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Cyber War

03/07/2019 10:37 AM

It's time to ratchet up protection of our critical safety systems....precautions should be taken to safeguard against these types of opportunistic attacks, lock your machines and keep a watchful eye out...instruct your personnel and insist on compliance...

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613054/cybersecurity-critical-infrastructure-triton-malware/

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03/07/2019 10:56 PM

Timely Thread.
I dont have a solution for the level of sophistication of Triton.

In fact i have been hacked 3 times recently that i know of with the offenders bypassing Folder Lock file encryption and bypassing Bitdefender Total Security.

Both of those organisations were unable to offer me an explanation or a solution.

I know i have been hacked because i use Canary Tokens and an equivalent app that i wont name as its now my last layer of defense.

I encourage anyone who works with Intellectual Property / defense related infrastructure to install Canary Tokens on your PC as it notifies you immediately if someone attempts to open or copy files without authorisation.

Canary Tokens are basically a Honeypot burglar alarm.

As for Folder Lock encryption , it was supposed to be one of the highest rated encryption available to civilians , yet on 2 occasions i have come in to work and found my encrypted files were opened and viewable , so somebody has obtained the ability to bypass even that.

If you have I.P. that is really valuable to you ,then set up a PC that has no network connection , no WiFi and make sure even its printer is cable only with no WiFi capability.

I now use these hardware network switches to turn off the net when i leave work , it wont help during the day but its better than nothing.

Search for these on ebay under "RJ45 network cable switch"

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03/08/2019 3:15 AM

Yes wise advice, I myself use several computers for different uses and only am connected when using, but always have backup offline......but I protect only my personal information....It's quite a different level of security that's needed for critical safety networks in key infrastructure and potentially dangerous processing facilities...and we all know how updating software with newer versions and security patches goes in industry...there needs to be new more stringent safety regulations and checklists instituted with inspections and consequences enforced to safeguard our critical safety systems...or it's only a matter of time...This, at one time, was to be run by homeland security in cooperation and partnership with key private industries...but watching the ownership change of so many industries makes me think there does need to be legislation to limit foreign ownership in some manner of certain key infrastructure and particularly hazardous industries certainly in vulnerable locations...

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03/08/2019 4:31 AM

A few years ago it is believed that China hacked and downloaded almost all the contents of US department of defense servers.

The same was done to Australia.

One Australian Naval computer system was found afterwards to have had its admin access password still set as "admin"

Most western countries at this time i would rate as " sub-expert level" of cyber security.

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03/08/2019 11:28 AM

We clearly need a better accessibility method for gaining access to our computers...some method of automatic identification and authorization...the password thing has run its course...seems that AI surveillance and encryption of all systems may not be enough, but we need people to realize this is an ongoing and constant battle that requires constant vigilance and effort....

I feel we are painting ourselves into a corner...in situations like this there is nothing to do but to eliminate the antagonists...China uses constant surveillance and facial recognition to give everybody a social grade, anybody who is determined to be a threat in any way is banned from travel, internet access and basically under house arrest indefinitely....It seems that any viable method of preemptive disruption of threat is not tenable and limited to domestic threats alone, and I might add nothing seems foolproof...

So we are left with a reactionary defense, where we go back after the fact and erase all the damage, at least we attempt to....this might work in most domestic situations, but doesn't seem a wise strategy in protecting from threat of massive death and economic disruption...but it seems to be the only thing we have...

He that controls the computers, controls the world....but it's a slippery slope version of 'King of the Mountain' where basically as soon as you reach a dominate position another threat emerges...ad infinitum...so we must continue to innovate with as much effort as we can muster...there is a lot of low hanging fruit for security to target...backdoors to eliminate, passwords and content to encrypt, layers of security to spread throughout the land...

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03/08/2019 7:19 PM

2 factor encryption is one path but its meaningless when microsoft has built back doors into every PC operating system after 911 at the request of Charlie IA.

Another option is a security encryption chip built into a ring you wear on your finger , only that can unlock your software coding to enable access to it.

You mention Eliminating the enemy , but you need to ask how you got an enemy in the first place.

Read up on the history of china and you can understand why they want to hit out somewhere and win a war.

