Zach Dorfman – mostly about Chinese spies but some about Russian spies
…As the Bay Area transformed itself into a tech hub, Russia adapted its efforts accordingly, with Russian spies increasingly focused on obtaining information on valuable, sensitive or potentially duel-use technologies—those with both civilian and military applications—being developed or financed by companies or venture-capital firms based in the region. Russia’s espionage activities have traditionally been centered on its San Francisco Consulate, which was forcibly closed by the Trump administration in early September 2017.
…The Russians treated [Rusnano USA] as an intelligence platform, from which they launched operations,”
…Intel officials have suspected that Russian spies were enlisting local high-end Russian and Eastern European prostitutes, in a classic Russian “honeypot” maneuver, to gather information from (and on) Bay Area tech and venture-capital executives.
…When it comes to economic espionage in particular, Chinese intelligence employs a more decentralized strategy than Russia does,…
The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back.
Source: How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies