Three SBU Deaths in Ukraine

 

28 June 2017 Colonel Yuriy Vozny,   of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has been killed in a mine blast in Donbas

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The SBU said that Vozny is the 23rd officer in the security service to have been killed since fighting began in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

27 June 2017 Colonel Maksym Shapoval was killed in blast in Kiev.

He was head of Intelligence Reserve of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and Special Forces Ops officer.

 

31 March 2017 #Ukraine SBU Colonel Oleksandr Kharaberyush officer killed in Mariupol.

He was the deputy head of counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)

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The explosion occurred at the junction of Metalurhiv Avenue and Kafaiska Street in the central district of Mariupol at 8:35 a.m., the Donetsk regional police’s liaison department said.

Kharaberiush himself, who served as deputy head of the main counterintelligence department of the Donetsk SBU Directorate, died on the spot.

Some believe he was  known in Donbass for his torturing of civilians

Givi and Motorola were killed in 2016. Now Ukraine SBU officers are getting killed.

This means someone is giving information from the inside the SBU.

Who benefits from Three Colonels dying?

The Majors.

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Eastern Europe Russia War Scenarios

Three Scenarios worth discussion.

  1. The people of Kharkiv strongly resisted the separatist scenario in 2014-2015. Demonstrations for Ukraine were consistently well-attended, despite the obvious threat of violence. A university city, the fragmented nature of Kharkiv is quite distinct from the unitary, proletarian nature of rebel-held Donbass. Kharkiv seems to have come to the consensus that the city’s newfound stability is all thanks to MAyor Kernes. Now that Lugansk and Donbass are stable, the city is prime for another attempt. Kharkiv has built a wall, but its people just want the war to end. The assassinations in Russia are on the rise. The Mayor stopped the separatists, but would the engine of the city stop if he was killed? This event would happen and the separatists would have better odds. This would plunge Ukraine in chaos. NATO would not intervene.  This would have to happen this year or the freedom to travel the EU would make it harder to want to rejoin the Soviet Union. Kharkiv residence that were able to travel visa free are enjoying it. The romance with EU and the West will continue like Romania in the 1990s. Russia can see the days when missiles defenses are on its border, manned by Russian speaker Ukrainian soldiers. That is the fear that is not acceptable to the Rodihna.
  2. Belarus. The conflict between Russia and NATO probably will begin with Belarus.  Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko does not need or want Russian military bases on its territory.. He recently allowed five day visa free travel from the EU and USA. This has triggered an underground pro-west feeling among many Bellorussians. Life is too hard there and foreign cash and tourists are welcome.Russia may decide to launch a coup, overthrowing or assassinating Alexander Lukashenko and replacing him with a fully controlled and loyal secret service general. The new leader of Belarus then officially invites Russian troops into Belarus. After this the Kremlin begins to generate hybrid threats to the Baltic countries and Poland. NATO then decides to activate Article 5 and sends High Readiness Forces to protect these states. The Kremlin interprets this step as a declaration of war and responds with a large-scale offensive operation against the Baltic states and Poland.
  3. Poland. The world watched the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.  This is in the NATO mind for Poland. NATO initiating a conflict is a politically palatable cover for  an offensive plan into Poland. Yesterday, a USA recon place was within five feet of a Soviet Fighter. At what point does NATO shoot down a fighter in open air space>? What would Moscow response be? NATO resistance would be overrun quickly in the absence of a larger mechanized defensive force posture. Also like Ukraine, Estonia and Latvia are home to sizable ethnic Russian populations that have been at best unevenly integrated into the two countries’ post-independence political and social mainstreams and that give Russia a self-justification for meddling in Estonian and Latvian affairs. Even though the USA is part of NATO, would the current administration participate if Poland scenario of war developed?

 

 

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The Dark Hackers

Today was a summit of the best minds in the computer world.

The hackers who hacked google and others are increasing their appetite for money.

They well funded and have support in equipment and hosting.

They hit targets for money.

They learn from the idiots at anonymous

No brags.

Ransom, steal, trick into getting into accounts.

They are keeping politics out of it.

Only money.

