WikiLeaks: CIA impersonated Kaspersky Labs as a cover for its malware operations. WikiLeaks, under its new Vault 8 series of released documents, has rolled out what it says is the source code to a previously noted CIA tool, called Hive, that is used to help hide espionage actions when the Agency implants malware. Hive supposedly allows the CIA to covertly communicate with its software by making it hard or impossible to trace the malware back to the spy organization by utilizing a cover domain. Part of this, WikiLeaks said, is using fake digital certificates that impersonate other legitimate web groups, including Kaspersky Labs. Kaspersky Labs CEO Eugene Kaspersky confirmed WikiLeaks statement. WikiLeaks said the CIA registers a nondescript cover domain for each of its operations and runs these domains from a rented commercial server as a VPS that is modified with CIA code.
The CIA's cover is maintained by having the domain delivering innocent content in case someone stumbles across the site. Legacy Media Silent On Wikileaks’ Publication Of Vault 8. A few days ago, Wikileaks published Vault 8, which includes the source code for Wikileaks’ earlier Vault 7 publication. Wikileaks made clear that, like Vault 7, Vault 8 does not include ‘zero day’ exploits. Wikileaks‘ press release explains Vault 8’s inclusion source code and development logs of Hive, a “major component of the CIA infrastructure to control its malware.” Despite the importance of Vault 8’s content, legacy press has largely ignored news of its release. Utter media silence surrounding Wikileaks’ latest publication may be somewhat explained by the shadow it casts on claims that Kaspersky Lab was involved in some sort of attempt at Russian interference, as establishment media claimed recently as part of their ongoing Russian hacking narrative.
That the CIA actively impersonated Kaspersky Lab raises many questions regarding the impersonation of Russian and other groups by the CIA. Eugene Kaspersky confirmed the information via Twitter: Related Stories In "Global Chess" 14 Cutting Edge Tech Firms Funded By The CIA – Collective Evolution. WikiLeaks: CIA Can Hack Cars to Carry Out "Undetectable Assassinations" - Just Like Michael Hastings. Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings garnered international acclaim for coverage of the Iraq War and had established a comfortable career with BuzzFeed, GQ, and Rolling Stone when his life abruptly ended in a fiery one-car crash under such suspicious circumstances, a prominent national security official claimed it was “consistent with a car cyber attack.”
“There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers,” including the United States, have developed the technology to remotely seize control of a vehicle, former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard A. Clarke told Huffington Post shortly after Hastings’ death in June 2013. “You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.” Now — with Wikileaks’ release of the voluminous cache of Central Intelligence Agency documents known as Vault 7 — it seems Clarke has been proven correct.
Advertisment. BREAKING: WikiLeaks' Vault 7 Shows How CIA Spies on Your TV, Phone, PC, Mac, and More. Only moments ago, WikiLeaks released what it claims to be the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. This dump comes on the heels of a preview that the Free Thought Project reported on last month, in which WikiLeaks released documents showing the CIA’s role in interfering with French elections. This dump, however, is the apparent motherlode, which the transparency organization allegedly obtained from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley. It involves a massive cache of data ranging from the years 2013-2016.
Inside this data, according to WikiLeaks, are the tools the CIA has been using for years to wreak digital havoc on the world. According to the release: Recently, the CIA lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal including malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized “zero day” exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation.
Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. It gets far worse. SPECIAL: Wikileaks Vault 7 CIA Cyber Dabbling — and False Flag Cyber Attacks Blamed on Russia « Public Intelligence Blog. Leaked CIA Document: CIA Uses “False Flag” Cyberattacks to Blame Russian Hackers WikiLeaks Press Release on CIA Vault 7 8,761 Items Since 2001 the CIA has gained political and budgetary preeminence over the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The CIA found itself building not just its now infamous drone fleet, but a very different type of covert, globe-spanning force — its own substantial fleet of hackers. Robert David STEELE Vivas ROBERT STEELE: I have discussed this with CIA and NSA retirees and we don’t believe all this.
The closest this archive comes to the truth in my view is with the first headline: CIA is capable of doing singleton operations intended to lay the blame on others. A lot of this strikes me as juvenile. In passing, having long suspected that Edward Snowden was a CIA – Booz Allen operation to discredit NSA at the direction of then-President Barack Obama, I find this bundle from Wikileaks to be a hysterically funny counter-attack. See Especially: See Also: The CIA, NSA and Pokémon Go.
With Pokémon Go currently enjoying, what I would call, a wee-bit-o-success, now seems like a good time to talk about a few things people may not know about the world's favorite new smartphone game. This is not an opinion piece. I am not going to tell you Pokémon Go is bad or that it invades your privacy. I’m merely presenting verifiable facts about the biggest, most talked about game out there. + Also on Network World: The Pokémon Go effect on the network + Let’s start with a little history.
In-Q-Tel is the venture capital firm of the CIA. Keyhole’s noteworthy public product was “Earth.” In 2010, Niantic Labs was founded (inside Google) by Keyhole’s founder, John Hanke. In 2015, Niantic was spun off from Google and became its own company. Data the game can access Let’s move on to what information Pokémon Go has access to, bearing the history of the company in mind as we do. Identity Find accounts on the device Contacts Location Photos/Media/Files Storage Camera Take pictures and videos Other. “Reality” Edited in Real Time: New Tech Shows Why You Can’t Trust Anything You See on the News.
