A pivotal operation in the lead up to D-Day during World War II was a deception plan using dummy airfields and landing craft to mask the actual Allied landing sites. While the tools of modern warfare may have rendered such a ploy seemingly obsolete, 21st century advances such as CCTV, HD satellites and drone technology are actually reviving a new era of classic espionage.
“There has been a drastic paradigm shift in this regard,” Fred Burton, vice president of Intelligence for Texas-based global intelligence company Stratfor told FoxNews.com. “The challenges posed by the digital age have led to a return to old-school tradecraft.”
As dependence on technology permeates Western society so does electronic espionage as state and non-state agents spy, steal and sabotage secure networks, hence the return to less high-tech spying. More →