I PROMIS THERE’S NO BACKDOOR IN YOUR CRYPTO-CURRENCY

I PROMIS you there's no backdoor in your crypto-currency and that you have absolutely nothing to worry about, and that all central banksters are entirely trustworthy, have no powerlust whatsoever, that all governments are equally trustworthy and would never permit such a thing to be done, and that the bridges I have for sale in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island are cheap and yet very impressive structures. Have your people contact my people and let's work out a deal... cash only, no crypto.

Seriously, you  may be wondering why I'm talking about crypto currencies and software backdoors, or what they used to call "trapdoors".  It's because last week I gave an interview on Dark Journalist's show along with my cousin Marty, who had actually met Danny Casolaro and had a couple of beers with him on a couple of occasions. The unfortunate Casolaro, you'll recall, was the investigative journalist who was researching the whole PROMIS software story at the behest of Bill Hamilton, the CEO of a company called Inslaw which was developing the software for the Department of (Double and Triple standards of) Justice. PROMIS  is yet another of those endless anagrams and abbreviations clotting the free flow of understandable communications in modern America, and stands for Prosecutors Management Information Software (and in some versions, the "S" in the abbreviation stands for "system"). The software was designed to track cases through the Department of Double and Triple Standards of Justice, and since several computer systems were in use in the government at the time, it had to be a "multilinguial" program, capable of reading any code, and compiling databases from them.

The software thus had enormous potential to track almost anything for which a computer record was generated, and to do so through a variety of databases and coding languages. One could track money flows, drugs, people... anything, making the software a valuable prize, especially for people up to no good, like former attorney general Ed Meese in Ronald Reagan's Department of Double and Triple Standards of Justice. The software was dutifully stolen from Mr. Hamilton's company (it's potential uses made it a national security issue, and hence they must have reasoned that its theft was "ok"), and then modified by various intelligence agencies to include a "backdoor" that would allow secret systems administrators covert access to it, such access presumably including typical "sysadmin" stuff like the ability to write special lines of code for special one-time operations, and so on. The Software, in that modified form, was then sold to various countries' intelligence agencies, or, in the case of the Soviet Union, was carefully arranged for it to be "stolen" by the Soviets, whence it was probably used to create gas pipeline explosions and, in my opinion, may have played a role in "uncouping" the hardliner coup d'etat against Mikhail Gorbachev, and bringing an end to the Soviet Union itself.

The lesson being, it's kind of hard to run a country (or anything else for that matter) when your database compilers are riddled with backdoors and secret systems administrators.

However, the course of that interview with Dark Journalist revealed something very disturbing, namely, the possibility that the software, before it was ever stolen by the Department of Double and Triple Standards of Justice, had already been modified by one of its programmers with such a backdoor or backdoors before it even left Inslaw, and without Mr. Hamilton's knowledge or approval.  The implications are enormous, for wherever the software spreads, and throughout any of its iterations and modifications, this means there is a hidden player with systems administration access that no one knows about, and that this could even go so far as to infect crypto-currency systems.

Well, lo and behold, one of this site's regular readers and article contributors, M.D., followed up with a raft of more recent articles about the PROMIS software scandal, which raft included the following, and it's a very disturbing read:
Are You Sure There is No Backdoor to Your Coins?

Now note this carefully:

Ignorance of how cryptocurrencies and blockchains work is a big moneymaker, at least if the growth industry in articles, websites, and comparison tools dedicated to explaining crypto is indicative of anything. But it would also seem to be a profit-generator in another, more marginal way.

For example, in the beginning of June it was revealed that Singaporean company Soar Labs had used a 'backdoor' in the code of its Soarcoin token to steal back 6.6 million dollars' worth of the cryptocurrency.

On the one hand, this seizure underlines the risk that other altcoins have backdoors written into their code that would allow developers to reclaim tokens at will from their holders. But on the other, it also underlines the danger of assuming that cryptocurrencies and blockchains are 'trustless,' and it suggests that token holders may need to become more technically literate in order to protect their investments. (Italicized emphasis added)

Gee... what a shock, colour me completely surprised (NOT) that a company, investment bank, or what-have-you, would put a backdoor in its program allowing it to track crypto-transactions and steal back money.  Why, weren't crypto-currencies supposed to be the most trustworthy thing to come along since sanctity itself?

