(Gizmodo) – These smart cards are the actual keys to the Internet. There are seven of them and they hold the power to restarting the world wide web “in the event of a catastrophic event.”
The basic idea is that in the event of an Internet catastrophe, the DNSSEC (domain name system security) could be damaged or compromised and we’d be left without a way to verify if a URL is pointing to the correct website. That’s when the holders of these smart cards would be called into action:
A minimum of five of the seven keyholders – one each from Britain, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic – would have to converge at a U.S. base with their keys to restart the system and connect everything once again.
A minimum of five people is needed because each of the smart cards contains only a fraction of the recovery key necessary to set things right again. This means that no single person will hold all the power to resetting our little cyber world. [BBC via PopSci] – Source: BLN
(SteveWatson) – An increasing clamour to restrict and control the internet on behalf of the government, the Pentagon, the intelligence community and their private corporate arms, could result in a staged cyber attack being used as justification.
Over recent months we have seen a great increase in media coverage of inflated fears over a possible “electronic Pearl Harbor” event, with reports claiming that the U.S. could be “felled within 15 minutes”.
Vastly over-hyped (and in some cases completely asinine) claims that the power grids and other key infrastructure such as rail networks and water sources are wired up to the public internet have permeated such coverage. Continue reading →
(DesertPeace) – I’ve always maintained that if I don’t receive at least one hate mail letter a day or one attack on the Internet, then I’m not doing my job well…. Since the start of this Blog, that has been the case, proving, at least to myself, that I am doing a damn good job.
It seems ironic that those who attack me personally or this Blog claim to be pro Palestinian activists, yet use the same terminology in their attacks as the most vicious zionists. Read More Here
See Also: (PaulWatson) – Facebook Deletes Official Alex Jones Page Over Gadsden Flag – Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Is the United States government or outside forces the real threat to cyber security? Alex Jones says that the government is trying to silence free speech in America by expanding their reach on the internet. He also says his own personal sites have been censored, even deleted. Continue reading →
(Cryptome) – Conficker is a computer worm which has been infecting PC’s on the Internet since November 2008. Worryingly, nothing is publicly known of its mission, because it has yet to do anything of great note. Conficker is building and maintaining a powerful network of enslaved computers, and machines infected with the worm can be made obey the whims of Conficker’s unknown commanders. Its advanced peer-to-peer networking design makes the program’s control network difficult for Internet providers to shut down. Today this strange worm constitutes a powerful overlay of control across an unknown vastness of Internet-connected computers. With the exception of distributing some small-time malware, however, it has been essentially dormant. Conficker is like an army, recruiting and training for two and a half years, with no history save for robbing the corner store. Continue reading →
(ActivistPost) – The latest National Security Directive presented by the establishment mouthpiece, The Wall Street Journal, indicates that the marketing campaign for Cybersecurity has just gone viral.
The Perfect Citizen program markets the idea of corporations and government working together in a joint effort to thwart Cyberterrorism. This is truly a message designed to be spread far and wide, as corporations can sell infrastructure upgrades to terrified American citizens who once again are being required to trade liberty for supposed security. Taxpayers already have provided billions to the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative as funding for their own cyberprison. Both political parties have supported the campaign of perpetual National Security, and the new program is yet another example of how they agree upon initiatives that will ultimately benefit corporate interests: Continue reading →
(WSJ) – The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.
