Baby products seller turns out to be military spy
The skinny Russian military intelligence agent called Artem Zinchenko (30) was shocked when he was surrounded by internal security service operatives in a Tallinn public transport vehicle on January 9 – Zinchenko had no idea the authorities were on to him.
09.05.2017, Oliver KundPM
Danish soldiers warned about possible provocations during stay in Estonia
Danish soldiers who will arrive in Estonia as part of NATO's enhanced forward presence battalion battle group at year-end will have to be careful as they might encounter provocations of Russian agents, the aim of which is to compromise the alliance's soldiers, the Danish daily Politiken reported referring to a report published by the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS).
Estonian security agency caught person recruited by Russia's GRU
The Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) caught a person at the beginning of this year who had been recruited by the Main Intelligence Agency (GRU) of the armed forces of Russia, ISS chief Arnold Sinisalu told journalists at the presentation of the 2016 yearbook of ISS on Wednesday.
Islamiriigi häkkerid teatasid ligi 9000 nimega tapmisnimekirjast
Äärmusrühmituse Islamiriik häkkerite rühmitus United Cyber Caliphate (UCC) teatas videosõnumis, et neil on nimed ja andmed 8786 isiku kohta, kelle džihadistid peaks tapma.
05.04.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
VKG hit by cyberespionage
Servers of one of Estonia's biggest oil shale companies Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) hosted malware associated with Russian foreign military intelligence GRU.
30.03.2017, Lennart Ruuda
Bangladeshis hukkus plahvatustes neli ja sai viga 40 inimest
Bangladeshi kirdeosas sai laupäeval kahes plahvatuses surma neli ja vigastada 40 inimest, teatasid politsei ja haiglapersonal.
Video: Islamiriik ähvardas esimest korda Hiinat, lubades «verejõgesid» (2)
Äärmusrühmitus Islamiriik tegi esimese otsese ähvarduse Hiinale, lubades et varsti hakkavad seal voolama «verejõed».
02.03.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Prime Minister: Estonia not spying on Trump
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said, commenting on an article by Newsweek, that Estonia is definitely not spying on the Trump administration.
17.02.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Engineers want to cook spy drones
A defense industry development grants competition awarded financial support from the taxpayer to the visions of four companies. The realization of these visions would result in a unique solution for blinding camera drones, voice guidance for a pocket tank, eavesdropping on enemy communications, and a super-economical battery.
01.02.2017, Oliver Kund
Malis hukkus rünnakus valitsusmeelsete laagrile 50 inimest
Malis hukkus kolmapäeval enesetapurünnakus endisi mässulisi ja valitsusmeelseid üksusi majutavale laagrile umbes 50 inimest, teatasid allikad ÜRO rahuvalvemissioonist ja kohalikust omavalitsusest.
Putin: Donald Trumpi kohta valeraporti koostajad on hullemad kui prostituudid (1)
Venemaa president Vladimir Putin võttis sõna USA presidendiks saava Donald Trumpi raporti teemal, öeldes et selle koostajad on hullemad kui end müüvad prostituudid, kuna neil puudub täielikult moraal ja eetika.
17.01.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinElu
Trumpi raporti autori sõbrad: tutvustasime teda oma naistele kui James Bondi
Sel nädalal on maailma meedia kirjutanud endisest Briti luureagendist Christopher Steele’ist, kes olevat USA tulevase presidendi Donald Trumpi kohta käiva salaraporti taga. Selles olevat Trumpi jaoks väga kahjulikku informatsiooni, kaasa arvatud see, et Trumpil on Venemaaga head salasuhted.
13.01.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Estonian foreign intelligence in the spotlight
A meeting between a member of US president-elect Donald Trump's close circle and a pro-Putin member of the Russian State Duma in a Eastern European country was picked up by the Estonian Information Board, Newsweek wrote yesterday, based on information from several people with ties to the agency.
12.01.2017, Joosep VärkElu
Trumpi raporti taga olev Briti eksagent jättis kassi naabrile ja kadus
Sellel nädalal on rahvusvaheline meedia kirjutanud varsti USA presidendiks saava Donald Trumpi kohta käivast salaraportist, milles olevat valgustkartvat ja Trumpi mainet kahjustada võivat informatsiooni.
12.01.2017, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Estonian spy agency conducted surveillance of meeting of Duma deputy, Trump adviser
The Estonian Information Board (EIB), the foreign intelligence service of Estonia, conducted surveillance last year of a meeting in an unnamed eastern European country between an associate of Donald Trump and a pro-Putin Russian MP, Newsweek reported on Wednesday.
