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TWO (OR MORE) CAN PLAY THE COVERT OPS GAME…

One of my favorite and oft-repeated warnings is that "two (or more) can play the covert operations game," and it's a warning well worth remembering in today's atmosphere of threats - and more threats - coming from the Lying Circus in Swampington, D.C.  Today we're specifically concerned with that threat that the Bidenenko regime recently made to Russia along the lines of "sending a real message" via some sort of cyber warfare that only Mr. Putin and the Russian intelligence services would understand.

Well, E.G. spotted the following story, and it made me think of that threat, and that perhaps we're looking at "message received, here's our reply":

Cyberattack Forces Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline

Note that the attack took down a petroleum products pipeline that runs from Texas to New England. But there's more. According to the article's author, Mike Lennon, while the incident is certainly being written down as of this moment to an attack, no one is really sure who the culprit is nor what the motivation was:

The Colonial Pipeline Company said late Friday that it was the victim of a cyberattack, sparking the company to proactively take certain systems offline and temporarily halt all pipeline operations. The company said the attack had impacted some of its IT systems, but did not say if any of its operational technology (OT) systems were directly impacted.

Colonial said in an update Saturday that the incident does involve ransomware.

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The incident comes just days after the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) released a cybersecurity advisory focusing on the security of OT systems, particularly in terms of connectivity to IT systems.

"Not enough is known to comment about attribution but there are interesting possibilities," Mike Hamilton, former CISO of Seattle and CISO of cybersecurity firm, CI Security, told SecurityWeek. "If Colonial is being extorted with ransomware it may, but does not necessarily implicate organized crime as nation-states have been known to obfuscate their motivation using ransomware as a false flag" 

"If Colonial is NOT being extorted," Hamilton continued, "this may be pure disruption for the purpose of creating further chaos in the American economy. This is a strategic interest of some countries, especially those that depend on energy for a good portion of their GDP; it is likely that energy prices will spike as a result of this action."  (Boldface emphasis added)

What's intriguing to contemplate in connection with these statements is how broad of a list of suspects are implicated: state  actors hiding behind a ransomware attack as a "false flag", to organized crime, to a simple "chaos attack" to ruin the American economy, and these could be coming from anywhere outside or inside the country; after all,the current insanity in Swampington - which only exists by means of massive cyber-fraud (the latest out of Maricopa county Arizona is that they don't possess the passwords to the voting machines) and the previous regime gave us the "quackcines" by playing along with the planscamdemic - is such that I think these people would be capable of pretty much anything.

That's a pretty broad and widespread list of potential subjects.

The problem is, however, that we're looking at one isolated incident, and I submit that we've been looking at a full-scale cyber-war that has been going on for quite some time. Recall those attacks from the alleged cyber-warfare group called Anonymous a few years ago, which emerged from nowhere, made the headlines for a few incidents, then quickly disappeared from media  reports (a fact which raises the question, Did the group really disappear and cease its activities? Or did reporting about it simply disappear?) We've seen hacks on Sony, on major banks including Chase, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and so on. Add to this something I observed years ago in connection to actual hardware attacks on internet choke points: the severing of cables in San Franciso, and between Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona. Then we had the strange incidents of ship collisions with US warships in the waters of Japan and the Malacca Straits, which at the time seemed to me to be either a cyber attack, or the use of some other form of electronic warfare.  Then there was the recent Suez Canal incident, aspects of which seem to imply some sort of possible cyber event. After the incidents with the US Navy warships, a quiet story appeared that the Navy was returning to the practice of teaching celestial navigation and changing some of its bridge operating procedures.

And lest we forget, there's also the curious case of all those restorations of steam locomotives around this and other countries. Union Pacific Railroad in the USA leads this effort, having restored (by my count) at least three engines, including two articulated locomotives that were designed for heavy freight hauling. I've offered the opinion that these restorations - which now are going on in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Italy (by my last reckoning) - are not simply being done out of the philanthropical kindness of Union Pacific's or British Rail's hearts to provide curiosities for "railroad heritage days". One doesn't go to the expense of restoring steam engines for service (and replacing parts, and training crews) for nothing. No, my guess is that these locomotives are being restored to provide backup in case electro-magnetic pulse takes down the diesel-electric locomotive fleets. If that assessment is accurate, then one should look for signs of restoring the old analogue semaphor and switching systems along major rail networks.

On and on we could go, but I think you get the point.

