Clandestine operations

Briefing paper

State-sponsored economic cyberespionage and the risk to nations’ prosperity

In this briefing note, the authors conclude that the threat of state-sponsored economic cyber-espionage is more significant than ever, with countries industrialising their cyber-espionage efforts to target commercial firms and universities on a grand scale.

Many hands in the cookie jar

This study, conducted from March to November 2021, examines prior examples of state-sponsored cyber espionage to see what forms of response the U.S. government considered, what actions it took, and whether those actions changed adversary behaviour or affected other actors’ behaviour.

COVID-19 disinformation and social media manipulation: automating influence on COVID-19

This report investigates a campaign of cross-platform inauthentic activity that relies on a high-degree of automation and is broadly in alignment with the political goal of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to denigrate the standing of the United States.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Would spying on East Timor by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service be illegal?

Australian lawyer Bernard Collaery claims the head of ASIS ordered a team into East Timor to conduct work which was outside the proper functions of ASIS.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is it illegal to spy on Indonesian officials, as president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono claims?

Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono claims it is illegal to tap the phones of officials of other countries under Indonesian, Australian and international law.