8 Nations invasion , Rape of nanking , opium wars etc etc etc , China has been plundered by enemies many times over in what was nothing short of burglary and genocide.

I would say to anyone / any country holding chinese antiquities looted out of china that they might consider politely returning them , in a public fashion and apologise for any suffering incurred in the process of thieving them.

We cant point the finger at china for intellectual property theft when our countries are holding stolen chinese artifacts can we ?

While the above may not stop world war 3 , it might certainly take the fire out of their belly , who would blame them for being angry ?

If we cleared our conscience and china still wants war , then it will be dealt with on an "as it comes basis".

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03/09/2019 5:09 AM

The idea that Chinese aggression is firmly justified by the possession of Chinese antiquities by foreign states and individuals is a bit far fetched. It seems to be far more of a convenient excuse for unfriendly behavior and an open ended thinly veiled threat than a reasonable complaint or explanation for aggressive behavior.

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03/09/2019 9:31 AM

I agree, holding people today responsible for what their ancestors did is ridiculous...We are not them and have no more connection to them than you do...It's enough that it is against the law now...

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03/10/2019 8:52 AM

I didn’t claim the looted antiquities issue would stop WW3 , but what’s wrong with having integrity and clearing some of the poison off the table ?

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03/10/2019 1:38 PM

What'wrong with having integrity about actually accounting for how various pieces were acquired, rather than over the top, across the board accusation that every Chinese antiquity (not in Chinese hands on the mainland) must be ill-gotten gains?

The ever expanding claim coupled with the dearth of reasonable supporting evidence and the dismissal of volumes of well documented evidence to the contrary should clue you in that all the browbeating is merely a political stunt to whip up nationalistic fervor.

No. Cowtowing to exaggerated and misrepresented claiims will not calm the situation. It will only encourage the chinese to whip up ev n more nationalistic fervor. They want a straw man enemy to keep the population focused on hating some foe, any foe, that is not them. The masses will endure far more oppression and toil if they have a convenient enemy to hate and give their work (false) purpose and motivation.

You don't think China wouild have stopped building those fortified artificial island in the South China Sea if everyone had aquiiesced to the idea that because "South China Sea" has "China' in the name...so it must belong to China, do you?

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03/09/2019 9:46 AM

" it might certainly take the fire out of their belly " . This is wishful, although it is not human nature. Once a travesty has been revealed, only to be replaced by an endless degree of suspicions.

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03/07/2019 11:55 PM

Indeed! ...and not only on an industrial level.

A recent storm caused a power outage lasting around 14 hours here at my home. It was a very poignant reminder of how dependent we are on a continuous reliable supply of electric energy.

Since our electric grid is controlled by computers, it is almost inevitable that sooner or later some terrorist organization or country will manage to shut down some part, if not all of it.

I do have a personal generator, and used it on that occasion, but it's inconvenient, expensive to run, and I don't have that much fuel on hand...

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03/08/2019 12:29 AM

Yes , What we consider to be technological conveniences can easily be used to wipe us out by targeting infrastructure.

and those people pushing for an E-Currency to replace printed banknotes need reminding that whatever country has cyber dominance from week to week will have the ability to bring a country to its knees without firing a single bullet.

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03/08/2019 2:22 AM

Yes, knowing this it's a wonder why so many people are welcoming Nest & Alexa into their homes.

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03/08/2019 10:24 AM

They wont if an EMP weapon cripples the infrastructures supporting them.

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03/08/2019 7:07 PM

Funny bunch of animals these humans.

They can engineer the ability to wipe out life on earth and revert to caveman days but they cant engineer peace on earth...

Human history

Greed

>abuse of power

>insecurity over their guilty conscience

>bigger abuses of power.

>cockroaches inherit the earth.

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03/08/2019 8:04 PM

Sounds like you watched 90 minutes of Monty Python “the life of Brian” and abridged it down to 5 lines ?

i wouldnt worry

If cockroaches do inherit the earth they will end up separating into clans based on the colour of their shells and wage war against each other to the death anyway.

bring on the expansion of consciousness of plant life I say !

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03/09/2019 9:42 AM

Nonsense, we have struggled just to survive for most of history...I wouldn't call that greedy, just necessary...that struggle continues today, though not as apparent as it was in the past, to some that enjoy the fruits of these efforts...

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