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And this just in; Russia is suspected of launching this piece of spyware spreading around the net, but particularly targeting the U.S. and Europe.: http://news.yahoo.com/suspected-russian-spyware-turla-targets-europe-u-144345205--sector.html
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Russia and Ukraine: No Surprises
Excellent podcast Ian, Jack!
Thanks also Scott McEwen & Jim West.
In the Letters to SOFREP segment of the show, someone was suggesting who would be good to have on as a future guest. I've been thinking about 2 people who would make great guests for the same show.
A-10 Warthog pilot Jason Attinger & his wife Stacy who, btw was named Iowa National Guard Military Spouse of the Year if I remember those details correctly.
A couple weeks ago Kerry Patton chose her as SOFREP Warrior of the Week. I think they would be a great pair to interview in the same broadcast. Jack or Brandon or Kerry could ask Jason about his career & flying the A-10 and his experiences, then could talk to Stacy about her activities & what it's like being a military spouse & how they make the whole married life work under those circumstances.
Sometime last year, Brandon & Quinn talked to an F-15E pilot, so this would also be a fascinating episode. The A-10 pilots have been kickin ass in conflict for many years now, so this would make for an excellent show.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Episode 82 – Special Forces Vet Jim West and Author Scott McEwen
@majrod Cool video, thanks!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Israeli S13 Maritime Commandos Capture Ship Carrying Iranian Missiles
Very insightful analysis Peter. Great article!
Utmost respect for Aaron & the family he leaves behind. Always tough. They'll be in my prayers.
RIP Aaron. You've earned your rest. Thanks for your service & sacrifice. You're an inspiration for all Marines to follow. Semper Fi.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on In Memory of MSGT Aaron Torian, USMC
Couldn't have said it any better! Or more succinctly.
Looking forward to hearing some further discussion on this though next week in the next SOFREP Radio show. Would be interesting since this is happening right next door to Poland to know Drago's thoughts on the matter.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Playing Through: President Obama Outsourcing US Foreign Policy To Vladimir Putin
Excellent article Jack!
Basically, from my observation based on all I've heard & read about Chinese industrial & defense related espionage, China is heavily dependent on the technology the West, especially the U.S. develops, but also to some extent on Japan too. Their military owes us a heck of a lot for all the R&D we've done that they've taken. They should thank us for helping them modernize their military, but won't of course. The Ruskies did the same. I can think of one funny story of a less than subtle Soviet spy from the Cold War days.
It was back in the late 60s or early 70s and some official was showing some people, perhaps foreign dignitaries or educators around a US AFB, forgot which one. Anyway, he was pointing to an F4 Phantom on the tarmac and talking a little about it, and then proceeded to guide them away over towards another aircraft or maybe a building. But one straggler stayed behind the group to quickly walk over to the jet, actually climbed up into the cockpit, and started snapping away like crazy with his camera until security guards saw what he was doing & rushed over there to pull the guy out of the cockpit, with him fighting them the whole way & carried him off to parts unknown. Turns out the guy was indeed a spy. That sounds downright comical, but I read that in some defense journal or book back in the early 80s.
Anyway, your article is well timed because just a little while ago I posted this in the Forums under Defense Budget Down the Road:
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Chinese Espionage Methodology
@JackMurphyRGR @MR151 Hmmm. Israeli elections this year?
@usapatriotonthemove Absolutely! Take people's ability to protect themselves and their freedoms away, and you have them at your mercy. Top priority in the playbook of all authoritarian regimes. Every time!!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on An American Special Ops Veteran On The Ground In Ukraine Speaks Out
Big thanks for sharing this Blake!
Yesterday, our great illustrious leader, Chairman Obama said "the next few days are critical." I wonder what he's going to do. The same thing our anonymous friend has witnessed and heard about corruption in Ukraine? Bribery? Will he kiss Putin's ass and then secretly pay him off someway to move Russian forces out? Or will he scratch Vlad's back in some other way hoping for the best?
Putin knows he can get away with pretty much anything with Obama and Kerry around. And the friggin U.N.? What a sad, pathetic joke! When was the last time the U.N. did ANYTHING with teeth in it?! The U.N. is toothless and corrupt; has been a long time. It's worthless and has been a long time. And the E.U. is too dependent on Russian oil. So Putin may be the most powerful man in the world now.
Anyway, Redacted's "old Ukrainian collegue" has major balls for his willingness to face the Bear. I wish him or them the best! And hoping Poland has equal the courage still. Would be interesting to hear Drago's thoughts, opinions on this situation.
Thanks Jack. Not sure if I was Israel that I would have published that much info about how we managed to track the shipments. Now that Iran, Syria & Hezbollah know that Israel knew the transport routes, they'll be working on alternate routes meaning Israel will then have to learn all over again how to bust them next time. Am not going to speculate the ways Israel learned the intel(any of the usual), but that's another thing we know the bad guys will also be considering and working to counter.
@ArcticWarrior @MR151@Jaycel Adkins lol Never heard that one, but makes sense to me.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Soviet REUnion: the Power Play Behind Putin’s Invasion of Crimea
@BrandonWebb @BrandonTWebb Can we expect a discussion on this in the upcoming SOFREP Radio show?
@islanddude58 Someone here has done his homework!
@majrod @LadyHW@Jaycel Adkins Re: "Tri-Dimensional Chess"
@YankeePapa @majrod@LadyHW@Jaycel Adkins The VC had our own liberal "Make love not war" news media working for them.
Not much has changed on that front either.
@ArcticWarrior @Jaycel Adkins "Western Europe is a joke. NATO, led by the US is toothless to him."
Agreed. Our leaders the past 4-5 years have mostly given Putin no reason to worry.
Thanks for another great article 14C!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Russian Spies & Operation Ghost Stories: HUMINT Tradecraft Revealed
That was pretty funny. But I can honestly see myself doing the same awkward stuff under those circumstances/situations.
I know a guy who has worked & traveled in China & been the guests at people's houses many times, and he's often found himself in the situation where he has to east or drink something very, very unappetizing to our western palettes, but he realized he had to man up & eat it anyway because to refuse would be a major insult to his hosts and undermine much of his work.
It also reminds me of some of the stuff I've seen on Bizarre Foods & No Reservations on the Travel Channel. Stuff that I won't go into that would make any outsider gag & puke! I won't go into it because many of you may be sitting down to dinner pretty soon. Stuff that would make fresh toad look like lobster or chateaubriand steak by comparison.
It also reminds me a bit of a movie with Simon Pegg several years ago called "How To Lose Friends & Alienate People." The trailer was better than the movie, but it was about a socially clueless loser who manages to land a job working for a major entertainment magazine as an interviewer, and he never fails to do or say the wrong thing which makes for a lot of awkward moments.
"The story of a man who worked his way to the bottom. And kept on going."
8 months, 4 weeks ago on An Idiot Abroad and Cultural Awareness
Good article JW!
So what are your thoughts on this?: http://news.yahoo.com/mccain-punish-putin-000600943--politics.html
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Canada Joins The USA In Support of Ukraine
Any paramilitary force that could perhaps do some black ops to undermine the wasps? hint hint
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Cuban “Black Wasps” in Venezuela
@FoundingFather Yeah, USR, PRC & NK are not going to be shakin with fear at Obama. They know he's a toothless & clawless tiger who will merely shake an accusing finger and say
"Stop this. You better watch it or we will get mad. And if that happens, we'll shake our finger at you again. And if you continue your aggression, we'll shake our finger at you and say 'shame on you' some more."
9 months ago on Ukraine, Politicians and BERKUT: An Open Road to Civil War in Ukraine
And in Part 3(or maybe 4), a mysterious guy named Morpheus will show up & offer me two pills.
9 months ago on Government Hackers, Console Cowboys, The Tech Model Railroad Club, and the Dark Web Part 2
sigh Nothing surprises me anymore.
9 months ago on Veterans Administration Destroying Records to Fix Backlog
Are they waiting for him to sneak across the border to set off some bombs at the next marathon before they decide to treat him for what he is?
Nevermind. I already know the answer.
