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Chinese Hacker Methodology Flowchart

The Dark Visitor blog This Chinese hacker intrusion flowchart above, taken from Stuhack, clearly demonstrates Chinese hackers have developed a methodology to their attacks. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the chart was the Police song, “ Murder by Numbers .” Is this intrusion chart unique? Probably not. Could they have taken it from someone else? Sure. As always, many thanks to Jumper for helping me to get the correct terminology. I really had some of them botched.

Finance: Harsh truths

Economic shock has transformed the political debate in the US and the EU and changes in international politics are sure to follow, Ben Judah writes for ISN Security Watch. By Ben Judah in London for ISN Security Watch Since the end of the Cold War, the hard power of the US and the soft outreach of the EU have been underwritten by a crucial set of advantages. A perceived absolute financial security, thriving economies and large amounts of cash have allowed governments to indulge in military adventures in the Middle East, incorporating Eastern Europe into the Union or funding vast aid projects across the developing world without worrying about costs. This allowed the West unprecedented power-projection. Crucially, a deep faith in the "Washington Consensus" - a combination of free markets and trust in western-inspired democratic reforms as the key to progress - enabled the US and EU to surge ahead from the positions of relative weakness and economic stress they found th

India fourth to land on moon, plans more missions

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam says that hopefully India will conquer Mars soon. A long haul for ISRO T.S. Subramanian Moon Impact Probe mission: they got it right the first time itself CHENNAI: What was remarkable about the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) separating from Chandrayaan-1, its 25-minute descent and crash-landing on the moon’s surface was that “we were able to do everything for the first time and correctly too,” said J.N. Goswami, Principal Scientist, Chandrayaan-1 mission, on Saturday. At 8.31 p.m. IST on Friday, India emphatically registered its presence on the moon when the MIP crash-landed on the Shackleton crater in the moon’s south polar region. The panels of the MIP, which is a box-like instrument, were painted with the Indian flag. After the MIP separated from the mother-spacecraft at 8.06.54 p.m., it followed a curved path for 25 minutes before it impacted on the moon and self-destructed. The MIP had three payloads: a video camera, a radar al

American Friends of Baluchistan writes to Hillary Clinton

Nov. 14, 2008 The Honorable Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Dear Hon'ble Senator Clinton: I am overjoyed over news that you are tipped to become the next Secretary of State of the United States. I am confident your nomination will help re-establish the moral authority of the U.S. that has been squandered away during the last eight years. Not to flatter you, you are loved and respected by millions of people worldwide, including my own Baluch people who are stateless and divided among Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Your nomination will bring healing to a world enveloped by darkness and insecurity. Your tenacity and strength of character at times of adversity is hidden from none. I am confident under your able leadership, nations who are in chains will win new freedoms and you will advocate the right of self determination for all people, including the Baluch in southwest Asia. The enslaved, tormented and brutalized people

India rejoices over moon probe landing

20 hours ago NEW DELHI (AFP) — India rejoiced Saturday over the landing of a lunar probe on the moon's surface that vaulted the country into the league of space-faring nations like the United States, Russia and Japan. The TV set-sized probe, painted in the green-white-and-orange colours of the Indian flag, made a "precise-to-the-second" landing on the lunar surface late Friday after being released from the unmanned moon-orbiting Chandrayaan-1 satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. Politicians across the spectrum buried their differences to hail the milestone in India's space history in which the nation joins Russia, the US, Japan and the European Space Agency in successfully landing moon probes. "Today is a historic day for India," said Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party. Opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani called it an event "to be recorded in golden letters". F

CHINA: Wenchuan Earthquake Management - Ground Realities

SOURCE: SAAG Guest Column by Dr Sheonandan Pandey (The views expressed by the author are his own) The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has consistently been improving its space based infrastructure. In 28 years since the first successful launch of Dong Fang Hong-1 Satellite into orbit on 24 April 1970, the PRC has demonstrably scaled many a reckonable technological step. The space missions that the PRC launches today include: recovery capsules and non-capsule remote sensing satellites; communication/ broadcasting satellites; metrological satellites; science satellites; engineering test satellites; positioning satellites; and, manned space satellites. China’s goals and objectives for going into orbit with a variety of space assets including manned are predictably similar to those that drove the Russian and the US- to gain national prestige, and to signal wealth, commitments and technological prowess .... READ MORE

