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  • Obama’s Cyber Chief: Susan Rice Gave ‘Stand Down’ Order In Response To Russian Meddling

    06/21/2018 9:48:32 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/21/2018 | Chuck Ross
    Former President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign. Michael Daniel, whose official title was “cybersecurity coordinator,” confirmed the stand-down order during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held to review the Obama and President Donald Trump’s administrations’ policy response to Russian election interference. Rice’s order to Daniel was first reported in “Russian Roulette,” a book published in March that details Russia’s meddling in the election. In the book, authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn reported that...
  • Senior North Korean espionage official 'may have fled to Britain after defecting'

    05/04/2018 2:45:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 MAY 2018 | Julian Ryall
    Senior North Korean espionage official 'may have fled to Britain after defecting' By Julian Ryall, tokyo 3 MAY 2018 • 4:51AM North Korea has launched an international manhunt for one of its most senior counter-espionage officers, who disappeared in late February and is believed to have defected, possibly to Britain, according to a media report in South Korea. The official has been identified as a Mr Kang, a colonel in his 50s with the Ministry of State Security and responsible for monitoring dissident and espionage efforts in Russia, China and south-east Asia. He disappeared from the Zhongpu International Hotel in...
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • Compromised codes

    08/12/2016 7:26:15 AM PDT · by rustyboots · 51 replies
    A long time ago when I was young I had a job in the military where we were exposed to, used, and changed encryption codes. Compared to today, I assume the methods were primitive, clumsy, and time consuming. This brings us to current events. The use of a private server to handle email for the former Secretary of State may seem to some to be OK, after all, she didn't send many classified emails. But let us assume this, those emails that were unclassified and were sent to her from various people at State and perhaps other places probably has...
  • NSA Mole Took Codes Targeting US Cyber Enemies (Harold Thomas Martin)

    10/07/2016 4:35:38 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | October 7, 2016, ast
    Harold Thomas Martin, a 51-year-old US National Security Agency contractor from Maryland, may be remembered as the second Edward Snowden, although there are many differences between the two cases. Martin, a former US Navy officer with top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27 by the FBI and charged with the unauthorized removal and retention for many years of highly-sensitive classified documents. The purloined materials found in raids of his home and his car, which were described by as capable of causing “exceptionally grave damage” to US national security. Like Snowden, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, which...
  • Iran Warns of New 'War' As It Boosts Ties With Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

    04/20/2018 1:17:52 AM PDT · by blueplum · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 18 Apr 2018 | Tom O'Connor
    Iran's supreme leader warned top officials Wednesday that their country was facing threats of espionage and subversion from foreign foes who sought to undermine the Islamic Republic and its increasingly large sphere of influence in the Middle East. {snip} Iran has also shored up its relations with neighboring Iraq, where a 2003 U.S. invasion installed a Shiite Muslim government much friendlier to Iran and spurred a Sunni Muslim insurgency that ultimately helped to form ISIS... With ISIS largely defeated, these paramilitary fighters were made official members of the country's armed forces and they have threatened to expel the U.S. military...
  • FBI’s Aussie Trump-Russia Tipster Linked to Firm U.S. Intel Chiefs Have Distrusted for Years

    03/07/2018 2:00:36 PM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 06 Mar 2018
    Alexander Downer — the Australian diplomat whose tip to the FBI about a London pub conversation led to the massive probe of allegations of collusions between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia — is himself closely tied to a Chinese firm experts say is deeply involved in espionage against America. Just last month, all six top U.S. intelligence bosses warned Americans against using digital telecommunications equipment produced by Chinese smartphone producer Huawei.
  • All Eyes on North Korea

    02/16/2018 1:24:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2018, | JENNA MCLAUGHLIN
    All Eyes on North Korea Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula. With talk of a “bloody nose” strike against North Korea being debated in Washington, public attention has focused on conventional military preparations for a U.S. attack on Pyongyang. Less noticed, but possibly even more telling, is the surge in recent months of intelligence resources. Senior officials have made no secret of the fact that the administration is ramping up its intelligence capabilities to focus on the Korean Peninsula, but six sources familiar with U.S. planning described a nearly unprecedented scramble inside the agencies responsible...
  • Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries With a Stolen N.S.A. Tool

    05/12/2017 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLE PERLROTH
    Hackers using a tool stolen from the United States government conducted extensive cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries around the world, severely disrupting Britain’s public health system and wreaking havoc on computers elsewhere, including Russia. The tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen N.S.A. hacking tools online since last year. Microsoft rolled out a patch for the vulnerability in March, but hackers apparently took advantage of the fact that vulnerable targets — particularly hospitals — had yet to update their systems. The malware was circulated by email. Targets were...
  • American Spies Paid $100,000 to Russian Who Wanted to Sell Material on Trump

