Athletic Espionage

US sports pages have been abuzz with news that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots used a videocamera to clandestinely videotape the signals (SIGINT) being sent from Jets coach Eric Mangini to his team. Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots were fined $250,000 plus draft picks, conditional on their performance in the season.

On the other side of the pond, a Formula One racing team (I don't follow Formula One at all but happened across the story at random) was fined $100 million for using technical data from Ferrari about Ferrari cars to improve McLaren cars. Apparently a Ferrari team employee gave the data to a McLaren team (HUMINT).


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