China loves warning of "consequences" with its characteristic overdramatic flowery language, usually alongside irony-meter-breaking levels of projection. It's usually pretty good for a laugh, really.
Russia and China have each warned the United States that the offensive cyber-ops it ran to support Ukraine were acts of aggression that invite reprisal. The US has acknowledged it assisted Ukraine to shore up its cyber defences, conducted information operations, and took offensive actions during Russia's illegal invasion. …
I get my firewalls probed hundreds of times a day from Russian and Chinese based IP's, plus numerous VPN addresses (I suspect to get around geo-blocking.) This has been happening for YEARS.
The Russian and Chinese governments lie so often and so blatantly, you literally cannot believe anything they say any more. Both have killed numerous people to suppress democracy and expand tyranny. Syria, Georgia, Chechnya, Tibet, the South China Sea and other countries have suffered oppression, destruction and death.
They have governments in name only, but they are true dictatorships. Disagree with them and their policies or dare to tell the truth and you and your family disappear.
We need an organization of democratic nations like NATO, but global in scope to draw lines in the sand and close off the dictatorial governments. Seal their borders, sanction their trade, cut off their Internet access until they follow basic democratic rights and freedoms for their citizens. Enough is enough.
I get my firewalls probed hundreds of times a day from Russian and Chinese based IP's
And this tells you exactly what?
In case you're new to this whole cyber scerity thingy. Attackers usually mask their tracks by attacking from a different IP than their own.
If you're being probed from chinese/russian IPs that just means that either their security is generally poor and there a lot of hosts that were taken over or that hosting in either country is nice and cheap and no western intelligence agency is ever going to be getting the real IPs of the people actually using the hosts that are used for these probes.
As long as the real perpetrators don't travel to either Russia or China themselves they should be fine as nobody in the west will lift a finger to stop them (as it's not in their interest to do so).
Usually if the language is flowery, overblown or what-have-you then its due to a statement being made in their language that's deliberately translated to make it sound silly. It relies on most of us not knowing the language or having access to original sources. However, if you live somewhere which has got a significant number of immigrants then there's also likely to be people you know or work with who can actually read the original material. They may not be passionate supporters of whoever is making the statement but they can render what is being said into real English. (The result doesn't sound that much different from the kinds of things our own lawmakers are prone to say.)
As for malware, we're constantly told that such and such an attack is used by 'state sponsored' attackers with the 'state' being one of the usual suspects. Experience has shown that all too often the attack is criminal in nature and often comes from unlikely places like Southampton. The governments don't as a rule grace us with denials because its beneath them (and anyway if they're up to no good then they're hardly going to admit it openly.) Advertising that we're actually doing this sort of thing to aid a war effort is crass stupidity since it legitimizes what should be criminal activities. Of course, of our cyber defenses are 100% bulletproof....
Talk is cheap.
That's more like a "made for Tucker" sentence. Tucker can use this as a "we shouldn't help Ukraine because China will cyber-attack us" piece, similar to his "Putin must stay in power otherwise Islamic extremists will get nukes" garbage.
So for example, March 9th China accused the US of "‘biological military activities’ in Ukraine"
And Tucker, the very same day "Someone needs to explain why there are dangerous biological weapons in Ukraine The Pentagon is lying about this - why?".
You see how they feed him his anti-US propaganda to bounce off.
I don't get General Paul Nakasone's public statement. Was that a mistake? Was there a purpose behind this?
At first, admitting carrying cyber offensives seems counter-productive. China and Russia attacks routinely other countries, but they don't admit it publicly
The US admisssion serves two purposes: reassure Ukrainians that it means what it says; let the Russians know some of the support it's providing. It's also important to other countries in Russia's self-defined sphere of influence.
Russia's cyberops stuff is pretty good, as we know, but as we've also seen, it's not as good as we throught it was. We've also seen it has pretty shoddy military communications. But it's also important, pace Enigma, not to reveal quite how much one knows.
And of course, one cannot discount or excuse the mainstream media from their guilt in being a major component of the problem with their very selective news story presentations.
Here is just one tale, which very few folk in UKGBNI are being told anything at all about, which easily eclipses the bombast which the troubles in Ukraine, being broadbandcast prominently daily to the undereducated masses, is designed to generate wherever entertained/employed/exploded ....... https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/report-reveals-depth-us-complicity-saudi-massacres-yemeni-civilians
But then what else can one expect, whenever news is not there to tell you about what is happening in the present, it is used to prepare you for journeys back to the past?
There’s certainly no doubt about IT/it ...... It/IT is a Mad, Bad, Rad, Sad World and in Dire Straits Need of an Almighty Change/Greater IntelAIgent Game Changers.
Cisco has decided it's time to leave Russia and Belarus, almost four months after stopping operations in response to Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine.
The networking giant announced it would halt operations in Russia and Belarus "for the foreseeable future" on March 3 this year.
A June 23 update suggests Cisco sees no future in either nation.
