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25.09.2022 - 17:26 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

Covert Military Information Operations and the New NDAA: The Law of the Gray Zone Evolves

(December 10, 2019)

Section 1631(b) expressly affirms that the Defense Department can conduct “military operations” in the information environment, “including clandestine operations,” for certain purposes. I’ll have more to say about that reference to “clandestine” below. First, let’s note the broad list of purposes.

The military’s role comes into play in three scenarios. First, defense of the United States itself. Second, defense of allies. Third, defense of the “interests” of the United States. The statute notably does not clarify what nature or degree of threats to these objects count, and so the invitation can only be described as quite broad.

25.09.2022 - 17:00 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

(September 19, 2022)

The measure, known as Section 1631, allows the military to carry out clandestine psychological operations without crossing what the CIA has claimed as its covert authority, alleviating some of the friction that had hindered such operations previously.

“Combatant commanders got really excited,” recalled the first defense official. “They were very eager to utilize these new authorities. The defense contractors were equally eager to land lucrative classified contracts to enable clandestine influence operations.”

25.09.2022 - 16:54 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

After Congress passed Section 1631 allowing the military to conduct covert online propaganda, the Pentagon created droves of accounts spreading fake news against designated enemies, including one claiming Iran was harvesting organs in Afghanistan

(20.09.2022)

12.08.2022 - 18:17 [ Soldier of Fortune - sofmag.com ]

Mali’s Junta Rulers Slam France for Filming Wagner Mercs as They Staged a ‘Mass Grave’

(28.04.2022)

Mali’s military government on Tuesday night accused France of spying and deliberately violating its airspace in the latest tension between the junta and the former colonial power.

Speaking on ORTM state TV, Military spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga said France violated the government’s order to get permission for all flights over Mali.

12.08.2022 - 18:10 [ France24.com ]

France says mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner Group staged ‚French atrocity‘ in Mali

(22.04.2022)

The French military has said it has videos of Russian mercenaries burying bodies near an army base in northern Mali, which it says is part of a smear campaign against the French, who handed the Gossi base over to Malian forces earlier this week.

27.07.2022 - 16:10 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

27.07.2022 - 16:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

(17 Mar 2011)

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as „sock puppets“ – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations „without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries“.

30.06.2022 - 02:31 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Russian occupiers preparing provocation accusing Ukrainian nuclear scientists of storing weapons at ZNPP – Energoatom

„For this, several workers were detained and tortured with a demand of confession, or rather, slandering themselves, that they allegedly dropped some kind of weapon into the concrete bowls of the cooling pools at Zaporizhia NPP in March,“ the company informed.

The company explained the invaders, under this pretext, insist on draining the cooling pools – to check its bowls – and stopping the pumps that supply water to the security systems of power units.

„If this happens, then the security systems of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant will be left without cooling, which in itself is a serious violation and can threaten nuclear safety.

02.05.2022 - 15:16 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Russian mole exposed in Ukraine Army’s General Staff – adviser to President’s Office chief

He added that this false-flag attack was allegedly supposed to be carried out using Ukrainian weapons – portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The spies planned to obtain the weapons, used by our troops, through volunteers. To this end, they had been trying to win trust of the latter, giving them real data on the movement of Russian troops, giving away the coordinates of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ethnic Chechen unit.

„There are three components to this story that describe everything that’s happening in the Russian army now. The first is shooting down a passenger plane, the second is deceiving their leadership, and the third is setting up the Kadyrovites,“ Arestovych concluded.

01.05.2022 - 18:10 [ The Kyiv Independent / Twitter ]

SBU: Russia planned a terrorist attack to blame on Ukraine. The Security Service reported that they neutralized Russia’s sabotage reconnaissance group that had been planning to shoot down a passenger plane over Russia or Belarus and blame it on Ukraine and its allies.

13.03.2022 - 10:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Missiles land near US consulate in northern Iraq city of Erbil

“We condemn this terrorist attack launched against several sectors of Erbil, we call on the inhabitants to remain calm,” Kurdistan prime minister Masrour Barzani said in a statement.

The attack comes several days after an Israeli strike near Damascus, Syria killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

12.03.2022 - 15:59 [ Businessinsider.com ]

A pregnant Ukrainian influencer who survived the Mariupol maternity-hospital bombing gave birth to a daughter

A photo of a bloodied Vishegirskaya fleeing the hospital made global headlines, prompting the Russian Embassy to falsely claim she was a crisis actor, saying she was not at the hospital at the time of the attack and was wearing „some very realistic make-up.“

12.03.2022 - 15:10 [ Lenta.ru ]

«Больше недели им не продержаться» Жители Мариуполя — о гуманитарной катастрофе, которая разворачивается у них на глазах

(March 8, 2022)

Игорь рассказал, что в последние дни февраля в роддом, где работает его мать, пришли люди в форме. Он не знает, были это бойцы ВСУ или националистического батальона «Азов» (запрещен в РФ). Военные сбили все замки, разогнали персонал роддома, а в здании устроили огневые точки, чтобы, как они объяснили медикам, подготовить к обороне «крепость Мариуполь». На возражения у военных реакция стандартная: удары прикладами, стрельба в воздух.

12.03.2022 - 15:07 [ Julia Kanin / Twitter ]

Also, a son of one of the employees stated that everyone was told to leave this hospital because Ukraine army or Azov (he is not sure) can position itself there and use it as a cover.

Interview was published on 3/9 in Lenta, top Russian liberal outlet.

Correction: the interview was published on 3/8, a day before this attack. But it doesn’t change a thing, in fact, it just confirms that the interviewee told this story BEFORE attack even happened.

11.03.2022 - 20:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Russia-Ukraine latest news: Biden warns of ‘World War III’ if Nato directly confronts Russia

“Direct confrontation between Nato and Russia is World War III – something we must strive to prevent,“ Mr Biden added.

However, he vowed that Russia would pay a „severe price“ if it used chemical weapons in Ukraine.

It comes as Kyiv warned that Belarus could join Russia’s invasion as early as this evening after Russian fighter jets fired at Belarus from Ukrainian air space in an apparent ‘false flag’ attack to involve Minsk in the conflict.

11.03.2022 - 20:15 [ Reuters ]

Ukraine says Belarus leader was with Putin at time of ‚false-flag attack‘

Moscow did not immediately comment on a statement by Ukraine’s border service that several Belarusian border villages had been bombed by Russian warplanes to create a reason for Belarus to join Russia’s war against Ukraine.

11.03.2022 - 19:46 [ Pentagon ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing, March 9, 2022

Q: Is there any concern that Russia’s actually doing this because they’re planning some sort of chem-biological attack?

MR. KIRBY: Yes, Court. I mean, again, not being perfectly inside the minds of the Russians. We have seen one of their playbooks is to accuse the other that which you are doing or what you plan to do. And to create a narrative that of victimhood and blaming somebody else for something that you’re in fact going to do. I have no evidence of that. I’m not suggesting that that’s in the offing right now.

I have no intelligence and indicators that, that type of weaponry is in Ukraine and being planned to be used. So, I want to be clear, but it is a piece of the Russian playbook to blame others for that which you are about to do or you are considering doing. They’ve done that plenty of times before.

