Category China

How Hostile Spies Study Social Media to Crack CIA Cover, Spot Likely Agents

How Hostile Spies Study Social Media to Crack CIA Cover, Spot Likely Agents thecipherbrief.com · July 19, 2017 July 19, 2017 | Daniel Hoffman The Newsletter Get exclusive analysis delivered to your inbox daily. subscribe now Daniel Hoffman Former Chief of Station, Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence officers’ tradecraft is highly guarded for good reason. One of its most […]

Forcing China’s Hand On North Korea: Beijing’s Corporate Shell Game Enables Pyongyang To Avoid Sanctions

https://www.wsj.com/articles/forcing-chinas-hand-on-north-korea-1500326138 Forcing China’s Hand on North Korea Beijing’s corporate shell game enables Pyongyang to avoid sanctions. The Friendship Bridge between Dandong, China, and Sinuiju, North Korea, July 5. PHOTO: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By Daniel Blumenthal and Derek Scissors July 17, 2017 5:15 p.m. ET 28 COMMENTS After decades of diplomacy in Korea, it is clear there is no […]

$20B Worth Of Chinese SIGINT & SOF Sites; Plus Potential Clandestine Forward Deployed Cruise Missile Sites

https://www.ft.com/content/e00fcfd4-6883-11e7-8526-7b38dcaef614?conceptId=b2997bc8-d54f-3c4b-870f-130a4b337a51 Chinese Purchases Of Overseas Ports Top $20bn In Past Year Beijing pushes ahead with spending and new shipping routes through Arctic circle Guangzhou Nansha container port in southern China China is ramping up acquisitions of overseas ports as it expands its reach as a maritime power, doubling its investments over the past year to […]

Will Trump Stop The 10 Chinese Companies Supplying North Korea’s Nuclear Program?

Excerpts: The U.S. told Beijing that if China hadn’t made progress by the end of the summer in sanctioning the “Chi-NoKo 10,” as one American official puts it, then the U.S. would do so unilaterally. And on June 30, the Trump administration signaled it was serious: It announced sanctions against the Bank of Dandong, accusing […]

Possible Successor To China’s Xi Jinping Is Removed From Party Post

Possible Successor To China’s Xi Jinping Is Removed From Party Post Sun Zhengcai, a Politburo member, rose to the Chongqing party leadership post after the scandal-plagued exit of Bo Xilai in 2012 https://www.wsj.com/articles/possible-successor-to-chinas-xi-jinping-is-dismissed-from-party-post-1500131243 Sun Zhengcai, member of China’s Politbureau, was dismissed as Chongqing party chief and is under investigation. Shown, Mr. Sun in March, at […]

Digital Generals Are As Important As Military Generals (Because The U.S. Is Losing The Digital War)

Maybe — Unless you are practicing to fight disconnected; and, making your network dependent opponent — ‘deaf, dumb, and blind.’  RCP, fortunascorner.com Digital Generals Are As Important As Military Generals (Because The U.S. Is Losing The Digital War)     By Steve Andriole, www.forbes.com View Original June 20th, 2017 Shutterstock There are some economic realities that are […]

Winning A War Against North Korea Would Come At ‘Great Cost’: Here’s What It Might Look Like

The comments below highlighted in blue are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell — and, his contact info is at the bottom of this email.  RCP David Maxwell:  The fear of the tragic amount of blood and treasure that will be expended if hostilities resume has led not to a policy of strategic patience but to […]

Encrypted Satellite Phone Calls Can Be Hacked In Fractions Of A Second — According To New Research  

Encrypted Satellite Phone Calls Can Be Hacked In Fractions Of A Second — According To New Research   http://www.fortunascorner.com      Why am I not surprised.  Nothing digital, or ‘connected’ to the Internet, or network/s should ever be considered ‘safe.’  And, to a more of a degree than you probably think — that goes for […]

When The NSA Spots A Crack In Commercial Software – Should It Tell?

When The NSA Spots A Crack In Commercial Software – Should It Tell? thecipherbrief.com · July 14, 2017 One of the only tasks the U.S. Constitution declares that the federal government must do is to provide for the common defense. That is the government’s foundational truth and purpose; to protect American lives, liberty, and their pursuit […]

Cyber Warfare Has Taken A New Turn. Yes, It’s Time To Worry

Cyber Warfare Has Taken A New Turn. Yes, It’s Time To Worry www.washingtonpost.com View Original July 13th, 2017 The recent “ransomware” events created headaches and headlines — but also masked a greater cyber-issue: chaos and disruption on the Internet as the new normal. Earlier this week, in fact, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a new effort […]