The current windows 10 is causing nonstop problems for business and customers

But the hackers spend lavishly.

That is the weakness.

When using the Tool Eternal Blue. One must have been trained by a person familiar with it.

More than 45,000 attacks have been recorded in as many as 74 countries, including Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan, according to Kaspersky Labs, a Russian cybersecurity firm

The Russian Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement that 1,000 of its computers had also been hit.

The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access. Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what percent had given in to the extortionists.

A tool known as Eternal Blue developed by US spies was used by the hackers to supercharge an existing form of criminal malware, three senior cyber security analysts said, leading to one of the fastest-spreading and potentially damaging cyber attacks seen to date. Their analysis was confirmed by western security officials who were scrambling to contain an attack that initially hit hospitals and doctors’ practices across the UK. The same or similar virus was used in a large-scale attack in Spain that hit Telefónica, the country’s main telecoms provider.
An “accidental hero” has halted the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware that has wreaked havoc on organizations including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx and Telefonica.
Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits nearly 100 countries around the world
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A cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and implemented a “kill switch” in the malicious software that was based on a cyber-weapon stolen from the NSA.
The kill switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it from spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading.

Friday’s massive international cyberattack may give you the best reason of all to hit “update” when prompted.Reports suggest that the vulnerability exploited by the worm responsible for the attack is the same one revealed in April by the hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers. The Shadow Brokers alleged that the U.S. National Security Agency had used weaknesses in Windows as part of its digital surveillance efforts.

 

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Paul Tudor Jones Warns of a Terrifying Stock Market Bubble in 2017

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Hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones says this ‘terrifying’ chart should freak out the Fed
Tudor Jones was referring to a chart of the stock market’s value versus the economy, showing valuations not seen since the dot-com bubble of 2000.
The comments came during a closed-door meeting with Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg News reported

The legendary macro trader says that years of low interest rates have bloated stock valuations to a level not seen since 2000, right before the Nasdaq tumbled 75 percent over two-plus years. That measure — the value of the stock market relative to the size of the economy — should be “terrifying” to a central banker, Jones said earlier this month at a closed-door Goldman Sachs Asset Management conference, according to people who heard him.

Jones is voicing what many hedge fund and other money managers are privately warning investors: Stocks are trading at unsustainable levels. A few traders are more explicit, predicting a sizable market tumble by the end of the year.

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Venezuela’s Anti-government Protests

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Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in Caracas on Wednesday, protesting President Nicolás Maduro.

At least six Venezuelans have already died this month in what have been the biggest anti-government protests since 2014.

General Motors says Venezuela illegally seized one of its plants.

Maduro recently tried to use the Supreme Court to limit the power of the legislature, and the socialist country has been slammed by a devastating economic crisis, resulting in food shortages and increased crime. Despite having the largest proven oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is fast running out of cash, and its people have struggled for years with food and medical shortages, coupled with skyrocketing prices.

March 29, the Venezuelan Supreme Court dissolved the parliament, transferring all legislative powers to itself. By doing away with the opposition-controlled legislative branch, the move effectively meant the remaining two branches of Venezuelan government were controlled by Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party. The opposition was outraged and called the move a coup. The decision was reversed three days later, but protests had already erupted.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro salutes Monday during Bolivarian militia celebrations in Caracas.

“We’re after and will capture the very last of the attackers,” Maduro said Saturday on national TV. “You all know that I don’t fool around. When I go after criminals, I get them, and I will capture all of these criminals who are getting their orders from the right-wingers.”
In a show of force Monday, Maduro paraded the streets of Caracas surrounded by men and women in uniform. The military has also vowed its full support to Maduro.

Annual inflation in crisis-hit Venezuela last year reached 274 percent, according to data the central bank provided to the International Monetary Fund, although many economists believe the true figure is far more alarming.

In the midst of a bruising economic crisis, the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro has not published inflation data for more than a year.

Venezuelan consultancy Ecoanalitica says inflation was 525 percent last year and New York-based investment bank Torino Capital – using one popular food item as a proxy – put it at 453 percent.

Purchasing power has eroded and salaries annihilated as a result. On the black market, $1,000 in savings when Maduro was elected in 2013 would now be worth less than $5.

