New Ransomware Attack Strikes – Russia and Ukraine

 

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Bad Rabbit Ransomware – Coming to a Country Near You Soon!

 

First can I just ask who in God’s name is naming some of this ransomware because dubbing the newest attack “Bad Rabbit” gives me nightmares about a horror movie I once saw as a child from 1972 entitled “Night of the Lepus.”

 

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This newest attack has already hit Russia and Ukraine and according to US officials, this newest attack has hit several other countries in addition to Russia and Ukraine, they have seen it hit Germany, Poland, South Korea and Turkey as well, so far.

News reports from the US are currently filtering in, slowly but the attack has in fact hit the United States, no word yet on how many have been affected.

Since the majority of the victims from this attack as it stands as of right now have been in Russia, it is fair to assume that Russia may have been the intended target here.

 

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It does actually bare some pretty eerie similarities to WannaCry and Peyta, Malware analyst Amit Serper, principal security researcher of Cybereason,  did happen to release a tweet with instructions for stopping the attack from happening.

 

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I almost hate to say it here, I have just one very small suspicion that this might be the work of some government somewhere in the world that simply wants to prove a point.

Bad Rabbit is for sure coming to a country near you sooner rather than later, but I bet you won’t be seeing it hit North Korea, any time in the near future.

Cristal M Clark

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Russian Meddling Did Not Start or Stop With Just The 2016 Election

 

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Taliban and Russia Have Become Quite an Item of Late

 

Some love affairs make absolute sense however, the love affair Russia is attempting to have with the Taliban by supplying it’s army with weapons, such as but not limited to, heavy machine guns and a small number of surface-to-surface missiles, is somewhat questionable yet not entirely surprising.

 

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Russia’s ties to Afghanistan do happen to go back quite a way throughout history as does Russia’s incessant need to meddle in any affair that they feel would be of a benefit to the Soviet Union and only the Soviet Union.

The Taliban as a group formed around 1979, when feeling an understandable lack of love for the Soviet Union because they more or less invaded Afghanistan.

Funny back story to that is that in 1973 The Soviet Union brought their soldiers into Afghanistan “claiming” to want to rebuild the crushing economy.

However, the Mujahidin which is where the Taliban ultimately rose to life from, were not quite in the mood to have any type of affair with Soviet Union back then. 

 

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So as you might imagine some affairs take quite a long time to actually come to fruition. Forget flowers, dinner, wine and mind blowing sex, Russia really had to work for this one to happen, they’ve put in years and years of effort here.

So no, it is not actually that surprising that Russia and the Taliban are actually sleeping together these days. Russia does like to keep its hand in all of the cookie jars, Russia in fact, for lack of better terms, is the whore of the world.

As Russia has continued to fight to have a much better influence in Afghanistan, they simply and quite obviously felt that supplying weapons to the Taliban was a way to accomplish just that. Which in turn clearly demonstrates a pretty concerning pattern with regards to Russia’s desire to influence more than just the 2016 Presidential Election.

Not to mention that Moscow has a pretty rich history of not supporting American influence in Libya, Turkey, Syria and the Gulf to the point of undermining the United States in her effort to curb any and all violence in the region.  

Just last year Russia did admit to sharing intelligence with the Taliban in an effort to thwart ISIS, but believing that very nicely packaged, pretty headline is like making a wine purchase because the bottle was pretty.

Russia is, as is the rest of the world a little afraid of ISIS, but for Russia that is because they have not found a way in with ISIS yet, if they had, they’d be sleeping with them too.

Some are wondering what Russia’s real motive is, however that writing is so very clearly already written on the board.

Russia really is playing the oldest game in the book, they are I will admit doing a nice job of it yet it’s not all that surprising or impressive.

If they could manage to “influence” my Starbuck’s card here, I would be more impressed.

Cristal M Clark

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Putin Caves to Restrictions Imposed By The United Nations

 

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United States Ready for War With North Korea?

