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Russian Infiltration of the US Federal Government

NOTE: THIS POST HAS UPDATES AT BOTTOM For the next thirty seconds, I want you to disregard all political affiliation and ponder this; How many ‘coincidences’ does it take to make a fact? In the first week of December Sergei Mikhailov, the head of the Russian FSB cyber unit was in a meeting, when men came in, put a black bag over his head, and dragged him out. He hasn’t been seen since. And now he’s been charged with Treason, presumably for giving information to the United States of America. He’ll face a secret military tribunal and nobody will ever know what happens to him. Shortly thereafter Ruslan Stoyanov, head Russian FSB counterintelligence whose job it would have been to find spies, was also arrested as a traitor. In the last week of December, an ex-KGB ...

In Soviet Russia, We Get Out-Propagandered By A Guy in a Jingly Hat

NOTE: This post has multiple updates at the bottom. So my mom called last night and asked me “How’s things, anything interesting going on with you?” I replied, “Ahh you know nothing much. Plodding along”. She has no idea I even have a blog, and if I told her she wouldn’t have a clue what I was jabbering about anyhow. Last Friday evening, I decided to give Russia a little gentle prod. Nothing too spectacular,  just a message that all their meddling in US affairs, up to and including their salvos in Cyber against US targets wasn’t going unnoticed. It’s a dirty job, but someones gotta do it. My ‘message’ came in the form of a simple XSS injection, made possible by a vulnerability in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Th...

He knows he’s not crazy because that’s what the voices say

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AT THE BOTTOM So there’s been a modicum of drama on my Twitter timeline in the last couple of days. Allow me to fill you in. While I try not to give trolls, crazies and stalkers any air-time here, I truly believe some feel it is a ‘badge of honor’ or some shit. But in the worst cases I feel it’s my civic duty to try and ‘direct help’ their way. And also try and direct ‘normal’ people out of their way. So here’s the thing. Often people engage me in DM’s, often it’s just fine. But sometimes it’s not. Sometimes people unload and vomit all their problems and deep seated issues to me. I tend to answer rarely, and when I do, keep it short, not wishing to fan the flame. But I’m always polite, ...

Twitter Can Fix Twitter With Just a Few Lines of Code

Hey friends, heads up – I provide links in this post. They provide context. I stumbled across a really interesting article by Charlie Warzel over on Buzzfeed this morning. It was titled “A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitters 10-Year Failure to Stop Harassment. One of the key things noted in the article – for me anyway – was the following “If Twitter had people in the room who’d been abused on the internet when they were creating the company, I can assure you the service would be different”. That’s something I totally get as someone who’s been targeted, harassed, and abused by Twitter troll accounts endlessly for many years, some of them the same sad individuals persistently, no, relentlessly for nearly seven years and counting...

What US Social Media Is Doing and What US Social Media Should be Doing

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke . Look up. Read that Edmund Burke quote. Again. I’ve been saying for nearly SEVEN YEARS, and documenting here on my site how jihadis have been radicalizing and recruiting foreign fighters and more importantly ‘lone wolf attackers’ online. Back then they were using their own privately hosted servers in Europe (Belgium, Russia, Sweden) and the Middle East (Doha, Qatar). I was watching this happen 7 years ago and decided to take my own ‘offensive cyber countermeasures’ with a view to disrupting and destabilizing their infrastructure, servers, and even their trust relationships with service providers in an attempt to push them off their own platforms and fu...

Guest Post: Surviving an Active Shooter – By Fmr SEAL TEAM 6 Operator – Rob O’Neill

Introduction A few weeks ago we all watched with heavy hearts events unfolding in San Bernardino. I wondered would things have turned out differently had the people caught up in the situation been more ‘actions on’ prepared. I know that there’s some ‘training’ provided in schools, and other facilities to prepare folks for an active shooter situation, but I’m pretty sure it boils down to everyone piling into a closet and hoping for the best. I decided I needed to do a blog post on surviving an active shooter scenario, and I decided it needed to come from a place of authority on such matters. So I enlisted a buddy of mine to help out and do it as a guest post. My buddys’ name is Rob O’Neill (@McHooyah on Twitter). He happens to be the SEAL TEAM...

