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Accused Russian spy Anna Chapman   (Source: Facebook)

Anna Chapman allegedly passed U.S. secrets to a ring of Russian agents operating in the U.S., but was unwittingly being monitored by FBI agents for months.  (Source: Facebook)

Chapman is seen here in Moscow, Russia  (Source: The New York Post)
Seemingly normal citizens caught passing info to Kremlin; 11 arrested thus far

A shocking case of domestic spying is shaping up on the U.S. East Coast.  So far, 11 individuals have been arrested in a spy ring that was looking to pass U.S. state secrets to the Kremlin.  At its center allegedly was the beautiful, yet treacherous Anna Chapman.

The scheme began when Russia selected a group of normal-looking middle-aged professionals to infiltrate the U.S.  Supplied with pseudonyms and bogus documents, the agents were sent on a mission to become "Americanized," infiltrate "policymaking circles" in the United States and send secrets back to the Kremlin.  In total, four such "couples" were planted on the East coast.  Chapman and two other individual spies were also recruited for the effort.

The spies employed a good deal of high tech measures.  They used ad hoc Wi-Fi networks, bespoke software, encryption software during their communications.  The spies used 27-character passwords on their hard drives, as one example of the strong encryption used.  Two agents would often meet at various coffee shop or book shop without acknowledging each other, communicating via ad-hoc networks.  But the FBI was onto them. 

It had detected the spy's activity by spotting computers accessing certain websites and uploading images created by a steganography program originating from SVR's Moscow Center.  To the casual observer these images looked innocent, but they actually contained hidden text, passing secret messages.  Comments the complaint, "These images appear wholly unremarkable to the naked eye.  But these images (and others) have been analyzed using the steganography program. As a result of this analysis, some of the images have been revealed as containing readable text files."

The Russian spies thought they were secure, but in reality the FBI was clued in to the methodology following a series of raids and seizures dating back to 2005.

Chapman, an attractive brunette who frequently dyed her hair red, was among the spies being secretly watched by the FBI.  Reports an FBI agent in the complaint:
Russian Government Official < was across the street from the book store, carrying a briefcase. 

I observed Chapman pull a laptop out of the tote bag. Chapman stayed in the book store for approximately thirty minutes; Russian Government Official < was in the vicinity of the book store (but outside) for approximately twenty of those thirty minutes.
....
Law enforcement agents were able to detect a particular MAC address - MAC address A - at the time that Chapman was observed powering on her laptop computer.

Law enforcement agents were also able to determine that the electronic device associated with MAC address A created the ad hoc network.
Chapman, clueless that she was being monitored by the FBI, reportedly handed off her laptop to an undercover FBI agent, "so that it could either be fixed, or sent back to Moscow."  Soon after the encounter she allegedly dropped in at a Verizon store to purchase a Motorola phone and international calling card under the name "Irine Kutsov" of "99 Fake Street".

Soon after Chapman and nine of her fellow spies were arrested in a sting, after the Justice Department felt confident enough with its wealth of evidence to pull them in.  Cyprus police arrested an eleventh individual,  Christopher Metsos, at Larnaca Airport, trying to board a flight to Budapest.  He is pending extradition to the U.S.

Despite the variety of high-tech initiative, the spies also used a variety of lower-tech measures like invisible ink, "brush-bys" to pass critical materials, and radio bursts to send data.  At least one Russian official based at the UN in Washington DC was involved with exchange of computers, flash drives, money, and other materials. 

Russia has denied the accusations of spying and says it is seeking more info.

The full U.S. Justice Department complaint can be found here.


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From Russia with HOT!
By Rhl on 6/30/2010 3:30:12 PM , Rating: 4
I don't give a damn if she's spying on the US, I'd do covert ops with her any day.




RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Ticholo on 6/30/2010 3:34:28 PM , Rating: 4
But you let her handle your secrets?


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By therealnickdanger on 6/30/2010 3:38:07 PM , Rating: 1
Right... my "secrets".


