Head of MI6 – Warns Russia

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ST ANDREWS, Scotland

The Head of Britain’s foreign intelligence service, Alex Younger, is about to send a clear warning to the Kremlin today in that Russia should not make the mistake of  underestimating the West.

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The warning follows a nerve agent attack on a retired double agent in England which in turn, stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad.

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The attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer was in fact carried out by Russian agents, you would be pretty hard pressed to find anyone but those in the Kremlin who would argue that.

Yet, before everyone pounces on the back of Russia here, Sergi betrayed MI6 agents, US agents and many, many more, including those of his own homeland.

Basically the guy was all too willing to work with the highest bidder, his greed overtook his better judgement.

American and British Intelligence were both responsible for the deaths of scientists a few years back, so I hardly see the reasoning behind this casting of stones. Sergei was a dirtbag, he turned on his own when they wouldn’t pay him what he wanted so he sold them out to someone who was willing to pay more and he then turned on the hands the fed him all the way around making quite a full circle of betrayal and deceit.  

This is the oldest story in the book of spies.

The most curious aspect of all of this is that Russia has been busy creating allies with the west’s enemies, if anyone has bothered to notice this, at all.

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Those enemies are powerful, dangerous and unpredictable.    

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Which translates as the Kremlin is working up to something bigger than anyone has anticipated so far.

Cristal M Clark

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Once Putin’s Bitch – Russia Loses Faith in America

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CNN to Blame?

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov:

“U.S. Unpredictability Under Trump Causing Global Concern”

Trust me Dmitry, even American’s would agree with you on that.

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Everything under Trump hangs in the balance these days.

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Now if you were to ask Trump about this, I am sure he would gladly blame the likes of CNN or maybe MSNBC perhaps, rather than actually own up to his deplorable rhetoric, lies, tall tales, half truths.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Dozhd TV:

“The fact that America has become unpredictable lately is no secret to anyone, such unpredictability from the largest country, the most powerful economy in the world, is the subject of deep global concern.”

In fact, in recent months the relationship between the United States and Russia has begun to crack, the bromance between Putin and his beloved Donald Trump has seemingly been unable to withstand the test of actual time and Trump’s complete idiocy.

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For even a spokesman for the Kremlin to state this publicly is evidence of the worlds inability to have faith much less trust in the United States due to our leadership.

Dmitry’s words have been both, heard and echoed across the globe, with a nod of agreement felt from other nations.

The rumor is that Trump and Putin are scheduled to meet soon in Buenos Aires, a meeting that is sure to be a tense one.

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Russia’s Infamous Election Hackers Are at it Again

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Russia Election Meddling

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Yesterday, Trump went on and on with accusations that are completely baseless against China, claiming that they are attempting to meddle in our latest round of elections.

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What’s really true however is that reports are beginning to surface implying that Russia’s GRU, better known as Fancy Bear (U.S. intelligence agencies have identified Fancy Bear as two units within Russia’s military intelligence directorate), has secretly developed and deployed new malware that seems to be impossible to eradicate, capable of surviving a complete wipe of a target computer’s hard drive, and will allow the hackers to return as many times as they would like.

The European security company ESET discovered the new malware and reported that It works by rewriting the code that is flashed into a computer’s UEFI chip that controls the boot and reboot process.

The code is designed to maintain access to a high-value target in the event the operating system gets reinstalled or the hard drive replaced, which under normal circumstances would eradicate the malware.

This not the first code to hide in the UEFI chip and Russia’s new malware works only on PCs with security weaknesses in the existing UEFI configuration.

Not in this case, the new malware does seem to prove that Fancy Bear is more robust, powerful and potentially dangerous than the world previously thought.

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Vladimir Putin’s Spy Game

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Russia Double Agents – Beware

I keep having to tell my partner that I am not a spy, he asks me everyday almost, in fact last night after our date at the movie Black Panther he jokingly asked me if I felt a sense of connection with the spies in the movie.

The life of a spy, well that carries way more danger to it than I care to live every day.

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This past week news started to break however with regards to a double agent that some suspect was poisoned by Russia for his betrayal of his onceloved homeland. Sergei Skripal, who was once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service was poisoned along with his beloved daughter.

Sergei was born 6/23/1951, once convicted of spying on the UK back in 2006. Back in 2004, Sergei was arrested by Russia for trading some fairly sensitive intel about Russia to MI6.

