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Updates. Cyber warfare and Drones.

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I am always updating and learning about things that interest me. Once I have written about something here it does not mean my interest in the topic stops. I actually write about things here because I am interested in these things and I figure I can learn something if start actually looking into the topics. I started the blog for other reasons to be honest but have found it to be an incredible learning experience for me. I am always going back and editing in new things I find about articles I have written in the past. I am sure if you follow what I have done you may recognize it. Maybe you do not. Depending on the top the EDIT update can either be large or small.

If the topic is in the news often it seems like there is no shortage of things I can add back to a topic.

All this info has been edited into the main article.

I found the piece on the Iron Dome to be really interesting. Is this what Reagan had in mind with the Star Wars program? I am pretty sure the basic pieces are in place.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50141243n

Also updated my post about the black knight satellite (if it exists) with a new video I found. More information can be found in “what next?”.

They report about one of the saddest aspects of US Foreign Policy in my lifetime and pretty much clearly in our nations History. The extraordinary rendition program and the enhanced interrogation program are a low point for the Country in my view. You are free to disagree with me. The damage it did to the view of the United States worldwide I would argue did more than offset the good you got by any info obtained by Torture. There are countless reports that Torture just does not work in terms of getting information. People reach a breaking point and will just agree/admit to anything.

Globalizing Torture:

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/globalizing-torture-20120205.pdf

New Broke this Week the Chinese have been attacking (cyber attacking) various parts/targets of our Economy. Nothing shocking.. nothing anyone did not really know what was going on. The surprising thing I suppose was they were able to trace it directly back to the Chinese military.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/technology/chinas-army-is-seen-as-tied-to-hacking-against-us.html?_r=0

http://intelreport.mandiant.com/Mandiant_APT1_Report.pdf

This got me thinking again about cyber warfare. I have been arguing for awhile that in reality the first shots of a ww3 have/has actually started. It is just quiet now and below the surface because most of it is a world-wide cyber war is taking place. Countries vs Countries with various economic and military importance in the targets.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/02/19/Chinese-Attacks-Reveals-an-Undeclared-Global-Cyber-War.aspx#page1

A General who thinks Cyber war is more sinister than the Nuclear age. I am beginning to think the same way. The physical damage may not be as high as say a Nuclear Weapon but a widespread Cyber Attack could cripple this Country or any Country almost to the same level.

Fmr. CIA official: Cyber war ‘more sinister than nuclear age’

How to the US defenses stack up in case of Cyber attack?

http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/the-cyber-war-real-and-our-defenses-are-weak-213016

The Kaspersky Lab breakdown of the Cyber attack known as Flame. Very interesting report.

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog?weblogid=208193522

Video with Eugene Kaspersky and Howard Schmidt, former advisor to Barrack Obama on cyber warfare issues.

PBS Newshour discussing Cyber Warfare issues.

Israel training a new Cyber Warfare training program.

http://www.zdnet.com/israel-launches-cyber-warfare-training-program-7000009264/

Nations Prepare for Cyber War

http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/07/technology/security/cyber-war/

Red October attack reported by Russian.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21013087

In England they are concerned they are behind the 8 ball when it comes to dealing with dealing with Cyber war attacks.

“In a report released today, the Defence Committee said the government did not appear to have a fully constructed plan for dealing with a major cyber attack.”

http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/cyber-warfare-government-fatal-103575

The Ever increasing Stakes in Cyber Warfare.

http://www.plantengineering.com/single-article/cyber-war-stakes-rising/9ffc699849b218f4da01e5cc8e789640.html

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News about Stuxnet ,Flame and the Chinese Hackers.

Stuxnet: Basically they have found variants on Stuxnet leading people to think it has been “in the wild” much longer than they suspected originally.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/stuxnet-worm-targeting-iran-in-works-as-early-as-2005-symantec-finds/2013/02/26/4cb562d8-8059-11e2-8074-b26a871b165a_story.html

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/02/new-stuxnet-variant-found/

Flame:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/06/flame-tied-to-stuxnet/

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/flame-coders-left-fingerprints/

Researchers are asking for help to determine the Mysterious payload on one of these Malware platforms.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/08/gauss-mystery-payload/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-israel-developed-computer-virus-to-slow-iranian-nuclear-efforts-officials-say/2012/06/19/gJQA6xBPoV_story.html

Kaspersky breakdown of Malware.

http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792262/Red_October_Diplomatic_Cyber_Attacks_Investigation

‘Red October’

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/785/The_Red_October_Campaign_An_Advanced_Cyber_Espionage_Network_Targeting_Diplomatic_and_Government_Agencies

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/785/The_Red_October_Campaign_An_Advanced_Cyber_Espionage_Network_Targeting_Diplomatic_and_Government_Agencies

