December 19, 2014

The System






FBI confirms North Korea behind Sony hack

by Laura Italiano

As originally posted: New York Post
December 19, 2014


It’s official: The FBI is now formally accusing Kim Jong-un of hacking Sony Pictures and says it has the data to prove the despot’s involvement.

“The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” the agency said of the crippling corporate cyberattack in a statement issued Friday.

The harshly worded statement decries the attack’s “destructive” and “coercive” nature, and lays out some of the evidence linking Pyongyang to the hacker group calling itself the Guardians of Peace.

The group has waged a month-long campaign of escalating terror threats and embarrassing data leaks against the studio in a so-far successful bid to obliterate the screwball political comedy “The Interview,” which depicts Kim’s assassination in a CIA plot.

Authorities said the so-called “malware,” or malicious software, used in the Sony hack matches that used in previous North Korea-related cyberattacks.





Also, several Internet protocol (“IP”) addresses used in the Sony hack were also used in “malicious cyber activity that the US government has previously linked directly to North Korea,” the FBI said in its statement.

Specifically, the software tools used against Sony “have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea,” the FBI said.





“We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there,” the agency said.

“Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE [Sony Pictures Entertainment] reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.

“Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart.

“North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.

“Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.”

The statement praises Sony for immediately reaching out to the feds after its network was breached, and for continuing to be “a great partner in the investigation.”

The FBI will assist any US company that is the victim of cyberterror or data breaches, the statement said.

“Working together, the FBI will identify, pursue, and impose costs and consequences on individuals, groups, or nation states who use cyber means to threaten the United States or U.S. interests,” the statement said.

The System






Called Guardians of Peace, yet threatens people's lives. Sounds legit.

by "Lord Monty"

As originally posted on: Lord Monty (@ItsLordMonty) | Twitter
December 19, 2014

The System






Dear Sony from GOP

by "Guardians of Peace" (GOP)

As originally posted on: Pastebin.com
December 18, 2014


This is GOP.

You have suffered through enough threats.

We lift the ban.

The Interview may release now.

But be carful.

September 11 may happen again if you don't comply with the rules.





Rule #1: no death scene of Kim Jong Un being too happy

Rule #2: do not test us again

Rule #3: if you make anything else, we will be here ready to fight


This is Guardians Of Peace.

December 17, 2014

The System





Afghan Taliban condemns school attack by Pakistani Taliban

REUTERS
December 16, 2014


(Reuters) - The Afghanistan Taliban have condemned an attack by the Pakistani Taliban on a school in Pakistan that killed 141 people on Tuesday.

"The intentional killing of innocent people, children and women are against the basics of Islam and this criteria has to be considered by every Islamic party and government," Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.





The Pakistani Taliban are separate from but allied to the Afghan Taliban across the border. Both aim to overthrow their own governments and establish an Islamic state.

(Reporting by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alison Williams)

December 16, 2014

The System






Cheap Android smartphones pre-loaded with DeathRing Chinese malware

by Nauman Ashraf

As originally posted on: The Hackers Post
December 13, 2014


You go to retailer shop to buy a new smartphone. you trust the manufacturer that its clean and safe to use. But its not always the case. Some cheap smartphones are pre-loaded with Malware. The malware is much difficult to uninstall and using evasion techniques that is hard to detect.

The malware, called DeathRing, is a Chinese Trojan that masquerades as a ringtone app. However, it has the capability to download SMS and WAP content from its control server to the user’s handset. This gives it the potential to phish victim’s personal information through the use of fake text messages.

The handsets affected are devices from third-tier manufacturers selling smartphones to developing countries. According to security firm LookOut the following handsets are affected:

Counterfeit Samsung GS4/Note II
Various TECNO devices
Gionee Gpad G1
Gionee GN708W
Gionee GN800
Polytron Rocket S2350
Hi-Tech Amaze Tab
Karbonn TA-FONE A34/A37
Jiayu G4S – Galaxy S4 Clone
Haier H7

The main countries affected by the malware currently are Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Taiwan and China.