11.01.2017, News.postimees.ee / BNS
Terrorivõrgustiku Al-Qaeda liider hurjutas Islamiriiki
Terrorivõrgustiku Al-Qaeda liider Ayman al-Zawahiri mõistis neljapäeval avaldatud audioläkituses hukka "ebaõiglase propagandakampaania", mida sunniitlik äärmusrühmitus Islamiriik tegevat tema organisatsiooni vastu.
Trump kavatseb luurekoordinaatoriks nimetada Dan Coatsi
USA presidendiks valitud Donald Trump kavatseb riiklikuks luurekoordinaatoriks (Director of National Intelligence - DNI) nimetada Indiana endise senaatori Dan Coatsi, teatasid reedel uudisteagentuurile AP otsusega kursis olevad allikad.
Heliloojad jäävad tööta? Uus tehnoloogia suudab igale tekstile sobiva meloodia kirjutada
ALYSIA-nimeline süsteem suudab mistahes teksti popmuusikaga ühilduma panna, arvestades iga silbi kohta sobivaid noote.
14.12.2016, Riin Aljas
Uber ostis üles eestlasest Skype´i looja rahastatud idufirma
Transpordivahendusettevõte Uber ostis üles tehisintellekti arendava idufirma Geometric Intelligence, mille varajaste rahastajate seas on Jaan Tallinn, üks Skype´i loomise taga olnud eestlastest.
Spekulatsioon: intelligentsed tulnukad on tõenäoliselt robotite sarnased
Maavälise elu otsimisega tegeleva Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) kauaaegse juhi Seth Shostaki arvates ei ole meie planeediga kontakteeruda võivad tulnukad mitte meie ega meile tuntud liikide sarnased ega rohelised mehikesed, pigem on nad robotilaadsed.
16.11.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Traitor Dressen deprived of citizenship
The government decided yesterday to deprive Viktoria Dressen, wife of former Internal Security Service (KAPO) operative, convicted traitor Aleksei Dressen, of citizenship. Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said during the press conference that the decision constitutes a precedent in re-independent Estonia.
04.11.2016, Liis VelskerE24
Kuidas valida ettevõttele head ärianalüüsi platvormi?
Infovara OÜ konsultant Marko Sepp selgitab, mida peaks ettevõtjad ja juhid silmas pidama ärianalüüsi platvormi valimisel.
09.09.2016, Marko Sepp
Islamiriigi võitlejate väite kohaselt konfiskeerisid nad Afganistanis USA relvi, laskemoona ja sõduri ID-kaarte
USA kaitseministeerium uurib äärmusrühmituse Islamiriik väidet, mille kohaselt said džihadistid Afganistanis enda valdusse USA sõduri ID-kaarte ja relvastust.
09.08.2016, Inna-Katrin Hein
Video: Al-Qaeda juht tahab vahetada lääne kodanikke tabatud džihadistide vastu
Terrorirühmituse Al-Qaeda liider Ayman al-Zawahiri esines võitlejatele üleskutsega võtta kinni lääneriikide kodanikke, et vahetada neid vangistatud džihadistide vastu.
25.07.2016, Inna-Katrin Hein
Islamiriigi suhtluskanalites arutatakse, kuidas Rio olümpial võiks rünnakuid korraldada
Brasiilias Rio de Janeiros algavad kahe nädala pärast 2016. aasta suveolümpiamängud, samas rakendatakse seal karme julgeolekumeetmeid, kuna on suurt oht, et Islamiriik võib korraldada rünnakuid.
21.07.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinN24
See on ainus vajalik oskus, et päästa oma suhet
Emotsioonid on keerulised ja iga päev mõjutavad neid meie kogemused. Olgu selleks päikesepaiste või vihmasabin, hea lugu raadios või kuri kiri tööpostkastis – kõik need pisiasjad mõjutavad meie tuju, kuidas me end tunneme ja mida mõtleme.
26.05.2016, Dagmar LampPM
Editorial: game of drones in sky, media, and minds
No surprise that Russia wants to affect us. What matters most is reaction in the society.
Experts say lion's share of NATO leak is hot air
The picture painted before media eyes in Norway by leaked NATO report regarding Russian special units in Estonia is exaggerated and only partially reflects reality, think the experts.
