We got some good things out of the Cold War, like James Bond and John le Carré, but overall it was a pretty miserable period in history. That’s why it’s so disappointing to see Russia trying to bring us back to those dark with its latest attempt at ham-fisted espionage. The Department of Justice has announced that an American and two Russians have been arrested on suspicion of running a scheme to swipe military technology. According to a statement, the trio posed as a US electronics startup in order to buy integrated circuits for weapons.
The story centers around Alexey Barysheff, a Brooklyn resident, and Russian nationals Dimitrii Karpenko and Alexey Krutilin. Barysheff posed as a technology entrepreneur, setting up front companies BKLN Spectra and UIP Techno. These firms were designed to purchase integrated circuits, digital-to-analog converters — although not the sort you’d expect to find in an audiophiles’ music room. Instead, they were components created by military suppliers for use in satellites, radar and missile guidance systems.
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