The rumor was that Sergei had all of the makings of a James Bond style spy because of how it was that he traded intel to MI6.

What’s more is now questions are starting to surface with regards to the deaths of Surgei’s wife and son.

Sergei’s wife died in 2012 at the age of 59 according to the official report from a type of cancer, yet that has not stopped conspiracy theorists from asserting that somehow Russia may have very well ordered her to be executed as a way of sending a very clear message to Sergei.

To add further mystery here, neighbors said that Sergei’s wife in fact died in some type of car accident regardless of what the official autopsy report stated.

Sergei’s son died in 2017 at the age of 43 in of course some type of auto accident and the family cleaner claimed that Sergei’s son died of liver issues, which would makes sense if he drank excessively.

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Vladimir Putin does have a long and rich history of having a zero tolerance policy with regards to double agents who trade Russian secrets, which is understandable, the US has policies so her own as does just about every other foreign nation who employs spies.

So what if Russia is behind the poisoning of the the double agent and his daughter?

You read that right, so what, spies know what they are getting themselves into when they sign up, this is far from unusual or surprising and it is well known worldwide that Sergei in fact gave Russian imtel to MI6, he by default betrayed his own nation, he is guilty of espionage and so should be be punished for that.

The UK sent a sort of hilarious warning to Russia over this mysterious poisoning of the double agent, they promised a “Robust Response,” should the UK find evidence that Russia is in fact behind the poisoning.

Honestly, it is highly unlikely that the UK will find a ton of concrete, nail in the coffin evidence, they did not the last time this happened.

To be even more honest, this is not surprising at all in the world of spies and double agents.

Wrong or right, this is the life of a spy, particularly that of a double agent. They know full well what they are signing on for so if they are trading intel of any type, one should fully expect something to happen, no one happily skips off into a field of flowers here.

When it comes to Russia, they have a fairly robust group of spies that are highly skilled at what they do, not mention a leader that his pretty fearless, betraying one’s nation by becoming a double agent and then being punished for that move is actually an unspoken law in the world of spies, espionage and engaging in the life of a double agent.

In the world of being a spy, rules are not followed, lies are told, secrets are traded and loyalty is very hard to come by.

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Kremlin Bomb Threats – Spread Across Russia

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Russia – Over 45,000 Evacuated

In sort of a rather odd twist of fate, news reports coming out of Russia seem to indicate that Russia has been experiencing a wave of bomb threats the past few days that have resulted in over 45,000 individuals being evacuated from over 200 buildings, in 29 Russian cities.

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Some suspect that it is either foreign interference or a domestic anti-terror drill.

Today, 15,000 were evacuated from various buildings across Moscow after bomb threat calls were made to 12 shopping centers, 3 train stations and at least 4 universities.

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The calls are being made over the internet, which makes them very difficult to trace. It’s been reported that the callers will call into emergency services, name multiple locations and tell emergency services those locations have explosive devices inside.

Of course Russian officials who have searched each location after the calls, have come up empty handed.

It has also been reported that an anonymous source in the law enforcement have told the media that mass evacuations were prompted by a spam attack “masterminded from abroad.”

While several regional news outlets have quoted unidentified military officials who seem to think that the evacuations are part of a Russian anti-terror exercise, performed in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

Frants Klintsevich, Deputy Head of the Defense Committee said in a phone interview that “There’s never been anything like this before, it’s 100% telephone terrorism. The only goal is to set off destructive processes to sow panic.”

That or, people get so used to them or tired of them that they begin to ignore them…which is not good.

At any rate, several cities in Russia are investigating the calls as “knowingly false reports of terrorist acts,” a criminal offense in Russia that is punishable by up to 3 years in prison.

This is pretty typical Russia for you, conduct these anti-terrorism drills, but do not tell local authorities or citizens so we can test our own systems.

Then again, it could also very well be some group conducting some tests for a future potential attack somewhere in mother Russia.

That also makes sense if you are part of a terrorist organization, do the legwork upfront and look for systematic breakdowns and weaknesses.

Then exploit those breakdowns and weaknesses through a terrorist attack while also having the benefit of having called in so many fake bomb threats, that the citizens wherever the attack might occur, are more likely to blow off and ignore an actual bomb threat.