December 15, 2014

"This Merry-Go-Round"






Mossad/CIA controls Congress by what ever name you choose!

by Arnie Rosner

As originally posted on: Scanned Retina Resource
December 14, 2014


Look folks…You can dig into the details as you wish. I am just providing a basic summary.

It is your choice to stay on this merry-go-round or to march in force to your county commission and demand reconciliation?

There is… No… Lawful government of, for or even by the American people!

1. No federal
2. No state
3. No county
4. No municipal

Instead, our total system of government was unlawfully overthrown and replaced by a mostly foreign owned, deliberately, deceptively, named corporation, “the united states of America,



Incorporated.” this was surreptitiously accomplished in 1932 under the administration of FDR.

At the same time, the separate state governments of the people were replaced by franchises of the mother corporation in Washington DC. What you believe to be your governor, is nothing more than a franchise manager who reports to the Corporation deceptively misrepresenting itself as the government of the American people.

All of the people we elect and good faith, begin to misrepresent themselves as representatives of the people, as soon as they take their place as members of the board of these various corporations. They never lawfully assume the proper offices which have remained vacant since about 1860s.

Now doesn’t this explain all of these shenanigans they have been pulling since 1932?

- Starting at First Base…

- Second Base — What “They” Have Done “For” You

- Third Base – The Guilty Parties By Anna von Reitz

DEFINED: The source of the fraud! From the beginning! From Anna von Reitz

December 14, 2014

The System






CITIGROUP TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS TO U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING

by Andy Borowitz

As originally posted on: The Borowitz Report
December 13, 2014


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The banking giant Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015.

Tracy Klugian, a spokesperson for Citi, said that the company had leased thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives and would be interviewing “world-class architects” to redesign the space to suit its needs.

According to sources, Citi successfully outbid other firms, including JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, for the right to move its headquarters to the House floor.

The Citi spokesperson acknowledged that the extensive makeover of the House is expected to cost “in the millions,” but added, “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”

Explaining the rationale behind the move, Klugian told reporters, “Instead of constantly flying out from New York to give members of Congress their marching orders, Citigroup executives can be right on the floor with them, handing them legislation and telling



them how to vote. This is going to result in tremendous cost savings going forward.”

Klugian said that Citi’s chairman, Michael E. O’Neill, will not occupy a corner office on the House floor, preferring instead an “open plan” that will allow him to mingle freely with members of Congress.

“He doesn’t want to come off like he’s their boss,” the spokesperson said. “Basically, he wants to send the message, ‘We’re all on the same team. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get stuff done.’ ”

The System





Taliban shoot dead Supreme Court official in Kabul: police

As originally posted: Pakistan Today
December 13, 2014


KABUL-

Taliban gunmen shot dead a senior Supreme Court official in Kabul on Saturday, police said, the latest insurgent attack in the Afghan capital as the US-led NATO force prepares to end its 13-year war.

Atiqullah Raufi, head of secretariat for the court, was gunned down as he left his home to head to work.

The Taliban have often targeted Afghan officials as well as NATO soldiers, foreign compounds and military convoys.

Taliban gunmen shot dead a senior Supreme Court official in Kabul on Saturday, police said, the latest insurgent attack in the Afghan capital as the US-led NATO force prepares to end its 13-year war.

Atiqullah Raufi, head of secretariat for the court, was gunned down as he left his home to head to work.

The Taliban have often targeted Afghan officials as well as NATO soldiers, foreign compounds and military convoys.

December 13, 2014

"The Evil that You Are Trying to Defeat" and "You"







Join ISIS To Change Them

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. [a/k/a Lew Rockwell]

As originally posted on: LRC Blog
November 17, 2014


Writes bryan Stevenson:

Trying to promote freedom through political systems is like joining ISIS to change them from the inside.

