Wikileaks Releases Documents. Again…

Again Wikileaks proves they are on a mission to destroy the United States. