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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 106

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Not talking in general. Meaning, Silent majorities who, right or wrong, follow tribal leaders. As in current “democratic” system with biased electoral laws and no checks on money circulating to buy the conscious.

The Turks could not carry out to the end the genocide on Armenians. They relied on the Kurds to commit the massacres and all the dirty works. and guarding the hordes of refugees. The Kurds looted, confiscated properties and lands. Now they want independence. To carry out what, again?

Armenians are Not allowed to hate the Syrians who sheltered them, after their long journeys from Turkey, in Aleppo, Deir-Zour and northern Syria.  Their descendants do live thanks to the Syrian people.

Melancholic Al Raqqa was doomed to wait for impotent USA “allies” to liberate them from ISIS: The city was totally destroyed as in Germany Dresden in WWII

Al Raqqa al 7azinat badha sha3b, wa jaysh wa zelm ta tet7arar. Amrica, al aktar 7oznan, ba3d ma karraret when and how to liberate Al Raqqa

The less intake, the better. The more excreta (bowel movement) the better. Wa al salam 3ala “better”

USA has to desist antagonizing China over North Korea. It is far too late to intimidate Mighty China.

It is Not fair and just to condemn people of less than 25 year-old with prison terms, as being responsible of behaviors of people in their 50’s.

North Korea “family leaders’ as straw figures of a monarchic communist system. As many democratic systems maintained a constitutional monarchy.

Sidi-Okba, un des compagnons de Mohammad, detruisit la capital des Berberes Tadmekka en Afrique du north and construisit Es-Souk sur ses ruines

Waiting for perfect means not starting. Better do and fail and restart.

The elite classes trickled down money to the poorer classes, but abundantly inflate God to them.

Une vie a toute vitesse: ils jouent affames, grandissent illetres, enfantes habilles, et meurent silencieusement. Personne ne s’ interesse a leur sort.

Ayya sharaf an7ass? ye zaltouk wa ye 3azbouk, yamma echarpe marra enzaa7?

In responses to referendums in Catalonia and Barazani tribe Kurdistan: First demand referendums to changing constitution to alternative political systems.

Bashar of Syria has to answer for targeting the civilians with explosive barrels from 2011-14 in order to punish them for their rebellion and cow them into submission.

Bashar’s cronies of Syria let the extremist factions flourish to exact more humiliation and indignities on insurgent civilians from 2011 to 2014.

Ce n’est pas comme vous croyez. Le peuple dans les “zones des insurges” n’est pas uni. Les habitants des villages chassent les leurs

Le bombardement continuel avaient transformes la crise en une guerre de religion dans les esprits des combattant sunnites. Les extremistes Wahhabits en profiterent en toutes azimuts.

 

 

 

State-sponsored hacking on the rise: The USA, France, Israel, China and now North Korea

North Korea only needed an Internet connection and computers to cripple an entire company like Sony Pictures Entertainment .

North Korea targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment because the studio planned to release “The Interview,” a satirical film depicting a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.

Hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” demanded that Sony stop the movie’s release, set for Christmas, or they would attack moviegoers in a 9/11-style assault.

Sony at first bowed to pressure and on Wednesday withdrew the film from theater distribution. But on Friday, criticized for giving the hackers what they wanted, the company said it hoped to distribute the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco on “different platforms.”

Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking

North Korea has been blamed for one of the most destructive cyber-attacks on a company in US history. It’s just the latest in a string of hacks sanctioned and funded by governments

Ian Sherr  and Seth Rosenblatt posted this December 20, 2014

“This is absolutely a wake-up call,” said Bruce Bennett, an expert on North Korea and military defense for the RAND Corporation think tank. “We have North Koreans who built nuclear weapons. Why should we suspect they can’t do cyberattacks?”

While the latest cyberattack puts North Korea in the public eye, the country is not unique.

China, Israel, France, Syria and the US are among the world’s most powerful countries that have amassed armies of hackers engaged in cyberwarfare. These countries have reportedly used sophisticated computer skills to disable Iran’s uranium enrichment plants, cripple oil and gas production in Saudi Arabia and sabotage satellite and infrastructure systems around the world.

