Tag Archives: Espionage

Russian Military Woos Young Computer Programmers | Defense | RIA Novosti

Russia’s Defense Ministry is starting a wide-ranging “head hunt” for young computer programmers to develop new software for the forces, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

Young people will be recruited straight after college into “scientific research units” in the Russian Armed Forces to develop “a software product that the army will need within the next five years,” Shoigu said at a meeting with college rectors and members of the public. He did not say what the software was designed to do.

The new units should help bring about “a new generation of people who will advance military science,” Shoigu said.

Russian Military Woos Young Computer Programmers | Defense | RIA Novosti

I guess the Russians are taking a cue from the Chinese in terms of developing a cyber-espionage unit. If the Chinese and Americans are doing it, then the Russians should be doing it too.

Cyber espionage bug attacking Middle East, but Israel untouched — so far | The Times of Israel

NetTraveler virus found in computers in diplomatic missions of over 40 countries, including Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, and Iran

Computers in diplomatic missions and government offices worldwide have again been struck by a major virus, according to cybersecurity experts at Kaspersky Lab. The NetTravel virus, which Kaspersky uncovered in recent weeks, has attacked computers in diplomatic missions and government institutions in over 40 countries worldwide, including Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, and Iran. No “samples” of the virus have been found so far in Israel, Kaspersky said.

The attack is somewhat similar to the Red October exploit, which Kaspersky uncovered last year. In that attack, too, government and diplomatic computers were targeted. Israeli computers were found to be hosting the virus as well, but it was unclear if any data had been stolen.

Cyber espionage bug attacking Middle East, but Israel untouched — so far | The Times of Israel

For China, hacking may be all about Sun Tzu and World War III | ZDNet

Sun Tzu said, “Though the enemy be stronger in numbers, we may prevent him from fighting. Scheme so as to discover his plans and the likelihood of their success.” This is ideally applicable to cyberwarfare. China has conducted an ongoing, unrelenting campaign to penetrate our systems, both military and industrial. If that’s not “Scheme so as to discover his plans,” I don’t know what is.

Sun Tzu said, “Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.” China’s constant penetration attempts certainly show a pattern of behavior, particularly in helping them not to only identify our cybersecurity weaknesses, but once inside, the weaknesses of the systems our cybersecurity is tasked to defend.

Sun Tzu said, “Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.” This is another variation of the previous discussion. Sun Tzu strongly recommends understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy, and China’s espionage attempts in the cyber realm are undoubtedly giving them a better view into our strengths and weaknesses than any of our generals would like.

For China, hacking may be all about Sun Tzu and World War III | ZDNet

Reset: A New Cold War?

Today we bring you a special 3-part edition of The Current called: Reset: A New Cold War?

It has been more than two decades since the old Soviet Union collapsed, but there are fears that a new Cold War is brewing between Moscow and the West. From the dark world of espionage, to the gleaming towers of Wall Street, to the cratered killing zones of Syria, it’s a war with many battlefields.

[Listen to all three podcasts here.]

Reset: A New Cold War? | The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti | CBC Radio

Obama rejected tough options for countering Chinese cyber | Washington Free Beacon

Meanwhile, China recently issued a veiled threat to the United States about U.S. accusations of Chinese military cyber espionage. China told U.S. officials that continued U.S. public accusations of cyber espionage would render future bilateral discussions unproductive during recent U.S.-China talks following the release of a security firm’s report linking the Chinese military to cyber spying.

On plans to deter Chinese cyber attacks, senior administration officials turned down a series of tough options designed to dissuade China from further attacks that were developed over a three-month period beginning in August 2011.

Obama rejected tough options for countering Chinese cyber | Washington Free Beacon

Weak US leadership coupled with sequestration spells big trouble ahead. The US nuclear commander said he might not be able to defend the US by September, 2013 due to sequestration. Ignore these warnings at your own risk.

U.S. nuclear commander: Sequester may affect readiness in 6 months – Washington Times

The commander of the U.S. nuclear arsenal told lawmakers that the big across-the-board cuts to military spending mean that his forces might not be able to defend the United States in six months’ time.

U.S. nuclear commander: Sequester may affect readiness in 6 months – Washington Times

Does it appear that the US is in the process of getting its wings clipped? It certainly appears that way. Not a gradual decline, but a clipping. Due to massive debt and the rise of modern liberalism, the US has also become more unstable internally.

It is interesting that while the US is getting its wings clipped, Russia is making some noise. The Russian bear may be on its back, but it is making some angry noises. In particular implied threats of nuclear attack if the US doesn’t stop interferring in the affairs of other countries.