It is a fool’s errand, and you legitimize the evil that you are trying to defeat.

December 12, 2014

(TWENTY DAYS REMAIN)






ISIS thugs throw man off 3-story building to his death in barbarous, jihadi-style justice for so-called crime of being gay

An Islamic court in Wilayat al-Furat, a region that spans Syria and Iraq, sentenced a man to be thrown off the highest point in the city and then stoned to death for practicing sodomy, ISIS announced Wednesday.

by Jason Molinet

As originally posted on: NYDailyNews.com
December 11, 2014


A cowardly mob of armed and masked ISIS militants executed a man along the Syria-Iraq border by throwing him off the rooftop of a three-story building.

His so-called crime: being gay.

"The Islamic court in Wilayat al-Furat decided that a man who has practiced sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city, and then stoned to death," the terrorist group announced Wednesday, according to AFP.





ISIS also stoned to death two Syrian men for homosexuality in separate incidents of jihadi-style justice last month.

The latest barbarous act was captured in a series graphic photos, which show the mob hurling the bound victim off the building to the dirt-covered ground next to the street.

It’s unclear if the man survived the initial fall, but cement blocks surround the body in another disturbing image.

The Wilayat al-Furat is a region defined by ISIS across the Syria-Iraq border at the Euphrates River.

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The System






The Pan-Anarchist 12-Step Program

by Keith Preston

As originally posted on: Attack the System
December 10, 2014


1. Continue to attack all mainstream institutions across the board, until all of the system’s institutions have a single digit approval rating, just as Congress presently does.

2. Continue all dissident movements everywhere, and grow these to the point that they collectively become a majority, and then a super-majority.

3. Promote the idea of secession until a substantive majority of Americans wishes for their state, region, or locality to secede, thereby effectively breaking up the USA.

4. Continue to build support for military non-intervention, which is at an all-time low, across the political spectrum.

5. Continue to build support for anti-police state protests until these become an Eastern Europe circa 1989 moment.

6. Continue to attack the war on drugs which is the foundation of the modern American police state.

7. Continue to grow the libertarian grey tribe as an anti-state opposition force in U.S. politics.

8. Advocate for the city-state system as a practical means of implementing decentralist ideas.

9. Advocate for the repeal of consensual crimes and the surveillance state, the definitive social issues for the grey tribe.

10. Continue to critique red state fascism.

11. Continue to critique blue state totalitarian humanism.

12. Continue to build the pan-anarchist philosophy as the leading revolutionary ideology of the 21st century, comparable to Marxist in the 20th century, and classical liberalism in the 19th century.

December 11, 2014

The System






MISSILE KILLS THREE SYRIAN TV JOURNALISTS IN DERAA PROVINCE

As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
December 10, 2014


Three Syrian journalists working for Orient TV were killed by a missile while covering fighting between government forces and rebels in the southern province of Deraa on 8 December. Two died on the spot and the third died after being taken to hospital.

Reporters Youssef Mahmoud El-Dous and Rami Adel Al-Asmi and cameraman Salem Abdul-Rahman Khalil were approaching a battle zone in the village of Sheikh Miskeen when a missile hit their vehicle.

Orient TV, a Syrian station based in Dubai, said government forces deliberately fired the guided missile at their vehicle, which was not displaying a “press” sign but had a TV satellite dish that was clearly visible.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and firmly condemn this attack,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. “Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for reporters, who are only too often targeted by the parties to the conflict.”

All aged less than 30, the three Orient TV journalists were from different parts of Deraa province and had been covering the Syrian conflict since the start of the uprising in 2011. Fifteen journalists have been killed in Syria this year while various armed groups are currently holding 22 others hostage.

The System






ISIS flogs 10 people for “publicly smoking” in Tikrit

by Abdelhak Mamoun

As originally posted on: Iraqi News
December 11, 2014


(IraqiNews.com) On Wednesday, a security source in Salahuddin province stated, that the organization of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) whipped 10 people for publicly smoking, north of Tikrit (170 km north of Baghdad).

