Category Russia

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]

Staying Secret in The Age Of Social Media

Staying Secret in The Age Of Social Media thecipherbrief.com · July 19, 2017 July 19, 2017 | Mark Kelton Mark Kelton Former Deputy Director for Counterintelligence, CIA National Clandestine Service Intelligence officers must often use a false identity – a legend or cover. How has social media and digital technology changed how they create and preserve these cover […]

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 […]

The Russians Are Coming: The Army’s Best Case For Modernization

The Russians Are Coming: The Army’s Best Case For Modernization By Sydney J. Freedberg, breakingdefense.com View Original July 17th, 2017 Russian military honor guard. WASHINGTON: The US Army has blown billions on weapons that never got built, so Congress is understandably wary of funding Army modernization. A senior Hill aide told us today that if the service wants money to modernize, it must […]

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 […]

You Can Buy Password Stealing Malware For Just $7 Online 

You Can Buy Password Stealing Malware For Just $7 Online  http://www.fortunascorner.com      Jahanzaib Hassan had an article last week (July 11/July 16, 2017) on the cyber security website, HackRead.com, noting that security “researchers at [the cyber security company] ProofPoint, recently discovered a [new] mass-marketed malware called — Ovidiy stealer — whose main purpose is 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 […]

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer Friday, July 14, 2017 1:34pm www.tampabay.com View Original July 14th, 2017 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sat down for an interview Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Times in his office at MacDill Air […]

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 […]