The number of cyberespionage attacks across the Web rose 15 % between 2011 and 2013, according to a report by Verizon. The annual cost of a successful cyberattacks increased to $20.8 million in the financial sector, $14.5 million in technology and $12.7 in the communications industry, according to a Heritage Foundation report released just before the attack on

Most attacks targeting the US come from China and France, in addition to those originating on American soil, according to Internet research firm Norse. State-sponsored hacking is “undeniably on the rise,” said Kurt Stammberger, senior vice president of market development at Norse.

In 2010, a malicious computer program called Stuxnet successfully damaged machines Iran was believed to be using to create nuclear weapons. Two years later, The New York Times said Israel and the United States were behind the attack.

Since then, hackers working on behalf of various countries have carried out plots against nations and corporations.

The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers sympathetic to the dictatorial regime there, has defaced websites and taken control of social-media accounts.

The Chinese government is suspected of having breached the computer networks of government and spy agencies around the world, as well as large corporations including Google, Adobe, Yahoo and defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

President Obama also said he doesn’t believe North Korea worked with other countries in the attack against Sony.

In the not-too-distant future, warfare with traditional weaponry may take a backseat to potentially more destructive tactics: computer code attacking the companies and infrastructures, including electric grids and oil and gas pipelines, that society relies on.

That isn’t as farfetched as it once was, said Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of security services firm CrowdStrike. “From a technical perspective, this attack wasn’t unprecedented,” he said. “There’s no doubt we’ll see more of these in the future.”

While the attack on Sony may seem expansive in its destructive scope, it only affected shareholders, partner companies and employees. An attack on critical infrastructure of countries would be more devastating, said Evan Sills, a cybersecurity consultant at Good Harbor.

Many countries have the ability to do such damage but have so far refrained from such destructive attacks, Sills added. But that doesn’t mean terrorist groups will show similar restraint.

“What North Korea did to Sony, a terrorist group could do to them in three years,” Sills said. “In terms of how bad could it get? It could get pretty bad.”

 

On Dec. 4, 2012, the UN general assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to open its nuclear program for inspection.

The resolution, approved by a vote of 174 to 6, with six abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) “without further delay” and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Those voting against were Israel, the US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. (Yes, Canada is under US mandated power like the other pseudo Island-States)

Resolutions adopted by the 193-member general assembly are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight.

And the resolution adds to pressure on Israel as it faces criticism over plans to increase settlement in the West Bank, a move seen as retaliation for the assembly recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Israel refuses to confirm or deny possessing nuclear bombs, though it is widely believed to have them.

Israel has refused to join the non-proliferation treaty along with three nuclear weapon states: India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israel insists there must first be a Middle East peace agreement before the establishment of a proposed regional zone free of weapons of mass destruction. (sort of vying for unbalanced negotiation terms?)

Israel “rivals” in the region argue that Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal presents the greatest threat to peace in the region.

While the US voted against the resolution, it voted in favour of two paragraphs in it that were put to separate votes. Both support universal adherence to the NPT and call on those countries that aren’t parties to ratify it “at the earliest date”.

The only no votes on those paragraphs were Israel and India.

The vote came as a sequel to the cancellation of a high-level conference aimed at banning nuclear weapons from the Middle East.

All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the summit in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the US announced on 23 November that it would not take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on non-proliferation.

Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel’s refusal to attend.

Just before Monday’s vote, the Iranian diplomat Khodadad Seifi told the assembly “the truth is that the Israeli regime is the only party which rejected to conditions for a conference”.

Seifi called for “strong pressure on that regime to participate in the conference without any preconditions”.

The Guardian

Despite not having any nuclear warheads or even the capability to produce them, Iran has come under intense international pressure and sanctions — which affects civilians and is causing food insecurity and mass suffering.

In comparison, Israel, who has at least 200 nuclear warheads and does not allow inspectors into its secretive nuclear weapons program, has not been hit by any sanctions nor has come under any substantial international pressure.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons.


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