    02/09/2018 4:20:17 PM PST · by springwater13 · 107 replies
    After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials. The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was...
  • Cybercrime, the New Tool in Geopolitics

    02/03/2018 2:53:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    CSO ^ | 1 February, 2018 | Michael Sentonas
    With the digital revolution, we have seen impressive growth of global connectivity initiatives, the opening of new markets and the creation of a global community driving innovation that is fundamentally changing the business landscape. Unfortunately, with the good has come the bad and itÂ’s estimated that cybercrime costs the Australian economy over $4.5 billion annually. Beyond criminals and hacktivist groups, cybercrime has become an increasingly instrumental tool in geopolitics and conflicts. Nation states are leveraging their cyber capabilities to gain a disproportionate advantage to defend or advance their national interests and the lines between the state, criminal and hacktivist have...
  • Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency [Blabber mouths......]

    12/25/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency By GINGER THOMPSON and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables. In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be...
  • Beyond Weinstein..? Under Comey/Mueller Rampant Sexual Harrassment went IGNORED

    12/06/2017 10:35:11 AM PST · by gaijin · 54 replies
    Twitter via TruePundit ^ | Dec. 6th, 2017 | Thomas Paine
    **TruePundit currently under Denial of Service Attack....
  • CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

    03/06/2015 9:15:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2015 11:11 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of major global developments. Brennan announced the restructuring to the CIA workforce on Friday, including a new directorate devoted to boosting the CIA’s computer hacking skills. He said the move comes after nine agency officers spent three months analyzing its management structure, including what deputy CIA director David Cohen called “pain points,” organizational areas where the CIA’s bureaucracy does not work efficiently. […] The...
  • Imran Awan case: Lawmaker calls 'massive' data transfers from Wasserman Schultz aide..

    10/10/2017 8:55:13 PM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    fox news ^ | Oct 10, 2017 | FoxNews
    A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday described the “massive” data transfers on government servers by a former IT aide to Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “a substantial security threat.” “These facts, standing alone, indicate a substantial security threat,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry said of the Imran Awan case during an informal hearing of Republican House members on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Awan pleaded not guilty in September to multiple federal charges including bank fraud and conspiracy. A grand jury had returned an indictment in August in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan...
  • U.S. Confronts China Over Suspected Cyberattack as Fugitive Guo Wengui Appears in Washington

    10/06/2017 9:40:35 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2017 | By Cezary Podkul, Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha
    WASHINGTON—A suspected Chinese cyberattack on the website of a prominent Washington think tank drew a complaint from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week in a meeting with top Chinese government officials. The website of the Hudson Institute crashed earlier this week, shortly before the organization was scheduled to host an event with Guo Wengui, a fugitive Chinese businessman and political dissident who has alleged corruption within China’s leadership. The Institute had several days earlier detected a Shanghai-based attack aimed at shutting down access to its website, according to a spokesman. The spokesman said the attack was foiled, and he...
  • NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in 'Armed Conflict'

    12/21/2016 10:25:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 107 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/20/16 | Jason Devaney
    President Barack Obama reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin in October that directly interfering with the U.S. election could result in an "armed conflict." According to NBC News, Obama opted to use the red phone to contact Moscow directly, a communication system that dates back to the Cold War. It's not an actual telephone, but instead sends a secure email message between the two countries. "International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace," part of the Oct. 31 message read, according to NBC. "We will hold Russia to those standards."
  • Notebook written in Farsi could come to fore in trial against accused leaker Reality Winner

    06/29/2017 1:27:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 43 replies
    http://www.koco.com/CNN ^ | 6/28/17 | Faith Holland and Steve Almasy
    AUGUSTA, Georgia (CNN) — Among the possible evidence in the government's case against former federal contractor Reality Winner is a notebook with information handwritten in Farsi, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. The writing is being translated, federal prosecutors told a judge at a hearing. Winner, who is accused on one count of taking classified information home from work and leaking it to a media outlet, remains in jail awaiting an anticipated October 23 trial. She has pleaded not guilty. Winner was a linguist while in the US Air Force from 2010 to 2016 and speaks Farsi, Dari and Pashto, her...
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to “act and kill”. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • Gowdy: Maybe DNC Did Not Cooperate With DHS Because There Was Something Else On That Server

    06/21/2017 10:12:06 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 53 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 21 Jun 2017 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said it was concerning that while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee earlier in the day at a hearing on the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department’s offer to help the Democratic National Committee was denied.