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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).


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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