THOSE ATTACKS ON COMPUTER NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE BAY AREA ...

As you may have noticed, this past week I've been drawing attention to some peculiar news stories that somehow or other involve computer networks, database management and correlation, and cyber-warfare. In doing so I pointed out the recent claims coming from the Kremlin that there were serious hacking attempts that were being directed against Russia's upcoming elections, and more importantly, serious attacks on the office website of the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. You'll recall that I suggested that the Kremlin hack might somehow be connected to the strange spate of attacks on internet infrastructure and cables in the San Francisco Bay area of the United States, a connection suggested by the Russians themselves, who claim - without having provided any supporting evidence - that they had traced the hacks to an unnamed company in the San Franciso area.

hacking photoAnd indeed, there has been a very peculiar and hardly "coincidental" spate of attacks of this nature within the Bay area of California, home, of course, to Silicon Valley and major technical and computer companies, home of Stanford, UCAL at Berkley, and a number of sensitive American research facilities connected with those institutions and the government, such as Lawrence Livermore laboratories. There was, you'll recall, even an attack on an electrical transforming substation at the southern tip of the area a couple of years ago, an attack executed quickly and with professional precision.

All this, in my blog about the Russian hack earlier this week, raised to my mind the distinct possibility that we may be looking at a full scale covert and cyber warfare going on in the world, and that the strange Bay area attacks may be connected to this pattern.

This week there's been another development, reported by RT, and shared by Mr. D.W., a regular reader and contributor of articles here:

Fiber optic cables in California sabotaged 11 times, AT&T offers $250k reward for info

Notably, as the article attests, there has been yet another attack on AT&T's fiber optics cable in the Bay area again earlier this week:

"It's at least the 11th such attack in just one year. The FBI already has an open investigation into other similar attacks on California cables, and assures that the most recent incident is not being taken lightly."

As the article also notes, an earlier attack just two months previously had interrupted internet service in Alameda county in that state, near the state capital of Sacramento:

"It comes just two months after someone severed at least three fiber optic cables in an underground vault in Alameda County, California, which disrupted internet and phone service around Sacramento for 20 hours."

I suspect we can discount the Russians here as potential parties to the activity, and this for a very simple reason that has developed in the immediate few weeks, and this is their deployment to Syria, and the signals from Mr. Putin's government that it views ISIS as a very serious threat, and wants to cooperate with Washington, which finally woke up and realized that it's creature(ISIS) was a very serious threat. The main sticking point between Moscow and Washington being simply Mr. Assad's regime in Damascus. Russia, in other words, may be the very vehicle that rescues a thus-far disastrous American foreign policy track record in Syria. Again, it was a clever move by Mr. Putin and his advisors, but it suggests that any good will that Moscow is trying to nurture with Washington over the ISIS matter would not be jeopardized by covert operations in the Bay area of this nature.

Which brings us to the matter at hand and some medium-octane speculation. The first is that these attacks on American communications infrastructure have to have American authorities - at both the state and federal levels - highly and quite justifiably concerned, for these are not cyber attacks; they are physical attacks by people who know precisely where to go, and what to do, and the fact that they have been able to do so without being caught indicates a degree of professionalism and training - of covert operations - that betoken state and/or corporate sponsorship from some quarter. This in turn means that there are professional teams deployed on American soil, that could, in California's case, take a short trip down I-80 to Sacramento, and conceivably conduct such operations that could imperil the normal operations of the state government of America's largest state. It suggests, similarly, that these teams would not be obviously identifiable as a potential threat, e.g., they would probably not be ethnic Chinese, or Middle Easterners. People raising manhole covers in the Bay area at night -especially if of a "suspect" group, would be...well, "suspect." More likely they would be under cover: repair trucks, cones, work coveralls, and so on(if indeed this is how these cable are being accessed. One has to wonder if, in fact, the public story of removing manhole covers is the full, or even real, story here.

