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US INTELL ANALYSIS: RUSSIA NOW NUMBER ONE CYBER THREAT (SURPRISE ...

Over the past few days I've blogged about (1) exploded US military satellites and their (2) possible link to revelations of China's x-ray pulse weapon, to (3) China's "friendly warning" that US ofreign policy is risking getting sucked into a Ukrainian quagmire from which I cannot extricate itself. While all this has been going on, I've been hearing from various friends of internet difficulties, and indeed, this website's technical developer had to take some steps against possible cyber attacks recently. And, as members here will attest, there have been times during our recent vidchats that things have just inexplicably frozen, interrupting the chat.

Well, the US intelligence community is now ratcheting up concerns that Russia has overtaken China as the number one cyber threat to its internet and electrical communications grid(and thanks to Mr. S.D. for bringing this story to out attention):

Russia Tops China as Principal Cyber Threat to US

Of course, one could view this as but more Russia-and-Putin bashing that the Western media has been doing since the unfolding of the Maidan crisis last year. Perhaps, to some extent, it is. But it would be naive, in the current age, to assume that the various great powers do not have large cyber warfare components - both offensive and defensive - in the inventory of their military techniques. Indeed, one can argue that such "soft warfare" components will become - if they are not already - one of the major components in their abilities to confront adversaries without the risk of escalation into "hot warfare."

But this article contains a number of astonishing admissions that, when placed into the context of other developments we've been tracking the past few days, have some arresting implications. Consider these remarks:

"The report lists sophisticated cyberattacks as the principle national security threat facing the United States. “Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact,” the assessment notes.

"Russia is singled out as one of the most sophisticated nation-state actors in cyberspace. The report notes that Russia’s Ministry of Defense is establishing its own cyber command, responsible for conducting offensive cyber activities (similar to the United States Cyber Command).

"The report says that Russia’s cyber command will also be responsible, again similar to its U.S. counterpart, for attacking enemy command and control systems and conducting cyber propaganda operations. Furthermore, “unspecified Russian cyber actors” have developed the capability to target industrial control systems and thereby attack electric power grids, air-traffic control, and oil and gas distribution networks.

"However, the report points out that the United States will not have to fear debilitating strategic cyberattacks on a large scale:

'Rather than a ‘Cyber Armageddon’ scenario that debilitates the entire U.S. infrastructure, we envision something different. We foresee an ongoing series of low-to-moderate level cyber attacks from a variety of sources over time, which will impose cumulative costs on U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.'”

Now this is a stunning admission, for note that "unspecified Russian cyber actors" have "Developed the capability to target" specific components of an enemy's electronic infrastructure, such as "air traffic control,' which, I strongly suspect, is a tacit admission that Russia may have been responsible for taking down the air traffic control grid in the southwest United States a couple of years ago. You'll recall that at the time, this was written off as a computer glitch. A short while later, it was speculated for a short period that this event may have been the result of a Russian cyber attack.

But there's something else here that should give one pause, especially in the context of our blog a few days ago about the explosion of the obsolscent US military-weather satellite, and the Chinese x-ray pulse weapon. Consider this:

"U.S. intelligence agencies have known for years that Russia is a much more capable adversary in cyberspace than China and that Moscow employs more sophisticated and stealthier cyberattack methods. “The threat from China is overinflated, (and) the threat from Russia is underestimated,” Jeffrey Carr, head of the web security firm Taia Global and author of the book Inside Cyber Warfare, emphasized in an interview last year.in an interview last year. Carr added:

“Russia certainly has been more active than any other country in terms of combining cyber-attacks, or cyber-operations, with physical operations.  The Russia-Georgia war of 2008 was a perfect example of a combined kinetic and cyber operation.  And nobody else has ever done that – China has never done anything like that.”