 

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Vladimir Putin managed to catch the world by surprise today as he announced that Russia would in fact, adhere to UN sanctions against North Korea by putting a halt to various types of economic, scientific and technical ties with Pyongyang in accordance with sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

The sanctions by the way were imposed in November of 2016 so way to go Russia for providing that support to North Korea for almost an entire year after the fact.

 

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The EU today decided to impose a total ban of EU investment on North Korea over its continued nuclear weapons development and subsequent testing.

They handed out asset freezes and travel bans on 3 people and  6 “entities,” which are normally just companies or organizations with ties to North Korea.

The EU actually did take a pretty big step further here by putting a ban on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil to North Korea and to add insult to injury, the EU elected to cut the amount of money people can send to North Korea from 15,000 to 5,000 euros ($17,700 to $5,900) the amount of money people can send to North Korea.

And the icing on the cake here?

The EU also elected to forgo renewing  work permits for North Koreans working in the ministers territories, apart from refugees and others in need of international protection.

 

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As for the US, Trump is going to ask other US allies to impose further sanctions upon North Korea when the White House makes it’s scheduled trip in November to  Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

 

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It is beginning to look as if Foreign States finally realized just what a threat North Korea has become and are now taking action.

New Reports are indicating that the US is saying that they are ready for war with North Korea as well.

So?

That does leave the obvious question, is Kim Jong-Un ready to back down or risk ending up holding the very short end of the stick?

Cristal M Clark

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ISIS Offers To Assassinate Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

 

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ISIS Supporters Feeling Left Out – Vow New Attacks on America and Russia

 

Well, it looks like ISIS is feeling left out with all of the recent talk of hurricanes, Russian Hacking, fake news, North Korea, the Iran Nuclear deal and Trump’s ill advised, ridiculous tweets and open attacks on the US media.

 

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Rather than easing themselves back into the game of war and talk of destruction and attacks, they just went for the gold and threatened to assassinate both Trump and Putin.

 

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In the newly released propaganda image they decided to show off bullet ridden photos of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, then took it a step over the top and invited its followers to stage more attacks on the United States, Trump, Russia and Putin.

“Lie in wait for them at every chance to ambush.”

 

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Here’s the kicker, ISIS was using Obama’s image until a few months back, they didn’t even bother to acknowledge Trump as the President of the United States until just recently.

I’m guessing ISIS most likely thought Trump becoming President of the United States was just more bad American TV and far from actual reality.

And to be fair, it is an easy mistake to make here, has anyone sat down and read a lot of Trump’s tweets, seen the guy on TV, at News Conference, speaking?!?!?!?

It took time to actually sink in so it took them time to believe the gravity of the situation here.

ISIS has also just recently claimed to have been behind the shooting in Las Vegas. Last week ISIS claimed that Steven Paddock converted to Islam roughly 6 months ago, a claim federal agents are having a hard time finding any evidence of.

The reality is that ISIS has been losing ground for a while here and it looks like they want back into the game but they are having a hard time actually getting themselves back into the game full force if you will.

 

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Unlike threats coming from North Korea, ISIS is not as easy to just take care of. They are the perfect example of cutting the head of the snake and watching the body keep going.

Clearly, ISIS is not bright enough to have figured out that they really do not want to dance with Trump here.

Maybe they do not have TV, they can’t get on social media, they don’t read or watch news from anywhere in the world.

If they did,  they would have seen that Trump is a little on the crazy side. And by a little, I really mean a lot.  

America has enough problems with just Trump alone, he not the guy to threaten because Trump is not afraid to take to Twitter and start name calling, insulting ISIS and making threats towards ISIS.

On the other hand, American intelligence should be paying close attention to the latest threat coming out of ISIS and any of it’s supporters.

ISIS very well could be smart enough to have figured out the lack of support Trump has from American’s at this juncture.

It looks a lot like they are attempting to build an army from the inside by capitalizing on individuals who loath Trump and who are disturbed enough to take action.

Cristal M Clark

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Kim Jong-Un’s Mental State Finally Called into Question?

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Not sure if anyone caught some the recent headlines the past couple of days with regards to Kim Jong-Un’s mental frame of mind.