If the US, Russia and China did go to war, do you think little Iran might be the facilitator somehow? Looking back after the war, could one see that Iran was the catalyst for this action?

Can you see events today in the following Bible verses? Take a look:

And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked [clipped], and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man [made unstable], and a man’s heart [The Bible says this is a bad sign] was given to it.

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn [Iran?], before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Daniel 7 KJV – In the first year of Belshazzar king of – Bible Gateway

China Says the U.S. Is Actually the Hacker You Should Be Worried About – National – The Atlantic Wire

Days after cybersecurity firm Mandiant published an eye-popping report of state-sponsored cyber espionage by the China’s People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese have fired back.  They’re not only denying that they are behind the attack, they also say that they’re actually the victim and that the United States of America is actually the biggest culprit of overseas hacking.

Here’s what their multi-faceted denial looks like:

There might be hacking, but China doesn’t support it.

China Says the U.S. Is Actually the Hacker You Should Be Worried About – National – The Atlantic Wire

Don’t you just love the Chinese? They’re little angels, and if there is a problem then it’s the fault of the US. I say this is war. One way or another the real thing is coming. Too bad the current US administration is too stupid to notice.

China’s Army Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S. – NYTimes.com

An unusually detailed 60-page study, to be released Tuesday by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the first time individual members of the most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups — known to many of its victims in the United States as “Comment Crew” or “Shanghai Group” — to the doorstep of the military unit’s headquarters. The firm was not able to place the hackers inside the 12-story building, but makes a case there is no other plausible explanation for why so many attacks come out of one comparatively small area.

“Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398,” said Kevin Mandia, the founder and chief executive of Mandiant, in an interview last week, “or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored Internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighborhood.”

China’s Army Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S. – NYTimes.com

US firm says evidence points to China’s military in hacking attacks; China denies allegation – The Washington Post

Mandiant said it traced the hacking back to a neighborhood in the outskirts of Shanghai that includes a drab, white 12-story office building run by “Unit 61398” of the People’s Liberation Army.

The unit “has systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations,” Mandiant wrote. By comparison, the U.S. Library of Congress 2006-2010 Twitter archive of about 170 billion tweets totals 133.2 terabytes.

US firm says evidence points to China’s military in hacking attacks; China denies allegation – The Washington Post

BBC News – China military unit ‘behind prolific hacking’

“From our observations, it is one of the most prolific cyber espionage groups in terms of the sheer quantity of information stolen,” it said, adding that it was “likely government-sponsored and one of the most persistent of China’s cyber threat actors”.

“We believe that APT1 is able to wage such a long-running and extensive cyber espionage campaign in large part because it receives direct government support,” said Mandiant.

BBC News – China military unit ‘behind prolific hacking’

This sounds like war to me. What’s the US going to do about it? Probably nothing.

Why America Is Losing the War Against China’s Hacker Spies – Technology – The Atlantic Wire

Forget The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Chinese hackers are on a digital espionage campaign targeting a vast array of pretty much any major American organization “with intellectual property to protect,” and now that there’s a rare human side to combatting the malware attacks, we know there’s not enough being done to stop the hackers yet.

In a new cover story, Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Dune Lawrence and Michael Riley follow one of the American malware experts attempting to fight the war on hackers, and he reveals a long — even impossible — battle ahead. Since he began tracking Chinese hackers in 2004 at Dell SecureWorks, Joe Stewart has had two big successes in spy hunting, as he unveiled the identities of the hackers “Zhang” and “Cyb3rsleuth.”* And he doesn’t exactly deny Lawrence and Riley’s assertion that the ongoing Chinese malware spying goes straight to the top:

Why America Is Losing the War Against China’s Hacker Spies – Technology – The Atlantic Wire

U.S. said to be target of massive cyber-espionage campaign – The Washington Post

A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report.

The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain.

U.S. said to be target of massive cyber-espionage campaign – The Washington Post

Israel among targets of ‘monster’ espionage virus | The Times of Israel

Russian hackers’ ‘Red October’ active for 5 years, infecting hundreds of ‘high profile’ targets including a ‘diplomatic institution/embassy’ in Israel

An extensive espionage-oriented hacking operation, dubbed “Red October,” has over the last five years targeted computers and mobile devices 69 countries, including at least one victim in Israel, and still remains active, according to a Monday report from the Moscow anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab.

The operation uses a variety of methods, including a phishing attack disguised as an offer of a diplomatic car for sale, to target “diplomatic, governmental and scientific research organizations, gathering data and intelligence from mobile devices, computer systems and network equipment,” according to the report.

Israel among targets of ‘monster’ espionage virus | The Times of Israel