Here's some un-solicited advice to pretty much everyone inside the Beltway. Please stop whining about China's hacking activities while rationalizing our own. No one else in the world has committed the scope or scale of cyber espionage that the NSA apparently has done against so many foreign states. No one else in the world has sabotaged another nation's uranium fuel enrichment … [Read more...] about Note to U.S. Officials – Stop Whining over IP Theft
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Late last year, agents of the FBI and NCIS raided a Houston-based company (Arc Electronics) that sold millions of dollars worth of sensitive, export controlled microelectronics to the Russian government including an unidentified research laboratory that's part of Russia's Federal Security Service (the FSB, which took over domestic intelligence operations from the KGB). Here's a … [Read more...] about Breaking: Secret Russian Lab in The Fishenko Espionage Case Identified
Mandiant's APT1 report from February 19, 2013 made headlines around the world for claiming to uncover that a unit of China's military has been engaging in cyber espionage operations against an estimated 141 companies in 20 industry verticals. Here's a condensed version of their key findings: APT1 (aka Comment Crew) is believed to be the 2nd Bureau of the People's Liberation … [Read more...] about Cyber Warfare: Is China’s PLA Hacking U.S. Companies?
One heart-wrenching statistic that few like to talk about is the toll that combat takes on a soldier's psyche. Four days ago, the Washington Post announced the apparent suicide of a Navy SEAL Commander in Afghanistan. Today, Stars and Stripes ran an article proclaiming "More Soldier Suicides Than Combat Deaths in 2012." Here are the statistics from that article: Through … [Read more...] about 2012: More Soldier Suicides Than Combat Deaths?
You've probably heard by now about how a Special Air Service (SAS) sniper has been sentenced by a British judge to 15 months in military prison for possession of a handgun. If you haven't, you can get the full story here. It's an outrageous miscarriage of justice - one that I wanted to bring to the attention of the SOFREP community and to my friends at the Navy SEALs Fund. I've … [Read more...] about Help Navy SEALs Fund Support SAS Sgt. Danny Nightingale
Iranian cyber attacks against U.S. financial institutions have resulted in false claims by U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts that the State of Iran was behind them. The fact is that while Iran is developing a capable cyber warfare division, the distributed denial of service attacks against U.S. banks have been part of a hacktivist protest organized by Izz ad-Din … [Read more...] about Iran’s Qassam Cyber Fighters Attack U.S. Banks
The hardest part of staying informed as citizens of the U.S. or wherever your home happens to be is whether you can rely on the validity of the information that you're given. And that's the first rule of what I call "Pedestrian Intelligence", or in other words, intelligence for the rest of us. Rule 1: Only infants are spoon-fed Go out and get your information. Don't rely on … [Read more...] about Google and Pedestrian Intelligence: How to stay informed
One of the easiest ways to determine what data is at risk is to know what the strategic imperatives are of those countries who engage in "technology transfer" and industrial espionage. Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he's a supporter of espionage as a tool to be used in Russian technology development. A recent article in RIA Novosti discussed Putin's … [Read more...] about BREACH ALERT: Putin Makes Unmanned Aerial Systems Development a National Priority
There's a well-known expression that if you repeat a rumor often enough, it becomes a fact. Such is the case with the oft-repeated rumor that the CIA was responsible for the Trans-Siberian pipeline explosion in June, 1982 by sabotaging the SCADA system that ran the pipeline. The latest iteration of that rumor was in the Washington Post's special report on cyber security … [Read more...] about The Myth of the CIA and the Trans-Siberian Pipeline Explosion
With Memorial Day almost upon us, the CIA has released the names of 15 of its officers who over the past 30 years have died in the line of duty. When CIA officers are working under cover, their cover identities are maintained even after death in order to not expose their networks or put the lives of others at risk. They are memorialized only with a star on “The Wall” at CIA … [Read more...] about Remembering Those Who Serve and Die in Secret
The U.S. and most developed countries have undergone a Revolution in Military Affairs since the end of the first Iraq war. Both China and Russia have been investing large sums in RMA, converting their old-style military into one that’s network-centric in order to be more competitive with the U.S. Admiral McRaven introduced a new RMA wrinkle when he wrote a proposal a few months … [Read more...] about Suits, Spooks, and a Revolution in Security Affairs