Wednesday, September 05, 2018

North Korea Cyber Threat Intelligence Briefing (Aug 2017) from a major security company

Here is a North Korea Cyber Threat Intelligence Briefing by a company called Sensato in Red Bank, NJ in August 2017. 

The company provides consulting to other large businesses on cyber security. The company views the entire cyber threat as “guarded” (comparable to marginal in the severe weather scale).

It says that North Korea sends interests to other developing, authoritarian countries to develop ties with possible criminal undergrounds for hacking. These elements could continue sustained attacks (over 8 hours) even if DPRK crumbles. 

The briefing also considers attacks on civilian way-of-like items like health care systems or ATM’s as more likely than big attacks on essential infrastructure.

Curiously, the briefing didn’t mention the 2014 Sony hack.

But it does say that a company could have to cut off all Internet access for a while to defend itself.
The company shared some of this with me in reaction some of my recent blog posts on infrastructure threats (solar storms, EMP, and cyber).

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Some videos analyze Charlottesville "Zapruder" footage and try to suggest that the whole incident was a false flag attack

Out of a need for completeness and objectivity, I want to provide the link for the longest (54 min) of the “SonoNewo” videos  analyzing various footages of the Charlottesville incident in August 2017.  I don't claim any conclusions based on what I've had time to review. 

This one is called “Analyzing Charlottesville’s Zapruder Film: the Ford Fischer Livestream”. 

I don’t now know the name of the speaker.  He seems to be a thirty-something white man (in the Charlottesville area?) with conservative but not extreme views. The comments on the video outline his argument, and link to some other videos, including an “open letter to Ford Fischer” (16 min), where he analyzes a twitter battle with Fischer.  His channel introduces “10 facts to know about Charlottesville”. 

But the long video hints at a conspiracy theory that Charlottesville was a “false flag” attack set up by the George Soros folks and the “deep state” to goad the extreme left (such as Antifa) into violence. 

 That is to say, many of the “Unite the Right” marchers were actors.  Now this all sounds pretty fanciful, and to me normally would sound about as credible as the idea that David Hogg is a crisis actor with a facelift or possibly sent here from an alien planet with superpowers (a teen Clark Kent).  At times, Newo seems to be implying that various independent reporters suspected a statist plot like this and hung out with the “alt right” to investigate the idea.  (Okay, if they did, is this wrong?  Is this just undercover journalism?)  It doesn’t sound plausible that anything corresponding to this happens on the radical Left.

However, in the early part of Fischer’s video, it does appear true that the Dodge Challenger passes Fischer on the street, and that Fischer shortly passes the maroon van.  Newo says that the van was left parked at the intersection without a driver.  You can’t verify the driverlessness claim from the film itself.  Also, at 7:35 in Fischer’s footage on YouTube, I don’t really hear a crash (just a faint distant sound).

Newo theorizes that a reporter like Fischer would normally have kept following the “Unite the Right” protesters (as other reports followed Antifa).  Instead, Fischer stayed a couple blocks away from where the crash would happen, where there were relatively few people. It’s hard to say whether to make much of this.  Coincidences do happen.  They’ve happened to me. Coincidence has a much bigger effect on our lives than we want to admit.  Would a reporter with press credentials normally be expected to stay in the crowd all the time?  I don’t have such a card, but my own tendency at mass events is to play safe and hop in and out, but avoid the most dangerous gatherings.  (Too easy to get arrested, and maybe injured.)   Had I been there that day, I could well have behaved the same way with no particular knowledge.
Later I may make a trip to Charlottesville myself to go over the analysis of Fischer's movements before the crash; time is very short right now. 
Newo’s video includes an embed of Kennedy’s being shot “from the grassy knoll” and Newo appears to believe that Oswald could not have acted alone in the 1963 Kennedy Assassination.