 
Corporate Espionage" (Harper Business, 306 pages) [1], Mr. Javers's 
account of how he doggedly tracked down rent-a-spies in United States 
and Europe and tried to get them to divulge their mysteries.

The author obtained quite a few meetings with former C.I.A., MI5 and 
K.G.B. agents who comb through trash and snoop on people using satellite 
technology, on behalf of the private sector. He says their business is 
booming, although he isn't sure if this is good for the world.

Mr. Javers warns, "In an increasingly fragmented geopolitical 
environment, the balance seems to be shifting away from governments and 
toward corporate and even private individuals, who have access to more 
intelligence and information-gathering abilities than many governments 
in history ever had."

[1] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061697206/c4iorg


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