Wikileaks Publishes Vault 7 “Dark Matter” Release

Wikileaks has published the next installment in their series of documents on the CIA titled "Dark Matter."

The release contains several documents showing various methods which CIA projects use to infect Apple Mac Computer firmware. They show that some of the infections can continue to exist on Apple computers even if the operating system is re-installed in an effort to wipe malware. The following documents were contained in the release:

Sonic Screwdriver, a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" which would allow an attacker to boot their attack software (from a USB for example) even when a password is enabled. It is stored within an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

DarkSeaSkies, an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer. This tool is a combination of "DarkMatter", "SeaPea" and "NightSkies", which are EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants, respectively.

NightSkies 1.2, a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone. It was developed in 2008 and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. A beacon tool allows for collection of place and attachment data, meaning the CIA could use it to collect real time, actionable intelligence from an infected iPhone. It would give them the capability to determine where the device was located with a margin of error of only a few feet.

Since many of the CIA's hacking tools are used to physically infect systems and devices held by a target they are surveilling, it is very likely that they are working to compromise the supply chain of device manufacturers. The most likely method for doing this is establishing a program to intercept mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) so that devices can be infected.

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London Suffers Terror Attack Against Parliament, Westminster Bridge

London has suffered a terror attack today targeting Parliament and Westminster Bridge.

The attack appears to have consisted of a vehicular assault upon pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, and a knife attack on London’s Parliament Building. Authorities have stated that there was a single attacker, who drove down Westminster Bridge before crashing into the railings of Parliament Square. The attacker then made his out of the vehicle, stabbing a police officer fatally before running into the front yard of the Palace of Westminster where he was shot fatally by police.

The official statements about a single attacker stand at odds with reports from the BBC that eyewitnesses saw two individuals driving the vehicle used to attack pedestrians, and statements by witnesses that they saw a “bald, white man” and a “black man with a goatee beard” take part in the attack on Parliament. Reporters on the scene as well as the New York Times have stated that police were searching for a second suspect. Scotland Yard has told the public to avoid Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

Eyewitnesses to the attack also claimed that they heard either one, or a series of explosions at the beginning of the attack. Reports of explosions were carried by The Express, who reported multiple blasts, as well as the Daily Mail, which featured footage of what they said was the House of Commons being suspended after an explosion. It appears these reports may have been describing the impact of the vehicle as it crashed in Parliament Square, however.

ABC News cited a European security official who said that there was increased chatter on jihadi networks Tuesday following the UK’s adoption of an electronics ban aboard flights from certain mostly Muslim countries. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about ongoing security operations. Gizmodo has also reported that the London incident may have been hinted at a day before it occurred by a user posting in online imageboard 4chan. The attack comes on the one year anniversary of the 2016 Brussels terror attacks.

Reports say that there are now five dead and over 40 injured. The identity of the dead attacker is said to be Khalid Masood, a 52 year old married man who had a string of criminal convictions and had been investigated by MI-5 for potential ties to terror. ISIS has now claimed responsibility for the attack, calling Masood a “soldier of the Islamic State.” Disobedient Media has previously highlighted ISIS’ move to control many aspects of organized crime in Western Europe and their heavy recruitment drives targeting individuals with histories of criminal activity.

In a bizarre episode the morning after the attack, a “terror expert” from counter-terror think tank Quilliam stated three times in an interview with the BBC that the attacker was still alive, despite police claiming he had been shot dead. The BBC’s reporters did not correct her at any point during the interview.

 

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Analysis: James Comey Testifies to House Select Intelligence Committee

James Comey testified today to the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The testimony was frequently interrupted as House members read media talking points and constantly asked Comey to give improper opinion statements on them, which he repeatedly refused to do. Though the hearing was marked by various politicians attempting to push false, discredited and disproved theories about alleged Russian involvement, a number of important points were raised. Continue reading “Analysis: James Comey Testifies to House Select Intelligence Committee”

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France Suffers Week Of Terror As Poll Shows Majority Of French No Longer Feel Secure

France has been rocked by a series of terror attacks occurring just days apart as a new poll shows that increasing numbers of French citizens no longer feel safe anywhere in their own country. The attacks come after France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault claimed there was “no connection” between Islam and terrorism while on a state visit to Indonesia.

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Online Observers Accuse Obama Of Improper Intervention In Hawaii Immigration Ruling

An unannounced trip that Barack Obama took to Hawaii just days before a ruling from a Honolulu federal judge on Donald Trump’s new immigration restrictions has lead to accusations of improper meddling as observers noted that Obama at one point may have been within five minutes of U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s house.

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Investigation Into Suicide Of Arrowgrass Capital Trader Reveals Ties To Organized Crime, Fraud And David Brock

On March 1st, 2017, the New York Post reported the suicide of Kevin Bell, head of credit risk at British hedge fund Arrowgrass Capital Partners LLP. He had previously worked at Saba Capital Management, Citadel Investment group, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, according to his Linkedin page. An investigation into Arrowgrass Capital Partners in the aftermath of his death has revealed that Arrowgrass was connected to think tanks tied to DNC propaganda chief David Brock, has ties to a number to individuals and corporations with histories of fraudulent financial activity and uses a web developer which appears to be a shell company. Mr. Bell’s suicide provides a glimpse into a more shadowy element of the finance world where the line between legitimate business and organized crime becomes increasingly thin.

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Germany Hit With Wave Of Terror As Parliament Rejects Restrictions On Migration

Germany has been hit with a series of terror incidents across multiple cities and police have acted preemptively after receiving tips warning of further, more devastating attacks. As the attacks occurred, the country’s parliament moved to reject firmer controls on migration. Continue reading “Germany Hit With Wave Of Terror As Parliament Rejects Restrictions On Migration”

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