Pay It Forward

Posted: 6th March 2015 by th3j35t3r in General
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“There’s no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” ~ Amiel

When I set out on this ‘caper’ over five years ago I never imagined how things would turn out. A lot of positive things have occurred. Things like making the cover of both Newsweek, and Homeland Security Today Magazine, TV coverage on both MSNBC and NBC, my laptop being displayed in the International Spy Museum in Washington DC and much more.

And this week something else happened. I was ‘named’ in TIME Magazine’s list of the 30 Most Influential people on the Internet. Think about that for a minute. At the time of writing there are 3,079,544,187 (give or take) people using the internet in the world.

This list has just 30 people on it. I was and am still, totally stunned. TIME lists were first published in 1999 as the result of a debate among American academics, politicians, and journalists, the list is now an annual event. Although appearing on the list is often seen as an honor, TIME makes it clear that entrants are recognized for changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions. The final list of influential individuals are exclusively chosen by TIME editors with nominations coming from the TIME alumni and the magazine’s international writing staff.

“Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.” ~ Hubert H Humphrey

(There’s an update at the end of this post).

I’m going to give you a heads up. There is a VERY important message in this blog post, and I’ve been trying to get it across for 4 years now and now shit’s getting real.  So, Less than 16 hours ago the so-called ‘Islamic State Hacking Division’ dumped scores of what appeared to be US military personnel names AND addresses they claimed to be from a ‘hacked government database’ and mirrored it all over the web.

What (another) GIANT pile of steaming rhino shit. 

Ill winds… fair sailing.

Posted: 17th March 2015 by th3j35t3r in General
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“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good” ~ Unknown

Yesterday I was reading a really interesting (to me at least) thread on Twitter (right here) that posed a relevant question (to me anyway) asking ‘does the text of the new CISA bill allow for ‘hacking back’, or as I prefer to call it ‘surprise adoption’ in the context of offensive cyber countermeasures.

You may or may not be aware of the fact that aside from the obvious threat from online radicalization of homegrown terror actors, US assets, not just government assets, but private, corporate infrastructures, your assets and my assets are under attack CONSTANTLY. And I mean constantly. If you don’t believe me and you want a LIVE real-time view of who and what’s hitting this nations cyber ‘stuff’ right now all you need to do is CLICK HERE on any given Sunday, or right now if you are feeling adventurous.

For those who don’t like clicking links here’s a screenshot from 2 seconds ago as I write this post:

Jihadi Bloopers. Online and Off.

Posted: 2nd February 2015 by th3j35t3r in General
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“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu

I’ve been talking about how jihadis have been using the internet to conduct radicalization, recruitment, propaganda operations and even the training of homegrown threats for years. Recently it seems that other people, not least the mainstream media are finally catching on. There’s a lot of hyperbole too, with phrases like ‘ISIS hackers’ and ‘Cyber Jihad’ being tossed around. This post will demonstrate by way of example the current general skill set levels of your average online jihadist forum administrator.

For this demonstration I’ll be using the jihadi forum ‘http://alfidaa.biz‘ which has been around since 2010, specifically Thursday May 27th at 20:37pm 2010. It’s currently hosted in Portugal by RedeVF Tecnologias de Informacao and sits on an Apache web server on IP 185.11.166.59. It appears to be a dedicated VPS (not shared) as the only other domains pointing to this IP address are variations of their own, namely www.al-fidaa.com and www.alfidaa.info. This tells us it’s not a free provider, they have money, and someone is paying for the box. More on who later in this post.

THEIR FIRST MISTAKE

The stupid. It Burns.

Posted: 28th January 2015 by th3j35t3r in General
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“Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake” ~ Napolean

I’ll start off with a Public Service Announcement –  brace yourself, this post is nothing to do with ‘hacking’ it’s a lesson in patience, you are about to witness the sad mental state that has possessed far too many of our young peoples’ minds, since…. well, since ‘LulzSec’. Many of us remember ‘Lulzsec’ and what became of them so I won’t bother boring us all with that shit. But since then I can’t help but notice that their asshattery has spawned a whole generation of children, and talentless nobody’s whose sole purpose is to abuse and fuck with people on the internet, and then cry about it for eons when someone turns around and out-asshats or simply blocks them. We’ve seen them try everything, but essentially they’re real lonely and all they want is ‘e-fame’ and they don’t care what they do to get it. And lately it’s getting worse. Most of their achievements in ‘hacking’ amount to downloading a mod pack for their latest XBOX title. It really pisses me off when the media crown people who send bomb threats to airlines over twitter as ‘hackers’. Seriously? WTF? I’ve worked hard for my questionably good (or depending how you look at it, bad) name and I like many other relatively normal people don’t want to be tarred with their cheeto-dust stained brush.