If not, I guess some have questioned it which is odd to me but whatever.

 

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We all know that he and Trump are loose cannons, yet while I do question at times Trump’s frame of mind, I have never doubted that Kim is clear, concise and making moves that would ensure that his legacy lives on and thrives.

 

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At any rate, the CIA felt compelled to chime in on the subject recently stating:

“”Waking up one morning and deciding he wants to nuke, he wants to rule for a long time and die peacefully in his own bed.”

I would tend to agree with that as I have pretty much said it before. North Korea is not and will not strike first unless they are provoked enough into doing that.

Which is why they have subtly at times attempted to provoke others into starting a war. For  North Korea, starting a war with America or any of her allies is suicide and North Korea is fully aware of that.

 

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So the reality is they will continue to test missiles and cause fear among everyone. It is after all one of the most basic rules of war, make others believe that you are more powerful than you truly are.

It’s all about instilling fear here.

North Korea also poses a significant cyber threat to America which is not something you see in the news often. North Korea has a second internet link from (it’s not China), TransTeleCom, a state owned provider from Russia.

 

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In fact the US attempted a pretty big DDoS attack on North Korea recently and Russia gave them more bandwidth so as to help cope with that.

The funniest part of that news is that, the contract between North Korea and TransTeleCom was put together and signed off on a few years back.

While some do not really think much of that, the reality is, if you are a sane ruler making intellectual decisions and long term goals…it would make sense to get a contract in place prior to pissing off the entire world with talk and threats of nuclear devastation.

I guess DDoS attacks are legal and perfectly okay when it is the United States Government launching such an attack on another country…just don’t try to launch one on the United States because then you become a criminal or a nation who has committed a crime against the United States.  

 

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No one should be surprised by Russia here either, they do after all like to play all of the sides.

As for Kim, he’s like a child in some aspects where he is testing the waters, pushing buttons, seeing how far he can take things before it’s taken too far in an attempt to get what he really wants.

It will be interesting to see how it eventually plays out here because in the long run, while I believe that Kim is not some delusional murderous maniac, I do not believe that he really understands what playing with fire is like.

That fire just so happens to be Donald Trump and Trump is at times more irrational than a two year old whose blankie is in the dryer.

Cristal M Clark

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Russia Successful at Dividing America?

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Russia – Serves up The Perfect Election Weapon

I continue to see these headlines with regards to Russia dividing Americans through fake social media accounts.

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This morning CNN went on and on about the social media account that was found on both Twitter and Facebook under the name of “Blacktivist” which CNN dubbed a fake “black” activist account.

Okay fair enough however, when using words to describes things such as “black” or “white” you are by default stirring that social tension pot. Why not simply say something along the lines of “We found this activist site that the Russian’s created so as to cause even more racial tension and divide with regards to law enforcement here in america.”

See how much more classy that sounds?

While I don’t doubt that Russia did create that particular account, what caused the problem is still the problem. The media describes the fake account as a “black” activist account.

It’s a fake activist account. End of story. Viewers could clearly see what the accounts were when CNN posted images of the accounts posts.

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We were already a nation that was divided though and CNN should probably check its facts before skirting them and making it sound as if Russia really made the racial divide here in america worse.

It was already a boiling pot that was going to boil over on it’s own at any moment.

We already had racial tensions brewing with even more tensions brewing where law enforcement was concerned.

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All Russia did was capitalize on our nation’s problems in order to gain more knowledge about us and where our heads were.

And by problems, it was all that, we all advertised, whether it was the mainstream media or individuals on social media posting things, we all advertised precisely what Russia exposed and capitalized on during the election.

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I also keep hearing this, particularly on CNN, “how did they know who to target?”

This morning was another spit out my coffee or choke laughing moment. A reporter on CNN asked a guest something to the effect of, “How did they know who to target, was it perhaps one of those calls placed to you where you were asked who they could market something like this to?”

CNN, the sky did not fall here, do you guys even read or watch the news at all? Do you even know what you are reporting on, on a daily basis or do you block that from your fragile egos, I mean minds at the end of the day and forget about it?

