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Germany is full of and spies working to get information about top business and technology developments, according to the country’s domestic intelligence service.
Studies show that the German economy loses around €50 billion a year as a consequence, , head of the spy defence section of the for the the , told the audience at a recent security forum in .
The spying is a mix of official, intelligence service agents, and unofficial business sneaks, he said.
Even estimated that of the 500 registered staff of the Russian embassy in , at least 150 were working as intelligence agents, disguised as diplomats or journalists.
He said that more than four million live in the country as a whole, leaving him unable to guess at how many agents might be hidden amongst them.
Russian intelligence services have been instructed by the government to supply their industry with the most modern know-how to save money developing Russian products, one German official told the forum.
Russian firms doing deals with foreign companies have to contact intelligence services before making firm agreements, the forum heard, giving the government agencies control over investments and businesses deals.
Both Russian and Chinese intelligence services are particularly focussing on German companies experiencing financial difficulties, sending agents posing as businessmen to offer sweet deals to firms operating in high-tech areas.
There are around 80,000 Chinese people living in , Even said, many of whom are commercial spies. China is also buying into, or taking over companies completely, in order to get access to new technological developments.
He also described more underhand methods which he said were often employed by agents posing as visiting business delegations or even trainees who might use cameras to take pictures in factories, or secretly data.
He said the Chinese were mostly active in the electronic sector. Some reports suggest the Chinese intelligence services have up to a million agents across the world collecting technical and business data to support their industries.
Small and medium-sized companies in Germany are the worst protected against such efforts, particularly when they come via the internet, said Even. But the weakest link is always the innocence of staff, he stressed, calling for companies who suspect a spy attack to contact his office. Link
At least 13 people have died in a clash between Somalis and Ethiopian forces who had crossed the border, village elders told the BBC.
Elders said three Ethiopian soldiers and at least 10 residents of Buhoodle district in Somaliland were killed in a shoot-out after a dispute at a checkpoint.
Residents say Ethiopia troops regularly cross into southern and central Somalia and fight Islamists controlling their towns, according to Reuters news agency.
But it is believed to be the first time that they have sought to do this in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland, which is generally seen as more stable than Somalia. Link
By Peroshni Govender
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Madagascar's ex-president Marc Ravalomanana said an interview on Saturday he had nothing to do with a military rebellion earlier this week in his homeland and remained committed to power-sharing talks.
President Andry Rajoelina has accused Ravalomanana of backing Thursday's mutiny by a military police faction, saying he had thrown hundreds of thousands of dollars at military chiefs in an attempt to destabilise Madagascar.
"I ... deny any involvement in the clashes in Madagascar," Ravalomanana told Reuters by telephone from Pretoria in South Africa where he is in exile.
"I have nothing to do with the military leaders that are behind this and it is not in my interest to finance violent action in the army," he said.
But Ravalomanana said he remained committed to power-sharing talks and hoped a second round of negotiations in Pretoria would take place soon. "I am ready to work and support the people of Madagascar, if they need me," he said. Link
Responding to complaints, the social networking site plans to make it easier for users to opt out of some, though not all, data-sharing features
By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Facing growing protests over its handling of users' personal information, Facebook plans to make changes to the privacy settings available on the world's largest social networking website. But the steps, to be unveiled as early as next week, may not go as far as critics would like.
Lawmakers, regulators, privacy watchdogs and some Facebook users have unleashed a storm of criticism of the Internet company since it launched a program that shares user data with three third-party websites. A number of U.S. senators have called on Facebook to allow users to opt out of that program, which Facebook calls instant personalization.
The 6-year-old private company also has been assailed for technical glitches and loopholes that have exposed some personal data to third parties.
Facebook said Friday that it would simplify its privacy choices in response to complaints that the settings were confusing to navigate. It's expected that Facebook will offer users an easier way to dictate whether their information is shared with their friends only, with a broader group or with everyone.
But the company doesn't intend to end the instant personalization program, two people familiar with the plan said. They also said Facebook didn't plan to get explicit consent from its nearly 500 million users before adding new features. Link