FRANCE: World leader, local problem

The ambitions of France's president extend to a dominant role in Europe and a powerful position on the global stage. But he is bound to discover that all politics is local, says Patrice de Beer for openDemocracy. By Patrice de Beer for France's president is a man who relishes crises. As he hops from one to another, from the Russian invasion of Georgia to the financial hurricane, Nicolas Sarkozy thrives in the self-image of "crisis-manager-in-chief" - and strives to make others perceive the halo. It helps that he can - at least until the last day of 2008 - include the "presidency" of the European Union in his portfolio. The characteristic image of "Sarko" is of a figure popping up, rushing onto or off his plane, seizing an initiative or propelling himself to the frontline and front page. There is hardly a European or global issue where the president does not want to interpolate himself (and if it is just too intractable or ti

Saudi Ismailis' sectarian strife

As Saudi Arabia touts interfaith dialogue to international leaders, fraught relations with its Ismaili Shia minority is being brought into sharper focus, Dominic Moran writes for ISN Security Watch. By Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch The sacking of a Saudi provincial governor has again drawn attention to domestic Shia-Sunni tensions, highlighted by a damning report charging systematic discrimination. Saudi religious, security and governmental institutions have long been accused by opponents of systematic violations of the civil, religious and human rights of the country's Shia minority. The stoking of domestic sectarian divisions is particularly jarring in light of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud's championing of interfaith dialogue, which reached new heights Wednesday with his address to a Saudi-backed UN conference in New York. Ismaili-government tensions have been particularly high in southwestern Najran province in recent years. Hundreds

The return of missile diplomacy

Missile diplomacy is now back in full swing as Russia pledges to deploy new missiles in its westernmost region, Sergei Blagov writes for ISN Security Watch. By Sergei Blagov for ISN Security Watch Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in his first state-of-the-nation address on 5 November, announced that Russia would deploy new missiles in Kaliningrad, the country's western enclave situated between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea. Medvedev ordered the Iskander nuclear-capable short-range missile systems deployed on the EU's eastern frontier, saying prompt action was necessary because the West had ignored Russia's concerns over planned US missile defense installations in Eastern Europe. The European Union expressed strong concern over Russia's decision to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad. NATO criticized the move as well, and the outgoing Bush administration has repeated its disappointment with Russia's stated missile intentions. In contrast, China'

Robot Helicopter Dodges Obstacles At 40 KPH, 5 Meters Above The Ground

New Scientist via Gizmodo The geniuses at Carnegie Mellon have done it again. Previously known for creating autonomous vehicles capable of winning DARPA's land challenge , they have now gone one better -- Helicopters capable of doing much the same thing.This helicopter uses a two-pronged strategy for achieving high speeds at low altitudes in autonomous operations. Check out the video below and the full article at the New Scientist or some gee-whiz commentary at Gizmodo .

The Iskander: a story of a new face-off

12:55 | 10/ 11/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik) - Russia will not look on indifferently while the U.S. deploys the third positioning region of its missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. This was clear before and is clear now, after Dmitry Medvedev has described ways in which Russia will respond to the challenge in his state-of-the-nation address. If countermeasures are necessary, Russia will deploy the Iskander theater missile system in Kaliningrad. In addition, according to the Russian president, it also plans to use electronic countermeasures against the missile defense shield. The president's statement is easy to explain: deployment of an anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic is a direct threat to Russia's nuclear potential. The 10 ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles, planned for Poland, or even 50 such missiles, cannot of course parry a full-scale strike by the Russian Strategic Missile Forces and missile-ca

Africa: Fisheries under PSC watch

The dearth of strong national navies to combat piracy is leading some African countries to hire private security companies to patrol their waters, Patrick Cullen writes for ISN Security Watch. By Patrick Cullen in New York for ISN Security Watch In a recent media query regarding the status of private security companies (PSCs) guarding ships against piracy off of the Somali coast, the deputy marine minister of the semiautonomous region of Puntland, Abdulkadir Muse Yusuf, said he welcomed PSCs into Somali waters. Yet by adding that PSCs could also help his country combat illegal fishing, Yusuf shed a sliver of light on a less well known aspect of maritime PSC work conducted in Africa: the privatized fisheries protection services. Indeed, by mentioning that Puntland welcomed PSCs into Somali waters to combat illegal fishing, Yusuf was simply acknowledging that various Somali government administrations - from both the transitional national government as well as Puntland - had en

Somaliland: The pull of terror

11 Nov 2008 Recent terror attacks in the self-styled independent Somaliland could be designed to destabilize the secessionist region, dragging it into Somalia's brutal quagmire, Simon Roughneen writes for ISN Security Watch. By Simon Roughneen for ISN Security Watch Somaliland is not Somalia. Ever since Somalia fell apart in the early 1990s that has been the message hammered out by Hargeisa's would-be officials, who would be officially officials if Somaliland was ever officially recognized. The latter has not yet happened, despite Somaliland's relative stability and nascent democracy - casting the rest of what was Somalia more clearly as the wanton haven for pirates, warlords, terrorists and chronic suffering that it is - with over 3 million people homeless due to fighting, and aid workers a constant target for murder and kidnap. Somaliland has a working political system, government institutions and its own currency. It also has a 740-kilometer coastline along the

