A Canadian Sub-Lieutenant pled guilty to selling secrets to the Russians.


What is amusing, is how he defeated the complex technical controls present within the Canadian military.


He simply copied information to NOTEPAD and saved it on a FLOPPY.

Furthermore, when he got home, he composed EMAIL DRAFTS in a shared email account that the Russians had access to.

The latter technique is an Al-Qaeda favorite – use shared webmail accounts and transfer information via DRAFT messages.


How Delisle spied

Information presented at Delisle’s bail hearing detailed how Delisle would browse for material on the secure computer at Trinity, save it in the notepad feature, then transfer it to a floppy disk drive. He would take the floppy out of the secure computer, transfer it to an unsecure system and make a USB copy. After taking the USB home, he would access an email account given to him by the Russians and write in drafts. None of the material was ever transmitted, but the Russians could access the account and read the drafts.

it seems Canada didn’t learn from the American experience with army private Bradley Manning. Manning copied hundreds of thousands of diplomatic notes as well as Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and then leaked them to WikiLeaks. “In the aftermath of that, the Americans had been warning all their allies, don’t get caught out in the way we did, don’t let someone steal information in the way Bradley Manning has done.”

In the wake of Manning’s arrest, President Barack Obama issued an executive order to strengthen his government’s computer security policies for all federal agencies.

Wark also points out that the other members of the “Five Eyes”, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, might have reason to be upset by Delisle’s spying. “What Delisle might have been able to tell the Russians that’s very, very damaging is how the communications systems themselves worked and the codes and processes they used to protect secrets. If the Russians have that, it’s a huge advantage for them, it’s a key into communications systems of not just Canada but all of our allies.”

via Spy Delisle’s guilty plea preserves Navy secrets – Politics – CBC News.