At the time of those attacks I offered the hypothesis that someone appeared (to me at least) to be trying to map the architecture of the internet and key nodes within that architecture. My point is, we need to start considering these events not as isolated events, but as part of a potential larger picture.  As a final argument that we need to start viewing such incidents not in isolation, but with a view to their potential inter-connectedness, consider the "Farewell" case. "Farewell" was the codename that French intelligence gave to Lt. Col. Vladimir Ippolitovich Vetrov, a mole it had inside the Soviet KGB's technical branch in the 1980s. In fact, "Farewell" was in all likelihood the highest ranking mole any western intelligence service ever had inside Russian intelligence, and Vetrov proved to be a veritable goldmine for the French, and later, for US intelligence, for then-French President Francois Mitterrand shared the information about the mole personally to US President Ronald Reagan at their first summit meeting. Vetrov provided the French (and the US) with the KGB's "shopping list," and among that list was western "software." The Reagan administration arranged for the KGB to buy and otherwise steal some software, which had, of course, a "back door" allowing US cyber-warriors to tap into it any time they wished.

They did.

They hacked a Soviet natural gas pipeline, causing an immense explosion visible from space, and helping to set back the already crippled Soviet economy. (See my book Hidden Finance, Rogue Networds, and Secret Sorcery, pp. 221-243 for the story, and its possible connections to the PROMIS software-Inslaw story). Oddly and "coincidentally" enough, in 1984, a novel about cyber-warfare appeared, first in France, and then in 1986 in English, called Softwar (French title: La Guerre Douce), by Thierry Breton and Denis Baldwin-Beneich.

To put it country simple: full scale cyber warfare has been going on since the 1980s at least.

And this latest incident may be but one more pixel in a much larger picture...

See you on the flip side...

 

32 thoughts on “TWO (OR MORE) CAN PLAY THE COVERT OPS GAME…”

  1. While reading this post, I instantly recalled the movie “Telefon” starring Charles Bronson.
    All the right players are implicated, would be an absolute cracking “high octane speculation”…..
    Sleeping agents left over from the Cold War awoken by the utterance of this passage over the phone…..

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    Remember, (insert operative name here)
    Miles to go before you sleep.

    Anyway, off on a tangent was I…..

  2. I had sent Dr. Farrell a link to this story below regarding another ransomware attack in Southern California.
    Realize that Catherine Austin Fitts had said some years ago that Healthcare was being standardize, and one of the ways to do it is to make it so that all medical records are stored and are accesses by the same systems throughout the entire industry.
    So imagine if you can breach this system and shut it down. The Healthcare system in the article has had to go back and do things via analog and that means writing things out long hand. Its been a logistical nightmare for them to get patients routed to other systems and schedule services.
    As the article says, no one has said a word about the attack. Just like with the pipeline.

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/story/2021-05-09/its-not-just-scripps-ransomware-has-been-increasingly-rampant-during-the-pandemic

  3. My money is on these are inside jobs our elites view us as replaceable beasts of burden. The two scapegoat nations are not the type to do this consistently both China and Russia have been forced to kiss the spurs of their conquerors many times. This looks like the work of grade Z crime syndicates who think they are gods.

  4. Not one to add a flashpoint to your “high octane speculations,” or in this case, to be misunderstood, but that cyber hack on the Colonial Pipeline Company is an outstanding demonstration of adversarial symbolization in real time with real consequences and a strange tribute (if not a reminder) of celebrating an anniversary of another time – 08May1945 – Victory in Europe (VE) Day. The attackers likely consider it a victory. The formidable Red Army of the north is not to be forgotten, either. They’re very much around today in no small way. But will investigations yield evidence and a pointing finger at who dun-nit in their direction or inside the Kremlin?

    There’s surely a novel from this attack with real world data bits for big screen. It’s also an overt means, at least a beginning, of establishing “What has been compromised” within the continent, not just hearsay and fluffy prose of conspiracy babble. Credibility behind “Whom” remains to be seen despite suspicions. As most folks know, suspicion is not evidence in a court of law no matter the observations and results of an on-going & credible investigation (one hopes) of recent events. One can expect airborne ‘sniffers’ to remain busy.

    It begs the question of the extent of involvement of certain beltway beneficiaries, too, where the petroleum industry is concerned and those [recorded] past threats even boasting about an investigatory outcome curtailed. Not only dark clouds but murky waters, too.

    There are those that now can be seen as playing for keeps with real large-scale infrastructure and at a hair’s length away from kinetic conflict. So far, DEFCON 5, despite certain troop loitering at a border over there where there’s an undeclared and obvious [no fly zone]. Just a stay way zone.

    At least no rocket chunks of that other Red Party of the east fell in the backyard.

  5. Maybe six months from now…… President Harris mounts the podium and delivers….
    My fellow Americans, we have been cyber attacked by hostile state criminals in a most foul and infamous way reminiscent of Pearl Harbor, and 9/11. Your government’s records for Social Security, Medicare, Treasury debt holdings have all been irrevocably erased! Your government no longer has the means to make good on payments in these areas.
    Fortunately, the criminals were not able to do the same to the records for active duty military, CIA, DIA, FBI, executive branch political personnel so that your government can carry on in all the important stuff – thank god!
    And now, I will have the Treasury Secretary Klaus Schwab further advise you on what this means to you, our fellow citizens.