By Melissa Dykes | Activist Post Talk about wag the dog. I’m not even sure what to write for a description of the video you are about to watch. So-called “reality” can be edited in real-time. It’s the matrix. The project is a joint effort in progress between Stanford, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. According to the project’s abstract, via Stanford University: We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). While it may not be “pixel-perfect” YET, Tech Crunch’s response is the same thing on everyone’s mind after watching the original video (which is well on its way to a million views even though it’s only been up for three days): Even in the relatively low-res clips we’re shown, there’s an uncanny valley effect of something being not quite right.
Why spooky? Yeah, nothing about this is comforting. And if seeing and hearing aren’t believing… H/T Dag Wood. Project Blue Beam Mass Psyop: Government Researched Projecting Sky Holograms of God (VIDEO) By Aaron and Melissa Dykes | ActivistPost.com “Seeing” and “hearing” haven’t been equal to “believing” for a long time. Related Article: Where Have All the False Flag Crisis Actors Gone? Some people have claimed that Project Blue Beam — a government conspiracy to attempt to instill a New World Order by making the masses believe in a technologically simulated second coming of Christ — was completely made up and has no real basis in reality.
Considering how screwed up what we just typed is, we actually wish those people were right. Unfortunately, they’re wrong. We came across a Washington Post article written in 1999 entitled, “When Seeing and Hearing Isn’t Believing”, all about psychological operations, or psyops. What if the U.S. projected a holographic image of Allah floating over Baghdad urging the Iraqi people and Army to rise up against Saddam, a senior Air Force officer asked in 1990? Related Article: New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones So, case closed? “Gentlemen! Well… Why Google made the NSA. Mass surveillance is about control. It’s promulgators may well claim, and even believe, that it is about control for the greater good, a control that is needed to keep a cap on disorder, to be fully vigilant to the next threat. But in a context of rampant political corruption, widening economic inequalities, and escalating resource stress due to climate change and energy volatility, mass surveillance can become a tool of power to merely perpetuate itself, at the public’s expense.
A major function of mass surveillance that is often overlooked is that of knowing the adversary to such an extent that they can be manipulated into defeat. The problem is that the adversary is not just terrorists. It’s you and me. To this day, the role of information warfare as propaganda has been in full swing, though systematically ignored by much of the media. The war machine Knowledge is Power Yet Quaid is hardly the only point-person in Google’s relationship with the US military intelligence community. The Locations of Global Spy Stations Have Now Been Exposed. Jon Queally | Common Dreams A new batch of Snowden documents offer an unprecedented look into the close relationship of the surveillance agencies of the so-called “Five Eyes” nations and how a close look at a secretive base in New Zealand reveals new details about a global network of listening stations are operating to fulfill the NSA mantra on communications data which says, “Sniff it all, collect it all, know it all, process it all and exploit it all.”
Reported on Saturday by The Intercept in the U.S. and the Sunday Star-Times in New Zealand, the documents offer a detailed look at the “alien-like” station located in Waihopai Valley and reveals who and what kind of information the station targets, its inner workings, and how its operations link to an international network of spy facilities run by the other so-called “Five Eyes”—comprised of the intelligence agencies of the U.S., U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
The leaked documents do not talk about “Waihopai”. Related The U.S. The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives. It's been known for a while that the NSA will intercept and bug equipment to spy on its soon-to-be owners, but the intellgency agency's techniques are apparently more clever than first thought. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the firmware of hard drives from big names like Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital. When present, the code lets snoops collect data and map networks that would otherwise be inaccessible -- all they need to retrieve info is for an unwitting user to insert infected storage (such as a CD or USB drive) into an internet-connected PC. The malware also isn't sitting in regular storage, so you can't easily get rid of it or even detect it. Kaspersky isn't explicitly naming the culprits, but it also isn't shy about pointing a finger in the US government's direction.
The NSA isn't commenting on the findings. [Image credit: Getty Images] Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data | US news. The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.
The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger. Many smartphone owners will be unaware of the full extent this information is being shared across the internet, and even the most sophisticated would be unlikely to realise that all of it is available for the spy agencies to collect. Millennial Media did not respond to a request for comment. “This Is An Emergency Action Notification… Your Channel Has Been Force Tuned” Overtakes TV Stations For Thousands of Viewers | Survival. (Before It's News) Thousands of viewers in Atlanta, Austin and Dallas had their television service overtaken by the national Emergency Action Notification system today.
According to Fox Engineers, the EAN can only be activated by the President of the United States, prompting questions about to how the system was able to force tune regularly scheduled programming when no emergency had been declared. A statement from AT&T U-verse says the company is trying to figure out how and why the EAN system was activated on their network: “Earlier today U-verse TV customers may have received an Emergency Alert notification.
We have confirmed that there is no emergency at this time and we are investigating why this occurred. We apologize for any inconvenience.” Viewers who saw the message appear on their television captured screen shots and sent them to local news stations and news web sites: Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson notes: Exclusive: Inside the NSA’s Private Cloud. The National Security Agency (NSA) had a problem familiar to any enterprise IT manager executive: it was running out of space for hundreds of disparate relational databases that contain everything from back-office information to intelligence on foreign interests. And it needed to consolidate those databases to make it easier for NSA analysts to do their job. The NSA’s initial approach was to scale up capacity. But halfway through the process, the staff realized that simply increasing the scope of the network was not going to work.
So, CIO Lonny Anderson convinced General Keith Alexander, who was then Director of the NSA and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, to approve a move to the cloud. Today, as the private cloud project continues to be rolled out, the agency is seeing the benefits. To learn about this effort, which dates back to 2009, Network World was invited to interview Anderson at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. Inside the cloud Keeping the data secure Adapting to the changes.