9 months ago on Canadian Terrorism Portrait Part 1: Omar Khadr
And this just in: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/25/bitcoin-cryptocurrency-compromise-pony-botnet/
9 months ago on Govt. Hackers, Console Cowboys, The Tech Model Railroad Club & The Dark Web Part 1
@exootep "I much prefer seeing my son cherish and admire a poster like that over some sports team or rap artist."
You got that right!
9 months ago on The Unintended Consequences of Navy SEALs In The Media
Sounds like another great lineup of guests & topics! Will definitely check it out later tonight when I have more time.
9 months ago on Episode 81 – Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), Olympic Shooter Amanda Furrer, and SOFREP writer Kerry Patton
@JohnChristopher1 @Chuck_Doofe (groan) It's just not lookin good people. (sigh)
9 months ago on New UN Report Details Gross North Korean Crimes Against Humanity
@dickftr @SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) Good question!
@SEAL76 @dickftr Maybe he's talking about hall monitors in school. My recollection from way back when is that hall monitors sat around and did absolutely nothing.
@Chuck_Doofe The only thing we can count on is continued inaction by Obama & State Dept. And the U.N. of course. They'll just wag their fingers at KJU & say "Stop! Bad boy! Don't do that! Shame on you!" month after month with no action whatsoever. In large part because PRC is NK's good buddy.
Speaking of Piers Morgan, there is some good news on that front:
And even though Canada won the hockey game doesn't mean we should have to be stuck with the Bieber brat.
9 months ago on Five Afghan Taliban Offered in Prisoner Exchange for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl
@Virginstateofmind And Stacy Attinger who you've already read about is another.
@Virginstateofmind Yes, but there is good in the world too.
Like the woman in this story, and the people driving down the highway who stopped to help, including another woman who was driving down that highway and pulled over to help, plus a photographer who also assisted, and the EMS who later arrived. Good people can & do make a difference.
@Coriolanus Logic Bombs Away then.
The only offensive use I've heard about from our side is of course Stutznet. I hope it hasn't been the only time, or the last. We need to be ready, willing & able to do more of the same.
@JohnChristopher1 "Also, we're all thinking it: Throw in the dog, and it's a done deal."
Huh? Oh, you mean the service dog they kidnapped recently. Yeah, him too. Good idea.
How about the 5 Tali at Gitmo, AND Justin Bieber in exchange for Bergdahl and the dog?
And after we've gotten our POWs back and clear, we also send them a Hellfire up their exhaust pipe.
@SandraH If HRC or Joe Biden, who according to former SecDef Bob Gates "has never been right about anything" ever take the Captain's chair, we are so screwed! Either one of them will just take us further down the drain into the sewer.
9 months ago on More Talk About Support for Syrian Rebels
@ArcticWarrior @MR151@Coriolanus They'd better have an offensive plan!
@Virginstateofmind @MR151 Oh, ok, didn't know that. Sorry.
How about a security system, or at least buying some used security company signs & maybe stickers from e-Bay? Even if you don't actually have a working system, just the signs would be some deterrent to would be burglars.
@Coriolanus What I've been thinking about for a while now regarding cyber-war & retaliation against hostile nations is basically a cyber version of Mutual Assured Destruction. If China, NK, Iran or other country were to take down the Eastern U.S. power grid or West Coast perhaps, or send one or more of our nuclear plants into meltdown, we need triple or quadruple redundance(or better)so that a military cyber warfare center or backup locations located anywhere could shut down Beijing's power grid.
If I'm a hostile entity, whether nation state or terrorist group, I would choose the dead of winter during a massive storm like the NE often gets to launch a cyber-attack, OR the hottest part of the Summer. And if that happens to us, we need the retaliatory ability to shut down as much of their country as possible. If they take out NYC or DC, we take out Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing area(including 3 Gorges Dam), Gangzhou, everything ...zhou. HK, everything. We need to let them know we're not going to take any shit.
Another idea would be for the DOD, DOE, NASA, tech companies, etc to place some "rat poison" if you will in various places on their networks. When prying eyes & thieves go to those places they expect to find some tasty morsels, they take that data, perhaps from folders with intriguing names and download. When they go to open those files, the very sophisticated and time delayed poison(virus)goes to work & does its thing. After all Beijing goes dark, when the CCP accuses us of a virus attack, we say "What virus attack?" And what are they going to say? "The virus you stored on your Pentagon computers in the U.S. that we got when hacking into your servers"?