The real questions to be answered are who? Who is one looking for? Whom do the federal and state authorities actually suspect? Thus far, we have not been told, and probably for good reason. But one clue might come forward if AT&T and the government authorities investigating these crimes would approach this from the point of view that I have suggested: these attacks are being done by professionals with a high degree of training, and commensurately, with a high degree of loyalty to whatever agenda they think they are serving. Consequently, a paltry $250,000 reward for information is unlikely to motivate any insider to the operation to step forward. What is needed is a higher monetary reward, and perhaps an offer of immunity from prosecution and witness protection. Perhaps the small reward being offered presently is an indication that the authorities and AT&T investigators do not suspect professional teams. Perhaps. Maybe. But the pattern that has emerged, beginning with that substation attack, suggests otherwise. So perhaps it's time for Ma Bell, Sacramento, and Washington, to up the ante, in order to find out exactly what's going on, and why.

Just a thought.

See you on the flip side...

19 thoughts on “ THOSE ATTACKS ON COMPUTER NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE BAY AREA ...”

  1. Some “Farrellian” speculation about the Volkswagen affair from Italy’s top daily newspaper, “Corriere della Sera”. Silicon Valley may have “leaked” the information about VW “cheating” in on-board computers registering emissions; an attack to reduce the market share of the historic auto producers in order to sell cars that might me electric and have centralized robot control to replace the “human driver”. Now if we wrote this, it would be dismissed as conspiracy talk. But considering the software aspect involved in the VW scandal and the Russians talking about cyber attacks coming from California, it makes you think.
    Here is a link to the article by car industry correspondent Bianca Carretto (just came out now, in Italian only) and a corroborating Bay Area article “Stanford Professors Sue Volkswagen” (“emissions defeat device may have come from Silicon Valley”).
    http://www.pressreader.com/italy/corriere-della-sera/20150927/281573764502022/TextView
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Stanford-Professors-Sue-Volkswagen-Claim-Company-Intentionally-Manipulated-Emissions-Systems-329554281.html

  2. If you haven’t heard this one already, here it is now; the locations of ALL fibre optic trunk mains are closely guarded secrets. At my civil engineering day job I regularly send requests to utility companies and the like to inquire about any infrastructure they may have in our work area. The most difficult information to garner are the details surrounding fibre optic network backbones. It usually feels like I’m pulling teeth to learn anything and on occasion I have to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get the data. And generally speaking, government entities do not have access or information on the physical locations of the infrastructure.

    The key thing to note is; you DO NOT just stumble on to these things [and cut the wires].

    Where I’m going with is that a ‘plant’ in one or more engineering firms in California, specifically those who do work in the Bay area could glean this information from the info sharing systems that engineering companies use everyday. And then pass it up the command chain to be utilized by somebody else for an attack operation.

    Of course ‘plants’ could also be working at the fibre optic companies themselves and making copies of backbone maps, etc.

  3. These covert and cyber warfare operations conducted by highly trained professionals demands a substantial response such as an increase in surveillance cameras, checkpoints surrounding sensitive areas, a large fleet of drones and a federal police force that can legally operate within the borders of America. A force that will be just as well equipped and just as well funded as the traditional military forces.

  4. Russia has reviewed its strategic relationship with the US after Ukraine and the US is now considered a threat and no longer a “partner,” so no, I doubt there is the least concern on Russia’s part about the sentiments of the various basketsful of psychopaths in DC vis-a-vis their own strategic moves. Russia is playing a very sharp, patient chess game and every move is a check. Quite impressive, frankly, and it makes the US look like its foreign policy is run by Larry Kerry, Moe McInsane and Curly Nudelman.

    More to the point, there’s a very hot cyber-war going on, most definitely.

    Just today, there was a 6-hour internet outage of Orange (formerly France Telecom) in central Paris. This has never happened before, and will doubtless be brushed off as a technical glitch, if it is reported at all.

    1. Ah these pesky technical glitches… but nothing technology can’t fix! And in the meantime, it might not be a bad idea to print out all those “environment-friendly” computerized bank statements, just in case there is an “accidental” loss of data somewhere….

