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today’s birthday: Mata Hari (1876)

Mata Hari (1876)

Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, this Dutch courtesan, dancer, and alleged spy went by the stage name Mata Hari. During World War I, she had intimate relationships with high-ranking Allied military officers and government officials. Though details are unclear, she apparently spied for Germany from 1916. In January 1917, French intelligence intercepted German messages about a spy they identified as Mata Hari, and she was executed by the French on espionage charges. What happened to her corpse?

Today’s Birthday: MOE BERG (1902) – An athlete and spy

Moe Berg (1902)

Once known as “the brainiest man in baseball,” Berg was a professional athlete who became a professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom? More… Discuss



Security Company Says Chinese Military Behind Hacking

A US computer security company is alleging that a Chinese military unit—Unit 61398—is one of the world’s “most prolific cyber espionage groups” and is responsible for stealing hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations around the globe. In a 74-page report, Mandiant details its findings regarding a group it has dubbed APT1, or Advanced Persistent Threat 1, which has engaged in a sweeping campaign of cyber espionage since at least 2006. The company claims that it has traced APT1’s activities to a building in Chinaoccupied by Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation Army. China denies the accusations.More… Discuss