11.03.2022 - 19:37 [ CBS News ]

Russia calls U.N. meeting alleging U.S. „military biological activities“ in Ukraine — U.S. calls it „false flag effort“

Russia hastily called a Friday morning U.N. Security Council meeting late on Thursday evening to discuss in open debate what it called „the military biological activities of the US on the territory of Ukraine“ — leading the Biden administration to immediately denounce it as a „false flag effort.“

In a comment sent to CBS News, Olivia Dalton, spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said, „We’re not going to let Russia gaslight the world or use the UN Security Council as a venue for promoting their disinformation.“

10.03.2022 - 13:16 [ White Swan / Twitter ]

4. Busted! We’ve found the ‚wounded‘ pregnant patient of the ‚bombed‘ maternity hospital in #Mariupol. Yes, she is pregnant, but she wasn’t there of course, she’s a local beauty-blogger Marianna Podgurskaya instagram.com/gixie_beauty, photographer was instagram.com/evgenymaloletka

07.03.2022 - 13:00 [ Researchgate.net ]

The „Snipers‘ Massacre“ on the Maidan in Ukraine

(September 2015)

Conference: Annual Meeting of American Political Science AssociationAt: San Francisco

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a civil war in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. A conclusion promoted by the post-Yanukovych governments and the media in Ukraine that the massacre was perpetrated by government snipers and special police units on a Yanukovych order has been nearly universally accepted by the Western governments, the media, and many scholars. The Ukrainian government investigation identified members of the special company of Berkut as responsible for killings of the absolute majority of the protesters, but did not release any evidence in support, with the exception of videos of the massacre. The question is which side organized the “snipers’ massacre.” This paper is the first academic study of this crucial case of the mass killing. It uses a theory of rational choice and a Weberian theory of instrumental rationality to examine actions of major actors both from the Yanukovych government, specifically various police and security forces, and the Maidan opposition, specifically its far right and oligarchic elements, during the massacre. The paper analyzes a large amount of evidence from different publicly available sources concerning this massacre and killings of specifics protestors. Qualitative content analysis includes the following data: about 1,500 videos and recordings of live internet and TV broadcasts from mass media and social media in different countries (some 150 Gigabytes) , news reports and social media posts by more than 100 journalists covering the massacre from Kyiv, some 5,000 photos, and nearly 30 gigabytes of publicly available radio intercepts of snipers and commanders from the special Alfa unit of the Security Service of Ukraine and Internal Troops, and Maidan massacre trial recordings. This study also employs field research on site of the massacre, eyewitness reports by both Maidan protesters and government special units commanders, statements by both former and current government officials, estimates of approximate ballistic trajectories, bullets and weapons used, and types of wounds among both protesters and the police. This study establishes a precise timeline for various events of the massacre, the locations of both the shooters and the government snipers, and the specific timeline and locations of nearly 50 protesters’ deaths. It also briefly analyzes other major cases of violence during and after the “Euromaidan.” This study includes two video appendixes. This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of “snipers” targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered various videos and photos of armed Maidan “snipers” and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

07.03.2022 - 12:52 [ BBC ]

False flags: What are they and when have they been used?

(18 February 2022)

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine intensifies, Britain and the US suspect Russia of planning „false flag“ attacks to create an excuse for an invasion.

Russian-backed separatists have already accused Ukraine’s military of a series of highly dubious attacks and are now calling for civilians in the occupied areas to leave.

07.03.2022 - 11:52 [ Oleksandr Markushin / Telegram ]

УВАГА! Важливе повідомлення! Прошу слухати всім і передавати друзям і знайомим. Ірпінь не здається! Слава Україні!

07.03.2022 - 11:49 [ New York Times ]

Russian forces fire on evacuees, leaving 4 people dead outside Kyiv.

The attack in Irpin, west of the capital, suggested either direct targeting of evacuees or disregard for the risk of civilian casualties.

26.02.2022 - 17:50 [ Bill Browder / Twitter ]

According to the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Russia may be planning a dirty bomb attack on its own territory to blame on the Ukrainians to justify a massive escalation in the war. This is not hyperbole. Putin did exactly this with apartment bombs in 1999 and blamed on Chechnya

04.02.2022 - 08:24 [ PBS.org ]

U.S. intel suggests Russia is plotting false flag attack in Ukraine as pretext for invasion

(Feb 3, 2022)

The plan for the fake attack on Russian territory or Russian-speaking people was revealed in declassified intelligence shared with Ukrainian officials and European allies in recent days. It is the latest allegation by the U.S. and Britain that Russia is plotting to use a false pretext to go to war against Ukraine.

The White House in December accused Russia of developing a “false-flag” operation to create pretext for an invasion.

04.02.2022 - 08:20 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Is Planning ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

(Jan 14, 2022,)

Friday morning, multiple Ukrainian government websites were affected by a “massive cyber attack” launched by an unknown actor, a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The affected websites were taken offline and hackers reportedly left messages warning the Ukrainian public to “prepare for the worst.” Ukrainian officials noted Russia has a “long record” of cyberattacks against the country.

24.10.2021 - 05:44 [ DailyPress.com ]

Dominion Energy donated $200K to an anti-Youngkin group. Now, CEO says company wants the money back.

(Oct 19, 2021)

Youngkin’s campaign issued a statement Saturday attacking Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and Dominion.

McAuliffe’s campaign declined to answer questions, including whether McAuliffe was aware of the PAC’s involvement.

24.10.2021 - 05:32 [ theFederalist.com ]

Virginia Energy Giant Funds Fraudulent Attacks On Youngkin From The Right

(October 19, 2021)

The amount represents the company’s largest donation to any statewide political committee in Virginia this year — despite Youngkin opponent Terry McAuliffe having sworn that he would not take contributions from Dominion.

In its bid to weaken Youngkin’s support among conservative voters in the commonwealth, the Accountability Virginia PAC has been running social media ads questioning the Republican candidate’s record on gun rights.

24.10.2021 - 05:14 [ Axios ]

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

(Oct 16, 2021 )

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe’s gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion’s political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that’s been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.

24.10.2021 - 04:42 [ NationalReview.com ]

Democratic PAC Poses as Right-Wing Group to Turn Rural Virginians against Youngkin

(September 28, 2021)

In the tightening race to become Virginia’s next governor, Democrats are resorting to attacking Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin from the right in an effort to depress GOP turnout in rural parts of the state.

From behind the veil of the nondescript “Accountability Virginia PAC,” Democratic operatives are haranguing Youngkin for not having been endorsed by the National Rifle Association in ads popping up on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook among other mediums.

24.10.2021 - 04:35 [ Axios ]

Dems‘ sneaky sabotage

(Sep 28, 2021)

The intrigue: While clearly designed to hit Youngkin from the right, all indications point to Democrats behind the PAC.

Accountability Virginia’s online donation page is hosted by the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue. Its bank account is at Amalgamated Bank, a labor union-owned financial institution popular with Democratic political groups.
The PAC was incorporated in Virginia by compliance consultants at the MBA Consulting Group, which works uniformly with Democrats.

14.10.2021 - 11:25 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Behind NATO’s ‘cognitive warfare’: ‘Battle for your brain’ waged by Western militaries

The US-led NATO military cartel has tested novel modes of hybrid warfare against its self-declared adversaries, including economic warfare, cyber warfare, information warfare, and psychological warfare.

Now, NATO is spinning out an entirely new kind of combat it has branded cognitive warfare. Described as the “weaponization of brain sciences,” the new method involves “hacking the individual” by exploiting “the vulnerabilities of the human brain” in order to implement more sophisticated “social engineering.”

05.10.2021 - 00:35 [ Middle East Monitor ]

After NSO Group, warning issued against second Israeli spyware firm

(October 4, 2021)

The July report by Citizen’s Lab and Microsoft found that Candiru had been used to spy on more than 100 human rights activists, regime opponents, journalists and scholars from countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, UK, Turkey and even Israel.

Revelations about Candiru make it the first time that fingers were being pointed at a second Israeli cyber-surveillance company, which is considered a competitor of the NSO Group. The notorious Israeli firm sparked a global scandal in July following the discovery that as many as 50,000 phones were targeted by its Pegasus spyware.

05.10.2021 - 00:24 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

(Sep. 7, 2020)

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

05.10.2021 - 00:20 [ Forbes ]

Meet Candiru — The Mysterious Mercenaries Hacking Apple And Microsoft PCs For Profit

(Oct 3, 2019)

Israel is home to scores of hacker-for-hire businesses, but one of the most clandestine has been Candiru. With no website and few records available, it’s operated largely under the radar.