04.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Special units to get a boost
Police special unit K and border guard strike teams on Eastern border will get dozens of new members and equipment for added special operations capacity.
03.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Russian stunt pilot: aviation «meaning of life» for Raivo Susi
A Russian stunt pilot paints Estonian businessman Raivo Susi, held in Moscow for third month accused in espionage, as a guy living for aviation. He deems the incident to be strange indeed.
27.04.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Reason behind Russian border provocations: something bad is coming
The upcoming season 6 of the insanely popular TV series Game of thrones has a catchy tag line – winter is coming. The menace of the obvious threat grows in the cold shadows, almost unchecked as everyone is involved in a bickering fight over the Iron throne.
20.04.2016, Vaidas Saldžiūnas, VilniusPM
Wind farms to require defence ministry's special building permit
Most of mainland Estonia will turn into national defence area regarding construction where stuff like wind parks are not allowed to be built, should government proceed to approve relevant draft act prepared at defence ministry next week.
05.04.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Raivo Susi feels like FSB hostage
One version why aviation businessman Raivo Susi in talks with Russian national arms seller Rosoboroneksport was arrested sounds quite banal: FSB is accusing him in espionage just to swap him for some of their agents jailed in Estonia. In his letter to Postimees, Mr Susi says he is incline to believe that himself.
17.03.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Kross to again visit USA despite visa ban
Barred from getting a US visa, Riigikogu member Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform) travels to New York at end of March with special visa to attend a special session at UN general assembly regarding disarmament and arms control.
10.03.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Estonian foreign intelligence: Russia to increase military power in Baltic direction
Russia has been constantly increasing its military capacity in the direction of the Baltic countries and has also increased the capacity and complexity of exercises, it can be seen from the first annual report of the Estonian Information Board (EIB).
Report: Biggest military conflict danger in Baltics arises from Russia's misconceptions
According to the Estonian Information Board (EIB) the biggest danger of a conflict arising in the Baltic countries derives from the Russian administration's misconceptions.
Foreign intelligence chief: Russia is only country threatening Estonia's independence
Russia is the only country that can jeopardize Estonia's independence or constitutional order, director general of the Estonian Information Board (EIB) Mikk Marran said on Wednesday.
Editorial: the prescious bits of information
Central in the world today is the aspect of security, amid the rapidly developing technology.
Workplace of foreign minister exposed to eavesdropping
Two years after the infamous phone call between Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton on Maidan snipers which was eavesdropped, part of top foreign ministry staff facilities are still available for ears of hostile intelligence.
10.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
10-12 tanks added to Pskov Air Assault division
The 76th Guards Air Assault Division in Pskov, Russia and immediate vicinity of Estonia gets boosted by a tank unit. Experts say security of Estonia is thereby under no greater threat.
02.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Bill to grant military intelligence right to collect info outside Estonia
Estonian Ministry of Defense is seeking opinions on a bill which, among other things, would give military intelligence the right to collect information outside Estonia.
Briti Julgeolekuteenistus on parim töökoht seksuaalvähemustele
Julgeolekuteenistus (MI5) valiti Ühendkuningriigi tööandjate seas kõige sobivamaks töötamiskohaks soo- ja seksuaalvähemustele.
19.01.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
The cyberspace arms race
Partly because of a year filled with cyber attacks by ISIS, military cyber units keep popping up in nations of Europe. Estonia not a target thus far, experts see no need to amend local law.
30.11.2015, Oliver KundPM
Incoming foreign intelligence chief says Russia is playing itself into international picture
A long-time chancellor at defence ministry, come New Year Mikk Marran (37) will assume leadership of Estonia's foreign intelligence, the Information Board. Drawing on his current job at the ministry while peeking into the future, he admits to be troubled by Russia's deepening aggressiveness and closeness.
18.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Interior minsiter says security authorities cannot and must not monitor everything
Having been in contact with French security authorities, Estonia's interior minister Hanno Pevkur tells Postimees in interview what our relevant bodies may do to maintain safety.
16.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Estonian govt appoints Mikk Marran head of Information Board
The Estonian government on Thursday released Rainer Saks from the position of director general of the Information Board and appointed Mikk Marran as new director general of the country's main intelligence agency.
DefMin's secretary general to be nominated for head of Information Board
Defense Minister Hannes Hanso is going to nominate Mikk Marran for director general of the Information Board, Estonia's main intelligence agency.
