Wikileaks to Release more Secret Documents this Week

Wikileaks is at it again. According to a FoxNews report, Wikileaks is set to release several hundred thousand sensitive diplomatic messages this week, possibly as soon as Friday. 

This release will mostly be diplomatic cables mainly involving; yes you guessed it, the US.

Due to the sensitive nature of these cables, the relationships with several allied nations could be affected. The State Department has already begun notifying allies about the pending release.

“We are prepared for the worst — and the worst is that this will have an impact on our diplomatic relations with many, many countries,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. “They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.”

So it appears that Wikileaks assault against the United States continues. An article earlier this month on Time.com mentioned that Wikileaks next release would include documents involving Russia and China. It would appear though from the news today that again the US will be Wikileaks target.

Several reports issued this year said that Wikileaks plans on releasing Russian documents, but is having language barrier issues. This is an odd comment in this day and age as Google Translate seems to work very well. Maybe there is another reason why Wikileaks is holding off exposing Russian secrets.

In January, a Russian secret services agent denied that Wikileaks posed them any threat and warned that the “right team” of people could simply shut down the whistleblower website forever according to The Moscow News. Also, according to the article:

Longstanding links between hacker cells and the FSB lend credence to this thinly-veiled secret services threat. Investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov has detailed how the Russian FSB “maintain a sophisticated alliance with unofficial hackers, such as those who carry out cyber attacks on the websites of enemies of the state”.

According to the FoxNews article, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is leading a fairly paranoid life now due to the earlier US Document releases. I am sure that adding the Russian FSB and Chinese intelligence agencies to the mix will do little to assuage his fears. 

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Cyber Attack Civil Defense Drills

Back in the 1950’s and 60’s most public schools practiced nuclear attack drills. You know, the siren goes off and you climb underneath your desk, covered your heads and kissed your butt goodbye. Anyone remember those? When I was in elementary in the 70s they no longer did this type of drill. The siren would go off and we would line up in perfect rows and walk outside and stand in the parking lot. No hiding under desks for us, nope, we would show the enemy that we were not afraid, one last great act of defiance. Or maybe it was the desks were no longer being made in America at that time and people figured why bother… 

All right, kidding aside, during the Russia-Georgia conflict, cyber warfare was part of the Russian strategy to hinder communication and government infrastructure. It would appear that cyber warfare works very well alongside physical force and is becoming a standard instead of an exception in modern conflicts. Currently, militants are attacking Israel using some of the same cyber attacks that Russia used against Georgia. But does this make cyberwar a serious enough threat to be added to defense planning? 

Israel believes so and has now added cyber attacks to its civil defense drills. According to an article on Haaretz, 70% of Israel’s population will be participating in a preparedness drill this week. The drill will begin with a simulated rocket attack on Israel. Later, a cyber-attack would be added to the mix: 

The “cyber preparedness” part of the exercise will simulate an Internet-based attack on the country’s communications and computer infrastructure, of the type the defense establishment believes hostile elements could mount in a war. 

Electronic targets could include mobile phone networks, banks and transportation communications systems, such as those of Israel Railways and Ben-Gurion International Airport. Such attacks took place during Operation Cast Lead, but there was little damage to government computer networks. 

In Israel, the Israel Security Agency, or better known as Shin Bet, is responsible for defending the civilian electronic infrastructure. Israel is well known for taking some of its best and brightest students and putting them directly into Military Intelligence.  And you just gotta love a security group whose motto is “The Unseen Shield”. 

Israel, who is surrounded on every side by nations that hate them, and have attacked them in the past, is taking cyber warfare very seriously. Facing such overwhelming numbers, Israel is in a constant state of readiness and studies the latest forms of attack and defense. Maybe our leaders should stop fighting over if our nation is at cyber war or not and take Israel’s drill as a big heads up.