But now a researcher is claiming the elite Tel Aviv-based firm sold cyber weapons to the government of Uzbekistan, while industry sources tell Forbes the company is hacking both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macs for various nation states.

03.10.2021 - 16:39 [ Haaretz ]

Advanced Spyware From Israel’s Candiru Discovered on Russian, Turkish, Palestinian Computers

Spyware made by the Tel Aviv-based hacking tool company Candiru has been found on several computers in Europe and the Middle East, the cybersecurity company ESET reported.

In their September report, ESET wrote that according to research published by Citizen Lab and the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center in July about Candiru’s DevilsTongue malware, it is „sold to third parties, which can abuse it to spy on various victims, including human rights defenders, dissidents, journalists, activists and politicians.“

24.09.2021 - 15:10 [ Election Fodder / Twitter ]

What do you make of this? THE CYBER POLYGON EVENT WILL HAPPEN JULY 9TH, 2021 If the drill goes live like Event 201 did, then we may see a massive false flag cyber attack in August / September.

(Jul 4, 2021)

Consider backing up all your data to cold storage

11.09.2021 - 17:16 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

11.09.2021 - 17:12 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

27.07.2021 - 04:13 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots

Questioning the FBI’s role in 1/6 was maligned by corporate media as deranged. But only ignorance about the FBI or a desire to deceive could produce such a reaction.

26.07.2021 - 11:07 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Is this a right-wing message or a left-wing message that I’m expressing here, or does it show the worthlessness of those labels when it comes to the dangers posed by the permanent, secret US security state?

26.07.2021 - 10:55 [ BuzzFeed ]

Watching The Watchmen

(20.07.2021)

An examination of the case by BuzzFeed News also reveals that some of those informants, acting under the direction of the FBI, played a far larger role than has previously been reported. Working in secret, they did more than just passively observe and report on the actions of the suspects. Instead, they had a hand in nearly every aspect of the alleged plot, starting with its inception. The extent of their involvement raises questions as to whether there would have even been a conspiracy without them.

26.07.2021 - 10:47 [ opIndia.com ]

FBI helped instigate plot to kidnap Michigan Governor, framed Trump supporters as US establishment prepares for domestic war on terror

On October 8 last year, about 13 people were arrested for allegedly conspiring to abduct Michigan State Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The said arrests were made by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on suspicion that the accused were planning to overthrow the State government over strict Covid-19 rules. A news investigation by Buzzfeed news has now revealed that about 12 FBI informants were not only a part of the conspiracy but also instigated the kidnapping plot.

19.07.2021 - 18:07 [ CNBC ]

U.S., NATO and EU to blame China for cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange servers

A new joint effort by NATO members, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Japan will call out and confront the threat posed by Chinese state-sponsored cyberattacks.
The nations will share intelligence on cyberthreats and collaborate on network defenses and security, said a senior Biden administration official.
The group will publicly blame China’s Ministry of State Security for a massive cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange email servers earlier this year.

19.07.2021 - 18:02 [ sifi.com ]

‚Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter, Amnesty websites‘

Using Internet scanning, a team of researchers from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and tech giant Microsoft identified more than 750 websites linked to Candiru’s spyware infrastructure.

„We found many domains masquerading as advocacy organisations such as Amnesty International, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as media companies and other civil-society themed entities,“ researcher Bill Marczak said in a statement.

19.07.2021 - 17:58 [ Microsoft ]

Fighting cyberweapons built by private businesses

(15.07.2021)

We believe Sourgum is an Israel-based private sector offensive actor or PSOA. Citizen Lab has identified the group as a company called Candiru. Sourgum generally sells cyberweapons that enable its customers, often government agencies around the world, to hack into their targets’ computers, phones, network infrastructure and internet-connected devices. These agencies then choose who to target and run the actual operations themselves.

19.07.2021 - 17:54 [ Reuters ]

Microsoft says Israeli group sold tools to hack Windows

(15.07.2021)

The hacking tool vendor, named Candiru, created and sold a software exploit that can penetrate Windows, one of many intelligence products sold by a secretive industry that finds flaws in common software platforms for their clients, said a report by Citizen Lab.

Technical analysis by security researchers details how Candiru’s hacking tool spread around the globe to numerous unnamed customers, where it was then used to target various civil society organizations, including a Saudi dissident group and a left-leaning Indonesian news outlet, the reports by Citizen Lab and Microsoft show.

04.07.2021 - 20:54 [ Election Fodder / Twitter ]

What do you make of this? THE CYBER POLYGON EVENT WILL HAPPEN JULY 9TH, 2021 If the drill goes live like Event 201 did, then we may see a massive false flag cyber attack in August / September.

Consider backing up all your data to cold storage

01.07.2021 - 11:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Charged in Global Hacker-for-hire Scheme Seeks Plea Deal

While the indictment does not identify the hackers by name, five people familiar with the case say that Azari is being charged in relation to New Delhi-based BellTroX InfoTech Services, which Reuters last year reported was behind a hacking campaign that targeted lawyers, government officials, businessmen, investors and activists around the world.

Azari is charged with conspiracy to commit hacking, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, court documents show.

01.07.2021 - 10:59 [ thePrint.in ]

Small IT firm in Delhi ran one of world’s ‘largest’ hacker-for-hire services: Reuters expose

(10.06.2021)

Citing an article in The Financial Times, which in turn cites the Citizen Lab report, Muddy Waters Research tweeted that a German payment processing company Wirecard was a client of BellTrox.

05.12.2020 - 15:28 [ Haaretz ]

Mossad Helped Syrian General ‚Escape and Get Asylum‘ in Austria

France issued a Europol request to locate Halabi in 2017, and 2018, Austrian police raided Halabi’s apartment but did not find him. Since then his whereabouts have not been publicly known.

05.12.2020 - 15:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Of all the reporters Moscow’s spies could have chosen, why did they pretend to be me?

Somebody had decided to impersonate me. It would be two and a half years before I would learn that my identity had been stolen for a very sinister purpose, most likely by a Russian military intelligence officer and cyber criminal called Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev (but we’ll get to him later).

05.12.2020 - 15:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Chinese official’s ‚repugnant‘ tweet of Australia soldier likely amplified by fake accounts, experts say

Cyabra, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, said it was highly probable that an orchestrated campaign had promoted Zhao’s tweet.

Cyabra said it had found 57.5% of accounts that engaged with Zhao’s tweet were fake, and “evidence of a largely orchestrated disinformation campaign” to amplify its message. The firm did not give any details about who was behind the campaign.

Cyabra said it analysed 1,344 profiles and found a large number were created in November and used once, to retweet Zhao’s tweet.

01.12.2020 - 18:31 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Syrian general accused of war crimes ‚given new life in Europe by Mossad‘

(29.11.2020)

By early 2014 he had made it to France with the help of French agents who may have believed the senior official could be a useful asset in the event of President Assad’s downfall, the senior French judicial source told The Telegraph.

“This was also just a few months before the 2015 terror attacks in Paris and the DGSE was desperate to get their hands on any leads about the Islamic State, which they knew was actively planning strikes,” said the source, who asked their name be withheld.

17.10.2020 - 13:10 [ Alex Scherer / Twitter ]

What if the laptop was stolen from Hunter Biden (not a claim I have heard though). What would that mean from a legal perspective?

17.10.2020 - 13:01 [ Judd Legum / Twitter ]

6. Then things get very weird. The shop owner says, before turning over the computer to the feds, they made a copy of the contents of the computer and gave them to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer

Mmmmhmmmm

17.10.2020 - 12:58 [ Fox News ]

Hunter Biden email story: Computer repair store owner describes handing over laptop to FBI

The man, John Paul Mac Isaac, said he ‚can’t be 100% sure‘ it was Hunter Biden who dropped off the computer for repair.

21.09.2020 - 09:09 [ AlMasdarnews.com ]

Militants planning to stage chemical weapon attacks in Syria’s Idlib – Russian Military

The Russian armed forces have received notice that militants from the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group (formerly known as the Nusra Front, banned in Russia), are planning the provocative attacks.