TAKE THIS MORNING FOR EXAMPLE:

Recently the current most hated and reviled ‘hacker’ crew – known as @LizardMafia for some reasons known only to a few lost access to their domain ‘lizardmafia.com‘ which included their IRC server on ‘chat.lizardsquad.com‘. I received some intelligence from a credible source that these ‘Lizards’ and some of the remnants of the old Team P0ison gang of halfwits were ‘teaming up’ and they were hanging out on Team P0ison’s little IRC server since their own had errrm, well, become no longer viable for them. It’s cunningly hosted at the very incognito ‘irc.p0ison.org’ on port 6667 – and yes if you click that link it’ll take you right there, so when you’re finished reading this feel free to drop by and ‘say hello’ to these fools, or something.

Observations: ISIS Kassig Execution Video

Posted: 16th November 2014 by th3j35t3r in General
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“Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.” ~ Eric Hoffer

After watching with absolute disgust ISIS latest video release, featuring the executions of 18-20 ‘Syrian Nusayri Officers and Pilots’, and former Army Ranger Peter Kassig, I noticed some subtle and not-so-subtle differences compared to the previous videos. So I’m going to take the liberty of sharing them right here.

Fig 1.1 – A Thimbledick                 
PRODUCTION QUALITY  – THEY’VE GOT A BRAND NEW GEEK
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All the previous ISIS video releases, while better than the prior videos from AQ and others are no match for the effort and skillset that went into creating this latest one. They must have a new shithead (probably this guy) working on the post-production and effects which this time included, slow-motion, and overlaid sound effects, all synced perfectly with what appears to be well-rehearsed footage (more on that later).

RELEASE TIMING – THEY’RE TRICKLE-DRIPPING 

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“Security… it’s simply the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you’re willing to deal with whatever happens.” ~ Harry Browne

OWN MY SIGNED BLACKPHONE! DETAILS AT BOTTOM OF THIS OFFERING.

Sometimes being ‘jester’ has it’s perks. For example, I nearly fell off my already wobbly perch when the CSO for Silent Circle, Mr Dan Ford aka @NetSecrex on Twitter made contact and offered me not one but TWO Blackphones for me to have a play around with (and keep them). After a few nanoseconds of deliberation and assurances from Mr Ford this was not a lame attempt to track me down, I agreed and setup a mailing route with multiple hops, each recipient unknown to the previous in order to receive the items. (effectively the reverse of when I sent my laptop to the International Spy Museum).

“Twas the week before 9/11 and all thru the house, not a creature was stirring…. except for all the creatures.” ~ Me

In exactly one week it will be thirteen years since that terrible day. We all remember where we were that day. I myself was deployed. My team and I had just got back onto base after a 3 day gig in the field, and the events were playing out right in front of us on a shitty little CRT TV mounted high in a corner. Nobody was tired anymore and chow didn’t seem so urgent.

I have skirted around writing anything about 9/11 in the past, mainly because it is an issue surrounded by deep feelings from around the nation from grief to anger, and everything in between. I am choosing to write this now because when we say ‘9/11 – Never Forget’ we are mainly concentrating on the ones we lost, on the day and in the time since on related operations around the globe. However, we should never take our eyes of the ball, and ‘never forget’ that they did pull off the unthinkable, and they’d do it again too. In a heartbeat.

Recently, there’s been some events that are not coincidences.

… but they’re still to dumb to realize it.

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines… ” ~ Muhammad Ali

#ISIS went online viral. Now, do you want to  know who’s fueling it? Here we go then. I’m gonna try and not groan on here. But this is important. Most of you know I’ve been going on VERY VOCALLY for years about how the so-called ‘hacktivist’ collective ‘Anonymous’ and their little wannabe offshoots have been ripe for infiltration by foreign terrorist organizations, hell I’ve written numerous blog posts on it; Here’s one of the better ones, mos of you will have seen it, but if not I strongly recommend you check it out. A few others of you out there will remember my spat with ‘TEAM POISON’, one of the many splinter groups of anonymous. They basically phone bombed the UK’s Anti-Terror hotline a few times. Some of their number were apprehended and I wrote a lovely blog post all about that shit, when it happened in 2012. You can catch up with that here.

0Wecu88“Those who don’t know the value of loyalty, can never appreciate the cost of betrayal.” – Unknown Author

So next week, ole Greg Greenwald’s (or whatever his name is) new book comes out, and it’s no coincidence that on the same day, him, Snowden and the Wikileaks tree-huggers will be releasing a cache of the sensitive information ‘Fast Eddie S’ stole from the US. Now we all know what I initially thought about the whole ‘Snowden Affair’ from my previous blog post about it at the time, I’m not gonna go over all that again. If you want the backstory feel free to read it here. Not much has changed my mind since then. In fact, since then we’ve had time to observe the effects of Eddie’s so-called ‘patriotism’ first hand. And that’s what I’m gonna cover today.

It’s been observed, by more than a few well-connected individuals that since Snowden’s theft, defection, and revelations that certain things have changed within certain threat actor camps. For me, most notably, and predictably, the particular threat actor I am referring to is none other than Al-Qaeda. You see, they had a shitty bit of software they developed called ‘Mujahideen Secrets II’, and they used this to encrypt sensitive messages among their top-tier players online. This software was as, like I said pretty shitty, and certain people, in certain places had the ability to monitor/decrypt messages encrypted with said software, thus… well… I’m pretty sure you get the skinny.

Along comes Fast Eddie Snowden.