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What’s more, do you go onto social media at all?

Does CNN or any other media outlet actually pay attention to things other than themselves?

It is not rocket it science here.

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Russia knew who to target and what parts of the country in large part no thanks to mainstream media, second to that by actually looking at what people post from around this country on social media sites, including Reddit where anyone can read all of the forums without having to create an actual account and friend or follow someone.

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I wrote about this two nights ago, Russia knew who to target because here in america, we american’s expose our own secrets to everyone through social media, the mainstream media reports on speculation and opinion as if they were fact and they ask people really personal information and/or learn that really personal information and expose it. 

Really CNN, how do you think they figured out who to target. I’ve never heard a more ridiculous question being asked over and over again, in my life.

Nothing in the news is really news these days, so while CNN said over and over again this morning too, “you can’t get your news from social media”, the last time I checked, we couldn’t get our news from CNN either.

I heard over 45 minutes of pretty much speculation this morning, the guests to CNN? CNN was asking hypothetical questions and interjecting their own opinions, and nothing really got answered, what I did not hear a lot of was actual factual news aside from Puerto Rico, yet still the CNN anchors filled those moments with speculative questions that tend to go unanswered which leaves viewers to speculate further and then rumors start…

Russia didn’t make shit up here, they simply exposed the worst of each of us and utilized that to their advantage.

All of the fake ad’s, the fake news, the activist accounts, they were all based off of actual facts, things that were already happening here in america, things that people were already talking about, speculating about and in some cases spreading rumors as fact about.

Russia was able to figure out, which was not a secret CNN, nor was it a secret, that american’s were already divided, they used that division among us in order to sway the election.

But was that really the only goal?

Not by a long shot.

Russia was able to expose america truly expose our every weakness from the inside out, to the world.

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People post and share everything across multiple social media accounts, we overshare information, we discuss openly our true feelings on forums where we never have to meet the other people we are chatting with. You never know who is on the other end.

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The media has overplayed the fact that we have all of this racial division, police shooting unarmed young individuals and beating them and the media were the one’s that drilled into our heads the very idea of the wording “Unarmed, young black man.” the media also overplayed the drug epidemics that are sweeping our nation, doctors prescribing opiods like skittles, impoverished parts of our own country that we ignore while at the same time looking down our noses at for instance impoverished nations such as North Korea, the cost of living in some housing markets is so high that people have to share studio apartments with multiple people, where is big brother helping on that one? Oh wait, they are more concerned with access to Americans private email, cell phones and private data, access to social media accounts…go see Russia because they were able to obtain that, am I right? Health care in this nation is a complete and utter joke, our politicians take advantage of the system far more than any citizen, the rich get away with murder while the poor suffer the consequences 3x’s over for a simple shoplifting, you get the point, as the list could go on for days.

Thanks mainstream media, I was paying attention…but I wasn’t the only one or so it would appear. The media in this country tends to turn the news into something that it was never intended to be, entertainment. Everything is a huge, dramatic story that plays out for days on end.

We were an open book and the media played a much bigger role in that than they desire to admit, however along with that, each of us who are on social media, forums of any kind and the like bare some of that blame as well because we too overexposed our true feelings, our problems in this nation, and how we felt about those problems. Speculation, rumor and fact, we let it all out and really did kid ourselves into thinking that no one was paying attention, or at the least, that no one would ever think to use it against us.

And, if you were to push, dig and try to learn more, you might learn that the election was not the only goal here.

Our intelligence agencies should at the very least know that. Russia is far from finished here.

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Russia ladies and gentlemen, really just used what was going on here in a truly remarkable way and bitch slapped us with it, and hard.

Russia created and deployed the most unexpected weapon that has ever been created and with expert precision, they used it against us, even though we were one mass of multiple moving targets.  

They didn’t kill a single soul in the process. They didn’t have to.

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It was pure genius.

The other night I said that Russia couldn’t have done it any better, and that is hands down fact.

Cristal M Clark

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