“In the coming days, terrorists plan to stage attacks in the settlements of Ariha and Basames in order to accuse the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians. According to the available information, activists of the White Helmets pseudo-human rights organization are directly involved in the preparation of the sites for the attacks, including staging for capturing video,” Rear Adm. Grinkevich remarked.

11.09.2020 - 15:44 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

11.09.2020 - 15:41 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

14.08.2020 - 05:27 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Viral Fake Footage Of “Chinese” Atrocities Shows The Power Of Narrative Spin

The only sane response to a situation that is swamped with propaganda and disinformation is to hold tight to skepticism and agnosticism until presented with hard proof. Get comfortable with not knowing, and don’t forget that the power structures presenting you with these narratives have lied to you in the past.

Stay skeptical. Stay critical. Demand hard, verifiable proof about any claim about any US-targeted nation, and if it isn’t given to you, don’t swallow it. This is how you keep your head clear of the propaganda.

10.08.2020 - 04:50 [ Max Blumenthal / the Grayzone ]

Western media’s favorite Hong Kong ‘freedom struggle writer’ is American ex-Amnesty staffer in yellowface

Since bursting onto the Hong Kong Twitter scene, Kong Tsung-gan has been quoted by a who’s who of Western corporate media outlets. He has been described as an “author” (CNN, Globe and Mail, Time), “writer and activist” (New York Times, Washington Post), “activist and author” (LA Times),“activist” (AFP, Al Jazeera), “writer, educator and activist” (Guardian), “political writer” (Foreign Policy), “writer” (Vice), and “Hong Kong writer and activist” in an op-ed posted by the Nikkei Asian Review.

Kong has also been cited as a “Hong Kong journalist and rights activist” by Radio Free Asia and as a “rights activist and author” by Voice of America, two subsidiaries of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Tasked with a mission to “be consistent with the broad foreign policy objectives of the United States,” the USAGM budgeted around $2 million to support protests in Hong Kong in 2020.

10.08.2020 - 04:44 [ BBC ]

Gay Girl in Damascus: Tom MacMaster defends blog hoax

(13 June 2011)

Mr MacMaster, who is on holiday in Istanbul, told BBC Scotland: „I really felt a number of years ago, in discussions on Middle East issues in the US, often when I presented real facts and opinions, the immediate reaction to someone with my name was: ‚Why are you anti-American? Why are you anti-Jewish?‘

„So I invented a name to talk under that would keep the focus on the actual issue.“

Mr MacMaster said he had wanted people to listen to the facts without paying attention to „the man behind the curtain“.

10.08.2020 - 04:36 [ Mark Ames / Twitter ]

Remember “Gay Girl In Damascus” the fake Syrian lesbian aka Tom MacMaster, who rallied gullible western liberal support for Syria regime change? Turns out one of the most popular US-backed Hong Kong protest “voices” is another hoax

29.07.2020 - 02:47 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Argentina, Iran: How a police spy’s stunning testimony threatens the official US-Israeli AMIA bombing narrative

Revelations by a former police spy upend the official story blaming Iran for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and suggest a cover-up by dirty war elements may have let the real culprits off the hook.

By Gareth Porter

17.06.2020 - 14:54 [ Washington Post ]

An officer was gunned down during protests. The killer was a ‘Boogaloo Boy’ using the peaceful marches as cover, feds say.

For a little over a week, the crime was a mystery. Was it tied to the protests just blocks away? Even after the suspected killer was dramatically caught in the nearby mountains eight days later, his motive was murky.

Now, federal authorities say the man, identified as Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo, 32, was an adherent of the “Boogaloo Boys,” a growing online extremist movement that has sought to use peaceful protests against police brutality to spread fringe views and ignite a race war. Federal investigators allege that’s exactly what Carrillo was trying to do last month.

08.06.2020 - 10:52 [ ReviewJournal.com ]

Boogaloo arrests reveal new extremist agenda to hijack protests

(06.06.2020)

Undercover FBI agents learned the Las Vegas defendants were planning to firebomb a Nevada Energy substation on May 28 to create unrest in Las Vegas, according to the federal complaint.

08.06.2020 - 10:44 [ DemocracyNow.org ]

Far-Right Extremists in Las Vegas Charged with Plotting Terror Attacks

(05.06.2020)

In related news, federal prosecutors in Las Vegas have charged three men connected to the far-right extremist Boogaloo movement with inciting violence during the recent protests and conspiracy to commit terrorism. The three men all had experience in the U.S. military.

05.06.2020 - 05:55 [ NBC News ]

White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.

28.05.2020 - 21:09 [ Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations / NBC News ]

ISIS is using coronavirus to rebuild its terrorism network in Iraq and Syria

„What you are witnessing these days are only signs of big changes in the region that’ll offer greater opportunities than we had previously in the past decade” read an online message on Thursday from new ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, translated by Hassan Hassan, director of the Non-State Actors in Fragile Environments Program at the Center for Global Policy and a co-author of „ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.“

08.05.2020 - 16:55 [ Slate.com ]

How Modern Tyrants Use Terror Management to Consolidate Power – Be ready for an American Reichstag fire when it comes.

(04.04.2017)

The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on—this is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it. Modern tyrants are terror managers. Do not allow your shock to be turned against your freedom. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that aspiring tyrants exploit such events in order to change regimes and to consolidate power.

01.04.2020 - 13:46 [ Stephen Lendman / GlobalResearch.ca ]

COVID-19 and Economic Duress: A Pretext to Enhance Police State Powers? Suspension of Constitutional Rights During COVID-19?

Crises are times when ruling authorities convince people to sacrifice personal freedoms for greater security — not realizing that both will be lost.

Ruling authorities take advantage of times like now by instituting draconian policies they’re unable to introduce during normal times without risking mass rebellion.

02.03.2020 - 15:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2020: Facebook Deletes Netanyahu Video After He Violates Election Law Again

„Attempts are being made across the web to suppress the participation of Arab citizens of Israel,“ said Morshed Bebar, who led the Democratic Bloc investigation.

Bebar said that publication patterns by these fake accounts indicate an organized and systematic operation.“

25.02.2020 - 14:57 [ The Recount / Twitter ]

Is „Pete Obama voice“ a thing?

20.02.2020 - 14:34 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

16.02.2020 - 18:37 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Trump Supporters Are George W Bush Supporters LARPing As Ron Paul Supporters

Believing that a US president is going to save you is just as dumb as believing the FBI and CIA are going to save you. Republicans have been doing the former while Democrats have been doing the latter. Both have been duped by custom-made establishment propaganda into cheering for different aspects of the establishment, and the only one who wins is that very same establishment.

14.11.2019 - 21:09 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Over 4000 Twitter Accounts Created to Legitimize Coup

Luciano Galup, director of the Menta Communication consultancy, denounced that there were thousands of messages against the figure of Evo Morales from accounts that had almost no followers.

07.10.2019 - 20:11 [ France24.com ]

Snipers blamed for bloodshed as Iraq death toll nears 100

A government spokesperson told FRANCE 24 that a probe into the killings is under way. But so far, authorities say they have no idea who is behind them.

Click on the player above to watch the report by Simona Foltyn and Lucile Wassermann.

17.09.2019 - 19:51 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2019: Facebook Removes Fake Accounts Encouraging Arabs Not to Vote

According to a statement by the organization, the accounts are suspected of „actively commenting on pages that encourage voting or to posts discussing the election, in order to undermine Israeli-Arab politicians and their parliamentary work.“

The statement added that such comments were often backed by other suspected fake accounts, and were marked and promoted by Facebook’s algorithm as „Top Fans.“

Facebook confirmed that it deleted profiles that it found to be undoubtedly fake.