The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, these people said. Continue reading →
(AsiaTimes) – False Findings Intent Upon Triggering Confrontation between North and South Korea – Read More Here
(WSWS) – Jamaica State of Siege: Scores Dead, Hundreds Detained – Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Kyrgyzstan’s “Rose Revolution”: Washington, Moscow, Beijing and the Geopolitics of Central Asia(Part II) – F. William Engdahl – Read More Here
(OrientalReview) – What Will the Bilderbergers Decide on Iran? – Read More Here
(PressTV) – Israeli war game rehearses ‘Iran attack’
Israel has joined forces with Greece to conduct an aerial maneuver to practice long-range missions and mid-air fueling, a report says. Read More Here
(CNN) – North Korea warns it will meet war with ‘all-out war’
North Korea reacted to a South Korean anti-submarine exercise early Thursday by saying it would meet “confrontation with confrontation” and war with “all-out war,” according to North Korean state-run media. Read More Here
(PressTV) – Acres of land burnt by Israeli war games
Military exercises conducted by the Israeli army have set fire to thousands of acres of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, destroying plant life in the region. Read More Here
(OnlineJournal) – Beijing suspects false flag attack on South Korean corvette – Wayne Madsen
WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia suspect that the March attack on the South Korean Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, the Cheonan, was a false flag attack designed to appear as coming from North Korea. Read More Here
(IWPR) – Half a million displaced Iraqis face grim future in squalid squatter camps
The alarming spread of illegal squatter settlements has aid groups fearful of a looming social crisis, one which a senior United Nations official considers “the greatest humanitarian problem facing Iraq”. Read More Here
(May 27) – Video: Ray McGovern Gives His Insight into The Coming Israel/Iran Conflict on Alex Jones Tv
Alex also talks with Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer who presented morning intelligence briefings at the White House for a number of presidents. Ray talks to Alex about the situation in Iran. – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4
May 26 – (TimesOnline) – Petraeus orders US spies to prepare for anti-nuclear strike on Iran
Teams of American special forces have been authorised to conduct spying missions intended to pave the way for a military strike on Iran in case President Obama orders one, US government sources have confirmed. Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Amnesty: U.S., Europe shielding Israel over Gaza war crimes
In its annual report, the rights group accuses Israel of continually violating human rights in Gaza with its ongoing economic siege. Read More Here
(RumorMillNews) – The Sinking of the Cheonan. Another Gulf of Tonkin Incident N. Korea-Mode?
So what happened on March 26, 2010, when the Cheonan(Heaven’s Peace), a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sank in the shallow waters off the country’s west coast near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea? Read More Here
(AntiWar) – Clinton Calls for ‘Retaliatory’ Acts Against North Korea
Again Vague on Details, Clinton Calls Sinking of Warship ‘Unacceptable’ Read More Here
(JerusalemPost) – “Signs of Practical Preparations for a Possible US Military Operation against Iran” – Israeli Reconnaissance Flights Over Iran – Read More Here
(Guardian) – North Korea reacts angrily as Seoul’s navy holds military exercises off coast – Read More Here
(AP) – Israeli commandos to block Gaza activists
Israel on Thursday unveiled a massive makeshift detention center in the country’s main southern port and announced the end of days of intense naval maneuvers, vowing to stop a flotilla of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists trying to break a 3-year blockade of the Gaza Strip this weekend. Read More Here
(InfoClearingHouse) – The Arms Circus – Israel Keeping The World In Turmoil
This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.” Read More Here
(InfoClearingHouse) – Humanitarian Flotilla Vs Evil Navy
Haaretz reports today that Israel will attempt to block the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla heading toward Gaza. However, according to the Israeli paper, the humanitarian cargo would then be unloaded, inspected and sent to Gaza overland via the United Nations.
Typical for Israel, it tries to win a lost battle. On the one hand, by stopping the flotilla Israel attempts to maintain its regional status as an omnipotent super power that controls the land, the air and the sea. On the other hand, the Jewish state pathetically also wants to evoke sympathy for being ‘sensitive’ to humanitarian issues and the Palestinian plight. Read More Here
(StopNATO) – U.S. Cyber Command: Waging War In World’s Fifth Battlespace – Rick Rozoff
On May 21 U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the activation of the Pentagon’s first computer command. And the world’s first comprehensive, multi-service military cyber operation.
U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), initially approved on June 23, 2009, attained the status of what the Pentagon calls initial operations capability eleven months afterward. It is to be fully operational later this year. Read More Here
(May 27) – Video: Paul Craig Roberts Reveals How The Government Abandoned Vietnam POWs on Alex Jones Tv
(DailyMail) – The U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that could cause destruction on the scale of 9/11 in less than 15 minutes, a leading anti-terrorism expert has warned.
Richard Clarke, a former adviser to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, suggests that the lack of security in place against such an attack could lead to an ‘electronic Pearl Harbor’. Continue reading →
Why is immigration reform being pushed to the side? Will the next Pearl Harbor be a cyber attack? Will tanks soon be rolling down the streets of Chicago? StartPage Story- Google now releasing your information to the government. Catherine Bleish joins Ronan O’Shea to talk about the Liberty Restoration Project. The Reality Report Crew takes on those questions and delivers the facts in the 42nd edition.Full Catherine Bleish Interview: http://blip.tv/file/3545853 – Continue reading →
(SacramentoPress) – Editor’s note: Recall what the last Pearl harbor event shilled by the neocons resulted in — more than a million dead Iraqis.
Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta told 300 Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap delegates that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to be an attack on the United States’ power, financial, military and other Internet systems. Continue reading →
(Infowars) – The Internet is an effective source of information for many Americans, therefore, the attack on the free Internet is in full force, from numerous angles. Unless people wake up and demand freedom, it will be lost. As usual, the collectivists are using fear in order to sway the public to embrace their predetermined outcome. Continue reading →
(Wired) – Joint Chiefs Chair: No, No, No. Don’t Attack Iran
We are all screwed if Iran gets a nuke. And we may be just as screwed if the United States attacks Iran to keep Tehran from getting that nuke.
Okay, I’m paraphrasing a bit. But that’s the core of the message from America’s top military officer, who reiterated today his canyon-deep reservations about any military solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Sure, U.S. strikes might set back Tehran’s atomic weapons program — for a while. But the “unintended consequences” of a hit on Iran’s nuclear facilities could easily outweigh the benefits of that delay, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told a forum at Columbia University. Read More Here
(HuffingtonPost) – Benjamin Netanyahu Urges ‘Crippling Sanctions’ Against Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) is calling for “crippling sanctions” against Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapons capability. Read More Here
(Aletho) – Barak: “The Only Way out of Iran Crises is a Bold Israeli Move”
Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio on Monday that the only way out of the current “stalemate” with Iran is a bold Israeli move, adding that he felt that Iran did not pose an “immediate existential threat” to Israel. Read More Here
(TimesOnline) – Video: Pentagon chief raises threat of attack as Iran taunts US with missile display
The Pentagon was ratcheting up pressure for military action against Iran last night as America’s top uniformed official said for the first time that a strike on nuclear targets would “go a long way” towards delaying Tehran’s uranium enrichment programme. View Video Here
(LATimes) – Secret Prison Revealed in Baghdad
Hundreds of Sunni men disappeared for months into a secret Baghdad prison under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s military office, where many were routinely tortured until the country’s Human Rights Ministry gained access to the facility, Iraqi officials say.Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – The Pentagon’s Fantasy Numbers on Afghan Civilian Deaths
“The American public is conditionally tolerant of [military] casualties and consistently indifferent to collateral damage” Dr. Karl P. Mueller, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base
The Politics of Counting Dead Afghan Civilians: Responses by the Libertarian Right and Obama Liberals to McChrystal’s Numbers Read More Here
(Reuters) – Mullen: Military “Options” Exist for Dealing with Iran
The nation’s top military officer said Sunday that military options existed to try to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon but that diplomatic efforts were the best way forward now. Read More Here
(AFP) – Afghanistan: More than 100 dead in bloody week
More than 100 people including dozens of civilians were killed in violence related to Afghanistan’s ongoing war against the Taliban in the past week, authorities said Sunday. Read More Here
(TimesOnline) – Israel warns Syria over Hezbollah attacks “We’ll return Syria to the Stone Age”
Israel has delivered a secret warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad that it will respond to missile attacks from Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese-based Islamist group, by launching immediate retaliation against Syria itself. Read More Here
(ConsortiumNews) – Lie to Congress; Get Fourth Star – Cyber-Warfare Chief’s Deception – Ray McGovern
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander may well be harboring the proverbial thought attributed to prevaricator Oliver North upon being spared punishment — and instead getting rewarded handsomely — for lying about the Iran-Contra Affair: “Is this a great country or what!” Read More Here
(AntiFascistCalling) – The Pentagon’s Cyber Command: Civilian Infrastructure is a “Legitimate” Target – Tom Burghardt
When U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates launched Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) last June, the memorandum authorizing its stand-up specified it as a new “subordinate unified command” under U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), one that “must be capable of synchronizing warfighting effects across the global security environment as well as providing support to civil authorities and international partners.” Read More Here
(RussiaToday) – Video: Why “Blackwater” is behind suicide bombings in Pakistan – Webster Tarpley –Continue reading →
(AP) – The U.S. should counter computer-based attacks swiftly and strongly and act to thwart or disable a threat even when the attacker’s identity is unknown, the director of the National Security Agency told Congress.