Hannes Hanso «embarrassed» that soc dems wanted to cut defence spending
Defence minister Hannes Hanso (44 today, Soc Dems) says the main near term aim is finding a new deputy chancellor for the ministry, and a new chief for Information Board. As for anti-refugee statements by servicemen, he wants to put an end to that.
06.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
An option: depriving Dressen the Traitor of citizenship
Pardoned by President and swapped into Russia in exchange for Eston Kohver, Aleksei Dressen continues to be citizen of Estonia. The latter, however, can strip him of that.
29.09.2015, Merike TederPM
Yearlong swap settled in top gear
By last Friday noon the rescue operation regarding Eston Kohver came to a high-speed end as President Toomas Hendrik Ilves pardoned traitor Aleksei Dressen and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin showed mercy on the «spy» from Estonia.
28.09.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Kohver sent home soon?
Picture a severe court judgement complete with a «revealing» film wherein the convicted one presents his «sincere confession», followed, however, by Putin's pardon and a fast ride home from Pskov to Tartu through the Luhamaa border point quite near where a FSB special unit snatched and captured him - almost a year ago.
07.08.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluE24
Uuringufirma: Apple on müünud veidi alla 3 miljoni nutikella
Uuringufirma Slice Intelligence hinnangul oli Apple juuni keskpaigaks müünud kokku 2,79 miljonit nutikella Apple Watch, kirjutab Reuters.
Islamiriigi uued töövahendid: pime veeb ja bitcoinid
Islamiriigi ehk ISISe toetajate viimased avastatud veebipostitused viitavad terroriorganisatsiooni uutele meetoditele info vahetamisel ja toetuste kogumisel.
11.06.2015, Aivar PauPM
Kremlin media hunting for openings in Estonia
Though Russian propaganda channels are eating ever deeper into Estonia, lion’s share of local Russian speakers still manage to separate hostile messages from the truth, claims Security Police.
14.04.2015, Oliver KundPM
Militants from Estonia face criminal cases
On basis of information obtained by Security Police and published in media, Office of the Prosecutor General will in near future determine launch of criminal proceedings regarding two terrorist militants from Estonia. This, for the men, may mean jail from five years to life.
26.01.2015, Oliver KundPM+
Nädala plaat. Viies element
American Intelligence (Sound Signature)
09.01.2015, Risto KozerPM
Expert: FSB likely fearing capture of vital agent in Estonia
There’s no link between kidnapping of Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver and the Russian security service FSB propaganda video starring former Kapo employee Uno Puusepp, thinks Vladimir Yushkin, director of the Baltic Centre for Russian Studies in Tallinn, Estonia. The aim of the video may rather be distracting Estonian counterintelligence from stuff more important.
30.12.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Estonian security police chief: Puusepp's claims are partially true
According to director general of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) Arnold Sinisalu, claims of former employee of the ISS and ex-KGB officer Uno Puusepp on a Russian television programme are at least partially true, the national broadcaster ERR reports.
Security specialist: info outdated in half year
As shown by Russian security service FSB’s timing with disclosure of alleged Tallinn traitor, Estonian counterpart Kapo has painfully stepped on their toes. For those at helm of Estonian state, however, this ought to spell need of swift change, thinks one-time head of Riigikogu security authorities surveillance select committee Jaanus Rahumägi (Reform Party).
17.12.2014, Oliver KundPM
Italian journalist Chiesa ordered to leave Estonia
The Italian journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa who was detained in Tallinn on Monday over violating the Estonian entry ban has been released and ordered to leave the country.
Editorial: strange step by Russia in propaganda war
Obviously, the unprecedented uncovering of own agent Uno Puusepp in Russian NTV show «Our man in Tallinn» is an information (war) operation aimed to impact the public in Russia, Estonia and partner states of the latter. Explicitly, the Russian security service FSB is behind the move.
Kapo technician inflates himself into big time traitor
Uno Puusepp (63), the son of a Soviet army sergeant, may indeed have for years betrayed Estonians state while working at Security Police (the Kapo) and forwarding Kapo’s inside information to Russian internal security services. It is impossible, however, that he’d be behind all the Kapo foreign agents caught in Russia as listed by a NTV programme.
16.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
FSB claims Estonian security service employee spied for Russia for 20 years
Russia's federal security service FSB claims that it had an agent in the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) for 20 years, Russian news agency Interfax said on Sunday with reference to the NTV television channel.
Lawyer: Kohver no use to Russia as prisoner
On upcoming Saturday, Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver «celebrates» three months sharp in a Russian jailhouse. This Christmas and New Year will be the last for Mr Kohver in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, believes his lawyer Yevgeni Aksyonov.
