Honey Trapping

Honey-trapping has roots going back to the Mata Hari days.

Today, they use websites for dating, porn and social media. The dating one try to find the victim and then pose an attractive member to start the conversation.

The Porn ones try to get the contact’s name through legal or illegal methods and offer meeting.

Social meeting is a longer method in that they build a credible personae and ask questions, like posts, support positions. The hope is to hook them in private conversations that will be recorded.

These days is it more wicked.

Change photos on social Media.

Lure the victim in.

Write posts saying you were a victim.

Email coworkers, friends, family about the incident.

Or meet, seduce, blackmail or sex and marriage

But Definition first

A honey trap is primarily used to get evidence. In a typical honey trap a private investigator will approach the spouse of a client and attempt to flirt with them. This flirtation will only go as far as exchanging contact information, and then the investigator will leave and use the information to try to set up a date. The interaction is recorded by another private investigator and, if a second date is set up, footage of the spouse getting stood up will also be taken. This footage can be used to measure a spouse’s willingness to cheat on their spouse, and as evidence of the faithfulness of one’s partner. Many honey trapping services are now a growing phenomenon in western countries and are being used mostly by female clients with regards to their husbands

Before the act of seduction begins, extensive research and meticulous planning goes into selecting the target. Preparation work is “worth the effort”, as the intelligence procured can be “very significant”. Two main psychological profiles are likely to be the targets of a honey trap: those in need of affection, and dominant characters who believe that rules don’t apply to them. He describes the beta characters as “those who lack confidence, feel insecure, harbour grievances and need affection”, while a controlling alpha type might be a dominant player who thinks “he can calculate and manage risks better than anyone else”. Although beta characters might be a more obvious target, the decidedly alpha President John Kennedy is believed to have slept with two spies, a suspected Nazi sympathiser and an East German agent, which suggests that even the most confident politicians are susceptible.

Many engineer a chance meeting. During the Cold War, a security guard at the US embassy in Moscow bumped into a 25-year-old KGB officer Violetta Seina at a metro station. Sergeant Lonetree said he coincidentally ran into her again one month later and the pair were so engrossed in conversation that Seina missed her train stop as the two talked about American films and Lonetree’s life in Moscow. He eventually leaked information about life in the US embassy and was convicted of espionage.

Some famous Honey-traps.

1963

Yevgeny Ivanov was a Soviet attaché in London in the early 1960s. He was a handsome, personable officer and a popular figure on the British diplomatic and social scene, a frequent guest at parties given by society osteopath Stephen Ward.

Ward was famous for inviting the pick of London’s beautiful young women to his gatherings. One of them was Christine Keeler, a scatterbrained ’60s “good-time girl” who supposedly became Ivanov’s mistress. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Keeler was the lover of the married British MP and Secretary of State for War John Profumo, who was then working on plans with the United States to station cruise missiles in Germany.

In 1963, Profumo’s affair with Keeler was exposed in the press. Britain’s famed scandal sheets also blew up the Soviet spy/honey trap angle, for which there was no evidence. Profumo was forced to resign for lying about the affair to the House of Commons. His wife forgave him, but his career was ruined.

Ivanov was recalled to Moscow, where he lived out his days pouring ridicule on the whole story: “It is ludicrous to think that Christine Keeler could have said to John Profumo in bed one night, ‘Oh, by the way, darling, when are the cruise missiles going to arrive in Germany?’” He was probably right: When the media gets hold of a potential honey trap, the truth is easily lost.

