In 1952, a vacationing British family of three was brutally shot and clubbed to death while camping roadside near the village of Lurs, on the banks of the Durance. The murders, for which a local farmer was convicted (but spared the guillotine), became known as “France’s crime of the century.” And its mysteries still…
In the clandestine world of spies and double agents, there are some constants: mysterious strangers, drop-off points, stolen secrets. But it’s not missile plans these spies are seeking.
Velvalee Dickinson, a Stanford grad who’d worked in the financial industry, moved to New York City from San Francisco in 1937, where she soon opened a shop that sold collectible dolls. But by 1942, she’d added a third entry to her resume — or at least she really, really tried to: spying on behalf of Japan.
In 1953, a news boy got a nickel that felt too light. He suspected that he’d been cheated. Actually, he’d been given a nickel full of microfilm. And it was worth considerably more than the paper he was selling.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a.k.a. Tom Cruise's excuse to feel again, has released a big, bombastic trailer. And excuse me, but is that a GUN FLUTE?
Just in time for spy week: CIA veteran Lynn Boughey and International Spy Museum executive director Peter Earnest's book Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, which analyzes the spy techniques in J.K. Rowling's fantasy novels, is free today on Kindle.
In movies and books, spies are always debonair and brilliant, pulling off the most complex schemes without getting caught (too badly.) But in real life, espionage is a messy, complicated business, and sometimes people screw up. Here are the 10 most jaw-dropping screwups in the history of real-life spies.
Surprise! Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and Melissa McCarthy made a spy movie called… Spy. The espionage comedy stars McCarthy as the new secret agent who runs with a gang to people who like to cuss and shoot guns. Take a look at the first footage:
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a return to the world of spy-fi—the fun, gadget-filled, sexually deviant spy films where you just want to see a total lunatic try and take over the world. Six new character intros take you deeper into the new world. You guys are going to love it.
Government agencies have looked into using animals as secret agents, and have even wired up a cat to try their luck. But I think coolest-looking spy animal ever must have been a raven.
During the 1940s, the denizens of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, worked for the Manhattan Project, developing atomic weapons in their government-owned city. They went about their daily lives in the shadows of billboards exhorting them not only to support the war effort, but also to keep quiet about their jobs.
Furbys are adorable and a bit obnoxious, but could they be used as fluffy little spies? The National Security Agency once banned the electronic toys because it feared that they would listen in on classified conversations.
It sounds like a joke, but this octopus, which looks like it might just eat the Earth, waving its tentacles over the slogan "Nothing is Beyond Our Reach," is the logo for NROL-39, the latest satellite mission launched by the United States' National Reconnaissance Office.
The problem with creating Stuxnet, the world's most sophisticated malware worm, is that it could eventually go rogue. Which is precisely what has happened. The US- and Israeli-built virus has spread to a Russian nuclear plant — and even the International Space Station.
And that term is LOVEINT. Although the NSA insists that the practice is exceedingly rare, officials claim that these breaches make up most of the incidents of "willful misconduct" by NSA employees.
We've introduced you some of the oddest vintage cameras before, but what if you're in the market for something smaller, perhaps something that could be hidden in a pocket or a cigarette box? Here are some of the great spy cams ever sneak a photograph.
As night falls on Belgrade, you and your team of special agents go on high alert. You've got the gadgetry of Bond and the competence of Bourne, but this is a shadowy international conspiracy you're up against: drug lords, corporate masterminds, bought politicians, crooked Interpol agents, and vampires. The bad kind.…
James Bond movies certainly follow a formula, but could you smush every James Bond film before Skyfall together and form a single, cohesive movie? 50 Years of James Bond: The Movie explores the "James Bond Formula" with this massive supercut. It takes segments from each 007 film in order, starting with the first…
What if the majesty of On Her Majesty's Secret Service was Queen Victoria? We might not have had the same type of Cold War gadgetry that made Ian Fleming's novels and the James Bond films, but the 19th century had its own brand of wonderful toys. Here are a handful of gadgets and tools the steampunk spy might want to…