NY Times video Pieces about Chinese Hackers.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/02/18/business/100000002072117/tracking-cyberattacks.html?ref=europe

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/02/21/business/100000002077643/going-public-with-cyberattacks.html?ref=europe&gwh=DA29F50A4C7D867F5525F85A58331E43

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/02/19/technology/100000002073470/chinas-cyberwarriors.html?ref=europe

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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/02/28/how_to_win_a_cyberwar_with_china?page=full&wp_login_redirect=0

Olympic games-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Olympic_Games

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/06/the-rewards-and-risks-of-cyberwar.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/06/did-americas-cyber-attack-on-iran-make-us-more-vulnerable/258120/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardstiennon/2012/06/04/operation-olympic-game-project-x-and-the-assault-on-the-it-security-industry/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/10/why-was-stuxnet-attack-called-operation-olympic-games.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/world/middleeast/obama-ordered-wave-of-cyberattacks-against-iran.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Drones have been in the News quite a bit recently. I have been updating my post quite often and it seems like new articles and material is being written every day. Start off with the infamous white paper that NBC acquired discussing the Obama Administration and how they deal with the Drone issues.

The infamous white Paper. I have it in another spot in the blog.. but it could be the single most important thing in the topic.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf

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A news article that may have slipped by if you were not paying attention and interested in this type of thing. The Global War on terror seemingly has a new battlefield (yes I know about Mali etc..)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/national-security/drones-and-spy-planes-over-Africa/index.html

A fantastic documentary about Drones. (highly recommended)

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/02/201321672854925446.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2013/02/201321672854925446.html

  • First a article about micro drones and the Military and Defense manufacturers mad rush to push the technological envelope and bring even more intrusive drones into our lives.

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/19/micro_drones_will_hide_in_plain_sight/

  • Second a article about how we now appear to be selling our drone weaponry to other countries. I have a bad feeling this could come back to hurt us down the road.. but the all mighty dollar seems to trump good judgement.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/19/uae-to-buy-us-made-drones-in-military-expansion/

  • New York Times article about some backlash Police Departments have been finding in Drone use.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/technology/rise-of-drones-in-us-spurs-efforts-to-limit-uses.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130216&

  • Emmy award journalist covering the growing Drone “controversy”

  • A telegraph article about a document recently found in Mail outlining how al-Qaeda instructs people on avoiding drones. (followed by the actual .pdf)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9886637/Revealed-al-Qaedas-22-tips-for-dodging-drones.html

http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_international/_pdfs/al-qaida-papers-drones.pdf

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””These tactics are:
1 – It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russian made “sky grabber” device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device
is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computerknow-how.
2 – Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the
contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had
successful experiments using the Russian-made “Racal.” 3 – Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building.
4 – Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance
ones because they fly low, about six kilometers or less.
5 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting
dynamo fitted with a 30-meter copper pole.
6 – Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and
keeping them 24-hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using
simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to
that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and
confusing the NATO missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices.””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

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When Iran first announced last year they had captured a US drone it was shocking news to a lot of people. The Obama administration was caught trying to cover its rear end so to speak as were many defense contractors. Iran quickly followed that up with a announcement that they could hack a drones systems and force it down. I blew it off initially .. I thought it was just posturing/propaganda. Over the last 48 hours they have apparently captured a third US Drone. I have come to believe they do indeed have some method for overriding a drones systems and forcing them to land. Basically they are fooling the drones GPS system into thinking it is really close to home base and the drone does the rest in terms of landing. The second Wired article tells a little about what Iran claims as well as has a short video showing what they mean.

Washington Post article discussing newest Iran Drone claims

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-claims-it-captured-a-foreign-drone-during-military-exercise/2013/02/23/2edf30e0-7de8-11e2-9073-e9dda4ac6a66_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop

Wired articles discussing Iran and Drones.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/04/iran-drone-hack/

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/iran-drone-hack-gps/

Bonus article/pdf discussing Drones impacts on civilian populations.

http://civiliansinconflict.org/uploads/files/publications/The_Civilian_Impact_of_Drones_w_cover.pdf

Double Bonus.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/somalia-drones/all/

http://www.globalresearch.ca/drones-are-the-weapon-of-choice-in-obamas-destruction-of-due-process/5318914

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/general-mcchrystal-on-drones-they-are-hated-on-a-visceral-level/266914/

OFF TOPIC in a way. I just saw an incredible piece of video. This is the commanding officer of disaster response on 9-11 at the Pentagon speaking.. Listen to what he says. Listen again. That is why a majority of people in the US now believe that the 9-11 commission report was totally bogus.

Think I am doing Cryptography next…

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