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “This afternoon, ISIS elements whipped 10 people for smoking at one of the public squares in the village Sedira, eastern of Sharqat district, north of Tikrit. 50 lashes for each one of them.”

The System






Imagine…

by Keith Preston

As originally posted on: Attack the System
December 2, 2014


Imagine a North American United Revolutionary Front consisting of anarchists from across the spectrum of anarchist opinion, plus sympathetic or allied groups from the left, right, and center: libertarians, communitarians, paleos, populists, progressives, decentralists, greens, socialists, and (non-statist) nationalists.

Imagine such an alliance organizing around a few basic principles of common agreement such as:

1. An end to foreign military interventionism.

2. An end to corporate welfare.

3. An end to the police state, drug war, and prison industrial complex.

4. Decentralization of political power to the city-state level.

Is this an unreasonable proposal?

December 10, 2014

The System






ANA officer surrenders in Khas Uruzgan

by "Qari Yousuf Ahmadi" [a/k/a "Qari Mohammad Yousef Ahmadi"]

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan
December 10, 2014


URUZGAN, Dec. 09 – An ANA soldier from Khas Uruzgan district’s Shali Nawa area repented his mistakes and surrendered to Mujahideen this morning.

December 09, 2014

The System






Iraq: ISIS Making Profit Selling Organs Harvested from its Dead Fighters

by Johnlee Varghese

As originally posted on: IBTimes India
December 7, 2014


Reports out of Iraq have found that the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group are making huge profits by selling harvested organs of its own dead fighters.

ISIS, is currently one of the richest terrorist groups in the world with an annual revenue of $2 billion. And as per Forbes Israel estimates, ISIS has a daily income of $3 million daily.

One of its main income sources is through the oil wells captured by the group in Iraq and Syria. However, in a shocking revelation, reports from Mosul claim that ISIS has now ventured into selling organs.





Assisted by surgeons and doctors from Saudi Arabia, ISIS reportedly is operating an organs smuggling ring in Mosul. A report citing a local doctor from Mosul stated that ISIS was using 'networks specialised in trafficking human organs.'

Siruwan al-Mosuli, an Iraqi doctor based in Mosul told Al Monitor that 'surgeries take place within a hospital and organs are quickly transported through networks specialised in trafficking human organs.'

It were the local residents, who first noticed unusual activities within the medical facilities in Mosul. ISIS reportedly has hired a number of Arab and foreign surgeons. "But they are prohibited to mingle with the local doctors," al Mosuli said.

All the dead ISIS fighters are brought to the medical facilities and their organs are harvested and then sold, he said.?

It is strongly suspected that the organs are smuggled out of Iraq and sold in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Besides using its own dead fighters, ISIS has also reportedly been using Yazidis, Christians and other kidnapped people for harvesting of organs.

December 08, 2014

(TWENTY-FOUR DAYS REMAIN)






Two puppets join Mujahideen in Paktika

by "Zabihullah Mujahid"

As originally posted: Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan
December 8, 2014


PAKTIKA, Dec. 07 – Two puppets joined Mujahideen of the Islamic in Yahiya Khail district of Paktika province on Saturday.

The System






Politicians are Entrepreneurs of Externality

by Michael Philip

As originally posted on: Propertarianism
November 25, 2014


Democracy is supposed to make things better, by making all voters part of the political bargaining process. The problem with that is much of the art of representative politics is using the coercive power of the state to provide benefits to folk who do notice (and care and effectively politically express that noticing and caring) while shifting the costs onto those who do not. In other words, generating visible positive externalities paid for via not-usefully-noticed negative externalities. Politicians are entrepreneurs of externality. Appealing to politicians to deal with problems of externalities in general is rather like putting arsonists in charge of the fire brigade.