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Estonian Spy Sent U.S. Missile Defense and Other NATO Secrets to Russia

November 19, 2008

A high-ranking Estonian defence official has been charged with treason, accused of passing sensitive NATO information to the Russian government for the past several years.

Estonian sources told Peace and Freedom that Herbert Simm of Estonia has sold US Eastern Euro defense plan, computer codes, missle defense secrets to Russia.

Above: Herbert Simm

According to the British newspaper “The Times”, Herman Simm, a former Estonian Defence Ministry official, could have passed top NATO secrets to Russia. Simm, who was arrested in September under charges of espionage and treason, was responsible for handling all of the country’s classified information incoming from NATO and other allied countries.

“The Times” calls it the most serious case of espionage against NATO since the end of the Cold War. Because of his high profile, it is suspected he might have also assisted in letting through other Russian agents.

Estonia is a former Soviet republic, but has one of the more succesful economies amongst former Eastern block countries. Thanks to government efforts, the computer literacy and public IT infrastucture are at a very high level. However, the country has had problems dealing with Russia – this included mass riots after a decision to move a Soviet war memorial, and a massive cyber-attack on the country’s infrastructure that ensued right afterwards. The attack was traced back to Russia, with many suspecting the Russian government of organising it.

Times (UK)

A spy at the heart of Nato may have passed secrets on the US missile shield and cyber-defence to Russian Intelligence, it has emerged.

Herman Simm, 61, an Estonian defence ministry official who was arrested in September, was responsible for handling all of his country’s classified information at Nato, giving him access to every top-secret graded document from other alliance countries.

He was recruited by the Russians in the late 1980s and has been charged in Estonia with supplying information to a foreign power.

Several investigation teams from both the EU and Nato, under the supervision of a US officer, have flown to the Estonian capital Tallinn to assess the scope of what is being seen as the most serious case of espionage against Nato since the end of the Cold War.

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Wall Street woes has India outsourcing on edge

October 18, 2008

“The main market for us is still the United States. If companies are not doing good there, our job prospects are low,” said Nilesh Raut, of Bangalore, India….
By ERIKA KINETZ, AP Business Writer
BANGALORE, India – Bangalore, the capital of Indian outsourcing, is perhaps the closest India comes to Wall Street. In some offices, you can get a U.S. dial tone. Clocks tell you what time it is in New York. Cappuccinos — as well as Subway sandwiches and Carolina Herrera “212” perfume — are easy to come by.

Now that proximity, which has fueled years of growth and transformed the city into one of India’s most cosmopolitan, has put Bangalore on edge.

“The main market for us is still the United States. If companies are not doing good there, our job prospects are low,” said Nilesh Raut, 29, a software engineer at Oracle, which has an office here.

Bangalore is full of young migrants like Raut, who snapped up tech jobs that paid more than their parents could dream of, and who, unlike their parents, made unabashed use of their credit cards. But now, as India’s biggest shopping season, Diwali, kicks off, many say that until they have a better sense of how far and how deep the current crisis will cut, they’ll stick to window shopping.

“We’re just here for the ambiance,” said Raut, strolling through Bangalore’s oldest mall, Forum, foreswearing the iPods, Lee jeans, Reebok shoes and Arrow shirts on offer.

Since it opened four years ago, Forum has seen annual sales growth average 25 percent a year, according to Merveil Varghese, the mall’s marketing manager. This year, she expects sales growth at the mall’s 72 shops to slow to 17 to 18 percent. Rents, which quadrupled during that time, have stabilized, she said.

“Fifty percent of our customers are from the IT crowd,” she said. But these days, “everybody is taking it a little cool. You can’t afford to raise prices.”

The mall was packed, but few people had shopping bags in their hands. Consumers have also been singed by stock market losses.

“It’s not just Wall Street. It’s Dalal Street,” said Mansi Aneja, 30, referring to the Bombay Stock Exchange, which has lost about half its value this year. She said she’s putting off buying a new car.

Dubbed the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore and its environs account for a third of India’s software services ….

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Rare Cable Rupture ‘a Wake-Up Call’ for India

February 2, 2008

ByEmily Wax
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, February 2, 2008; Page A12

NEW DELHI, Feb. 1 — In the heart of an industrial zone and up an ordinary flight of stairs, young computer engineers buzzed with activity Friday in front of a huge screen tracking Internet connectivity in this country’s booming service sector.

When Internet traffic slowed to a crawl late Wednesday after two cables were cut beneath the Mediterranean Sea, the ability of service providers such as this one to quickly reroute data became crucial for India‘s hundreds of outsourcing companies. Without such expertise, those companies would be unable to communicate with clients around the world.

“It’s looking better,” said R.S. Perhar, chief operations officer of Tulip IT Services, as the movie screen-size map indicated improving connectivity with flashes of green. “We are going to beat this because we had backup options. But it was a wake-up call.”

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