There is a secret ongoing war, and it is swiftly becoming as great a security issue as nuclear weapons.
Drones. Internet blackmail. Cyberattacks.
Could the entire infrastructure of North America be brought down by hackers in Russia or China (who already are toying with aspects of our cyber system)? Could hackers in North Korea or Iran do the same, surreptitiously?
Right now, the answer seems to be “yes.” And technologically, such a collapse would be “apocalyptic.” (Where is this in prophecy?)
In recent months, the U.S. has seen an oil pipeline company paralyzed by a “ransomware” assault (whereby its system became unusable until it paid Russian hackers known as Darkside $5 million in cryptocurrency) and early this year, an intruder lurked in hundreds of computers related to water systems — drinking sources! — across the U.S.
There also have been suspicious computer hacks at nuclear reactors and parts of the electrical grid.
Although it was reportedly a simple glitch at a private server, two weeks ago Amazon, PayPal, eBay, The New York Times, CNN, and the White House website were among sites that went down suddenly and for an extended period.
Just today, Associated Press reports that “a wave of brief internet outages hit the websites and apps of dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe Thursday.”
Last December a hack hit eight federal agencies and numerous companies, including software provider SolarWinds Corp. “US intelligence agencies publicly attributed it to Russian state actors,” said a report.
Russia, of course, also has meddled in our elections.
In March, hackers in the increasingly militant country stole hundreds of e-mails after breaching a U.S. State Department server.
Says a security firm called Panda, “there is a group of cybercriminals who are really making things difficult for NATO. The group is called Earworm and, over the last few years, it has been doing what it does best: cyberwar. This practice has meant that the group has been able to steal confidential, sensitive data from several of the most important institutions and governments in the world. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have never had any doubts: for them, Earworm is Russian. More specifically, they link it to the GRU (military intelligence service), the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service) and the FSB (the successor of the old KGB). The United States considers that these Russian intelligence groups not only encourage Earworm and APT28, but actively finance their operations.”
It is a new war. And it’s not just the U.S. versus Russia. Cyber-criminals have also hit companies and governments from Brazil to Ireland to Australia. Chinese hackers have tripped up Russian computers, and vice versa. Check out this list. Just yesterday, President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin (a former KGB operative) to halt Russian cyber-criminals. No doubt, the U.S. does or can do similar things (or more).
There are also secret hypersonic missiles and other “vehicles.” In recent months, suspicious drones have been spotted around the U.S., sometimes for days at a time. Last year there were sightings of hundreds above Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Residents across the area, plus law enforcement officers, reported seeing the vehicles above their homes. [scroll past ad for more]
Foreign? Or U.S. military tests? “Documents already released suggest that the FAA, despite a short-lived, but strenuous effort, was unable to determine the origin of the flying formations of sizable aerial devices reported by many credible witnesses in December and January,” says another report (discounting domestic military tests).
This may even tie into the famous “UFOs” (or what the military calls “unidentified aircraft”) that have been filmed by Navy pilots over both the Atlantic and Pacific, acting in a way the pilots had never seen any craft act (turning on a dime at tremendously high speeds, moving vertically with ease).
The fact that the “UFOs” were spotted every day for many months seems to indicate a secret agency from Russia, China, or our own military has been conducting tests or surveillance.
And while some of the maneuvers seem hard to explain in terms of any technology, and while an extraterrestrial source remains a possibility, there certainly can be advanced systems with which not even pilots with security clearances are privy. There are military security levels that cannot be accessed by presidents.
Reports Newsmax today: “UFOs could pose a major threat to U.S. national security, members of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday after meeting with Navy and FBI officials in a highly classified briefing. The New York Post reports that the committee members received a preview inside a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF), ahead of a Pentagon report on unidentified flying objects being released before month’s end.”
The U.S. has used drones to hit targets in places such as Iran. And drones hit an Iraqi military base housing U.S. forces and contractors inside Baghdad International Airport, media reports said Monday.
The U.S. and Israel joined together to hack into an Iraqi nuclear facility a couple years ago, tripping its progress.
There are many things we the public know nothing about.
Almost certainly, a secret war is afoot in space. China has joined the U.S. and Russia in establishing quite a presence up there, and there are highly secretive launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Already, are there satellite “killers” circling the planet, ready to take out vital communication links.
We think there have been cases where they may have been released intentionally, or at least developed to target specific ethnic groups (which is very chilling). The fact that two Chinese were arrested when they attempted to smuggle the coronavirus from Ottawa to China in 2019 should have been a major headline.
And what about the U.S. embassy workers in Havana who have suffered strange maladies tied to radiation?
“Staff and some of their relatives complained of symptoms ranging from dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss, anxiety, and something they described as ‘cognitive fog,'” we learn from the news. “It became known as ‘Havana syndrome.'” And it has been attributed to a directed microwave attack by Cuba or Russia.
There is secret tech war, and few realize how quickly crippling such an attack can become.
On Monday, Southwest Airlines was “offline” for up to thirteen hours, unable to access anything, with hundreds of flights grounded and agents telling distraught travelers that they had no way of knowing anything about what was happening or would happen because there was no computer access whatsoever. They could not even tell anyone if a certain flight was canceled. This repeated for a shorter period Tuesday.
In a flash, one of America’s largest airlines was absolutely in the dark.
This is the brave new world we have entered — and it is about to become far more complex.
In the dark corner of the internet are hackers who are striving to gain access to our most vital systems, and who in their tech-savvy potentially are capable of triggering that “apocalypse” and are often untraceable.