    1. Indeed Obergruppenführer Klaus Schwab has ordered FEMA to immediately set up “Comfort Camps” for all affected Citizens. The Camps are a mandatory requirement for all US Citizens until their Papers are in order.

  6. How else to produce and assign reason to a forecasted summer gas shortage then disrupt the supply?
    A 5,500 mile long refinery finished fuel pipeline system requires much maintenance and upkeep as well as technology to keep the products flowing. Blame it on the computers…use a cyber warfare narrative.
    After all, almost everyone has been made aware of the on going cyber war.

    1. The cyber story could be used to hide needed repairs or a broken pipe. They’ve had some major spills.
      It also adds to the cyber narrative as well as the summer gasoline shortage to raise prices. There is no shortage of oil in the world right now due to the covidian cult syndrome.

  7. Two or more can play the covert ops games;
    but how many are playing for the same owner[s]?

    To today’s blog.
    First off, the “Re-Set” cyber message being sent; is to everyone; however, the message context will be different; depending on where, who, and what you represent.
    For example, for a USSA citizen[aka political prisoner];
    it means a false flag cyber attack, going live-n-action;
    being sponsored by the international global Red Reichstag Fire Brigrade – to both start, and put out their own worldwide cyber fires –
    using the oligarchy’s trusted brand: Crisis by Design;
    a common corrupt government – problem, reaction, solution template.

    1. Individual attacks could be the ever growing popularity of cyber blackmailing and/or extorting businesses/governmental agencies –
      to put up; or, be shut down.
      Rather than specific individual cases, will the Great Re-Set will strike geographic/political areas; and rather than money, will the objectives be political power?
      Now, there could be some beta testing going on; a pretense of money, when,- in reality – “they’re” testing out cyber attack technologies.
      In which case, the target being selected will have multiple objectives.

      Cyber warfare’s been going on for sometime.
      The globalist want a Huge Global Cyber Crisis by Global Cyber Design;
      and, then to rescue the global community w/their global Re-Set.
      And, all this is being done; to enslave man for his own good?

      It’s too obvious. Too in-your-face. Too self-destructive.
      What’s really going on?

      I’d like to think that they’re not this insane & stupid.
      I’ve been thinking they are dumber than dumb; w/too much power,
      and that the Peter Principle has finally caught up the elites in spades.

      Still, maybe some ‘other’ is playing the elites; for the suckers they are?
      Purposely changing the human species; terminating man, at least as we know him? That looks/sounds like alien warfare, Sun Tzu style.
      To subdue the enemy w/o fighting; the acme of a warfare skill set.

      So then to really know the answers and question to ask;
      should one looking all these goings on, from an alien perspective?

      1. “rather than money, will the objectives be political power?” > Bingo!
        “the Peter Principle has finally caught up the elites” > Double bingo!!

  8. An analyst I follow has been warning for many weeks now, prior to the Suez event, to watch for intentional disruptions in the crude oil industry for the purpose of increasing the price — he says “they” simply can’t allow the price to drop. He says the USD, Crude, and 10-year bond are the three to watch and the USD is down, so crude is more critical than ever for the economy.

    1. Long time lurker but this event stirred me to emerge from the digital shadows.

      A couple of weeks ago I listened to a YouTube video by Jimmy Dore. He covered the massive and massively unreported leak in North Carolina of the Colonial Pipeline.
      He detailed how two kids on dirt bikes actually were the ones who found and reported the leak.
      He went on to detail that there was a long history of leaks in the pipeline, and that not only were they not reporting these leaks they were not performing the actual inspections and safety reviews required.
      Now emerges the ‘cyber hack’ cover story.
      What better ‘cover’ than to say “Omg! It was those dirty Russian hackers that did it. In fact they are probably behind years of our spills”.
      The hack cover story is even more convenient in that Colonial states that ‘all our servers/computers have been locked and we don’t have access to ANY of our data”
      – which would include everything that would be used in a government investigation: internal emails with damning evidence, digital trail of unreported previous leaks, lack of required inspections, et cet era.
      I mean wow! How convenient.
      Not only this but such a massive shutdown plays into the intent of the goal of the Green New Deal/Great Reset to drive gas/oil prices wildly upwards to essentially tax the proles using those pesky carbon emitting petroleum products and further assault the economy so that it falls and can’t get up.
      I predicted that even with the Covid driven reduction in demand for gasoline that they would indeed find ways to drive the price up.
      And here we are.
      Plus, it is yet another link in the assault against Russia, Russia, Russia propaganda.
      This is yet another inside job. I am posting a link to the Dore Pipeline Leak episode, but if the link is not postable here, just search YouTube for Dore Pipeline Leak.
      https://youtu.be/gEjKiUW-3ko

