According to German experts, the so-called Islamic State is unable to carry out complex hack attacks. According to Der Spiegel, the truth is that Kremlin’s hackers are behind the cyber-caliphate. __ Der Spiegel Claims Russia Responsible
FSB, GRU, and SVR Running the Cyber Caliphate Out of the Kremlin
… the Cyber Caliphate is a Russian false-flag operation. Although that loaded term has been hijacked by tinfoil-hat wearers and fringe websites, including lunatics who think horrific school shootings didn’t actually happen, it’s a perfectly legitimate espionage method of venerable vintage. Spy agencies routinely pose as third parties for operational purposes such as agent recruitment and covert action. The nastier intelligence services will even masquerade as terrorists to further their agenda.
Nobody is more adept at this dodgy practice than the Russians, who have been using false-flags in their spy work for more than a century. Indeed, for the Kremlin, this commonplace practice constitutes a key element of what they term provocation (provokatsiya in Russian), meaning the use of spies and their agents to cause secret political effects that are helpful to Moscow and hurtful to Moscow’s enemies. __ http://observer.com/2016/06/false-flags-the-kremlins-hidden-cyber-hand/
No one should be surprised by this latest sign of Kremlin cyber duplicity and electronic sabotage. The inner circle is desperate and is willing to use any means — up to and including nuclear sneak attack — to survive at the top of the kleptocracy.
Putin Handing Russia’s Prize Gem to China on a Silver Platter
Putin — desperate for hard currency — continues to sell off prize Russian assets to China in a desperate bid to continue funding nuclear missile upgrades and multiple wars outside Russia’s borders. Meanwhile Russia’s infrastructure continues to collapse.
Vladimir Putin is considering selling part of Russia’s corporate crown jewels to China and India as the president struggles to meet spending commitments before his possible re-election bid in less than two years.
Putin is willing to offer up to 20% of Russia’s prize company to China — India is included in the bidding mainly to induce China into following through on the purchase. And China is a customer that Russia cannot risk stealing from, as it has stolen from outside investors so many times in the past. This is a desperate move on Putin’s part which further ratchets up Chinese ownership of crucial Russian assets.
China has no need to invade and conquer what it can obtain by other means.
Russia’s New Owner is Consolidating, Centralising, and Purging His Competition
If Russians want to know their fate under future ownership, they have only to look southeast to what is happening in the upper echelons of the Middle Kingdom:
Since taking the reins in 2012, Xi has accumulated several new titles that have placed him at the center of more party institutions than any leader since Mao Zedong. In addition to being named the Commander in Chief of the armed forces in April, Xi has been named to previously nonexistent posts as chairman of the comprehensive reform committee and as head of the nation’s internal security forces. These positions and others place Xi in a position to micromanage more and more pieces of the Communist Party.
… Xi’s skill at strengthening the party have not transferred to his management of the economy. Placing himself at the center of economic decision making, like he did during the recent stock market crisis, produced a solution that was ineffective and made without the advice of key economic advisors. The fact that Xi prefers to make more decisions personally, rather than by informed consensus, affects not only China, but the countries and organizations that interact with China.
Many experts believe that Xi’s actions will make China’s economy a difficult environment for investors for the foreseeable future.
“Experts” do not know the half of it. Foreign economic investment has been driven out of China (and Russia) in recent years by this type of top-heavy dictatorial behaviour. There is no sign of easing up on the part of the dictators, so there is little hope for the investment climate to improve.
Closed and Rigid Societies Cannot Innovate for the Long Term
Rigid, dictatorial societies such as North Korea, Cuba, Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and many Central Asian and sub Saharan African nations, do not allow the opportunities and freedoms to their people which are necessary for a society to develop a broad foundation for future innovation. This is why Russia and China devote so many resources to cyber theft, cyber espionage, cyber mischief, and cyber war. Without piracy and theft, such “emerging” nations would sink back into complete corrupt autophagy.
As it is, their survival hangs on a raveling thread.
Since many of these League nations are also nuclear powers — capable of direct nuclear strike or indirect EMP devastation — it would be best to be prepared for blowback from the expected death throes.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood. That way, you are far less likely to become a dupe for the propaganda services and cyber criminals who are the true face of League nations.
Believe Kremlin propaganda at the risk of your own credibility and sanity — and become a laughingstock wherever you go.