We may never really know what is behind the mass bomb threats throughout Russia because officials in Russia can’t even seem to agree where the calls are stemming from or why.

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U.S. Department of Justice – Resorting to veiled threats…against the Kremlin?

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Instead of resort to preventative measures

In light of the recent political hacks here in the U.S. today, 9/14/16, the Justice Department dropped a couple of hints that they do in fact, plan to hold Russia accountable for what is suspected to be a broad hacking campaign that has targeted U.S. political organizations and election databases.

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Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said “You’ve seen us use it time and again, the message is clear: You are not safe because you are doing it under another nation’s flag. We can figure out who did it … and when we do, we’re committed to holding people accountable.”

True enough, we have seen it and heard it, over and over again. What we are more interested in seeing are preventative measures. Something along the lines of being proactive rather than reactive.

Both Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Assistant Attorney General John Carlin fell short of actually coming right out and saying they in fact knew that Russia was behind the recent hacks in today’s announcement.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch had this to say: “Whether you are a rogue hacker or a uniformed soldier, the shadowy corners of the internet will not provide respite for long. The light of our efforts is bright, the reach of our resolve is long. There literally is no hiding place.”

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Yet, whomever these hackers are, they have still managed to be hiding, they are unnamed, they have no face for us to look upon, we don’t even really know where they reside, for all we know, the hacks could have all been inside jobs.

Information and access can both be bought and sold for a fairly reasonable price these days…

Assistant Attorney General John Carlin named Russia as one of the 4 main actors that have been involved in supporting hackers targeting the U.S., the other 3 are North Korea, Iran and China.

While it’s true that the U.S. has taken action against hackers with regards to hacks against Sony Pictures, financial institutions and U.S. companies. The action taken so far was against North Korea, Iran and China, nothing for Russia.

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Russia has been suspected of the Democratic Party hacks, as well as for hacks into election systems in both Arizona and Illinois. The word on the street is, they did it in an effort to disrupt the November elections.

Forbes reported that Edward Snowden suspected Russia as being behind the leak over at the NSA last month, something I am personally convinced is part of an inside job, rather than Russia kicking down the air-gapped network doors of the NSA.

Right now Russia is also being accused of hacking the medical records of Olympic Athletes…

President Obama has not acknowledged that he believes Russia is behind the hacks either. At least not publicly.

In Fact, so far most Government officials have hesitated at pointing the blame to Russia and Russia has denied any involvement in the recent hacks.

All save for…

Senator John McCain-R Arizona who today subtly suggested that “Russia is conducting cyber-attacks to undermine American interests at every turn.”

It’s one thing to have irrefutable evidence against someone, it’s an entirely different thing to blame someone for something you cannot prove they did.

It’s unforgivable to place blame on a very public level…When you lack THE EVIDENCE to support that!

What’s that thing we tell all criminals in this country…oh help me out here, isn’t it something along the lines of, being innocent until proven guilty…

Don’t we also allow for defendants to ask for and receive a change of venue if they feel they will not get a fair trial where they were charged because so much media attention was placed on the case that they feel the public, their jury would not give them a fair shot?

Way to practice that public persecution thing here, we are publicly persecuting another country who the U.S. Government hasn’t proven did anything.

I keep seeing headlines suggesting what the U.S. might do should they discover Russia was behind the recent hacks.

What I am not seeing is what the U.S. plans to do if they learn that Russia in fact, had absolutely nothing to do with the recent hacks?

It matters not right now who is behind the hacks as far as the public is concerned, what matters is that our Government is taking steps to prevent future hacks while at the same time investigates what did happen without and this is important, casting blame on another country.

For a country that wants to be a world leader, be seen and known as a world leader, this blame game is not the move a progressive, forward thinking world leading country, would make.

Whether or not someone is hacking for the Russian Government, or it’s a lone hacker if it were me, I’d hold off on blaming anyone outright until I did have irrefutable proof.

While we are all focused on who did it, we are failing to see and realize these hacks clearly illustrate our inability as a nation to prevent cyber attacks.

These hacks illustrate our weakness when it comes to the cyber world.

Because of that, I wouldn’t want to risk rocking the boat without having proof to back up my accusations because until anyone can prove anything…we are still pretty vulnerable to yet another hack and/or cyber attack.  

From a still unknown and unnamed hacker or group of hackers.

Cristal M Clark

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