  5. Robert Barricklow

    As I’ve commented before on numerous occasions & others here as well: the world is moving more towards feudalism; while, at the sametime, its taking off those expensive democracy masks.
    A sign is the growing private mercenaries representing oligarchs, corporations, nations[who have encrypted deniability], extrastates[Nazi International], & other private concerns. All with capabilities to perform Gladio-type operations within any country. The Public Sphere/Public Power is under attack by the Private Sphere/Private Power. Public Power is growing weaker, as many of the private mercenaries grow stronger & bolder. It’s a sign of a new form of feudalism with bitcoin-like block-chains controlled by a centralized banking with a CASHLESS Society at their beckon call, also backed up by an electronic surveillance system that’s Big Brother on steroids, a prison industrial complex of slave workers, and sabotage happening between Feudal Lords in contested territories/markets/realms.
    You get the idea.
    It’s progress on their terms.
    Back to the Future of a few Kings & Queens, Dukes & Counts and billions & billions of countless upon countless serfs & slaves.
    Shakespeare wrote this clash of civilizations centuries ago in the collapse of feudalism & the rise of capitalism. Now we see the reverse. Same treachery, same plots & players. Just with technology playing center stage & perhaps the player in more subtle ways than can be imagined.

    1. The New (Zio-) World Order is indeed the Old World Order of feudalism 2.0, Robert, most definitely. And it is indeed a clash of civilizations, but it is a war of stealth, and the Muslims are the patsies and useful idiots in the takedown of the West, and the brainwashed masses haven’t the vaguest clue what’s really going on as technology distracts them as it ensnares them.

      The West has been corrupted and defiled by the Money Changers Jesus whipped from the Temple in fury (just consider something so purely evil that it could enrage Jesus to physical violence) and we are replaying the oligarchic, crony capitalistic, robber-barron era of the late 19th century — it is the best of times for the 0.1% and the worst of times for everyone else.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        You Jesus reference is very apt.
        The Muslims are being used, just as any piece on this geopolitical chessboard[exopolitical at a deeper level].
        The War On Terror being a euphemism for Nazi International. Yet there are several layers of complexity herein that are being played way below most observers radars.
        Yet, moving back a far distance I see a power play that’s been on going since Christ, since Babylon, since God knows when; and that’s between Public[open source] & private[closed systems]. The Enclosure[closed] of the commons[open] is todays enclosure of information. The micro over the macro, the quantum reality that collapses the macro waves/particles of the conscious observer. The equilibrium of the yingyang has become out of balance, and deaths grip[entropy] versus life[complex order], is exponentially draining those balance systems in the biosphere of earth.
        Our political/economic system is closing down these systems meant to support life.
        Feudalism, capitalism, Zionism, fascism, and others are, in reality, what has become “so quaint”.
        Mankind needs to trash those who are leading these insanity systems; before all roads begin to converge, swirling around entropy’s drain – on life.

    2. Feudalism, indeed. This reminded me of the musical “1776” (the movie), and the scene with the rich conservatives who resisted Independence for financial reasons. Anyone remember the tune, “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” ?

  6. BTW, check out http://hp.ipviking.com/ for real time global cyber warfare. This could be corporate in-fighting. Where with the ever shrinking piece of the pie has large corps going after each others infrastructure.. OR disgruntled employees who have been in sourced. Where foreign tech workers have been imported to take local jobs.. Both are likely candidates.

  7. A false flag to legitimize a American Reich inside job so to say. There has been a lot of those of late wouldn’t surprise at all.

  8. Problem, reaction, solution. Follow the money. Lets see if the beefed up defense against this leads to a huge government contract for someone and we might have our answer. Could be the Mexican mafia, everyone is underestimating their true goals, backing, and capabilities.

  9. I saw an article yesterday that puts the number of attacks up to at least 14 to date.
    Sad as it is to say, America is woefully unprepared for what may be coming our way in the not so distant future. In our arrogance and obvious hypocrisy, we have made enemies of most of the world and our list of allies is growing thin.

  10. Physical attacks on American soil? But not the Russians, Chinese or Martians who would stick out like a sore thumb because of their ethnicity? In that case, most likely a resistance movement is in play which would point in the general direction of Native Americans who’ve long despise the Anglo occupation. But which tribe and which subgroup who have the fortitude and technical expertise?

    1. Hmm a resistance group, now that’s an interesting idea. I doubt they’d be Native American though. What strikes me is that if the US surveillance capabilities are as good as I think they are, then whomever is carrying out these attacks has some high tech countermeasures of their own.

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