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, who is the Obama administration’s nominee to take on additional duties as head of the new Cyber Command, also said the U.S. should not be deterred from taking action against countries such as Iran and North Korea just because they might launch cyber attacks. Continue reading →
Editor’s note: In February, the Bipartisan Policy Center held a war game and concluded cyber attacks would come from Russian, Chinese, and Sudanese hackers. It now appears the cyber threat in part originates from the CIA-supported Mujahadeen-e-Khalq.
(Reuters) – Iran has arrested 30 people suspected of belonging to a U.S.-linked cyber network gathering information on Iranian nuclear scientists and sending people abroad for training, a news agency reported on Saturday. Continue reading →
(TheHill) – A top Microsoft executive on Tuesday suggested a broad Internet tax to help defray the costs associated with computer security breaches and vast Internet attacks, according to reports. Continue reading →
(TheHill) – The president would have the power to safeguard essential federal and private Web resources under draft Senate cybersecurity legislation.
According to an aide familiar with the proposal, the bill includes a mandate for federal agencies to prepare emergency response plans in the event of a massive, nationwide cyberattack. Continue reading →
(KurtNimmo) – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) plans to simulate a cyber attack on America’s infrastructure on February 16, 2010. Dubbed Cyber ShockWave, the simulation “will provide an unprecedented look at how the government would develop a real-time response to a large-scale cyber crisis affecting much of the nation,” according to a BPC press release issued today. Continue reading →
What, me worry? – Alfred E. Newman
It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham!
The careless abuse of talking and writing has forced our great leaders to step in and stem the rising tide of political discourse. Continue reading →
(NewInternet) – President Obama’s top counter terrorism adviser, John Brennan, recently said on NBC’s Meet the Press, that the US faces serious threats in cyberspace. “The threats and the vulnerabilities within the cyber domain are serious and significant,” he said. Continue reading →
(RussiaToday) – Webster Tarpley on Google’s announcement that it will tighten its relationship with the NSA and how this is another leap forward in the agenda to take over and regulate the free Internet under the cover of fighting foreign cyber spies in China and Russia. Continue reading →
Following the Halloweenesque scare fest on Capitol Hill earlier this week — where National Intelligence director Dennis Blair and CIA director Leon Panetta warned of impending terrorist doom — the has House has The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (H.R. 4061). Continue reading →
(Reuters) – China’s Communist Party mouthpiece on Sunday accused the United States of mounting a cyber army and a “hacker brigade,” and of exploiting social media like Twitter or Youtube to foment unrest in Iran. Continue reading →
Iran is close to a “technological breakthrough” that would enable it to build nuclear weapons, Israel’s military intelligence chief said in a rare public assessment Tuesday. Read More Here
(FinancialTimes) – Hamas vows to aid Iran if it is attacked
The exiled leader of Hamas gave warning on Tuesday that the Palestinian Islamist movement would support Iran if Israel were to launch a military strike against its nuclear facilities. Read More Here
US military intervention in Yemen: reports
Saudi Arabian warplanes bombed a market in Bani Maan village in Yemen killing 70 civilians, rebels in the north of the country said Dec. 14. The rebels, known as Houthis, have accused the Saudis of several cross-border raids. Additionally, Iran’s Press TV, citing claims on the rebels’ Almenpar website, reported that US fighter jets took part in the air-raids in the northwestern province of Sa’ada. Read More Here
(Telegraph) – Gulf petro-powers to launch currency in latest threat to dollar hegemony
The Arab states of the Gulf region have agreed to launch a single currency modelled on the euro, hoping to blaze a trail towards a pan-Arab monetary union swelling to the ancient borders of the Ummayad Caliphate. Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – The Arctic Ocean, in particular that part of it under the ice cap, is Russia’s last retaliatory refuge, that spot on the earth where any element of its strategic forces is comparatively safe from a Western first strike and least targetable by interceptor missiles after such an attack. Continue reading →
(ShellyRoche) – YouTube disabled this video yesterday due to “Inappropriate Content.” It obviously does NOT violate the Terms of Service, but there’s no way to contact YouTube to appeal their decision. Continue reading →