17.09.2019 - 10:54 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Right-Wing Settlers behind Ads Calling on Arabs to Boycott Vote

During the campaign before the last general elections in April, billboards went up throughout Arab communities and towns in the Galilee urging voters to boycott the vote. Many residents assumed the ads, which did not identify their sponsors, were an initiative of political forces in the Arab community such the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, which traditionally boycotts Israel’s national elections.

However, a Channel 12 news inquiry broadcast on Friday, September 6, revealed that the campaign was very likely commissioned and financed by right-wing Jewish settlers who hoped to significantly decrease Arab turnout at the polls.

11.09.2019 - 11:31 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

11.09.2019 - 11:22 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

28.07.2019 - 11:40 [ Slate.com ]

How Modern Tyrants Use Terror Management to Consolidate Power – Be ready for an American Reichstag fire when it comes.

(04.04.2017)

The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on—this is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it. Modern tyrants are terror managers. Do not allow your shock to be turned against your freedom. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that aspiring tyrants exploit such events in order to change regimes and to consolidate power.

07.07.2019 - 15:09 [ New Yorker ]

Private Mossad for Hire

(18/25.02.2019)

Spies, private investigators, criminals, and even some journalists have long used false identities to trick people into providing information, a practice known as pretexting. The Internet made pretexting easier. Aviran thought that fake online personae, known as avatars, could be used to spy on terrorist groups and to head off planned attacks. In 2004, he started Terrogence, which became the first major Israeli company to demonstrate the effectiveness of avatars in counterterrorism work.

When Terrogence launched, many suspected jihadi groups communicated through members-only online forums run by designated administrators. To get past these gatekeepers, Terrogence’s operatives gave their avatars legends, or backstories—often as Arab students at European universities. As the avatars proliferated, their operators joked that the most valuable online chat rooms were now entirely populated by avatars, who were, inadvertently, collecting information from one another.

02.07.2019 - 09:20 [ Spiked ]

German politicians want to make it a crime to burn the EU flag

The European Union flag is omnipresent in Germany. Since 2011, it has even been flying over the Reichstag – a sign, as one newspaper put it at the time, of the strength of the German political class’s commitment to the EU.

But not everyone in Germany shares this commitment.

26.06.2019 - 16:50 [ ORF.at ]

„Ibiza-Skandal“: Prozess in Krems verschoben

Damit verschiebt sich auch die Zeugeneinvernahme jenes Wiener Detektivs, der sich auf Ibiza mit den beiden ehemaligen FPÖ-Politikern Heinz-Christian Strache und Johann Gudenus getroffen haben soll, auf unbestimmte Zeit. Der Mann sollte via Videoschaltung aussagen.

Nachdem der angeklagte Sicherheitsberater nicht bei Gericht erschien, hieß es zunächst, er halte sich wegen einer „psychischen Erkrankung“ im Universitätsklinikum Krems auf.

22.06.2019 - 05:00 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Polizei Aachen twittert mit pseudonymem Account zu Klimaprotesten

Der Account folgt Accounts, die bei der Aktion Ende Gelände aktiv sind, sowie lokalen Medien und anderen Polizeien.

15.06.2019 - 09:10 [ .telesur ]

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Identify 130th Missing Grandchild

Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced new restitution of identity. The individual in question will be presented Thursday a press conference.

Argentine organization Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo announced Monday it has found the 130th missing grandchild whose identity was stolen during the country’s last military dictatorship (1976-1983).

07.06.2019 - 17:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Inquiry into oil tanker attacks stops short of blaming Iran: UN security council hears unidentified state was behind explosions in Gulf last month

The UAE along with Saudi Arabia and Norway presented the preliminary findings during a private briefing to members of the UN security council, which will also receive the final results of the inquiry and consider a possible response.

The US has accused Iran of almost certainly being behind the attacks on the four oil tankers off the Emirati coast, but the brief report, while providing evidence of the sophistication of the attack, goes nowhere near identifying the culprit.

31.05.2019 - 18:21 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Rezo-Video: Fake-Abgeordneter heizt CDU-Debatte an

Der Youtuber „Gronkh“, der einen Twitter-Account mit derzeit 1,28 Millionen Followern betreibt, zitierte den vermeintlichen CDU-Abgeordneten mit den Worten: „Wie tief kann man sich eigentlich noch in die Scheiße reiten?“

Mit der CDU hat all das aber nichts zu tun. Einen Bundestagsabgeordneten mit dem Namen Joachim Hardt gibt es nicht – es ist ein Fake-Account.

16.05.2019 - 16:32 [ Haaretz ]

Facebook Busts Israeli Campaign to Disrupt Elections in African, Asian and Latin American Nations

Facebook has faced pressure to more transparently tackle misinformation since the revelation that Russia used Facebook to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

13.04.2019 - 10:51 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

07.04.2019 - 13:07 [ European Council on Foreign Relations ]

France’s strongman strategy in the Sahel

(8.3.2019)

Last month, French planes struck rebel convoys that were making for the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, in an intervention lasting several days. The convoys had entered Chad from bases in Libya and belonged to the Union des Forces de la Résistance (UFR), a group that has sought to overthrow Chad’s president, Idriss Déby Itno, ever since its formation in 2009. Their leader in the mission? None other than Déby’s nephew, Timame Erdimi.

07.04.2019 - 13:01 [ Reuters ]

Backing Chad’s Deby, French warplanes stop rebel advance from Libya

(4.2.2019)

The Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR), a rebel Chadian coalition created in 2009 after almost toppling Deby, said it was behind the offensive. CCMSR is a splinter group of the UFR.

“The aim is to bring Deby down,” a UFR official said.

06.04.2019 - 09:37 [ CCC Updates ‏/ Twitter ]

BND soll Handys hacken dürfen, mehr Relativierung der Trennung von Polizei & Geheimdiensten, kriminelle BND-Informanten hätten künftig stärkeren Schutz vor Strafverfolgung

(30.3.2019)

06.04.2019 - 09:31 [ Notebookcheck.com ]

IT-Sicherheitsgesetz 2.0: Staatstrojaner und Onlinedurchsuchungen für das BSI

(3.4.2019)

Die Deutschen und der Datenschutz. Das ist eine Kombination über die viele gespaltener Meinung sind.

06.04.2019 - 09:24 [ Spiegel.de ]

IT-Sicherheitsgesetz: BSI soll bei Gefahr Weisungsrecht für Unternehmen erhalten

(11.1.2019)

Die Vorsitzende des Innenausschusses im Bundestag, Andrea Lindholz (CSU), fordert als Konsequenz aus dem Umgang mit dem Daten-Leak, dem Bundeskriminalamt künftig eine originäre Zuständigkeit für die Verfolgung solcher Cyberattacken zu geben. Den Landeskriminalämtern, die teilweise schon früh von Politikern wegen einzelner Angriffe auf ihre Konten alarmiert worden seien, sei es offensichtlich nicht gelungen, den Täter zu identifizieren.

06.04.2019 - 09:22 [ BR.de ]

Seehofer forciert IT-Sicherheitsgesetz 2.0

(8.1.2019)

Im ersten Halbjahr 2019 soll ein IT-Sicherheitsgesetz 2.0 auf den Weg gebracht werden. Darin will Seehofer eine Stärkung des Staates in der Sicherheitsarchitektur festschreiben. Im – beim BSI beheimateten – Cyber-Abwehrzentrum sind momentan nur zehn Mitarbeiter tätig. Ob diese Abteilung mehr Mitarbeiter bekommt, sagte Seehofer zwar nicht. Insgesamt sind für das BSI aber bereits 350 zusätzliche Planstellen bewilligt.

06.04.2019 - 09:20 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nach Datendiebstahl: BSI nimmt Aussage zurück

(5.1.2019)

Zuerst hatte das Bundesamt für IT-Sicherheit erklärt, über den am Freitag bekannt gewordenen Datendiebstahl schon seit Dezember informiert gewesen zu sein – und erntete heftige Kritik. Nun nimmt es diese Aussage wieder zurück.

