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With rise of big data, never say never again

  • Vishal Bhargava
    Vishal Bhargava

    Vice president, business strategy at Cogencis Information Services, Ltd.

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Mumbai, India   /   Mon, October 22, 2018   /  02:08 pm
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Kim Philby is considered to be one of the greatest spies in the last century. From working for the MI-6 to becoming the liaison officer between the British and United States’ intelligence services — when he was really a double-agent for the Soviet, displayed a remarkable skill even by the lofty standards of Cold War espionage. 

His leak to the USSR about the British plan to send armed anti-communist bands into Albania in 1950 ensured the Soviets were ready to crush it. The very fact that he leaked sensitive information for almost two decades undetected reflects Philby’s greatness in the field. Even Joseph Stalin was cautious about him fearing that he may be a triple agent providing Soviet intelligence to the British. 

Spy games have been waged since the beginning of time. Until a few decades ago it revolved primarily around human ...

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