And for those familiar with the mining of cryptos, what better type of software to do such a thing, and what is alleged that PROMIS was able to do, i.e., track things through multiple databases in whatever computer language?

And what's intriguing to me is that if you followed the PROMIS software story closely, Singapore was one of those places where it may have landed. While I cannot post anything here, the reader can do a search for "PROMIS software Singapore," and will discover some very odd results are returned, to the extent that it does make one wonder just to what extent the two stories - crptyo-currency back doors, and PROMIS - might be related.

But wait, the story does not stop there:

What's significant about this case is that Soarcoin is an ERC20, Ethereum-based cryptocurrency. It therefore highlights the possibility that other altcoins, based on Ethereum or other popular blockchains, have backdoors written into them.

There are certain currencies that are rumoured to have a backdoor (e.g. Zcash). However, in a blog published last year, bitcoin developer Udi Wertheimer confirmed that Bancor – an Ethereum-based platform/token that enables direct trading of cryptocurrencies – also contained certain undeclared backdoors that permitted its developers to "take anyone’s [Bancor] tokens arbitrarily," among other things.

While Bancor defended its implementation of such backdoors in terms of protecting token holders in the event of "a potential security breach," their existence nonetheless emphasises the fact that some cryptocurrencies remain relatively centralised, with godlike power remaining in the hands of a few actors. (Italicized emphasis added)

The article ends with this warning:

  • Backdoors aren't ever noticed by the everyday users of a cryptocurrency/platform, but by a researcher or hacker who eventually takes the time to scrutinise its code;
  • Despite the 'decentralisation' of crypto, there are still plenty of points at which centralisation can re-enter and exert control.

And as the above shows, many of these "points" reside in backdoor lines of code, which 99% of crypto holders are unequipped to check. While this raises concern over what the future of cryptocurrencies and altcoins might have in store for users, it's worth pointing out the the Soarcoin case is the only known example of a backdoor actually being used. At least for now.

But more importantly I would add that the PROMIS story is not over; it's still the grand-daddy of software backdoor stories, and I strongly suspect that it is also the root of all the others, the platform making them possible.
See you on the flip side...

 

 

 

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".

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  1. Jill on September 17, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Everyone quit worrying– the White House has you covered–digital assets held safe and effectively! https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/09/16/fact-sheet-white-house-releases-first-ever-comprehensive-framework-for-responsible-development-of-digital-assets/

    P.S. Whitney Webb is one of the best researchers ever on the PROMIS software! (This part of my post is serious.)

  2. Westcoaster on September 14, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Gotta also mention reporter/author/investigator Michael Ruppert whenever we talk about PROMIS software. He was one who probably knew too much, and allegedly died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Allegedly.

    • gord on September 15, 2022 at 8:36 am

      Michael Ruppert once said or wrote something approximately like this:

      Evil is arrogant. It has no conscience. It is utterly self-serving. It hides from the light and will attack, even destroy others to preserve its own demented delusions. It is an unrestrained sociopath, wallowing in the murky darkness of its own psychosis while endlessly rationalizing its terrible deeds. It infiltrates the weak-minded and subverts the weak of character.

  3. marcos toledo on September 14, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Cryptocurrencies are counterfeiters, swindlers’ wet dreams, no need to worry about your fake currency passing muster in any transaction. Since it is not real, to begin with it is just a matter of numbers to be typed on a computer keyboard.

  4. FiatLux on September 14, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    The idea that any commercial software, or anything connected to the internet, is totally trustworthy, secure, or unhackable is clearly a pipedream.

    Now, just imagine a future where artificial intelligence (in other words, software connected to the internet!) runs everything, from refrigerators, to the electric grid and other critical infrastructure, to military response systems, to the chips implanted into grandma and the kids to keep them safe… Can anyone PROMIS that nobody — on or off planet — is going to be able to hack into and all those things? What a bunch of geniuses we’ve got running the world!!

  5. Robert Barricklow on September 14, 2022 at 11:31 am

    There is no backdoor in your crypto currencies.
    However; there are backdoor$ in your crypto currencies GALORE!