04.04.2019 - 16:36 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Befugnisse des BND sollen ausgeweitet werden

Bislang durfte der BND nicht viel bezahlen. Die Vorgabe lautete, dass der Lohn für V-Leute („angebahnte und geführte Personen“ im BND-Jargon) nie so hoch sein durfte, dass er den größten Teil des Einkommens ausmacht. Der Grund: Wenn die Existenz eines Menschen davon abhängt, dass er dem Dienst immer wieder interessante Dinge zu erzählen weiß, dann wächst die Versuchung, irgendwann auch Geschichten zu erfinden. Das war eine Lehre aus dem NSU-Debakel. Nun soll diese Vorgabe gelockert werden. Der BND soll frei sein zu bezahlen, was er möchte.

04.04.2019 - 16:35 [ Ronen Steinke ‏/ Twitter ]

Der BND soll neue Befugnisse bekommen, für den Einsatz auch im Inland: Handys von Deutschen ausspähen, V-Leute vor der Staatsanwaltschaft schützen und der Polizei beispringen bei Onlinedurchsuchungen. Meine Analyse des Gesetzentwurfs ⁦@SZ⁩

04.04.2019 - 14:50 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Doxing, Darknet, Datenlöschung: Neues IT-Sicherheitsgesetz soll ein Rundumschlag sein

Mit dem Gesetz reagiert das Innenministerium auch auf den Doxing-Vorfall aus dem Januar. Ein 20-Jähriger veröffentlichte damals eine große Menge persönlicher Daten über Politiker und Prominente. Die Empörung war groß, manche sprachen von einem „Angriff auf die Demokratie“ und forderten Konsequenzen bis hin zum Hack-Back – um die Daten auf Servern aus der Ferne löschen zu können.

(…)

Fast am Ende des Entwurfs behandelt das Innenministerium ein weiteres Thema: Wenn jemand verdächtigt wird, eine schwere Straftat oder eine Straftat „mittels Telekommunikation“ begangen zu haben, sollen Behörden dessen Accounts übernehmen können.

04.04.2019 - 13:44 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu and His Alternative Reality Must Go

Slander was always Netanyahu’s favorite campaign strategy, and that’s how the alternative reality he’s weaving for his voters also looks. In this engineered hallucination, a former chief of general staff is mentally ill and three indictments are a leftist persecution campaign.

Netanyahu has created an alternative reality in which much of the public is convinced that others living in this country are dangerous traitors.

03.04.2019 - 06:51 [ Haaretz ]

Network of Fake Social Media Accounts Boosting Netanyahu Ahead of Election, Report Says

A network of hundreds of social media accounts has been working to boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign and smear his opponents ahead of next week’s election, the New York Times and Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Monday, citing a report by a watchdog group.

02.04.2019 - 13:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Gantz: Netanyahu leading campaign of terror on Israelis‘ consciousness

Blue and White leader lashes out after report says fake Facebook, Twitter network operating to promote prime minister’s reelection on April 9; party says it has filed complaint with police

02.04.2019 - 11:30 [ New York Times ]

Twitter Network Uses Fake Accounts to Promote Netanyahu, Israel Watchdog Finds

An Israeli watchdog group has found a network of hundreds of social media accounts, many of them fake, used to smear opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next week’s election and to amplify the messages of his Likud party, according to a report to be released Monday.

The messages posted on the network’s Twitter and Facebook accounts are frequently reposted by prominent Likud campaign officials and by the prime minister’s son, Yair Netanyahu, the report says.

02.04.2019 - 11:28 [ Ynetnews.com ]

An army of fake social media in the service of Netanyahu

According to the findings of the Big Bots Project, this network has posted more than 130,000 times in Hebrew on Facebook and Twitter – posts that have had 2.5 million hits in Israel. These posts have the sole purpose of praising Netanyahu and spreading false information about his rivals, primarily his main challenger Benny Gantz, the former IDF chief who leads the Blue and White Party.

02.04.2019 - 08:09 [ Politifact.com ]

Did Hitler say the best way to control a people is to take ‚a little of their freedom at a time‘?

Besides there being no evidence that Hitler said or wrote these words, in „Mein Kampf“ or otherwise, it also represents the opposite of his actions.

Instead of small changes that slowly eroded the rights of the German people, Hitler made large changes over a short period. Within a month of rising to power in January 1933 as Germany’s chancellor, Hitler used the Reichstag Fire (the assembly location for parliament) as an excuse to issue a decree that overrode individual rights and authorized mass arrests. A month later, he passed the Enabling Act that granted him full power without having to consult other government representatives.

30.03.2019 - 09:23 [ Fefe.de ]

Antirassismus-Aktivisten haben anscheinend einen Trojaner gebaut, den sie jetzt als das Manifest des Massenmörders von Christchurch getarnt in Umlauf bringen.

Das ist wohl ein Word-Dokument mit Makros, und wer draufklickt (und ausreichend Rechte auf seinem Rechner hat), dem übernagelt das Ding den Bootbereich der Platte und rebootet. Beim nächsten Boot kommen dann irgendwelche antirassistischen Meldungen und die Kiste steht.

30.03.2019 - 09:12 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

Someone’s spreading an MBR-trashing copy of the Christchurch killer’s ‚manifesto‘ – and we’re OK with this, maybe?

Hacktivists are spreading booby-trapped copies of the New Zealand mass shooter’s Islamophobic rantings, in what is being described as an online „vigilante“ operation.

Security house Blue Hexagon claims it discovered a version of the killer’s manifesto doing the rounds online containing Windows malware that, when executed with the necessary privileges, reboots the system and leaves the user staring at an anti-racist message.

06.03.2019 - 14:09 [ cnet.com ]

Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices

(25.2.2019) Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance said Monday that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning its devices can use fingerprints and security keys for logging in to accounts instead of passwords. The certification was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

06.03.2019 - 14:03 [ Wikipedia ]

FIDO Alliance

FIDO supports a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB security tokens, embedded Secure Elements (eSE), smart cards, and near field communication (NFC).[2] The USB security token device may be used to authenticate using a simple password (e.g. four-digit PIN) or by pressing a button.

06.03.2019 - 14:00 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

(21.11.2018) Microsoft’s corporate veep of all things identity, Alex Simons, trumpeted that the 800 million people who use a Microsoft account will now be able to sign in without username or password.

06.03.2019 - 13:54 [ cbronline.com ]

Android Gets FIDO2 Support: Death to Passwords?

(28.2.2019) The FIDO2 standard comprises the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Authentication specification and the corresponding Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP) from FIDO Alliance. Together these initiatives create an ecosystem of compliant devices that can easily authenticate themselves to online services.

24.02.2019 - 08:49 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuela Denounces 2nd False Flag Operation at Colombia Border

According to witnesses, violent right-wing opposition members torched the trucks on the Colombian side with Molotov cocktails trying to incriminate Venezuelan security forces.

A new episode in the false flag operation being waged against the Venezuelan government to justify a foreign intervention, happened on the Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridge that links Venezuela and Colombia.

19.01.2019 - 12:10 [ Electronic Intifada ]

Fake Labour accounts fueling “anti-Semitism crisis”

An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters who have been posting virulent anti-Semitism.

The accounts share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them.

Without police involvement or a court case, it’s impossible to know for sure who is behind this troll network.

19.01.2019 - 12:01 [ theCanary.co/uk ]

Report exposes fake Twitter accounts set up to help smear Jeremy Corbyn

A major online publication covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has uncovered an attempt to use social media to spread and intensify the notion of an antisemitism crisis within the Labour Party.

An Electronic Intifada investigation has revealed that ten fake Twitter accounts were set up to deliberately post antisemitic tweets. The purpose was apparently to discredit Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party in general. The Electronic Intifada says it’s likely that the same person or group of people created the accounts.