The bolivar currency fell further against the U.S. dollar on Thursday and is now at its lowest value ever against the dollar, down 99.5 percent since Maduro came to power.

Venezuela was also the worst-performing economy in the world last year, when the country’s gross domestic product collapsed by 18 percent amid a currency collapse and a surge of hyperinflation. The IMF estimates that the country’s inflation rate in 2017 will average around 43,000 percent.

 

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About that St. Petersburg bombing

The death toll in a suicide attack in St. Petersburg rose to 16

People including relatives of victims of the Monday's metro bombing attend a memorial service at the Trinity Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, April 5, 2017.  REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The explosion in the underground of St. Petersburg took place on April 3 on the stretch between the stations “Sennaya” and “Institute of Technology”.

The damaged train carriage at Tekhnologichesky Institut metro station in St Petersburg, 3 April 2017

Suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, is thought to be Russian national born in Central Asian Kyrgyzstan, died in the blast

The investigative committee, which is leading an inquiry into the bombing, said in a statement that six men were detained in St. Petersburg and two in Moscow. It said the explosive device, found in an apartment in St. Petersburg, was identical to the one the suicide bomber, Akbarzhon A. Jalilov, planted at the Vosstaniya Square station before he blew himself up between the Sennaya Square and the Technology Institute stations. Investigators discovered tinfoil, double-sided tape and other components of explosive devices in an apartment Mr. Jalilov rented in northeastern St. Petersburg, but there has been little to explain what turned a 22-year-old Russian with Uzbek roots into a suicide bomber.

April 18 Basmanny court arrested the alleged organizer of the terrorist act Abror Asimov. His calculated, practicing telephone contacts Jalilov.

Yesterday was arrested older brother Abror Asimov Akram. According to security officials, Akram Azimov participated in the financing of terrorist groups obtaining money from Turkey and also provides its members with forged documents. he denied any involvement in terrorist activities.

Akram Azimov is believed to have transferred funds used for the attack and set up links with international terrorist organisations

Video footage appeared to show a grenade in his money belt

Video footage appeared to show a grenade in his money belt

The FSB said the suspects, both from Central Asia, were killed in a shootout when they resisted arrest in a home in the Vladimir region east of Moscow.

They were in contact with recruiters from international terror organizations, had shown an interest in making bombs and expressed a readiness to carry out attacks in Russia, it said in a statement.

Millions of migrants from the poverty-stricken ex-Soviet countries of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan come to work in Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Syria and Chemical Weapons

Two chemical weapon attacks by Syria March 24 March 30 prior to April 4 attack. _ Rex Tillerson

The White House and the UK blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 while many were still asleep.
The strike, killed 86 people, 27 of them children. Autopsies on three Syrians who died after being brought to Turkey for treatment suggest sarin was used in the attack.

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Early assessments by U.S. intelligence officials, Doctors Without Borders and the U.N. health agency suggested that chlorine gas and traces of sarin were used in the bombing.

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Sarin, also known as GB, is clear, colorless, tasteless and has no odor in its pure form. It is described as “a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent,” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). It is generally a liquid, however it can evaporate into a gas and spread into the environment,

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March 19, 2013: 26 people in the town of Khan al-Assal , including several Syrian soldiers, die in a sarin gas attack in northern Syria. The government and rebels each blame the other for the incident.  A UN investigation later finds that sarin nerve gas was used.

An August 21 2013 attack used nerve gas to kill over 1,400 people in a rebel controlled village outside Damascus.

Following the 2013 Damascus attack, Syria joined the international Chemical Weapons Convention under a U.S.-Russian deal and agreed to hand over its stockpile of about 2.8 million pounds of toxic weapons as well as disable its chemical weapons program.
In 2014, Syria handed over the remaining 220,462 metric tons of toxic material it had reported to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which was set to be destroyed at sea. However, OPCW chief Ahmet Uzumcu told Reuters at the time that he could not confirm that that was the last of Syria’s chemical weapons. “All declared chemical weapons have left Syria (but) clearly we cannot say as the secretariat of the OPCW that Syria doesn’t possess any chemical weapons any more,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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