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By quiksilvr on 7/1/2010 9:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
RE: From Russia with HOT!
By amanojaku on 6/30/2010 3:46:12 PM , Rating: 5
Only if she's willing to go undercover and de-brief me.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By MrBlastman on 6/30/2010 3:53:34 PM , Rating: 1
6. I'm at a loss how to put it any better than you did.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By NullSubroutine on 6/30/2010 4:13:12 PM , Rating: 1
His line is better than mine which was going to be "spy or no spy I'd poke her any day of the week" ref all the facebook pics (which apparently you can still go to her facebook as I was just there. Maybe she will want pen pals while in prison?


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By NullSubroutine on 6/30/2010 4:15:13 PM , Rating: 2
RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/30/2010 4:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
lol go to her Wall. Some people have linked video's and stories on her Wall about her being a spy, lot's of Russian I can't read. That's funny.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Lord 666 on 6/30/2010 4:58:10 PM , Rating: 3
Even better is her Linkedin page... completely screams SPY.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/chapmananna


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By jonmcc33 on 7/2/2010 12:07:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's too funny. CEO of PropertyFinder Ltd is her job title. Let me go ahead and start some company, get a small business license and I'll be a CEO too!


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By NullSubroutine on 6/30/2010 6:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
404 error now, either FB is messed up or they took down her page!


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/30/2010 8:21:02 PM , Rating: 1
Looks like it got taken down.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By NullSubroutine on 6/30/2010 8:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
I knew I should have downloaded all her pictures for my viewing pleasure!


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Lord 666 on 6/30/2010 10:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
Check out her interview video; you might change your mind. Gross and just listening to her talk of her "businesses" is funny.

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/06/30/tsr.fey...


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By DM0407 on 6/30/2010 4:25:45 PM , Rating: 1
+10


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Phoque on 6/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: From Russia with HOT!
By JonnyDough on 6/30/2010 5:06:29 PM , Rating: 5
I understand that it was meant to be dry humor, but there's something wrong with you. And because there is you get sloppy seconds. I should not have to follow the likes of you.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Phoque on 6/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: From Russia with HOT!
By IcePickFreak on 6/30/2010 6:31:16 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
First time I see that expression. Could someone please explain a french canadian what that means (sloppy seconds), or confirm it means f***ing a lady who has just already been?

Confirmed


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By jonmcc33 on 7/2/2010 12:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I understand that it was meant to be dry humor, but there's something wrong with you.


I agree. You don't rape a woman for punishment. Something is wrong with that guy.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Phoque on 7/3/2010 9:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to apologize then to the DT community for my stupid and shocking comment.

I guess the first impression will stick, but indeed one doesn't punish another's fault with contemptible punishment.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By snakeInTheGrass on 7/3/2010 9:46:15 PM , Rating: 2
Sloppy seconds is not dry humor at all, unless there's something wrong with whoever went first.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By AnnihilatorX on 6/30/2010 5:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The scheme began when Russia selected a group of normal-looking middle-aged professionals to infiltrate the U.S.


I was gonna say, which part of her is normal looking?


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By kd9280 on 7/1/2010 8:46:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah - I screwed up, I should have said the password was 12345. It came to me two seconds after posting.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By kd9280 on 7/1/2010 8:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
Gah, wrong place. Failed


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By Mitch101 on 7/1/2010 12:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I was gonna say, which part of her is normal looking?

I agree if she is normal for Russia why would Russia care about anything from here? They obviously won.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By JediJeb on 7/1/2010 8:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe not normal, but there are A LOT of women in Russia that look as good or better than she does.


RE: From Russia with HOT!
By EricMartello on 7/5/2010 8:40:52 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I was gonna say, which part of her is normal looking?


Compared to the typical fatass american woman who looks 45+ when she's 25 you may think this russian is hot, but if you bother to step beyond the boundaries of the States you'll see that women SHOULD and DO look like she does, and not the way we have come to accept them here in the USA.