18.01.2019 - 20:23 [ Oberhessen-Live.de/ ]

Homberger Hacker verbreitete Daten des BKA

Der Homberger Schüler Johannes S., der zugegeben hat, sensible Informationen Hunderter Prominente und Politiker im Netz zusammengestellt zu haben, verbreitete auch Daten des Bundeskriminalamts. Das teilte des BKA selbst mit – und betonte dabei, dass die entscheidenden Informationen öffentlich zugänglich gewesen seien.

17.01.2019 - 21:51 [ ORF.at ]

D: Amt für IT-Sicherheit wusste schon früh von Datendiebstahl

Der FDP-Digitalpolitiker Manuel Höferlin sagte, man müsse sich über die Informationspolitik der Behörde wundern.

17.01.2019 - 21:50 [ Tagesschhau.de ]

Datendiebstahl: Handelte Johannes S. doch nicht allein?

(16.1.2018) Nach stundenlangen Vernehmungen durch das BKA hatte er ein umfängliches Geständnis abgelegt.

11.01.2019 - 07:42 [ Jan Schürlein ‏/ Twitter ]

Informationen die auf die Identität von 0rbit zurückführten. Statement:

11.01.2019 - 07:39 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Zeuge schildert Kontakt: So fanden die Ermittler „0rbit“

Das brisante Detail, das laut seinen Angaben zur Identifizierung von Johannes S. geführt hat: Dieser war bereits polizeibekannt. Nach Schürleins Angaben habe er den Ermittlern mitgeteilt, dass es bereits in der Vergangenheit eine polizeiliche Maßnahme bei „0rbit“ gegeben habe. „Die Bullen stehen gerade vor der Tür“ habe ihm „0rbit“ im Oktober 2016 in einem Chat geschrieben. Das BKA habe aufgrund der genauen Datumsangabe ermitteln können, wer an diesem Tag von der Polizei aufgesucht worden sei.

07.01.2019 - 16:48 [ Fefes Blog ]

Oh ach gucke mal! Der Datenreichtum ist ein toller Vorwand, um ein „Cyber-Abwehrzentrum plus“ aufzubauen, d.h. der offensiven Security noch mehr Geld zuzuschustern.

Denn die hat uns ja so richtig nachhaltig beschützt, diese ganze offensive Security!1!! Da muss man doch mehr Geld hin versenken!!1!

07.01.2019 - 06:17 [ Daniel Neun / Twitter ]

Markus Beckedahl (@netzpolitik), ZDF 19 Uhr, 06.01.2018, zur Datenaffäre (#Hackerangriff): „Hier ist der Staat gefragt mehr Geld zu investieren, die richtigen Programme zu starten“ (…unaussprechliche Flüche)

07.01.2019 - 05:32 [ tagesschau.de ]

Nach Cyberangriff: Wohnungsdurchsuchung in Heilbronn

Beamte des Bundeskriminalamtes (BKA) haben am Sonntag morgen die Wohnräume und den Hausmüll eines Mannes in Heilbronn durchsucht und technische Geräte beschlagnahmt. Dies bestätigten Sicherheitskreise dem ARD-Politikmagazin Kontraste und dem rbb-Inforadio.

Wie Kontraste erfuhr, handelt es sich bei dem Mann um den 19jährigen Jan Schürlein.

07.01.2019 - 05:30 [ Jan Schürlein ‏/ Twittter ]

Hier hat Nullr0uter (0rbit) die Vernichtung seines Computers angekündigt. Da so viele immer noch nach Belegen für meine Infos oder Aussagen fragen, hier mal einer. Behörden haben sich inzwischen auch gemeldet, keine weiteren Details dazu. #Hackerangriff #0rbit

(vor sieben Stunden)

07.01.2019 - 05:28 [ Jan Schürlein ‏/ Twitter ]

Viele fragen sich warum man den Behörden nicht „hilft“. Ich habe in den letzten Jahren nur negative Erfahrungen mit den Behörden gemacht und bisher hat es von Behördenseite aus auch absolut keiner für nötig gehalten mich, @dieserTomasz o.ä auch nur ansatzweise zu kontaktieren.

(5.1.2018)

07.01.2019 - 05:26 [ presseportal.de ]

NOZ: Daten-Angriff auf Politiker: Sondersitzung Innenausschuss voraussichtlich am Donnerstag

(4.1.2018) Nach dem Daten-Angriff auf Politiker soll sich der Innenausschuss des Bundestages voraussichtlich am kommenden Donnerstag (10. Januar) mit dem Thema befassen. Das Bundestags-Büro der Ausschuss-Vorsitzenden Andrea Lindholz (CSU) teilte am Freitag auf Anfrage der „Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung“ mit, dass dieser Termin mit einer Sitzung um die Mittagszeit angedacht sei. Bei der Sondersitzung mit Vertretern von Sicherheitsbehörden werde es darum gehen, „nähere Informationen aus erster Hand über den Ermittlungsstand zu bekommen“. Nach Angaben der Vorsitzenden haben sowohl die Parteien der Großen Koalition als auch Grüne und FDP nahezu zeitgleich die Sondersitzung beantragt.

06.01.2019 - 11:22 [ Zeit.de ]

Datendiebstahl: SPD beklagt Durcheinander bei den Sicherheitsbehörden

Nach der Veröffentlichung privater Politikerdaten kommt es zu Kritik an der Reaktion der Behörden. SPD und Linke sehen Innenminister Horst Seehofer in der Verantwortung.

05.01.2019 - 19:40 [ Thomas Ney ‏/ Twitter ]

#Grüne Doppelmoral, wie man sie kennt: in Ba-Wü und Hessen #Staatstrojaner durchwinken, aber wenn man selbst mal betroffen ist die ganz große Welle machen. #Hackerangriff

05.01.2019 - 19:37 [ Zeit.de ]

Datenleak: Grüne stellen Strafantrag

Persönliche, nicht öffentlich zugängliche Daten der Fraktionsmitglieder seien entwendet und über einen Twitter-Account „gegen ihren Willen und ohne ihr Wissen vervielfältigt, verbreitet und öffentlich zugänglich gemacht“ worden, heißt es zur Begründung in dem Antrag, der der Rheinischen Post vorliegt. Es sei nicht auszuschließen, dass auch persönliche Daten von Fraktionsmitarbeitern betroffen seien.

05.01.2019 - 19:35 [ ProtagoRav ‏/ Twitter ]

1. Irgendein Problem taucht auf mit dem Internet 2. Schärfere Gesetze und mehr Überwachung 3. Bei weiteren Problemen, gehe zu 1. Die gesamte Netz-Kompetenz der Regierung.

05.01.2019 - 19:28 [ Spiegel.de ]

Reaktion auf Datenklau: Justizministerin Barley prüft strengere Sicherheitsvorgaben für Anbieter

Justizministerin Barley bringt eine Gesetzesverschärfung ins Spiel. CDU-Innenexperte Schuster will das Bundesamt für IT-Sicherheit stärken.

05.01.2019 - 11:31 [ phoenix / Youtube ]

Hackerangriff: Arne Schönbohm (Präsident BSI) im Gespräch am 04.01.19

Der Präsident des Bundesamtes für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, Arne Schönbohm, spricht mit phoenix-Moderator Stephan Kulle über den Hackerangriff auf deutsche Politiker.

05.01.2019 - 11:23 [ BuzzFeedNewsDE / Twitter ]

Wir haben heute nichts über den #Hackerangriff berichtet, aber trotzdem den halben Tag darüber nachgedacht. Einige unserer Gedanken wollen wir trotzdem hier mit euch teilen. Auch, weil wir das Gefühl haben, da geht gerade ganz schön viel drunter und drüber. 1/27

(4.1.2019)

05.01.2019 - 11:17 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Datendiebstahl: Dieser Angriff gilt der ganzen Gesellschaft

Kein Schuss fiel, keine Explosion war zu hören, der Angriff kam lautlos. Der Terror – in seiner wörtlichen Bedeutung „Schrecken“ – hat im digitalen Raum eine neue Dimension bekommen: …

05.01.2019 - 11:12 [ W&V ‏/ Twitter ]

Bundesregierung sieht Anschlag auf die Demokratie:

05.01.2019 - 11:06 [ FOCUS Eilmeldungen ‏/ Twitter ]

+++ Massenweise persönliche Daten veröffentlicht: Bundesregierung wertet Datenleck als „schwerwiegenden Angriff“ +++

(4.1.2018)

05.01.2019 - 11:02 [ Junge Welt ]

Cyberdetektive des Tages: Springers Bild

die Bundesregierung hat gar den »Cyberalarm« ausgelöst. Dem Schurken soll juristisch nachgestellt werden.