Sincerest Form of Flattery? Well, I Guess So.

“It’s better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.” Melville Let’s talk a little bit about motivation. I’ll start with my own. Nearly six years ago I noticed (before they invaded social media) that Jihadists were leveraging the internet via forums hosted by themselves on their own servers, to radicalize & recruit a homegrown threat. This got under my skin and I wanted to do what I could to disrupt their activities. That was my motivation, I was pretty successful, nobody had previously gone down this path. How cute, another imitator. While some of my actions over the years have generated some media interest, this was never my primary goal. As I keep saying ‘fame is lightning, you can no more seek it out than you can avoid it’, and I ...

CIA Director Brennan AOL ‘Hack’ – What You Need To Know

“If you shake a tree with dumbasses in it, don’t be surprised when dumbasses fall out” ~ Me Let’s get to it. The So-Called ‘Hack’ Recently media reported that CIA Director John Brennan’s PRIVATE AOL (I know right?) email had been ‘hacked’. This is a misconception. The account was not ‘hacked’ it was Social Engineered. Social Engineering basically means you are really good at being full of shit. You lie to people to solicit information from them, either by phone or email. In this case the perps fooled a Verizon employee (who are Director Brennan’s cell provider) into giving them what were essentially security question details – in this case the last 4 digits of his Credit Card among other things, and they used thi...

Guest Post By Branndon ‘ShadowDXS’ Pike

“Be humble, be gracious, and make peace with inner fears before stepping out into the limelight and allowing yourself to be subjected to all of humanity”. ~ Maximillian Degenerez Funny how things work out. I never thought I’d see this day, and I never thought I’d let a guest write a blog post. Here’s a very much shortened backstory as to why. I get trolled by losers. A lot. One of the worst persistent offenders over the years has been Branndon Pike AKA @ShadowDXS on Twitter, here’s an example of his ‘work’. Recently though, I’d noticed a huge change in him. I asked around, and some good people, @NetSecrex (Dan Ford) and @Sehnaoui (Khalil ‘Pilgrim’) informed me that Branndon was trying to get his shit together and had finally...

Cyber Jihad 2.0 – Where We’re going Wrong

‘Never interrupt the enemy when he’s making a mistake’ ~ Napolean Bonaparte I guess, if ‘ole Napolean was around today, and at the front of a ‘cyber-jihad’ the quote of his I placed directly above would rather read ‘never interrupt the enemy when he’s leeching off our constitutional rights’… and here’s why: Today I watched a CSPAN hearing on “Social Media & the Next Evolution of Terrorist Recruitment”. (Side note I notice that Mubin, in the 1 hr 55th minute uses the quote “Be Like Water”, it’s probably a coincidence). That’s right, today, not last week, not last month, and not a couple of years ago. Today. I guess in a way I’m glad the threat and offensive counter-measures I’ve been conducting and documenting right here on this blog for 5 years is finally getting some ears to prick up....

Constitutional Awareness Program

“The US Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” ~ Benjamin Franklin There’s a couple of common misconceptions regarding our Constitution that I keep running into as I navigate my plotted course through the internet. They are such common problems with some people, I am dedicating a blog post to clearing it up once and for all. Be advised, I can lay it out here, but no matter how hard I try, I cannot understand this stuff for you. . Let’s start with some basic facts . The First Amendment to the UNITED STATES Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the ...

Wikileaks Are Really Scraping the Barrel

“Those who don’t know the value of loyalty, can never appreciate the cost of betrayal.” – Unknown Author Recap. For those unfamiliar with my previous writings regarding ‘Wikileaks’ you can catch the heck up right here, here, and here, in that order. I really am trying to stop going on about Wikileaks and Assange, but the bloviating self-righteous shitbird just keeps on pulling stunts to endanger our personnel and, as of right now civilians too. Sidenote: Fig 1.0 Assanges OKCupid Pic >> So what’s happened now? Well, two weeks a go a ‘project’ popped up calling itself the ‘Transparency Toolkit’ (Website). The project (so far) created an unimpressive script to crawl Linkedin profiles looking for keywords such as ‘intelligence’, ̵...

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