@Virginstateofmind Buy a gun. Doesn't have to be anything expensive, fancy or new, but you need a good standoff weapon you can use as your main line of defense. Better to stop the guy from across the room with some 9mm rounds than up close & personal with a knife.
9 months, 1 week ago on Govt. Hackers, Console Cowboys, The Tech Model Railroad Club & The Dark Web Part 1
@ArcticWarrior @Recon6@Virginstateofmind It's never a bad idea to stock up on water. I've got many, many, many gallons of water as backup in the AZ Green Tea jugs from the supermarket.
@ArcticWarrior I certainly hope so.
9 months, 1 week ago on Five Afghan Taliban Offered in Prisoner Exchange for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl
@YankeePapa "...Doesn't our government ever learn *anything* from history?" Remember, this is the U.S. government we're taking about.
Anyway, I know his family will be overjoyed to get him back, and I'll be happy for him, but at the same time, I agree with you.
Best thing to do is to go ahead with the trade, have a drone and perhaps some operatives on the ground trail the released Tali, and as soon as Bergdahl is safely out of there, send that Hellfire or other missile on its way.
Very impressed to say the least! How does she manage to do ALL those things and find time to breathe?!
I looked over that MSOY profile page of her, and her photography too, and it's obvious Jason struck it rich when he found her & then married her. With her beauty inside & out, I don't blame him for proposing after just 3 weeks.
Stacy is truly a virtuous woman(Proverbs 31). And yes, a warrior. I'm glad you chose her Kerry. Military spouses are the unsung heroes of the war. A warrior needs a good wife, and children need a good mother. Especially when she has to pull double-duty while Jason is away. And Stacy aces the test! I salute both of them.
9 months, 1 week ago on Warrior of the Week – Stacy Attinger
@shooten @MR151 Check out the ABC News report with Richard Clark on Chinese hacking & the F-35 story too.
@shooten One reason(of many)I want to limit the amount of Chinese made chips & other electronics that stores my personal & business data. Huawei seen in the 60 Minutes report is not alone in doing this no doubt, but they are indeed one. Our smartphones are mostly Chinese made(@ Foxconn probably)but I don't do e-mail or social media with my phone and take only casual P&S pedestrian photos with it. I don't even have many apps on it & have GPS disabled most of the time. I don't web browse with it either. It's a phone and occasional casual texting machine, and that's about it. But Huawei and other Chinese companies(I think Lenovo is Chinese) make laptops and several other tronics & the DOD has foolishly been using Chinese made processors, etc for fighter planes, missiles, and other weapons systems.
Another thing, is that deepest part of TDN used by the Chinese for their daily hacks into the Pentagon? Just wondering from that top graphic showing the very bottom of the iceberg in badly broken English.
Thanks for this article Coriolanus, and a fascinating one it is.
But also something that made me a bit paranoid just reading it, and clicking those links, like I had to look over my shoulder every minute to see if someone was around & watching me. And I'm at home! But the NSA probably is monitoring each of us and all our clicks. Including each of those links. Hi NSA! How's it going guys & gals? Hope you're having a great Friday! :)
Btw, The Cuckoo's Egg sounds like a great book! And I noticed that Patriotic Hacker page doesn't like ed snowden very much. Or are they dissing him simply because he's radioactive and they want to distance themselves from him as much as possible?
I've read about "The Dark Net" and "The Silk Road" in the past few months. The FBI had a major bust recently and shut down TSR or much of it. But I'd speculate most of TDN is still intact and continues to be used by the usual nefarious suspects including AQ and affiliated terror networks, and that the intel agencies are probably using it to both keep tabs on terrorist activity & "chatter" and also of course as a comm line for their own agents & assets around the globe. Obviously both The Deep Web and Dark Net have a lot more users than Thomas "Neo" Anderson, Harold Finch/Wren, and the usual girlfriendless nerds.
The captions in those arrows in the top graphic are pretty funny. But I'm guessing the NSA has even infiltrated TOR by now, so unless you're just looking at porn(hopefully not pedoporn), you WILL BE getting a visit from the FBI.