Völlig unnötig, denn Bild weiß längst, was vorgefallen ist. Und nun lachen Sie nicht, denn dafür ist diese konstante Ration Hetze einfach zu hoch dosiert: »Als Urheber oder Unterstützer kämen Staaten wie Russland und China in Frage.« Und wenn das nicht reicht, haben die Bild-Pistoleros einen Kniff: »Zusammenwirken mit rechtsextremen deutschen Gruppen« sei nicht auszuschließen!

04.01.2019 - 19:04 [ BILD ‏/ Twitter ]

NSA wegen Hacker-Attacke eingeschaltet – Deutschland bittet Trumps Geheimdienst um Hilfe

04.01.2019 - 18:59 [ Tichy's Einblick ]

Cyberalarm in Deutschland

Bis jetzt jedenfalls ist der Ursprung der mehr oder weniger brisanten Daten weitgehend offen. Möglich, dass ein Nerd dahinter steht. Sie wurden offenbar über einen längeren Zeitraum gesammelt. Bemerkenswert jedenfalls sind die hellseherische Fähigkeiten des »Faktenfinders« der Tagesschau, Patrick Gensing. Für den stand bereits am Vormittag fest, dass »die Auswahl vieler attackierten Personen, Kommentare und teilweise die Bildsprache auf einen rechten Hintergrund« hinweist. Wahrscheinlich haben ihm das seine Kumpels von der Antifa gesteckt.

04.01.2019 - 18:55 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Alles außer AfD: Was wir über das große Datenleck wissen

Die Daten wurden über den mittlerweile gesperrten Twitter-Account @_0rbit und andere Accounts seit Anfang Dezember geteilt, aber über andere, kleinere Twitter-Accounts weiterhin verbreitet. Trotz der mehr als 18.000 Follower bei @_0rbit fiel der Hack erst gestern abend immer mehr Menschen auf, was darauf verweist, dass die Follower des Accounts nicht gut vernetzt sind bzw. keine Relevanz besitzen. In Fahrt kam die Veröffentlichung erst, als der Twitter-Account des bekannte Youtubers @unge übernommen wurde.

04.01.2019 - 18:46 [ Lars Wienand ‏/ Twitter ]

Der Hacker hat in der Vergangenheit schon regelmäßig YouTuber-Daten erbeutet, sagt @dieserTomasz, der ihn seit Jahren aus dem Netz kennt und heute Nacht mit ihm in Kontakt war.

04.01.2019 - 18:44 [ Alex Theiler ‏/ Twitter ]

Jedes Gespräch inna Kaffee-Schlange aufm #35c3 war informativer als die Pressekonferenz der Regierung zum Thema #HackerAngriff in der #BPK

03.01.2019 - 03:37 [ Bloomberg / Youtube ]

It’s Getting Harder to Spot a Deep Fake Video

Fake videos and audio keep getting better, faster and easier to make, increasing the mind-blowing technology’s potential for harm if put in the wrong hands.

01.12.2018 - 14:37 [ GarWarner ‏/ ]

The Kroll ID Monitoring System that the #Marriott #Starwood #databreach is offering me because of their data breach that included my data doesn’t like my password. It’s Too Long. My confidence is Not increased by this service.

01.12.2018 - 14:06 [ Kroll Inc. ]

Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident – Marriott International

Marriott values our guests and understands the importance of protecting personal information. We have taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database. The investigation has determined that there was unauthorized access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties on or before September 10, 2018. This notice explains what happened, measures we have taken, and some steps you can take in response.

On September 8, 2018, Marriott received an alert from an internal security tool regarding an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database. Marriott quickly engaged leading security experts to help determine what occurred. Marriott learned during the investigation that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014. Marriott recently discovered that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and took steps towards removing it.

01.12.2018 - 13:49 [ briankrebs ‏/ Twitter ]

Marriott discloses 4-year breach involving the theft of personal and financial data on 500 million guests at its Starwood properties. No word yet whether this was an extension of the 2014-2015 breach at Starwood prior to its acquisition by Marriott

01.12.2018 - 13:47 [ New York Times ]

Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

Marriott International revealed that hackers had breached its Starwood reservation system and had stolen the personal data of up to 500 million guests.

The assault started as far back as 2014, and was one of the largest known thefts of personal records, second only to a 2013 breach of Yahoo that affected three billion user accounts and larger than a 2017 episode involving the credit bureau Equifax.

10.10.2018 - 05:49 [ CNN ]

New York Times: Top Trump campaign official requested online manipulation plans from Israeli company

The campaign official, Rick Gates, was ultimately not interested in the company’s work, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Times.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, have obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group employees, according to people familiar with those interviews, the Times reports.

10.10.2018 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Probe: Israeli Firm, Trump Campaign Discussed Smearing Rivals in 2016

According to the report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election, is closely examining these contacts. His office, the report said, has interviewed workers from Psy-Group and collected documents from the company’s headquarters in Israel.

10.10.2018 - 05:38 [ New York Times ]

Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm for Trump Campaign

A third proposal by the company, Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a monthslong plan to help Mr. Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions. The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players — Mr. Trump was “Lion” and Mrs. Clinton was “Forest.” Mr. Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”

10.10.2018 - 05:34 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Trump team asked Israel firm to create election smear campaign

Psy-Group has also alleged to have been involved in Israel’s efforts against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Times of Israel reported that these revelations, which came to light in a separate investigation, showed that Psy-Group registered the website outlawbds.com. The site was believed to contain a “blacklist” with photos and email addresses of individuals believed to support BDS, but outlawbds.com has since disappeared from the internet.

10.09.2018 - 21:08 [ Independent.co.uk ]

US senator claims Britain’s MI6 is planning a fake chemical weapons attack on Syria

Mr Black said Britain’s MI6 intelligence service was planning a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, which it would then blame on Mr Assad.

“Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working towards a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria responsible,” Mr Black said on Al Mayadeen, an Arab news channel based in Beirut.

23.08.2018 - 07:24 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

19.05.2018 - 21:33 [ New York Times ]

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

There were concerns inside the company, Psy-Group, about the plan’s legality, according to one person familiar with the effort. The company, whose motto is “shape reality,” consulted an American law firm, and was told that it would be illegal if any non-Americans were involved in the effort.

Mr. Zamel, the founder of Psy-Group and one of its owners, has been questioned about the August 2016 meeting by investigators for the special counsel, and at least two F.B.I. agents working on the inquiry have traveled to Israel to interview employees of the company who worked on the proposal.

19.05.2018 - 21:31 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Investigators Questioned Witnesses in Israel and Seized Computers, Report Says

The report, citing four sources, said that a company linked to Zamel, Psy-Group, was working on an online manipulation campaign that involved usage thousands of fake social media accounts to help Trump get elected. The report, Zamel himself was questioned by Mueller’s investigators and at least two FBI agents were sent to Israel to interview the company’s employees. Mueller’s team also worked with the Israel Police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s firms. The New York Times notes that there were concerns inside the company about the plan’s legality, since U.S. law prohibits non-Americans from being involved in the election.

10.04.2018 - 18:45 [ Press TV ]

Syrian chemical weapons attack was false flag operation, Fox News host suggests

In his current affairs program broadcast on Monday night, Carlson slammed the American media pundits and politicians who are calling for a war against Syria over the alleged attack near the capital Damascus on Saturday.