In other words, Russia is developing military doctrines of the close coordination of cyber warfare techniques with actual boots-on-the-ground military operations. Such capabilities as the cyber-warfare interference and interdiction of specific systems - like air traffic control or global positioning - and "hard" methods such as directed energy weaponry, used in careful "combined arms" types of coordination, could be very devastating. I find it interesting, perhaps a bit too "coincidental", that friends of mine have had unusual cyber attacks on their sites, and a US military satellite inexplicably exploded. Perhaps we are looking at the testing of those doctrines in coordinated  soft-hard timed attacks, but now extended into space. This is one to watch, folks, because I suspect that the intelligence community is correct in their analysis: we will see a slow, steady uptick of "regional" and "specifically targeted" cyber attacks in the West.  And some of these, we must remember, could always be false flag events, designed to buttress public opinion in favor of internet security and regulation.

See you on the flip side...

25 thoughts on “ US INTELL ANALYSIS: RUSSIA NOW NUMBER ONE CYBER THREAT (SURPRISE ...”

  1. Electronic warfare programs are closely related to cyber warfare for obvious reasons. Ukraine electronic warfare senarios pitted Nato against Russia in the ultra low frequency (millimeter wave length)ranges and it was a mexican standoff,allowing the troops to fight on their own merit. With NSA running the internet ,the cyber war aspect is the public acknowledgement of Russia’s electro-magnetically comparable capabilities. If they can read thought,they can learn from anyone they want,secrets in this electromagnetic world are managed not hidden.

  2. More “cyber rattling”, hey I just invented a new word. The old pot calling the kettle black scenario, well the old two can play that game is well underway, and it’s a race to see who can be the nastiest guy on the keyboard. Remember that movie years ago called “War Games” with Mathew Broderick, well how ironic is that today, and with the power of computers today, you’d have to make sure your firewall will withstand some heavy shelling. Let the games begin and may the best typist win.

    1. Agreed if people really could determine cause and effect by playing it out the solution would be clear conflict equals no winners being one plnet of the ‘human race’ all winners (naughts and crosses or tic tack toe) great example. Cyber Rattling nice phase well done places like this site where real people who are really making the difference go out from here. Now if people people think you crazy move on talk to others do the best you can you cannot save everyone even if you like them their mind is their own, you know you are NOT crazy hold that thought.

  3. Oh my, where to begin?

    At least the NSA and the Pentagram serve their hubris, hypocrisy and Zakheimian chutzpah with a touch of inadvertant dark humor.

    1. Funny you should put it that way. I was thinking an entire article about cyber warfare and no mention of Israel? Hmmm. Maybe this is the start of a setup phase. First tell everyone it is Russia/China etc then when it happens or is let to happen you start a war over it (or try to) while ignoring the elephant in the living room?

      Hmmmm.

  4. The CSA always blaming others for doing to them what they do to others. Remember the sabotage of the Iranian nuclear program and murder of it’s scientists. And WalkingDead may I recommend that you stream Gurran Lagann the anime on HULU it’s the anti spirals that our denying us access to space.

  5. Suppose long ago the Earth was visited by an alien intelligent life form. Now suppose it intervened[having not watched Star Trek & ignorant of the “Prime Directive”], and “they” not only designed “our” DNA but developed/seeded “systems” which would blossom into language, religion, pyramid hierarchies, …{You Get The Idea]. Now the purpose of this is an unknown/unknown, but one of it’s major facets is the engender and “us against them” dialectic. One group against an[other] group[s]. An individual against the an[other] individual[s]. This leads toward an exponential growth in a number of arenas including warfare/technologies. Now that exponential growth is the number one threat to humanity or it’s salvation. JFK put it best/The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. Well we can expand that today to include: all forms of life[you’ll excuse me if I don’t include synthetic]; And the poverty of truth.

