Friday, December 19, 2014

Sony Hack may have been a practice run for something far worse

North Korean defectors are saying that the hack of Sony may have been a practice run for the NoKo's real target; telecoms and energy grids.
The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.
Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear technology are the weapons of choice for the impoverished North to match its main enemies, they said.
Obsessed by fears that it will be over-run by South Korea and the United States, North Korea has been working for years on the ability to disrupt or destroy computer systems that control vital public services such as telecoms and energy utilities, according to one defector.
"North Korea's ultimate goal in cyber strategy is to be able to attack national infrastructure of South Korea and the United States," said Kim Heung-kwang, a defector from the North who was a computer science professor and says he maintains links with the community in his home country.
"The hacking of Sony Pictures is similar to previous attacks that were blamed on North Korea and is a result of training and efforts made with the goal of destroying infrastructure," said Kim, who came to the South in 2004.
The North's most successful cyber-attack to date may be the hacking at Sony Corp that led to the studio cancelling a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Although not officially accused by Washington, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday that investigators had determined the attack was "state sponsored" and that North Korea was the government involved.
"They have trained themselves by launching attacks related to electronic networks," said Jang Se-yul, a defector from North Korea who studied at the military college for computer sciences before escaping to the South six years ago, referring to the North’s cyber warfare unit.
For years, North Korea has been pouring resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, run by the military's spy agency and staffed by some of the most talented computer experts in the country, he and other defectors have said.
Most of the hackers in the unit are drawn from the military computer school.

It appears that our enemies (read competitors) have made exceedingly greater progress in their sophisticated cyber-warfare techniques than we have achieved in defending ourselves. Now comes Admiral Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, who warned last week that China and perhaps two other unnamed nations had “the ability to launch a cyber attack that could shut down the entire U.S. power grid and other critical infrastructure.”
Almost everyone in the cyber security community believes we simply aren't doing enough to protect our power grid and communications. The question is, how realistic is the threat?

Such a dire possibility should well have gotten a wider prominent play in the media. Yet Admiral Rogers underscored that software detected in China could seriously damage our nation’s economic future by interfering with the electric utility power companies that the citizens of New York, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit and other urban centers require as the basic life blood of survival. This possibility is a great deal more dangerous than stealing 76 million names from JP Morgan Chase.
This not a Sci-Fi fantasy being perpetrated as a hoax on the American public. The NSA head flatly predicted that “it is only a matter of the when, not the if, that we are going to see something traumatic.” He admitted NSA was watching multiple nations invest in this dangerous capability. He called the danger a “coming trend,” where our vulnerability will be equivalent to a hole in our software systems that are unseen by the multinational company, the public utility, the telecom giant, the defense manufacturer, the Department of Defense.
It's common sense to make some plans to survive such a cyber attack. Extra canned goods and water, extra cash, making sure you have a clean gun and plenty of ammo, and perhaps a gas powered generator with extra fuel. Experts say that you should plan on at least two weeks being without electricity, with some analysts saying it could be 6 months to a year.
The point is, if you want to survive such a calamity, you have to plan for it. The warnings are becoming more frequent and this cyber terrorist act against Sony is only the tip of the iceberg.



Cuban-Americans Are Furious At Obama: “The Worst President”

The scene in Miami’s Little Havana on Wednesday night was one of utter anger in reaction to the Democrats and President Obama’s decision to relax Cuban-American relations.
 There were “cries of assassin, accomplice, and coward–aimed at the President,” ABC’s Ross Polumbo reported live from the scene.
Polumbo called Little Havana the “epicenter of Cuban-American opinion.”
“He’s the worst President we have had in this country for many years,” one man shouted in response to Obama’s decision yesterday to order the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
One woman unloaded on a man who was wearing an Obama T-shirt.
“This is the last place you should be,” she said.
More protesters could be heard saying they are “very hurt,” and one women said that this deal was “a slap in the face” to her father.
“This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people,” said Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and whose Cuban parents fled from Fidel Castro’s murderous regime. “All this is going to do is give the Castro regime, which controls every aspect of Cuban life, the opportunity to manipulate these changes to perpetuate itself in power.”

