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.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

"Charlottesville Car Attack: Full Livestream" from Ford Fischer at News2Share

Ford Fischer and News2Share have a 57-minute video from Aug. 12, 2017 “Charlottesville Car Attack: Full Livestream”.  The factual details on Wikipedia, including the fatality Heather Heyer, are here

Fischer is walking in the neighborhood and notes that the counterprotesters are shadowing the neo-Nazis also as on a chess board. At about 8 minutes he near the intersection of the incident, which has suddenly happened about a block and a half from him, downhill and to his left. The video does not show the impacts.  These were multiple, as many of the casualties happened when the Dodge rear-ended another vehicle causing a chain reaction which struck people.

In the ensuing forty minutes Fischer, who has a helmet, notes the mounting casualties and the inability of paramedics to revive at least one victim, Heyer.  Soon multiple ambulances arrive.  Two or three casualties are shown on stretchers. Fischer often advises viewer discretion, but minimizes showing injuries.

There is another video channel on YouTube by “SonofNewo” that offers multiple YouTube videos analyzing Fischer’s work and seems to present the belief that the there is some controversy.  These video mastheads speak of Charlottesville "Zapruder" and "Grassy Knoll" footage.  YouTube will offers these to watch alongside Fischer’s. One of them has a claim that Fischer walked past two of the other vehicles 5-7 minutes before the incident.  I have not watched these yet and cannot yet comment on their relevance (obviously coincidence is possible), but I’ll watch them soon.
There is a general question about “see something, say something” if you are at an event and filming, and see that a crime is about to take place or just has. There is also a moral question about physical intervention when this is possible.  Since 2015 I have witnessed three auto accidents (my car was struck when stopped at a light in the 2015 incident by a secondary impact). On all three occasions I have called 9-1-1 and been quizzed on the line as to whether I could do anything for casualties (stop bleeding, etc) before police arrived. In no case could I have.  But the idea of responsibility is there.  A few days a go, a car went into reverse dragging a woman with it.  I had just left the store and it happened behind me as a homeless person saw it.  Had I seen it should I have tried to assist the woman physically stopping it?  Where are the demands for courage? 
A recent incident where a security guard was fired when she didn't come to the aid of an officer but continued filming provides some fodder for this issue. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

"The Future Tsunami that could Destroy the US East Coast"

Skillshare Next sponsors “The Future Tsunami that Could Destroy the US East Coast”, a video from RealLifeLore.

The video concerns the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands off the NW coast of Africa.

The volcano could cause an undersea rock slide that would at first create a wave 2700 feet high. But by the time it crossed the Atlantic it could hit areas from Newfoundland to NE South America, and eventually Florida with waves 25 meters high and NYC with waves about 15 meters.
There is a certain height at which tall buildings fall if hit by a high enough wave. The video suggests that Darth Vader type of person could move to the Canaries in order to force it to collapse. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

PBS airs "Documenting Hate: Charlottesville", Part 1

PBS Frontline is offering the first half (55 minutes) of its film “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville”, directed by Richard Rowley, produced and narrated by reporter A.C. Thompson from Pro Publica and CBS.

(The complete film is no longer available on YouTube; visitor must go to PBS site; the preview above can be embedded).

The documentary shows that the violence aggravated by the original demonstrators was much more intentional than generally believed. 

Later Thompson tracks down several individuals associated with the event, some of them from extremist groups in southern California.  The locates Sam Woodward, now facing trial for the murder of gay student Blaze Bernstein and eventually establishes a connection.  He also implicated a defense contractor whom Northrup-Grumman fires, and a Marine Corps soldier as organizers.  The Marines discharged the person.

The film also documents the “Rise Above Movement” or RAM.  The violent nature of the movement has become much more apparent since Trump’s election.

At the end of the film, on of the subjects whom Thompson investigates tries to "bargain" with Thompson on the phone about having his back later in life when he (the journalist) will need to "make money" again.  That is, of course, a stab on journalistic objectivity. 

The mentality of the groups remind one of Timothy McVeigh and all the militias from the 1990s documented after Oklahoma City.  Some people don't learn how to establish their own individual identity very well in our kind of world without associating with group values -- which here include "masculinity", and warrior culture. 

The first episode was aired Tuesday August 7 and a second episode is due in September.

Friday, August 03, 2018

"Cute Boys" video makes a major statement about the political consequences of body fascism, probably unintentionally

I won’t embed this R-rated soft core video (“Cute Boys in Love”) but I link to it to make a philosophical point.  Sometimes porn really does make important political statements about values. 

Two men meet in a bar.  Alex, the shorter blond man, is physical and assertive enough, but is quite overwhelmed by the physicality of Josh.  The dialogue starting at 0:46 gets more critical.

What’s at issue is what Alex wants to have a “peak experience”, something he will involve himself emotionally with.  Ordinary people he encounters in his life just won’t be good enough anymore to have any meaning.

Then we can get into a debate on individualism v. tribalism, and being willing to center one’s identities with the needs of the group (as in Storr’s book “Selfie”) which I’ll come back to later (Books, July 19).
We can ponder body fascism, and the idea of how it can ultimately invite political fascism.
Picture: Penultimate night at Town DC, June 29, 2018.

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Trump Bites": animated short film from NYTimes resembles a YouTube gay kissing video

Here’s a 3-part short animated film by the New York Times, “Trump Bites”. One part of it is "Trump and Putin: A Love Story". 
The main link for all three episodes is here. Does this movie come from Annapurna Pictures? 

Twitter also has it, here.

I think it belongs on this blog to be sure. It’s rather funny to see animated video making Trump and Putin lovers like from “Next Door Mates” on YouTube. 

Putin kills journalists, even overseas. “I think our country does a lot of killing too.”  Sure, ask David Hogg.
Putin, by the way, has no body hair; his chest is frankly womanish.  Otherwise the chest work in the film could matter. Yet he started it all off by supporting the Russian anti-gay propaganda law in 2013, before the Sochi olympics in 2014. "Leave the kids alone" he said.  Make sure I get enough Russian  babies is what he really meant.