    Oh!
    And governments don’t lie.

    The promise of the internet was commercialized beyond belief.
    Your info is for sale – right out the back door!
    If not legally out the front door.

    Running late….
    White Rabbit.

  6. InfiniteRUs on September 14, 2022 at 11:13 am

    PROMIS is old software as well for older computers. Imagine what they may have and be able to do with today’s technology. Some speculate that Intel chips are so riddled with backdoors they aren’t as reliable as AMD processors. I know my AMD computers seem to last longer than Intel ones.

  7. ragiza on September 14, 2022 at 9:46 am

    I’ve always wondered how many of these VPNs, crypto’s, dark sites etc., are just bait sites being run by NSA contractors, or NSA itself.

    • FiatLux on September 14, 2022 at 4:31 pm

      Ditto. And I’ve always wondered how many cryptocurrencies were set up by similar agencies in order to “disappear” money into off-the-books operations.

      • ragiza on September 15, 2022 at 1:44 pm

        I’ve just started reading “Operation Gladio” (Williams, 2015).
        The book has the CIA jumping into the heroin trade with great eagerness, right after WW2 ended. Their colleagues in the US and Italian mafias, and the Vatican bank (for money laundering), were helpful in facilitating this highly successful business venture.
        Crypto fraud is relatively benign compared to debilitating western societies with narcotics.

        • InfiniteRUs on September 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

          Yep, look at the streets of the US now and the scale of opiate addiction and death ever since the CIA and Pentagon took control of Afghanistan. What a filthy, treasonous organization.

  8. anakephalaiosis on September 14, 2022 at 5:54 am

    BTW, Fraggles are hacking source code of royal institutions, by eating Doozer towers of deduced deduction:

    The original Anglo-Saxon function of the Ealdormen – who made up the Witan council – was to attest to the psychological state of the Cyning, and declare him rightful, or not.

    Anyone, who has relatives in all the tribes, would be seen as a Cyning, which simply means a kinsman to clans. Such a man would be a natural mediator between clans, and a preferred caretaker at tribal gatherings.

    Today, the Aldermen endorsement is just a formal ceremony, heralded in front of the Royal Exchange, in the City of London, behind the mounted Wellington.

    The original criterion, that declared the Cyning rightful, was contained within the Runes. The Witan would determine, if the Cyning gave a satisfying interpretation of the Runes.

    The last verse in the Rune poem corresponds to the breaking of the sixth seal, and it is not possible to fake the result. Technically, it is having overcome the emotional aspect of the ego.

    To be declared rightful, the Cyning had to prove, that he had defeated the shadow side of the psyche, by having jousted the Black Knight, and won the battle of Self.

    Removing the Runes – as a criterion – is a regression to a type of leadership, that is based on perfumed ointment, and is sworn in on a holy stone, as a mere ceremonial justification.

    Culturally, the Runes were developed as critique of the flaws, that surfaced under the reign of David and Solomon. None of these men would have been elevated, as they would have failed at the Runes.

    The Runes are originally attributed to Odin/Adon/Adonai, who came from Scythia, and settled down in Odense (Óðins vé) in Denmark. Vé means court.

    In law, the Runes have never been refuted, and they hold precedence even today. None of the present day rulers are able, according to the Runes. The oldest British institution is the Runes.

    Who can refute Thames Scramasax?

    • anakephalaiosis on September 15, 2022 at 5:24 am

      BTW, it is difficult to impeach an individual, who has been given absolute rein, and who won’t let go, clinging on to power, like life depends on it.

      Therefore, the Runes represent a system of checks and balances, that prevents flawed individuals from ever seizing a throne, whose common sense stinks.

      The Runes are simply an ancient psych test, to evaluate rightfulness. Psychological evaluation is standard procedure, when determining the best man for any job.

      It’s the reasonable thing to do.

  9. anakephalaiosis on September 14, 2022 at 5:37 am

    By digital imprisonment, Gorgs can expropriate Fraggles on a whim.

    GORG PRISON

    Simmy Javille, in necrophile purgatory,
    seeks restful peace in risen glory,
    embracing reptile mother
    and helpful enabler,
    as madam in fresh meat industry.

    https://youtu.be/HCI4c5JFi98

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