1985

The Soviet woman who lured a Marine Corps guard into a spying scheme left some indelible memories at the United States Embassy. Tall at about 5 feet 9 inches, with shoulder-length brown hair and striking gray eyes, the woman, Violetta Seina, stood out at embassy social functions in fashionable attire, Americans and Russians who know her said today. ”Violetta was a presence,” an American said. She worked for the embassy from late 1984 to early 1986, first as a receptionist at Spaso House, the ambassador’s residence, then as a secretary in the office that clears diplomats’ household goods through customs. Miss Seina, who is now 26 years old, was dismissed as part of a general cutback of Soviet employees by the United States that preceded the Soviet Government’s own decision to remove all Soviet employees from the embassy later in 1986. The Government routinely assigns Soviet employees as service workers to foreign embassies and foreign residents here. After leaving the United States Embassy, Miss Seina worked as a secretary at the Irish Embassy, but left that job recently, an Irish diplomat said.
American investigators have said the spy case first came to the Government’s attention in December when Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree, a Marine guard at the embassy from September 1984 to March 1986, reported that he had had an affair with Miss Seina. Another Marine guard, Cpl. Arnold Bracy, recently told investigators that he and Sergeant Lonetree, working together, had repeatedly allowed two Soviet agents into the embassy at night and let them inspect sensitive areas, including the communications center.According to press reports, Sergeant Bracy had an affair with an embassy employee who worked as a cook.
The Russians and Americans said Miss Seina had attended two Marine Corps balls, an annual tradition at Spaso House, and had been invited periodically to Marine embassy parties.
”I remember her well at one of the balls, standing at the edge of the dance floor in a lovely dress, looking like a model,” an American diplomat said.
Sergeant Lonetree, according to the interrogation documents, said he first met Miss Seina by chance in a subway station in September 1985. A month later, another chance meeting at the same station led to an extended conversation, he said. He said that Miss Seina ”said she was going home but continued to talk with me after missing her train stop.” ”We got off together at a later stop and began a long walk together talking about various subjects, including American movies, books, food, likes and dislikes, etc.,” the interrogation record said.
”She asked me questions about my family background, life in America and how I liked living in Moscow. We walked and talked for about two hours, after which she went home and I returned to the embassy. We agreed to see each other again. I suggested to her that she should try to come to some of the parties that are held in the embassy or other official establishments.”
It is generally assumed among Western residents that the Soviet employees assigned to them by the Foreign Ministry are expected to make reports about their workplaces. Embassy Employed 200 Russians

1997

According to the story, Gifford, 66, met Suzen Johnson, 46, on April 30 and May 1 in a $400-a-night suite at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan. The article and a first-person account of the alleged romp – as told to one of Johnson’s “pals” – was accompanied by pictures showing Gifford and Johnson leaving the hotel separately, a rumpled king-size bed and a bottle of wine that the two supposedly shared. The story said that Gifford and Johnson had met in 1993 on a flight from New York to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but that this was their first liaison – set up, the Washington Post suggested, by the Globe. But who really set the trap, how much was paid to whom, who installed the video camera, and what role Johnson’s estranged husband played remain matters of speculation.  “We never had any intention of using any images from it,” Frost said of the video. “It was their trashing of our story that forced our hand to show we had the proof.” He said the video was “locked away in our legal counsel’s office” and had been seen by fewer than half a dozen of the Globe’s top editors and lawyers. It shows the two kissing and caressing in various stages of undress, but does not show them having sex, Frost said. He revealed tantalizingly few details about how the video was acquired, but acknowledged that the Globe “pays good money for accurate information.” The Washington Post reported Saturday that sources close to the story said the Globe paid Johnson a minimum of $75,000 to entice Gifford into the hotel room.

2005

Mohammed Shawrab’s last assignment before his arrest was to manage Hizballah’s straw companies in Italy and Spain. Through them, he organized the purchase of arms, the smuggling and laundering of funds and the acquisition of technical and electronic equipment for Iran. He was wont to conduct his business at frequent meetings in smart restaurants and night clubs. The Hizballah executive quickly developed a taste for the bright lights and high life of Europe. He soon found that beautiful young girls were useful bait for promoting business.This was what Sheikh Qassam meant when he spoke of “purity” of purpose and the human aptitude to “make mistakes.” Shawrab’s high-living career in Europe spanned nine years, from mid-2000 to December 2014. But while still riding high, he was snared in 2005, by one of the good-time girls he used to catch business contacts. He fell for her, had her move into his villa and made her his constant companion on his travels and business engagements. In 2007, the Hizballah official and the woman were secretly married. From that time on, he fully shared his clandestine life with his wife, spilling everything he knew about the organization he served into her willing ears. He never informed his bosses about his mistress or that they were married. It came to light when he was brought to Beirut last year and faced interrogation. Hizballah lost no time and sent agents at once to the last places she was seen in Europe. But the trail was cold. The femme fatale had vanished without a trace or the slightest clue to whom she worked for. Hizballah and the Iranian agents who joined the extensive hunt were forced to conclude that the mysterious spy, having performed her mission with high success, had long since been whisked to safety by her handlers. In possession of their innermost secrets, she had left behind nothing but a trail of enigmas about who they were and her identity.

Hizballah tried the former senior official for treason, including a charge of revealing to Israel details of the Shi’ite group’s responsibility for a 2012 bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, a Lebanese newspaper reported last week, citing a security source.

2010

Officials claimed Anna Chapman worked with a network of others, until an undercover FBI agent attempted to draw her into a trap at a Manhattan coffee shop. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz called the allegations against 10 people living in the northeastern U.S. “the tip of the iceberg” of a conspiracy of Russia’s intelligence service, the SVR, to collect inside U.S. information. The fear that Miss Chapman was close to seducing a sitting member of the Obama administration spurred agents to swoop on the 10-strong spy ring of which she was a part.