I pity the guy who settles for an american woman...lol


Honey Pot?
By kd9280 on 6/30/2010 3:32:49 PM , Rating: 1
Can you say 'honey pot?' Gorgeous woman, perhaps a Russian spy. How easy would it be to march that into a bar, sit down next to a target, and convince him to spill his secrets? Doesn't even have to do much - "Hi, how are you? ... I'm in town on a conference, what are you here for? ... Oh really, what do you do? ... Oh that's amazing, what are the secret codes for those nuclear weapons? ... Uhuh, so your password is '123abc.' Thanks for the drink, but I've gotta catch a plane. If you're in St. Petersburg, stop by for a drink."




RE: Honey Pot?
By ClownPuncher on 6/30/2010 3:40:44 PM , Rating: 5
Obviously cute, but there is a reason for all of the profile poses. She is'nt exactly gorgeous, just attractive.

It makes me wonder, though. My grilfriend is of finnish/russian ancestry. I guess I'm gonna have to waterboard her after work.


RE: Honey Pot?
By MrBlastman on 6/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: Honey Pot?
By JonnyDough on 6/30/2010 5:25:18 PM , Rating: 5
I think you should go look at some Russian porn and leave the commenting to people who have had sex before.


RE: Honey Pot?
By TeXWiller on 6/30/2010 5:42:54 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
My grilfriend is of finnish/russian ancestry
Do you often find her conflicted? ;)


RE: Honey Pot?
By ClownPuncher on 6/30/2010 6:03:54 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, though I would also say that most women are!


RE: Honey Pot?
By Schadenfroh on 7/2/2010 3:33:43 PM , Rating: 2
That is like a woman that is half-Korean and half-Japanese.


RE: Honey Pot?
By jonmcc33 on 7/2/2010 12:10:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
My grilfriend is of finnish/russian ancestry. I guess I'm gonna have to waterboard her after work.


A wet t-shirt would be fine.


RE: Honey Pot?
By AlexWade on 6/30/2010 3:57:49 PM , Rating: 3
You just reminded me of the movie Spaceballs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K95SXe3pZoY


RE: Honey Pot?
By kd9280 on 7/1/2010 8:48:32 AM , Rating: 2
Remembered that quote two seconds after posting my original post, and should have used it.


Awesome
By lunarx3dfx on 6/30/2010 4:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
Great rhl, glad to know that the service I provide my country by serving in the armed forces to keep our people safe goes to waste on you and everyone else who doesn't care if she's spying.




RE: Awesome
By driver01z on 6/30/2010 5:17:13 PM , Rating: 1
Its really to be expected. You think US government leaders are going to put your efforts to proper use? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


RE: Awesome
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/30/2010 6:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You think US government leaders are going to put your efforts to proper use? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Actually yes, contrary to popular belief, not all of the US Govt is worthless. You know oh so little about the world around you young grasshopper.


RE: Awesome
By The Raven on 7/1/2010 10:08:46 AM , Rating: 5
Umm... Contrary to popular belief, not all of those who would like a smaller gov't or crack jokes about it think that the US Govt is COMPLETELY worthless.


RE: Awesome
By Beno on 6/30/2010 8:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
the country you're serving does more spying than all other superpowers.
there'll always be more spies, thats just a tip of the iceberg.
but hey, uncle sam has hundreds on his payrole in moscow too.


RE: Awesome
By FastEddieLB on 7/3/2010 4:20:05 PM , Rating: 2
What other superpowers?


LOL
By Spivonious on 6/30/2010 3:37:16 PM , Rating: 5
"99 Fake St"




RE: LOL
By UnauthorisedAccess on 6/30/2010 8:22:57 PM , Rating: 5
Does this remind anyone of a Simpsons episode?

Maybe it's a real address and the FBI are just going "99 Fake St? Pfft, obviously that's fake, so no point looking into further...".

Meanwhile, at 99 Fake St...


RE: LOL
By Ment88 on 7/2/2010 4:41:00 AM , Rating: 2
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&g...

