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Unsealed Indictments Show Russian Government Hackers Targeted US/Chinese Infrastructure

Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist.

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On Thursday, unsealed indictments from the FBI confirmed that US infrastructure is in immediate danger of an attack. The indictments named four Russian government employees that the FBI claim had a role in two “Historical Hacking Campaigns.” 

The indictments show that the Russians targeted both the hardware and software related to infrastructure operational technology systems. The 4 named defendants were involved in an operation that was, “attempting, supporting and conducting computer intrusions that together, in two separate conspiracies, targeted the global energy sector between 2012 and 2018.”

Although these indictments come as no surprise, some of the details of the indictment certainly call into question the recent partnership agreement between America’s 2 greatest geopolitical foes, Russia and China

The indictment shows that Russia had penetrated Chinese infrastructure in the past and now the question of whether China can even trust Russia is something to consider as the unhinged Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to make strategic miscalculations. 

At this point, after seeing Russia’s international condemnation, the Chinese government should reconsider whether it wants to join a fight with the rest of the free world over Vladimir Putin’s feverish obsessions to reclaim Ukraine.

These new indictments also show that the Russians had attacked European Union (EU) and NATO countries, with strong American allies the United Kingdom and Ireland also being named as victims of Russian cybercrime, along with Saudi Arabia. 

The first indictment, The United States v. Evgeny Viktorovich Gladkikh, indicates that the defendant installed backdoors against victims in an effort to launch Triton malware, a strain of malicious code that can compromise the safety of energy facilities utilizing industrial control systems (ICS). 

In this kind of an attack, energy refineries can be manipulated to operate in an unsafe manner while appearing to be operating correctly. The indictment claimed that this was to grant “the defendant and his co-conspirators the ability to cause damage to the refinery, injury to anyone nearby, and economic harm.”

The 2nd set of charges indicates that an attempt was made by 3 Russians to manipulate ICS or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. In the other indictment, Russian hackers Pavel Aleksandrovich Akulov, Mikhail Mikhailovich Gavrilov, and Marat Valeryevich Tyukov, who happen to be members of the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) Center 16, coordinated new supply chain attacks in an effort to further the Russian government’s attempts to “maintain surreptitious, unauthorized and persistent access to the computer networks of companies and organizations in the international energy sector, including oil and gas firms, nuclear power plants, and utility and power transmission companies.”

These attacks vary from the ones Americans are more familiar with, including the 2021 Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods hacks that targeted the east coast of the US’s oil supply as well as the country’s meat supply chains.

Those were executed by Russia-based state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) gangs that are affiliated with the Kremlin. Those gangs use ransomware to demand millions from victims. These types of attacks continues regularly but were merely seeking to cause a temporary halt to operations, versus the incredible destruction that is possible when hackers attack SCADA or ICS systems. 

With no immediate exit strategy for the Ukraine war in sight, the still-determined Russian leadership will likely continue to initiate cyber-attacks against the world. With Biden’s commentary that was immediately and embarrassingly contradicted by staffers, that Putin “cannot remain in power,” the United States, as well as the rest of the planet, needs to brace for more devastating attacks in the immediate future. 


Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by numerous websites and he is regularly seen on National and International news programming.

 

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Republican Turnout far Exceeds Democrats | Schaftlein Report

Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )

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Republican Turnout far Exceeds Democrats | Schaftlein Report
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Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com )
Topics:
1) Democratic turnout increase by 3% while Republican gains were 38%
*GOP is up on the Generic ballot by a range of 4-8%
2) In Georgia where Biden claimed “Jim Crow laws to prevent voting among minorities”, there is record turnout – Another Democratic lie exposed for the fraud they portray
3) Oz leads McCormick by 1,240 votes with mail in ballots still being counted – The lead is shrinking
4) Speculation about Biden not running in 2024 grows – Why would he – His presidency has been a total failure
*His approval rating is at 36-39%
5) Russian colonel on state TV says the war is lost in a stunning revelation
6) Russian Denazification is total propaganda and hypocrisy
7) China is in discussion with Russia to buy discounted oil
8) Gas prices hit an average of $4.59 today the highest ever
a. Mortgage demand plummets as rates on mortgages rise to highest level in 13 years
b. Initial jobless claims increase to 218K to touch highest level since January – It is still very low as jobs are plentiful
9) DHS “pauses” the Disinformation Board – For now?
10) Musk claims Democrats are the party of division and hate – We agree