The FBI agent offered Chapman a fake passport at Starbucks, with the instructions to forward it to another spy. He asked, “are you ready for this step?”, to which Chapman unequivocally replied, “Of course”. She accepted the passport. However, after making a series of phone calls to her father, Vasily Kushchenko, in Moscow, Chapman ended up heeding her father’s advice and handed the passport in at a local police station. She was arrested shortly after.

2011

Using his public Twitter account, Congressman  Weiner sent a link to a photo on yfrog of his erect penis concealed by boxer briefs to a 21-year-old female college student from Seattle, Washington, who was “following” his posts on the social media website. Though the link was quickly removed from Weiner’s Twitter account, screen shots of Weiner’s original message and of the photo were captured by a user identified as “Dan Wolfe” on Twitter and subsequently sent to blogger Andrew Breitbart who published them on his BigGovernment website the following day. On June 1, Weiner gave a series of interviews in which he denied sending the photo and suggested that someone, perhaps a political opponent, had hacked into his accounts and published the photo. Weiner also said he could not say “with certitude” that the photo was not of him. He suggested that the image might be doctored, saying, “Maybe it did start being a photo of mine and now looks something different or maybe it is from another account.” He did not ask the FBI or U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the incident but said he had retained a private security firm to look into this matter because he felt it was a prank, not a crime. Several bloggers accused Wolfe and Breitbart of planting the photo and message as part of a scheme to defame Weiner. According to the New York Times, evidence later revealed that a group of self-described conservatives had been monitoring Weiner’s communications with women for at least three months. Two false identities of underage girls had been created by unknown parties to solicit communication with Weiner and the women he was contacting. Bloggers reported a tweet made in April by a 17-year-old Delaware girl in which she exclaimed, “Seriously talking to Representative Weiner from New York right now! Like is my life real?” In early June, Fox News Channel, whose reporter “happened to be there when the cops showed up”, reported that police went to the girl’s house to question her and her parents. The police, who had been “made aware of an alleged contact” between Weiner and the girl, also reviewed content on her computer. Weiner confirmed having communicated with the girl, but denied sending any inappropriate messages. The family of the girl stated the contact was “not salacious or in any manner inappropriate”. The police did not find anything wrong in Weiner’s communications with the girl.

2011

Katia Zatuliveter, the suspected Russian spy who had a four-year affair with Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock, has a near-photographic memory, a friend has revealed. Miss Zatuliveter, 26, developed her skill at St Petersburg University, which was named last week as a major recruiting ground for spies.  It is known that while working for Mr Hancock, 65, she had access to his papers from the Defence Select Committee. She has also admitted having affairs with an unnamed senior Nato official and a Dutch diplomat. Nazar Khodzhakuliev, who studied with her at St Petersburg, remembers: ‘When learning, Katia could just read something once, and that was it. This kept her ahead of us in studies.’  But he insisted: ‘There is no evidence against her. Even if there was a romance with an aged man, it is her private life.’ Miss Zatuliveter denies spying and claims that the arrest of ‘femme fatale’ Anna Chapman in America last year prompted MI5 to target her. But MI5 says it has strong grounds to think she was a spy.  Part of their case is her membership of The Valdai Club of eminent academics, diplomats and journalists, which meets once a year to discuss Russian affairs.

2012

Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) agents – part of the Five Eyes intelligence network – were briefed by counterparts from the ultra-secret Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group. A slide-show presentation, called “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations”, was given at a top secret spy conference in 2012. It outlined sex and dirty tricks cyber operations used by JTRIG, a unit of the British Signals intelligence agency GCHQ which focused on cyber forensics, espionage and covert operations. GCHQ described the purpose of the unit as “using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world,” including “information ops (influence or disruption).”

Changing a profile photo on social networking sites “can take paranoia to a whole new level.” A honey trap was described as ” a great option” and “very successful when it works.” Writing false blogs, pretending to be a “victim” of a target worked in “serious crime ops” and in Iran, the conference was told.

2014

Benjamin Bishop was expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday to one count of transmitting national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it and one count of unlawfully retaining national defense documents and plans. Bishop, 60, was arrested last March at the headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Command, where he worked. A document for the plea agreement filed Tuesday said Bishop emailed his girlfriend classified information on joint training and planning sessions between the U.S. and South Korea. It said Bishop had classified documents at his Hawaii home, including one titled “U.S. Department of Defense China Strategy,” another on U.S. force posture in Asia and the Pacific and a U.S. Pacific Command joint intelligence operations center special report. An FBI affidavit last year alleged the then-59-year-old gave his 27-year-old girlfriend classified information about war plans, nuclear weapons, missile defenses and other topics. Bervar has said the two were in love and that the case was about love, not espionage.

 

 

 

 

 

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