    1. Look in the mirror to see what those aliens looked like this was a colony (nice aliens) and you are not a hybrid as you are most of all a free thinker with free will intact what led to all the great developments of this planet since the ice caps were melted is from race memory of do the right thing path. All the conflict come from the smelly aliens and their hybrid allies such as the elite banker families this is common knowledge now. Stand together equals strong speak or shout out the truth nothing poor about noble words dear friend maintain truth rich indeed nothing has higher value. Apart from freedom of will know thy self no more second guessing you doing fine.

  6. If you can’t get your NWO from the West, due to the Western thug policies, arrogance, and foreign policy idiocy; then you might as well get it from the East. It is apparent that this nation has been purposely sacrificed by the breakaway civilization (aka shadow government).
    No nation truly concerned with “National Security” allows its manufacturing base to be transferred overseas just for profit. This was done specifically to weaken this nation and cause its economic decline leading to the old standby “war economy” as an attempt to bring us out of it while at the same time boosting the economy of its replacement on the world stage while making us the bad guys.
    When you add that to the current idiocy of the “politically correct” blending of the worlds various ethnic groups via immigration idiocy, you have a ready made revolution waiting to happen with no need for actual warfare. We will simply be voted into submission as we are swiftly becoming a minority within our own borders; a policy which has been implemented throughout the West not just this nation. You don’t see this within the Eastern nations at all.
    It’s a carefully conducted slow burn just like the economic slow burn designed to be unnoticed until its too late to do anything about it with a ready made replacement slowly under construction to replace the exiting status quo. The warfare aspect is designed to come in at the proper time to bring about the total planetary “police state” aspect of the plan at just the proper time. The fact that it will also, most likely, significantly reduce the population is just a bonus.
    In the meantime, the zombie populations are kept merrily plodding along with the MSM theater and televised “programming” (there is a valid reason televised entertainment went from being called “shows” to “programs” after all).
    When your entire existence is submersed within the Matrix, you know no better. The last generation that existed outside this Matrix was the baby boomer generation and a great deal of it has fallen prey to it over time; the remainder of it will die off soon.
    It’s time to turn off the idiot box and get a grip on reality. Cyber warfare isn’t just on the internet, it’s on every form of communication; and when you own every form of communication you can project any reality you deem fitting to accomplish your goals over as long a time period as required to keep it from being noticed by the masses. You can also use any advanced mind control techniques, subliminal messaging, psycotronics, or any combination of advanced techniques at will, after all, no one really knows they exist or that such techniques would actually be used outside the breakaway civilization.
    The true history of the planet has been suppressed, which means we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes made in the past over again. I can’t help but believe that the current breakaway civilization is but the remnants of a previous one attempting the same idiocy over again.
    Maybe there is a reason this planet may quarantined and maybe whatever others may be out there aren’t hanging around to save us at all, why should they. The real prize may not be humanity, it may be the earth itself. Planets which can support intelligent life may not be as numerous as statistics lead us to believe…
    There are far more of us than there are of them, if we don’t wake up and put a stop to the nonsense before it’s too late now; it may be several thousand years before we get another chance to do so.

