Tag Archives: Politics

cybercrime-header

Snake Cyberweapon Unleashed in Ukraine

We recently added Krebs On Security to the sidebar, and now that it’s starting to pick up pace expect more cybercrime stories to appear here. Ukraine has already been in the news this week with an escalation of traditional military forces however reports of cyber-weaponry being used are starting to surface.

Cyber Snake plagues Ukraine networks [via FinancialTimes]

{A]ccording to clues left in the code, parts of which also contain fragments of Russian text. It is believed to be an upgrade of the Agent.BTZ attack that penetrated US military systems in 2008.

BAE has identified 56 apparent infections by Snake globally since 2010, almost all in the past 14 months. Ukraine is the primary target, with 32 recorded instances, 22 of which have occurred since January 2013.

Rand Corporation Headquarters

Rand (The Corporation, Not Ayn or Paul)

A lengthy write-up today in Neatorama about the RAND Corporation, a think-tank most are familiar with on some level without really knowing it’s place in history.

Think, of a huge R&D house, that inspired Doctor Strangelove, but also researched the effectiveness of government healthcare under the Nixon administration.

While I think their headline is a bit too suggestive and I don’t buy into the whole “controls America” appeal, this was a worthwhile read.

The Rand Corporation: The Think Tank That Controls America

Health care was just the beginning of RAND’s expansion into the social sciences. Although 50 percent of RAND’s current $223 million budget still comes from federal funding, much of that goes toward non-defense work. The think tank currently employs close to 1,000 researchers, who spend their time analyzing everything from renewable energy and obesity to hurricanes and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Ratko Mladić Arrested

Without the need for a NATO intervention or  challenge to national sovereignty, world news sources are announcing the arrest Ratko Mladić, the mastermind behind the Srebrenica Massacre during the Bosnian War of the 1990s.

My disdain for the handling of the conflict, especially the Srebrenica Massacre is something I have mentioned on this site before; the international response during the war undoubtably has left a long-standing impression on me.

This is major news, and I find it disappointing it is not a top headline on more news sources this morning; Mladić is responsible for masterminding one of the larger genocides of my lifetime. Additionally, the arrest opens the door for Serbian entry into the European Union, as they have demanded Mladić be brought to justice before any considerations began.

Read more about the arrest from the NYTimes or NPR

UN Peacekeeping : A Humantarian Greatest Hits Box Set

It is a shame that the United Nations is far better at resourcing architects than they are peacekeepers. I will spare everybody a Bush : Iraq/Afghanistan :: Obama : Libya/Afghanistan comparison. What I would like to bring attention to however is the United Nations’ recent history when it comes to it’s “Peacekeeping Efforts” in ares under political turmoil.

Below I have paraphrased from Wikipedia and other sources some esteemed highlights. I would like to point out that all the examples provided below happened during my life, at a time I can vividly remember. Most likely yours too. These events are not far removed in our collective history. As the US, and other countries enter Libya under similar pretenses described below under the guise of NATO and the UN alike, hopefully we are not doomed to make the mistakes of our past.

Continue reading

RIP: The Fourth Amendment (1791-2010)

“Nobody likes to have their 4th Amendment violated going through a security line, but truth of the matter is, we’re gonna have to do it”

Their words, not mine. If this doesn’t make you angry or scared….

We need to take our country and privacy back from thugs like the TSA, FEMA, and DHS. I am all for some Hope and Change but it needs to come from the populace, not any current political administrations or organizations. This is America, we are a Republic – remind your elected officials that we hold the power, not them.