Gorshkov's delivery to Indian Navy delayed till 2012

Vinay Shukla Moscow, Nov 11 (PTI) Russia today said the delivery of Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to the Indian Navy would be delayed till 2012 as the vessel could be refitted only sometime in 2010. It also said that since last year New Delhi has not made any payments although the extra work to the tune of USD 1.7 billion has been done by the shipyard. The 44.5-thousand tonner Kiev class aircraft carrier was to be initially commissioned as INS Vikramaditya in August this year under the USD 1.5 billion deal signed in January 2004, which included the refit of the vessel and supply of 16 MiG-29K fighters. According to an unnamed representative of Severodvinsk-based Sevmash shipyard, Gorshkov will be launched in early December, probably to coincide with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's maiden visit to India. After launching it would be moored to the assembly wall for the completion of its refit. "At this juncture, the completion of work in 2010 would be realistic. Tw

India, Oman to step up defence ties

Sandeep Dikshit Oman seeks help from Indian armed forces for supply systems Looking forward: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, at Palace Bait Al Barakah in Muscat on Sunday. — MUSCAT: India and Oman have agreed to step up defence cooperation by upgrading their joint naval exercises. India also appreciated the Omani gesture of providing berthing facilities for its warship which is patrolling the piracy-hit waters off the shores of Somalia where 18 Indians are currently being held hostage by pirates. Oman, considered the closest to India among the Gulf Cooperation Countries, is already being offered training cooperation of its officers and men in Indian military training institutions. The issue of stepping up defence cooperation was discussed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s three-day visit to the Gulf countries. Among top security officials accompanying him are National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan and Defence Secretary Vijay S

Indian Navy foils hijacks of two ships off Aden 12 Nov 2008, 0000 hrs IST, AGENCIES MUMBAI: In a daring rescue mission, an Indian Navy warship patrolling the Gulf of Aden successfully foiled an attempt by pirates to hijack an Indian and a Saudi Arabian merchant vessel on Tuesday morning. According to the Indian Navy statement issued here, at around 10.30 a.m. Tuesday, the Indian vessel M V Jag Arnav sent an SOS message about a hijacking attempt on it some 60 nautical miles east of Aden. The Indian Navy stealth frigate INS Tabar that was patrolling the area picked up the SOS and immediately despatched an armed helicopter with marine commandos on a rescue mission. Reaching the spot, the rescuers noticed at least four or five high-speed attack boats with around five armed pirate aboard each who were attempting to capture the Indian ship and also a Saudi Arabian vessel, the chemical tanker NCC Tima

2008 Beijing Olympics Security Management Myth and Reality of Intelligence Inputs on Terror Attack

Guest Column by Dr. Sheonandan Pandey (The views expressed by the author are his own) Introduction 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, is now a history. The opening and closing ceremonies, held respectively on 08th Aug 08 and 24th Aug 08, presented spectacles of never before workmanship in every respect. 302 events in 28 sports, held in 37 Games venues, 31 in Beijing and six others in the cities of Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Qinhuangdao, Qingdao and Hong Kong, comforted 11028 competing athletes and a vast multitude of spectators including 88 heads of states and 200 celebrities, without slightest distraught, contrary to boggy of terror attack raised by none other than the Chinese security mandarins themselves. Non-happening of inevitable mishap of any description stands out as a sure tribute to the ingenuousness of the system in place as happening of otherwise imponderable events tests positive to manageable gloss over short of abject

An Expert Look at Chinese Information Operations Theory

LTCOL Timothy L. Thomas (USA Retired) has written the best summary of China’s IO theory as regards cyber warfare that I’ve come across in quite awhile. His essay “ China’s Electronic Long-range Reconnaisance ” is in the current issue of Military Review (h/t Small Wars Journal blog). An excerpt follows: This article explains Chinese military thought that supports their cyberattack activities. While other articles focus on who was attacked and how many times, this article focuses more on the theory behind the attacks, especially the PLA’s use of electronic stratagems for their computer network operations and the use of surrogates such as patriotic hacker groups. The article reviews Chinese incursions since 2005 and examines open-source assessments provided by some of the most important Chinese information warfare theorists. (IntelFusion.Net) The PLA has followed theory with practice. Computer network operations have become part of the peacetime strategic activities of the PLA. More wo