https://rumble.com/embed/v12psp7/?pub=4 Republican Turnout far Exceeds Democrats | Schaftlein Report —————————- Guest: Jeffrey Dunetz – LidBlog Author ( LidBlog.com ) Topics: 1) Democratic turnout increase by 3% while Republican gains were 38% *GOP is up on the Generic ballot by a range of 4-8% 2) In Georgia where Biden claimed “Jim Crow laws to prevent voting among minorities”, there is record turnout – Another Democratic lie exposed for the fraud they portray 3) Oz leads McCormick by 1,240 votes with mail in ballots still being counted – The lead is shrinking 4) Speculation about Biden not running in 2024 grows – Why would he – His presidency has been a total failure *His approval rating is at 36-39% 5) Russian colonel on state TV says the war is lost in a stunning revelation 6) Russian Denazification is total propaganda and hypocrisy 7) China is in discussion with Russia to buy discounted oil 8) Gas prices hit an average of $4.59 today the highest ever a. Mortgage demand plummets as rates on mortgages rise to highest level in 13 years b. Initial jobless claims increase to 218K to touch highest level since January – It is still very low as jobs are plentiful 9) DHS “pauses” the Disinformation Board – For now? 10) Musk claims Democrats are the party of division and hate – We agree

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Empire State Goes Tyrannical with Social Media Spying Plan

This is NOT okay.

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There are plenty of ways in which American politicians can react to a tragedy, with a great many of those options being a bit shortsighted.

This is especially true of Democrats, it seems, as their innate progressivism makes them uniquely obsessed with change for the sake of change – even when those changes may be constitutionally questionable.

The latest example of this comes to us from New York, where a racist massacre at a grocery store has the state government looking to spy on citizens’ social media accounts.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Wednesday announced plans to create a police unit designed to, in part, combat “hate speech” in the wake of the tragic shooting in Buffalo, promising to “confront this epidemic head-on.”

“We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism,” Hochul announced Wednesday.

“In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on”.

The devil was in the (lack of) details:

One of the governor’s executive orders instructs the State Police to establish a “dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring at the Intelligence Center.”

“The unit will be responsible for developing investigative leads based on social media analyses focused on radical extremist activities motivated threats by identifying online locations and activities that facilitate radicalization and promote violent extremism,” it reads in part.

Without any clear or concise guard rails, those employed within the unit would be left to examine any number of questionable pieces of alleged “evidence”, tagging and cataloging completely harmless users in the sort of overreach that would have George Orwell not only rolling over in his grave, but kicking at the lid of his coffin as well.

There are plenty of ways in which American politicians can react to a tragedy, with a great many of those options being a bit shortsighted. This is especially true of Democrats, it seems, as their innate progressivism makes them uniquely obsessed with change for the sake of change – even when those changes may be constitutionally questionable. The latest example of this comes to us from New York, where a racist massacre at a grocery store has the state government looking to spy on citizens’ social media accounts. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Wednesday announced plans to create a police unit designed to, in part, combat “hate speech” in the wake of the tragic shooting in Buffalo, promising to “confront this epidemic head-on.” “We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism,” Hochul announced Wednesday. “In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on”. The devil was in the (lack of) details: One of the governor’s executive orders instructs the State Police to establish a “dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring at the Intelligence Center.” “The unit will be responsible for developing investigative leads based on social media analyses focused on radical extremist activities motivated threats by identifying online locations and activities that facilitate radicalization and promote violent extremism,” it reads in part. Without any clear or concise guard rails, those employed within the unit would be left to examine any number of questionable pieces of alleged “evidence”, tagging and cataloging completely harmless users in the sort of overreach that would have George Orwell not only rolling over in his grave, but kicking at the…

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