    2. Having worked on Wall Street for 23 years, I would look to the big hedge funds like Citadel who have large teams of programmers who write algorithms. Generally they pay market news outlets (MSNBC, Bloomberg, etc.) to do hit pieces on companies that they are shorting or fluff pieces and interviews with key personnel for companies that they are long. They also have arrangements with the SEC when they need to have a fake investigation announced

      The problem is that their computer algos need lots of volatility to work (hence the creation of false narratives, hype on Reddit, fake SEC investigations, front running of FED minutes, etc.) But what if they also have some cyber sleuths / hackers on their staff who can cripple key infrastructure like a large pipeline while their traders load up on gasoline futures?

  9. Might we be looking at a case of domestic warfare? This event seems like a great response for Texas to take as an answer to last winter’s freezeout attack by the climate warriors. Or, as Catherine Austin Fitts says: stacking functions.

    1. I wondered the same thing about possible covert domestic infighting. Of course, that’s only one possibility, since oil has international implications. But ever since that very odd hurricane that parked itself over Texas a couple years back, I’ve suspected the state was a target of somebody.

    2. It’s a multi-pronged staged story.
      I just posted a comment on a YouTube video Jimmy Dore did a week or two ago about years of unreported leaks and required safety inspections that were never performed by Colonial. The number of previous leaks was insane.
      So this “we’ve been hacked and all our servers/computers locked” is the perfect cover story to ‘destroy’ all the damning data that would be investigated by the feds.
      The benefits include avoiding any responsibility, adding to the Russians did it narrative, and inflating gas prices in a reduced demand market due to Covid shutdowns.
      Here’s the video:
      https://youtu.be/gEjKiUW-3ko

      1. Yes, this “official” explanation does have an element of Black 9-1-1 associated with it. (I refer to the Gaffney book from quite a few years ago, which puts together some interesting black ink over the whole NYC affair.) A crisis of opportunity? A MIH scenario? Nothing is off the table with Bidenenko in the White Mauseleum.

  10. Also worth remembering is the AT&T data center in Nashville Tennessee attacked last Christmas morning with what appeared to be an RV hauling an EMP bomb.

    1. It’s pretty clear that business continuity will not be improved by more networked information technology systems. With the Internet of Things spreading supply chains will become even more fragile. When a backup system is based on another standby networked IT system, there is no backup. Businesses who build analog backup systems (or at least non-networked computers, think Battlestar Galactica) into their operations will be better positioned to survive the future. The railroads definitely see what’s coming.

  11. I am starting to think that perhaps certain “unknown” agents have decided that it is better to “rehearse” catastrophic events deliberately caused, rather than wait to have these events happen on their own.

    Case in point: COVID. People like Gates and co. have been warning for years that the “next big threat” to humanity is a viral epidemic. Humanity was basically uninterested: “meh.”
    OK, so now we have the plandemic, conducted almost as a dress rehearsal, complete with a real dress rehearsal in New York (Event 201)

    People have been warning for decades that our energy grid and relacted systems are susceptible to threats from outside “bad actors.”

    Perhaps the decision was takent that the events we cause ourselves as simulations would be far better than waiting for the real event to occur and being taken completely by surprise.

    Another case in point: bill Gates’ facepie attack about 10 or 15 years ago… caught him by surprise, but isn’t that exactly what he paid for? to have his personal security tested?

    1. “No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched, from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed, that we were being scrutinized, as someone, with a microscope, studies creatures, that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds, immeasurably superior to ours, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us…”

      Six million Martians landed on earth, in Mercury Theatre, as Orson Welles had been warning for years…

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/qqkaqnr6ac58bb9/six-million.pdf

        1. According to H. G. Wells, the Martians forgot to take their quackcination, and fell victims to a local bacteria, in their food supply.

          Despite Orson Welles warnings, the Americans were completely unprepared, when the Martians landed, October 31, 1938.

          I suspect, that a widespread fake-news-phobia had caused a general disbelief in broadcast, at the time.

          Source: Old Time Radio…

  12. Low tech has many undeniable advantages.

    A question that arises to me is why back to coal steam locomotives, because to my understanding, diesel locomotives do not depend on electricity either… I would suggest that peak-oil is on the horizon, since AFAIK fracking oil has never generated any benefit and is a huge finance bubble on its own.

    There are also different initiatives going towards using sailboats for cargo. Actually, the first time I heard about it was during the 2007-08 oil price peak crises where it went up to 140$ . Cargo ships are since then asked to lower the speed and reduce fuel consumption and so sailboats become competitive in some contexts.

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