    1. I agree completely walking dead. Just like Rick said in the show of your namesake, “We are the walking dead”. However I’m not of the opinion that this is one big organized theater reality, it is highly factionalized. There are groups out there collectively fighting for good, but just like those they combat, they must remain in the shadows. It seems to me that Putin is trying to SAVE the West from itself, and that in part is why he encounters so much opposition.
      The question I ask myself everyday is, “how does one wake a person up from the Matrix, especially when they don’t desire to be woken up?” Being 24 years old, I am a part of the very very last age group that remembers a world pre 9/11. I was 9 years old that day when I watched the towers come down live on television in my 5th grade classroom. I remember asking my math teacher, “how did they get all the people out of the building before they DEMOLISHED it?” Her reply haunts me to this day, “They didn’t” she answered. While I was a tad more intellectually mature than my peers, they too had one foot partially in the adult world and one foot still firmly planted in childhood on that “fateful” day. This in turn caused a fracturing of the psyche in an entire generation of young children, akin to the effects of ritual cult abuse on a massive scale. Faced with two options, continue on into the now super scary adult world filled with “terrorist” weaponized planes, falling buildings full of people, and war, or rather to regress back into the safety of childhood, most kids my age chose the later for obvious reasons. We now have an entire generation of “two headed janus gods” arriving at the helm of our world.
      I however did not regress, I was the child reading the commission report and “conspiracy theory” books at 12 or 13 years old. Something just didn’t sit well with me that day, and it was manifest in the seconds following the twin towers collapse. So why this lengthy personal story? I believe that extra sensory feeling of something not being quite right is still there, buried between the split psyches inside everyone, and it is the remembrance of that feeling that needs to be brought to the forefront. The abuse template filled with propaganda, lies and charged emotions is already there, so let’s take advantage of it. Let’s flip that template on it’s head and cure all the years of ritual abuse that have been loaded into the individual. I just know that my specific age group is the cut off point, if this situation is to be remedied it needs to be done soon or else we will forever miss our chance. That is why I try to talk about the issue with everyone I meet, and it is for that reason I can safely say that original schism of the psyche is still alive in everyone, no matter how deep it is buried, there is hope. So let us all hop to it before it’s too late.

      1. I also discuss these things with those I meet. If I find they are hopelessly trapped by the matrix and refuse to entertain anything contrary to their programmed existence, I move on, hoping that I may have instilled some doubt into them so they will begin seeking answers for themselves, even if it’s to argue my point.
        I have a good friend that refuses to see any side but the MSM glitter and gets angry every time I point out the obvious contradictions with the narrative. I keep plugging away though hoping one day he may see through clearer eyes.
        Try bringing any of this up in church sometime and see where that gets you…
        The least we can do is continue to try to educate those around us about what is going on, some you will reach, some you may instill curiosity in, and some are hopelessly trapped.
        Weaning people off the idiot box to begin reading and seeking alternate views is not an easy task and often a thankless one. It’s probably the most addicting thing existing today for a reason and like most lifetime addicts you will be fought tooth and nail all the way.
        There is still hope as long as we keep plugging away.

        1. Old souls who still remember sadly were not children this time around they just took up the reins again from where ever they left off as this is the end time saving time to do the right thing. WalkingDead and GuyGrr great comments but keep going from your life boat look see who reaches for the life line you cast out and those who do not no guilt involved move on say next their choice right. You are the one trying to save only those who can be who want to be, hard lesson to learn i know that one, so go by past experience even if it was not your own no worries you are doing the best you can what more fitting examples you are already in the life boat so from that point of view yes.

    2. That zombie population came from the decline of the Age of Typology and the ascendancy of the Age of Television. The clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation. The media of communication available to a culture are a dominant influence on the formation of the culture’s intellectual and social preoccupation. Our media are our metaphors. Our metaphors create the content of our culture.

      1. I was thinking of making something similar to the videos used by the bad guy in Die Hard 4, the ones where the terrorist uses various news, pop culture, and presidential address clips to get his message across. I’ve found people tend to get pretty hostile if you start trying to explain the topological metaphor, or at least people that heavily identify themselves with one of the three yahwisms do. Though it most likely comes down to the way I approach the topic and the language I use. Let’s just say its a work in progress.

        1. Striking nerves is a dangerous business.

          Hard too imagine that the American Colonies achieved the highest literacy rate in the world; just prior to, and after the Declaration of Independence. Even later on, many writers commented on this fact. Alexis de Tocqueville’s comment is common, All[writers] were impressed with the high level of literacy and in particular its extension to all classes.

          In Lincoln’s time the people listened to debates of 5 hours or more on a regular basis.

          But all that was in another “Media Age”[Age of Exposition]. Now were in the “Age of Show Business”.

      1. Speaking of likes, thanks Fort Meade for taking them away from Gizadeathstar. Apparently the newly added and shortly thereafter vanishing like button was a threat to national security. Hahaha

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