10/16/18

DHS Concerns on Election Related Incidents, Facebook Doesn’t Care

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The Department of Homeland Security noticed an increase of election-related incidents but thinks midterm voting will go off relatively unproblematically. Anomali reports a surge in black-market trafficking of voter records.

But you won’t find out from Facebook if there are any issues… Facebook is going to block all posts regarding voting issues.

What could be the issues?

Anomali Labs researchers in close partnership with Intel 471, a leading cybercrime intelligence provider, have uncovered a widespread unauthorized information disclosure of US voter registration databases. To be clear, this voter information is made generally available to the public for legitimate uses. Anomali and Intel 471 researchers discovered dark web communications offering a large quantity of voter databases for sale. The databases include valuable personally identifiable information and voting history. The disclosure reportedly affects 19 states and includes 23 million records for just three of the 19 states. No record counts were provided for the remaining 16 states, but do include prices for each state. We estimate that the entire contents of the disclosure could exceed 35 million records. Researchers have reviewed a sample of the database records and determined the data to be valid with a high degree of confidence.

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10/16/18

Afghanistan Then and Now

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: In September of 1963, the King and Queen of Afghanistan visited Washington, DC as guests of President Kennedy.

55 years later, this month, the United States and allies have entered the 17th year of military conflict in Afghanistan. The target is the Taliban. Under the Obama regime. Several attempts were made to normalize the relationship with the Taliban leadership including swapping one treasonous soldier for 5 senior Taliban leaders from Guantanamo. At the same time, the United States coordinated with Qatar to pay for a Taliban consulate operation in Qatar. It remains today.

Under the Trump administration, the same kind of talks are taking place with Zalmay Khalilzad, leading the U.S. envoy.

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10/16/18

5G Coming with Major Risks from China

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer:

Stuart Madnick, who’s been a professor of information technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1972, tells Inverse that the FCC and ISPs are casting a double-edged sword in their rush to implement 5G.

“It’s like going from fireworks to dynamite sticks,” Madnick says. “5G encourages further evolution and expansion of Internet of Things related networks. All of the good news and bad news that comes along with this technology gets magnified.”

He’s especially concerned about the risk of denial of service attacks — or DDoS for short — becoming more powerful than ever before. One of the advertised benefits of 5G is that it will allow even more IoT devices, like refrigerators or light bulbs, to come online. This would allow users to remotely check the contents of their fridge or dim their bedroom lights using their phones, but these devices can also be harnessed for nefarious purposes.

One of the most notorious DDoS incidents in history — the 2016 Dyn cyberattack — was facilitated by unsecured IoT devices, like security cameras, printers, and baby monitors. Hacker groups Anonymous and New World Hackers allegedly took control of thousands of electronics that still had their default passwords to amass an army of zombie devices, known as a botnet.

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10/15/18

The Other Facts About Jamal Khashoggi

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The media is hardly revealing the other facts regarding Khashoggi. My buddy over at GMBDW did the work I was about to do. Hat tip to them.

First, it should be mentioned that Saudi Arabia declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization in 2014. Another key item is Jamal Khashoggi has been in self-imposed exile, living in Virginia for at least a year or more. He has been quite critical of the Saudi Kingdom for quite some time. Remember, the Saudi royalty has been slowly and methodically working to alter the religious doctrine in the country, of which Khashoggi is against.

Khashoggi has been in print media for years, the question is while being on the payroll of the Washington Post, did the ownership of WaPo know about his nefarious resume? If they did not, it is lousy journalism, if they did, we need to question the motivations of WaPo.

Why was he in Turkey in the first place? He has a friendship with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey. Jamal was about to marry and he recently bought an apartment in Istanbul.

So, what are the other facts?

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10/10/18

FBI Director Threat Assessment to Senate Committee

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

210 Billion Attacks in Q2 2018

Report Highlights Include:

  • Analysis of 151 million global cybercrime attacks and 1.6 billion bot attacks
  • 72 percent growth in mobile transactions year-on-year
  • One third of all attacks now targeting mobile

Related reading: Terrorists likely to attack U.S. with drones, says FBI director

Related reading: FBI director says bureau is investigating 5,000 terrorism cases across the world

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10/10/18

Google Doc Notes Tech Media Censorship

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

The Good Censor – GOOGLE LEAK by on Scribd

The other cyberwar… censorship.

Primer:

Google should refuse to develop a censored search engine for China, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday while criticizing the Communist regime.

“Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers,” Pence said at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.

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10/10/18

Items Sec. State Pompeo Manages in Dealing with N. Korea

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

All is not so copacetic with North Korea. The United States has many channels of intelligence regarding North Korea and dealing with Kim Jong-Un.  Many of the moving parts require diplomatic artistry.

Below are but two examples and the prediction of a second summit between the United States and North Korea being noted, the logistics is a chess game.

FireEye has released a report stating the tools and techniques used by the group, “We believe APT38’s financial motivation, unique toolset, and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) observed during their carefully executed operations are distinct enough to be tracked separately from other North Korean cyber activity. There are many overlapping characteristics with other operations, known as “Lazarus” and the actor we call TEMP. Hermit; however, we believe separating this group will provide defenders with a more focused understanding of the adversary and allow them to prioritize resources and enable defense.

In their official blog, the company further explained the distinction of the group from any other hackers out there. Foremost, the malware tools used overlap or are similar indicating the similar development behind the scenes.

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10/10/18

The Soros Working Group Spreadsheet

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Soros working group spreadsheet.

This is quite the research project and will demonstrate just how pervasive chaos and activism really is. Asra Nomani of the Wall Street Journal performed intensive investigations and her work was published by the WSJ with the title ‘George Soros’ March on Washington’. Now the question becomes, does this information get some cultivation by the FBI, the IRS or the Justice Department to see what laws were broken or consequence should apply? No answer at this point.

But let’s check out just one of the Soros organizations, shall we? Not only is money spread around in grant form but people are too… sheesh.

Anti-government, anti-Trump activism is here to stay. It is political insurgency… maybe even terrorism. At least those like Senator Paul and Congressman Scalise are victims of physical harm. Hillary, what about that civility thing again?

How about UltraViolet?

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10/4/18

United States Withdraws from the Treaty of Amity/Iran

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

In part:

The International Court of Justice at the United Nations has issued an “order” Tuesday demanding that the United States lift sanctions against Iran re-imposed after the Trump administration decided to pull out of a nuclear proliferation treaty inked with Iran during the Obama years.

Iran apparently requested that the ICJ force the United States to rescind measures banning the sale and transport of certain “humanitarian goods” to the region, including medical supplies, emergency food, and mechanical and airplane parts.

The Hauge, agreeing with the Iranians, issued the “blow” to the Trump White House Tuesday.

“The court finds unanimously that … the United States of America … shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on 8 May to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food, and agricultural commodities” chief judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said, according to the Times of India.

Yusuf added that if the United States does not lift the ban on airplane parts, there is a “potential to endanger civil aviation safety in Iran and the lives of its users.”

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