The Middle Eastern company immediately called on Secure Works, a U. According to the analysts, the technical tools used suggest she was the creation of a group known as Cobalt Gypsy, which specialises in stealing industrial secrets in line with Iranian political and economic interests (Iran denies involvement in cyber-espionage).They suspect the scheme had already worked successfully around the world, with Ms Ash planting snooping software on companies' computer networks to harvest vital data, having first used exactly the same technique to lure in employees.
Ms Ash's starry CV and status updates were carefully crafted to mimic those of genuine creative professionals on Linked In.
He, too, had an interest in photography and they fell into regular conversation via social media, first exchanging views on her portfolio of work, then broadening it to his job, their hobbies, travel experiences and their hopes for the future.
Before long, their chats were highly flirtatious, bordering on intimate.
'All spy agencies will be doing this.'He adds: 'A digital world means you can get alongside someone without having to go to the other side of the world to meet them.
Instead, you can go on Linked In or social media.'The old rules remain, however.