Category CIA

Kaspersky Lab And The Intelligence Community’s ‘Dereliction Of Duty’

Kaspersky Lab Internal Investigation Reports:  NSA Worker’s Home Computer Was Already Infested With Malware; 121 Pieces Of Malware Discovered, Including a Backdoor Trojan; Reveals How NSA Hacking Tools Were Stolen   http://www.fortunascorner.com Appendix_Mokes-SmokeBot_analysis        Kelly Jackson Higgins posted an article (November 16, 2017) on the cyber security/technology website, DarkReading.com, about a newly released report/investigation [see […]

Pentagon Data Leak: Massive Trove Of Global Social Media Data Left Accidentally Online

Pentagon data leak: Massive trove of global social media data left accidentally exposed online By India Ashok, www.ibtimes.co.uk View Original November 18th, 2017 The breach raises concerns about the Pentagon’s ability to ensure that its data remains secure iStockPhoto by: iStock The Pentagon accidentally exposed classified US Department of Defense (DoD) databases containing information that the US gathered on […]

Will Kim Jong Un Be Assassinated? A Bookmaker Is Taking Bets On How The North Korean Leader Will Be Removed From Power

David Maxwell Writes:  Read this to gauge the chances:  http://www.icks.org/data/ijks/1482467975_add_file_7.pdf Will Kim Jong Un Be Assassinated? A Bookmaker Is Taking Bets on How the North Korean Leader Will be Removed From Power By Tom Porter, www.newsweek.com View Original An Irish bookmaker is offering odds on how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be removed from office. At 1-10, the favorite […]

Intelligence Community ‘Cyber Malpractice:’ U.S. Flagged Russian Cyber Security Firm Kapersky Lab As A Potential Threat As Early As 2004; But, Issued No Guidance/Warnings

   As one of my readers noted: “The Kaspersky case is a poster child for USG cyber malpractice. The IC knew that Kaspersky Lab was an instrument of the Russian intelligence apparatus nearly a dozen years ago but would not advise USG agencues as well as private sector firms of the risk. How many other […]

U.S. Officials Warn Special Ops Forces Being Stretched To Possible Breaking Point

Excerpt: Another option, according to both Reed and Ernst, is to expand the number of U.S. special operations forces, which they say may be necessary even with a bulked-up diplomatic corps.   “We have to increase numbers and resources,” Reed said, warning, “We cannot sacrifice quality for quantity.” US Officials Warn Special Ops Forces Being […]

After Niger, Is America’s ‘Light Footprint’ Counterterrorism Strategy Sustainable?

Excerpt: The question is whether the United States can tolerate this dissonance between what the public wants and the costs it is willing to bear to get it. How many shocks like Niger will it take for Congress and the public to become fully disillusioned with the light footprint? Right now, that approach seems to […]

China Expands Its Influence At Djibouti’s Ports

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/china-expands-its-influence-at-djiboutis-ports China Expands its Influence at Djibouti’s Ports File image By MarEx 2017-11-16 19:41:00 On Monday, Chinese energy consortium POLY-GCL Petroleum Group signed an MoU to invest$4 billion in a natural gas pipeline, an LNG plant and a loading terminal at Damerjog, Djibouti.The preliminary agreement will be finalized within six months and the groundbreaking should be sometime next year, energy minister […]

Surgeons Find Parasite Unlike Any They’ve Seen In Body Of North Korean Defector

David Maxwell Comments:  Another for the list of challenges for the unification process.  This is one reason why a stay put policy will be necessary in the north.   Surgeons find parasite unlike any they’ve seen in body of defector shot 5 times while escaping North Korea By Alex Lockie, www.businessinsider.com View Original November 16th, 2017 A […]

China’s First Carrier Battle Group Ready To Set Sail

China’s First Carrier Battle Group Ready To Set Sail   Colonel Vinayak Bhat (retd)  16 November, 2017 https://theprint.in/2017/11/16/chinas-first-carrier-battle-group-ready-to-set-sail/ China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning aircraft carrier arrives on July 7, 2017 in Hong Kong. | Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images Satellite images show a carrier and a general supply vessel, along with large amounts of loads, being […]

Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So The U.S. Is Experimenting.

Please go to this link to view the graphics in the correct format.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/politics/north-korea-missile-defense-cyber-drones.html?_r=0 Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting. The New York Times · by DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD · November 16, 2017 WASHINGTON — Concerned that the missile defense system designed to protect American cities is insufficient by itself […]