Theres a ton of Fake Roads/Lanes as well in the US...


Femme Fatale
By ZachDontScare on 6/30/2010 4:19:57 PM , Rating: 5
They keep making a big deal about her in the media, but really, while attractive, there's nothing outstanding about her.

And apparently she and the rest of her cohorts were fairly incompetent... and technical illiterates to boot.




RE: Femme Fatale
By dgingeri on 6/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: Femme Fatale
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/30/2010 5:57:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well, she's not really a redhead but who cares right? She sure is hot when she has red hair :)


RE: Femme Fatale
By bh192012 on 7/1/2010 1:48:05 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Well, she's not really a redhead


Are you certain of that? If not, I'd like to volunteer to find out.


Spying on what, exactly
By driver01z on 6/30/2010 5:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder what information they gathered:
"Psst. The US Government is incompetent and its leaders serve no purpose. There's nothing even worth stealing. The citizens here would probably PREFER to go live in Russia!"




RE: Spying on what, exactly
By JediJeb on 6/30/2010 5:59:49 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
So far, 11 individuals have been arrested in a spy ring that was looking to pass U.S. state secrets to the Kremlin.


I am not sure what constitutes state secrets, but the article I read in the paper today said they were only passing along information on the financial sector and some common technology ideas. One of them was the co-founder of a think tank in New Jersey that studied emerging tech trends. None of the information they were sending seems to be related to government or military secrets. From the news paper article it seems this was more like a high tech insider trading type thing. Of course that could be used to let the Russians invest in Wall Street and make a bunch of money, wonder if the US is trying to do that in overseas markets?

Also the news paper listed this woman as a newer member of the group, not the ring leader.


RE: Spying on what, exactly
By Jaybus on 7/1/2010 8:27:43 AM , Rating: 2
It hardly seems Russia would be a good choice. They sent a known Russian official to get the data outside a coffee shop. Made the FBI's job pretty easy, but hardly a reason to instill confidence in the Russian government's competency. But by all means move to Russia if you wish. It's a free country, after all.


RE: Spying on what, exactly
By AEvangel on 7/1/2010 11:32:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think they figured out she and the others were spies since they listed it on their Facebook page...or perhaps they caught them playing Spyville all day at work!!

I mean this is the FBI they are not know for their crack detective work.


Steganography???
By OUits on 6/30/2010 3:38:10 PM , Rating: 2
With all the security measures they took, you'd think they would pass text documents using some sort of PKE scheme instead of a bullshit steganography set up which would be easier to crack.




RE: Steganography???
By Digimonkey on 6/30/2010 4:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
The data in the image file can still be encrypted. You are simply trying to hide the fact you are passing sensitive data at all.


RE: Steganography???
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/30/2010 6:49:08 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, encrypting and sending via steganography is definately better than simply sending a straight encryption burst. With the latter your screwed as soon as it is broken, they already know it's not something you want revealed.


How did they find out that they were spies?
By 91TTZ on 6/30/2010 4:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
The article says:

quote:
It had detected the spy's activity by spotting computers accessing certain websites and uploading images created by a steganography program originating from SVR's Moscow Cente


They didn't really "detect" the spy's activity by doing this. It sounds like they already knew exactly who they were looking for because they had to be sniffing the packets coming from her computer in order to find out what data they were transmitting.

The FBI seemed to suspect they were spies before they ever got the warrant to wiretap them. Other articles I've read about this state that the FBI had been covertly breaking into their houses for the last 5 years to gather evidence because they knew that something was going on.




By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/30/2010 6:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The FBI seemed to suspect they were spies before they ever got the warrant to wiretap them.

That is usually a good reason to obtain a warrant. Can't just get one for no reason afterall.


By 91TTZ on 7/2/2010 3:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
But the various articles said that they began to suspect they were spies when they saw the data their computers were transmitting.

But can't you see the catch there? If they only began to suspect that they were spies after they saw the information coming from their computer, how did they get the warrant in order to obtain that information in the first place?