A Moscow court has fined Airbnb, Twitch, UPS, and Pinterest for not storing Russian user data locally, according to Russian regulator Roskomnadzor.
The decision was handed down by the Tagansky District Court of Moscow after the four foreign companies allegedly did not provide documents confirming that the storage and processing of Russian personal data was conducted entirely in the country.
Twitch, Pinterest and Airbnb were fined approximately $38,500 while UPS received a fine of roughly $19,200.
The latest drone headed to Ukraine's front lines isn't getting there by air. This one powers over rough terrain, armed with a 7.62mm tank machine gun.
The GNOM (pronounced gnome), designed and built by a company called Temerland, based in Zaporizhzhia, won't be going far either. Next week it's scheduled to begin combat trials in its home city, which sits in southeastern Ukraine and has faced periods of rocket attacks and more since the beginning of the war.
Measuring just under two feet in length, a couple inches less in width (57cm L х 60cm W x 38cm H), and weighing around 110lbs (50kg), GNOM is small like its namesake. It's also designed to operate quietly, with an all-electric motor that drives its 4x4 wheels. This particular model forgoes stealth in favor of a machine gun, but Temerland said it's quiet enough to "conduct covert surveillance using a circular survey camera on a telescopic mast."
China's government has outlined its vision for digital services, expected behavior standards at China's big tech companies, and how China will put data to work everywhere – with president Xi Jinping putting his imprimatur to some of the policies.
Xi's remarks were made in his role as director of China’s Central Comprehensively Deepening Reforms Commission, which met earlier this week. The subsequent communiqué states that at the meeting Xi called for "financial technology platform enterprises to return to their core business" and "support platform enterprises in playing a bigger role in serving the real economy and smoothing positive interplay between domestic and international economic flows."
The remarks outline an attempt to balance Big Tech's desire to create disruptive financial products that challenge monopolies, against efforts to ensure that only licensed and regulated entities offer financial services.
China's internet regulator has launched an investigation into the security regime protecting academic journal database China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), citing national security concerns.
In its announcement of the investigation, the China Cyberspace Administration (CAC) said:
What's said to be a Ukrainian-made long-range anti-drone rifle is one of the latest weapons to emerge from Russia's ongoing invasion of its neighbor.
The Antidron KVS G-6 is manufactured by Kvertus Technology, in the western Ukraine region of Ivano-Frankivsk, whose capital of the same name has twice been subjected to Russian bombings during the war. Like other drone-dropping equipment, we're told it uses radio signals to interrupt control, remotely disabling them, and it reportedly has an impressive 3.5 km (2.17 miles) range.
"We are not damaging the drone. With communication lost, it just loses coordination and doesn't know where to go. The drone lands where it is jammed, or can be carried away by the wind because it's uncontrollable," Kvertus' director of technology Yaroslav Filimonov said. Because the downed drones are unharmed, they give Ukrainian soldiers recovering them a wealth of potential intelligence, he added.
Microsoft has blocked the installation of Windows 10 and 11 in Russia from the company's official website, Russian state media reported on Sunday.
Users within the country confirmed that attempts to download Windows 10 resulted in a 404 error message.
A Chinese state-backed startup has hired legendary Japanese chip exec Yukio Sakamoto as part of a strategy to launch a local DRAM industry.
Chinese press last week reported that Sakamoto has joined an outfit named SwaySure, also known as Shenzhen Sheng Weixu Technology Company or Sheng Weixu for brevity.
Sakamoto's last gig was as senior vice president of Chinese company Tsinghua Unigroup, where he was hired to build up a 100-employee team in Japan with the aim of making DRAM products in Chongqing, China. That effort reportedly faced challenges along the way – some related to US sanctions, others from recruitment.
The Cyberspace Administration of China has announced a policy requiring all comments made to websites to be approved before publication.
Outlined in a document published last Friday and titled "Provisions on the Administration of Internet Thread Commenting Services", the policy is aimed at making China's internet safer, and better represent citizens' interests. The Administration believes this can only happen if comments are reviewed so that only posts that promote socialist values and do not stir dissent make it online.
To stop the nasties being published, the policy outlines requirements for publishers to hire "a review and editing team suitable for the scale of services".
The US Department of Defense said it's investigating Chinese disinformation campaigns against rare earth mining and processing companies — including one targeting Lynas Rare Earths, which has a $30 million contract with the Pentagon to build a plant in Texas.
Earlier today, Mandiant published research that analyzed a Beijing-linked influence operation, dubbed Dragonbridge, that used thousands of fake accounts across dozens of social media platforms, including Facebook, TikTok and Twitter, to spread misinformation about rare earth companies seeking to expand production in the US to the detriment of China, which wants to maintain its global dominance in that industry.
"The Department of Defense is aware of the recent disinformation campaign, first reported by Mandiant, against Lynas Rare Earth Ltd., a rare earth element firm seeking to establish production capacity in the United States and partner nations, as well as other rare earth mining companies," according to a statement by Uncle Sam. "The department has engaged the relevant interagency stakeholders and partner nations to assist in reviewing the matter.
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