Read more at http://dailysurge.com/2014/12/cuban-americans-furious-obama-worst-president/

FLASHBACK: Obama Opposes Sony Censorship But Supported It For Film Blamed For Benghazi [VIDEO]

President Obama’s statement at a year-end press conference on Friday in which he said that Sony has set a bad precedent by caving in to North Korean hackers’ demands to pull its movie, “The Interview”, is at odds with his administration’s stance on another movie — “Innocence of Muslims.”
On Friday, Obama said:
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like. Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody’s sensibilities who probably need to be offended.”
But in 2012, after a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House scrambled to get YouTube to remove “Innocence of Muslims”, a movie which the administration believed may have helped spark the uprising which killed four Americans, including Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens.
Days after the attack, the Los Angeles Times reported that Obama administration officials had contacted YouTube to request that the video website take down the movie, which many Muslims found offensive.

Small Businesses Get Double-Digit Rate Hikes In California

Over 5,000 small businesses in California are facing large health insurance premium rate hikes in 2015, reaching double-digits on average, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Aetna, the third-largest health insurer, is upping premiums by as much as 20 percent on small businesses in California beginning Jan.1, sparking state insurance commissioner Dave Jones to roundly criticize the hikes.
Jones’ office claims Aetna’s hikes, which reach 10.7 percent on average, will cost small employers $23.5 million in “excessive premiums;” the state had argued that Aetna should have increased rates by only 2.6 percent for group of 64,000 employees and dependents.
“There should be savings passed on to businesses and consumers,” Jones told the L.A. Times. “Employers large and small should be asking their health insurer why they aren’t benefiting. What is frustrating for me is I know these rates are excessive and I can’t do anything about it.”
Jones lost a bid in November’s elections to gain the ability to deny rate increases to California health insurers. Voters roundly turned down Proposition 45 with almost 59 percent voting against it.

Obama’s No Good, Bad, Terrible ‘Breakthrough’ Year

President Barack Obama’s year of political failure has really been a “year of action… a breakthrough year for America,” Obama told a room full of non-confrontational reporters.
“Take any metric you want, America’s resurgence is real, we are better off,” he insisted Friday, shortly before departing for Christmas vacation in Hawaii.
But Obama was exquisitely careful about the metrics he choose to highlight.
2014 was “the strongest year of job growth since the 1990s,” he said, without mentioning that fewer native-borne Americans hold jobs in November 2014 than held jobs in November 2007.
“Wages are on the rise again,” he said, without mentioning that median weekly wages rose from $771 in the third quarter of 2013, up to $790 in the third-quarter of 2014. That’s a 2.3 percent increase, amid inflation of roughly 3 percent. Part-time workers’ weekly wages rose from a media of $241 in late 2013, to $245 in late 2014. That’s $3 a week in wage increases.
“America is in the lead again” internationally, he said, citing his effort in Iraq and Ukraine to block advancing jihadi and Russian armies. But Obama declined to mention that those armies began their advances on his watch, and after he withdrew from Iraq and offered concessions to Russia.
The U.S. is “turning a new page on our relationship with the Cuban people,” he said, without acknowledging that he recognized Cuba’s fcommunist dictatorship on Dec. 17 without getting any reciprocal commitments on free speech, property rights or democracy.
He claimed an environmental deal would aid the management of the world’s climate, but that deal required China to do nothing until 2030.
Obama’s bombast was echoed by his staff. “This certainly has been our most productive year since the Republicans took over…an excellent year,” one aide told Politico.
Obama’s fine-tuned boasting was delivered to a year-end press corps that was content to get a few televised minutes with the president, and was in no mood to remind him about the serial disasters for Obama, progressives and the Democratic Party in 2014.
It was the year when the GOP won a Senate majority, boosted its 2010 House majority to near-record levels, and also claimed control of two-thirds of state legislatures.
His ratings plunged down to the low-40s, leaving him with support only from his Democratic base. Even that base cracked on immigration, where several pollsshowed strong support around 15 percent, and strong opposition up to 50 percent.
That was a huge reversal from early 2013, when he had as much support as opposition.
It was also the year in which the president saw the defeat of his top legislative priority — passage of the Senate’s June 2013 amnesty and guest-worker bill.
The bill was defeated by public opposition, and especially by the primary votes in Virginia’s Seventh district, who rejected GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
That rejection occured despite near-complete support among Democrats, lobbyists, foundations, senior Republicans, business groups and universities. With help from the established media, these groups manufactured apparent public support for amnesty, but were defeated by American voters in a political fight that should be treated as classic battle in civics textbooks
After that defeat, Obama unilaterally announced he would grant work-permits to five million illegals, and would curtail immigration enforcement against illegal immigrants. That unpopular amnesty is tacitly backed by the GOP leadership.
Obama may view his unilateral amnesty as a victory, but it is overwhelmingly opposed by the GOP’s base and by most swing-voters, and may yet be killed by the Supreme Court or by a Republican president in 2017.