04.12.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: intelligence temped
Crafty thieving is a main skill of a classical spy agent. Why else would Viktor Suvorov, in his «Aquarium», share the little tricks how one will also consider oneself while selling watermelons on Collective Farm marketplace. From literature, we know how a smart agent knows to approach the timid secretary of a high ranking enemy, the latter then making him copies of classified documents during lunch hour. These past years, the major spy scandals are all about information theft. Even so, stuff classified often comes with monetary value attached, and spies are not about the Purpose alone.
A spy chief on cocaine
Sergei Bõstrov, for years in charge of a top priority department at Estonian foreign intelligence, was a cocaine user – as unearthed by criminal case regarding embezzlement of money at the agency.
27.11.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Swedish expert says situation «very frustrating»
In light of past few days’ events there’s not much hope of search in Stockholm waters serving up something revealing, observes Ingmar Oldberg, a Russia policy expert at Swedish Institute for International Affairs.
23.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
The dark side of a national idol
Via mediation biz, firm of IRL vice chairman Eerik-Niiles Kross is linked to Russian fuel company under economic sanctions.
22.10.2014, Tuuli KochPM
No faith in locals that sub gets caught
Whether triumphant or empty-handed after the intelligence operation amid isles of Stockholm – in its sixth day today – Swedes believe changes are a must when it comes to defence spending.
22.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: conflict brewing in Baltic Sea waters
Ever since Friday, Swedish armed forces have fishing for reasons for «foreign underwater activity». Among the isles of Stockholm, a broad military operation is underway – one involving vessels, choppers and infantry.
Best known Moscow lawyer says fight
The more incriminative the legal system the greater the role of lawyers, says Genrih Padva – a living legend at Russia’s Bar Association.
13.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
FSB in habit of intentionally spreading stories of confessions
The talk of lawyer to Estonian security police officer Eston Kohver jailed in Russia for a month is the usual FSB talk in such spy cases, said Russian scientist Igor Sutyagin with background of 11 prison years by will of FSB.
06.10.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Retired KGB General: Kohver case unheard-of in security service history
Aleksei Kondaurov, a general retired from the Soviet-time intelligence agency KGB, finds not much political sense in the apprehension of and espionage-accusations against the Estonian security officer Eston Kohver even if he was caught on the Russian side as claimed by Russian security service FSB.
25.09.2014, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
The cordon that Russians never left
A 20 years long Estonian-Russian tussle regarding embassy buildings this year wound up with a 99 years contract pursuant to which Estonia may rent land under its Moscow embassy for a token price while Russia, among other things, is able to use the one-time Soviet border guard cordon in Pirita, Tallinn.
22.09.2014, Oliver KundPM
FSB confirms apprehension of Estonian security police officer
Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation announced Friday night of having apprehended, during an operation in Pskov Oblast, an employee of Estonian Security Police.
05.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Criminal Police performs «informant pay» reform
Cutting the chances of policemen pocketing the cash instead of awarding informant, and becoming subjects to blackmail.
28.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: chaos in Iraq would threaten broader security
Sunni extremists encouraged in Syrian civil war, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant orISIL, have moved military activities over into Iraq. Quite successfully. Should Iraq be enveloped in chaos, neighbouring countries come under threat, thus impacting the bigger security picture.
Gold found with corrupt spies
Dozen-some days after eruption of corruption scandal at external intelligence, Office of the Prosecutor General has managed to arrest some private assets of alleged criminals.
03.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Ilves: in the digital world it is not the size of a country that matters
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, yesterday attended the George Washington University Statesmen Forum as a keynote speaker; on this occasion, the forum focused on cybersecurity, policy and diplomacy.
Editorial: who holds the bag for a spy gone bad?
Let’s face it: agencies of the classified kind will never have absolute immunity towards traitors, connivers and crooks. Which will not spell automatic indulgence for politicians regarding intelligence bodies – we wash our hands! Quite the contrary! Intelligence and other defence activities serve the most vital of state interests. Goes without saying that political powers take an interest in data collection, legal protection, and national defence which must both formally and legally lie under the control and guidance of the bearer of supreme state power.
Luxurious life of suspected spy
Reasons for crime/scandal related to Estonian external intelligence lurk in public procurements linked to diplomatic activity, Postimees is told.
23.05.2014, Andres Einmann