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They got baited by the spies presenting themselves as investors, it fits imo. Furthermore I think people who are well-practiced in HUMINT and academics/researchers building up a legal case against a hacking group don't really overlap that much.





I don't know if a lot of academics/researchers would be able to explain even the basic concepts of "MICE" if asked. They're a soft target.

I’m not security expert, so I had to look that up.

MICE: Money, Ideology, Compromise or Coercion (depending on source), and Ego or Extortion (depending on source).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motives_for_spying


Somewhat ironically, the Israelis have their own, cruder, initialism for this.

Hence the organizing of entire overseas conferences in order to lure them in.



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