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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...

‘Wikisneaks’ – Trouble in paradise?

“The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.” ~ Grover Cleveland – 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America This is a recap of today’s events, surrounding Wikileaks, who I have mentioned on this blog previously both here and here, with ‘brevitized’ (yes I made that word up) backstory as follows; You’ll recall that following the release of the movie ‘The Interview’, which cast crazy lil Kimmy, supreme leader of North Korea in a somewhat bad light there was a… let’s call it a… ‘cyber-response‘. This response boiled down to an attack on Sony’s ‘cyber assets’. The perps called themselves the ‘Guardians of Peace’ and the FBI was quick to announce the perps were in fact the North Koreans themselves, but many, me included, b...

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