THEME & focus
January 2021
Targets Of Espionage

Spying was usually aimed at political and military intelligence in the past. These goals remain essential, but many countries' intelligence needs are broader than historically in today's world, guided by technology.

They are now composed of communication technology, IT, electricity, science, defense, air transport, electronics, and much more. Therefore, intelligence services target both commercial and government-related entities. Often they do so on behalf of government-owned or funded businesses in their own countries.

The UK is an overriding target for spying. In order to advance their military, technical, political, and economic programs, many countries actively pursue intelligence and information from Britain. The threat is not limited to the UK alone.

The easiest way of running a Foreign Intelligence service in its own country is to concentrate UK interests more effectively at home, monitor the climate, and leverage perceived vulnerabilities. The world's best capacity to provide international intelligence services.

What information are the spies looking for?

Intelligence agencies are driven to concentrate their efforts on particular target areas through their governments. The main priorities for international spying are state departments, military officials, and businesses operating on sensitive technology.

Intelligence agencies operating towards Great Britain prefer to rely on a range of sensitive information types.

Common targets

Military secrets

This includes technical details on guns, information on troops' position, information on defenses, and so forth. This can be extremely beneficial in a wartime enemy country. It will help an opponent locate faint spots or initiate ambush attacks. It can also allow attackers to recognize targets and vulnerable points. It can also help them.

Industrial secrets

This provides details about the goods and strategies of businesses. Spies are highly interested in modern technologies in military or industrial applications. E.g., communication technology, computer, genetic engineering, aviation, laser technology, optics, and electronics. Such secrets may add to the economic or military benefit of some countries.

Political secrets

This would provide classified political and security documents, negotiation positions, sensitive economic information, and policy patterns. In fields like international affairs and intelligence activities, foreign governments may use such knowledge to gain benefit.

Targeting dissidents

Any international governments are now attacking dissident groups and persons who see their influence at home as a threat. The long history of political tolerance in the United Kingdom led many foreign activists, especially Russian revolutionaries Lenin and Trotsky, to make their homes there over the years, but this also caused the often extreme attention of the foreign intelligence services.
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