OMG SHE USED A CELL
By JonnyDough on 6/30/2010 5:04:42 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, we all know about the Russian Spies...its been all over the news for days. Who cares if she used a cellphone. That doesn't make this a tech story.

The only reason you even post this story here is to get hits, because she's hot, and sex sells. Give us a break, we aren't sheep.




RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By Lord 666 on 6/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By JonnyDough on 6/30/2010 5:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
I've used a computer and cryptography in the last week too, I'm also quite handsome and work for a government agency. Can I make tech news?

The difference between you and I is that I could get a woman that looks like her, while you're stuck slinging silly homosexual accusations across the internet. If we were meeting face to face I'd tell you to sit down and you'd do it because I'm more masculine than you are. Rawr.


RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By LRonaldHubbs on 6/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By Lord 666 on 6/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By JonnyDough on 6/30/2010 8:44:36 PM , Rating: 1
my male homosexual friends (note the PLUARL) think is cute and very attractive.

I have none because they always hit on me. Bragging about making babies with a made up woman doesn't earn you points on the internet with strangers. Anyone can be anyone online. Also, the rawr was to be funny. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: OMG SHE USED A CELL
By bh192012 on 7/1/2010 2:47:29 PM , Rating: 2
You clicked. DT wins!

pssst. Secretly, I know you wanted to see pics even though you're married. Or did you see the title " Russian Femme Fatale Spy, 10 Others Busted by FBI" and a picture of the 'girl in the red dress' and think yeah DT probably has some inside tech info on the case ?


The spy who shagged me...
By Bladen on 7/1/2010 4:17:04 PM , Rating: 4
At least she has decent teeth baby, yeah!

Shagadelic.




I thougth they were friends...
By todda7 on 6/30/2010 4:24:36 PM , Rating: 3
Burn After Reading suddenly got a whole new meaning.




By callmeroy on 7/2/2010 8:14:02 AM , Rating: 3
I find it interesting so many posts in this thread about how hot this woman is...I definitely think she's good-looking, but honestly..I've seen FAR better looking women when I go into the city , the mall or down the shore.

If she's the "be all, end all" of hot women some make her out to be -- I wonder two things.....1) How often do you leave your house? and 2) How many women have you dated or even just had as friends in your life....

All jokes and sly remarks aside, beautiful women are everywhere and I think every state and nearly every town in America has a some beauties.....ok maybe not REALLY small towns like with 500 people in them...but most decent sized towns do.




Intense
By xler8r on 6/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: Intense
By Reclaimer77 on 6/30/2010 4:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
The Russians have ALWAYS done this. McCarthy might have been an idiot, but he was also right.


Too obvious...
By integr8d on 6/30/2010 8:44:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure foreign policy advisor,Zbigniew Brzezinski, is loving this. He's had a hard-on for Russia for some time...

Keep an eye out for his daughter, who anchors on one of the networks, to be covering this story over, and over, and over.




Completely blown out of all proportion
By WinstonSmith on 7/1/10, Rating: 0
By bh192012 on 7/1/2010 2:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing blown out of proportion is the article you linked to.

"no no, it's an inside job, someone in the FBI meant to sour US/Rusian relations against Obama's will"

or.... maybe the FBI do what they do and managed to catch some of the low hanging fruit.


Consquences
By Kyanzes on 7/3/2010 6:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
Ouch, the comrade responsible for the failure is probably being sent to a modern equivalant of a Gulag camp right about now.




Yep.
By rburnham on 7/3/2010 12:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
Criminals are HOT!




By moenkopi on 7/3/2010 4:42:34 PM , Rating: 1
She is an accomplished woman! Pretty, intelligent and creative enough to setup a business. Nothing wrong with her, she is a catch, however, international spying is treasonous and usually, the penalty for that is death, so i see no problem with executing her.




By thebeastie on 7/4/2010 9:45:59 PM , Rating: 1
The real question behind all this is does she suck a good pole?




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