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◆ North Korean Cyber Threats: A Growing Problem
What’s different about these hacks by a state actor? They are mostly about financial extortion.
The country’s primitive infrastructure is far less vulnerable to cyberretaliation, and North Korean hackers operate outside the country, anyway. Sanctions offer no useful response, since a raft of sanctions are already imposed. And Mr. Kim’s advisers are betting that no one will respond to a cyberattack with a military attack, for fear of a catastrophic escalation between North and South Korea. –New York Times
Comment: Since all of North Korea’s internet connections run through China and they house their “outside the country” hackers there currently, why does Beijing permit it? And why don’t we hold Beijing accountable? If they are in Tehran, then hold them accountable.
Comment #2: Some of North Korea’s actions are about security but this one is about money. For decades, the regime has used kidnapping, forgery, hacking, and all the other Tony Soprano techniques to get it. A side-benefit for them is that they acquire skills that could later be used for security-related attacks or defense.
Caruana Galizia, 53, had spent the last year publishing stories about allegations of corruption involving Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his closest allies. The story first came to light in the Panama Papers scandal — a leak in April 2016 of more than 11 million documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.
She subsequently published stories alleging that Muscat’s wife, Michelle, received $1 million from the daughter of Azerbaijan’s president through a company set up by the same law –Politico Europe
Comment: When you kill journalists very publicly in Europe, you are taking a huge political risk. That means the dangers from the corruption story must be very, very damaging.
Claude Rains award for being “shocked, shocked” to hear these allegation of corruption goes to Malta’s Prime Minister.
◆ Clinton Foundation decides to keep Harvey Weinstein’s donations (Washington Times)
Comment: These two are made for each other.
Neither one could find truth, integrity, or honesty if they were stapled to their butts.
◆ Too Centrist? Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) gets a primary challenge from the left (Los Angeles Times)
The challenger is Kevin de León, head of the state Senate. His campaign will focus on progressive issues and attack Feinstein as “soft on Trump.”
Comment: More on ZipDialog as the polling begins to emerge.
He pleads to charges of desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy.” Key facts:
- He went AWOL after carefully planning the disappearance
- He was held captive by Taliban for 5 years
- Bergdahl was returned after Pres. Obama released five senior Taliban captives from Guantanamo in a controversial prisoner swap
- Obama announced the deal in the Rose Garden, next to Bergdahl’s parents (who have consistently defended their son’s actions)
- Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, went on Sunday talk shows after the release to say, falsely, that Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction.”
- Thousands of US soldiers hunted for Bergdahl after his disappearance and some were killed in the effort.
Comment: Who has to break the news to Susan Rice?