Michael Steele: Obama Basically Throwing The Bird Up To Pretty Much Everybody
Read more at http://dailysurge.com/2014/12/michael-steele-obama-basically-throwing-bird-pretty-much-everybody-town/

VIDEO: Obama Feigns Cooperation to “Make Life Better for Ordinary Americans” While Boasting of Economic Gains

Observe a man on the ropes-
 Or, is he perhaps the most disingenuous person to deliver a speech. What, in his delivery, indicates he actually believes any of what he says?



NYPD Union Chief Goes Nuclear on Feckless de Blasio: “He is not running the City of New York. He thinks he’s running a f- -king revolution”

Might be time for a wave of the blue flu. Maybe on New Year’s Eve, just to teach this jerk a lesson.
Mayor de Blasio acts more like the leader of “a f- -king revolution” than a city, police-union President Pat Lynch said at a recent delegate meeting.
“He is not running the City of New York. He thinks he’s running a f- -king revolution,” said Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, during the private gathering in Queens last Friday.
Lynch, who was secretly recorded, also all but ordered a rule-book slowdown, according to the seven-minute tape obtained by Capital New York.
“If we won’t get support when we do our jobs . . . then we’re going to do it the way they want it,” Lynch said. “Let me be perfectly clear: We will use extreme discretion in every encounter.”
Lynch, when referring to de Blasio, encouraged members to be wary of what he called “enemies.” “Our friends, we’re courteous to them. Our enemies, extreme discretion,” he said. “The rules are made by them to hurt you. Well, now we’ll use those rules to protect us.”
In response de Blasio will be meeting with the “mostly peaceful” protest thugs today.
Police union leaders have publicly disagreed with Mayor Bill de Blasio since the mayor called for an end to “the stop-and-frisk era” during his campaign last year, and the union has escalated its rhetoric amid protests following the Garner decision.
This morning, de Blasio is scheduled to atttend a CompStat meeting at NYPD headquarters and on Friday he’ll meet with members of Justice League NYC, a police reform advocacy group helping to organize daily demonstrations around the city. The group is led by former Al Sharpton aide Tamika Mallory, and wants as part of their demands, an “end” to Broken Windows policing and the “immediate” passage of two bills to limit police in the City Council.
In the audio recording, Lynch urges officers to police the streets in a way that protects them from critics.
“There’s a book they make for us where if you carried it with you, you won’t need to go to the gym,” Lynch said. “Every time there’s a problem, they tell us what we can’t do. They tell us what we shouldn’t do. But they never tell us what we can do. We’re going to take that book, their rules and we’re going to protect ourselves because they won’t. We will do it the way they want us to do it. We will do it with their stupid rules, even the ones that don’t work.”
Pretty soon the days of Dinkins will be looked upon nostalgically.

Former WH Space Program Advisor: Climate Change ‘Greatest Scientific Fraud in History’

John Casey, a former White House space program advisor and current president of theSpace and Science Research Corporation, says that there has been roughly $30 billion dollars spent the past 30 years to make a “weak scientific theory,” the theory of man-made global warming or climate change, into something valid is “the greatest scientific fraud in history.” 
Casey told Newsmax TV‘s J. D. Hayworth and Francesca Page on Wednesday that despite all of the money and effort to make the greenhouse gas theory valid, the United Nation’s climate models have been a “miserable failure.” 

Casey, the author of “Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell,” contends that significant change in temperature is caused by changes in the activity of the sun, not by mankind. 

He finds it hard to believe “why so many people believe in a theory that has been proven to be so unreliable versus models that are very reliable,” while saying that the models he uses, which rely on solar cycles, are over 90 percent accurate.

RELATED:  Weather Channel Co-Founder: ‘Shame on You Al Gore!’

h/t:  Newsmax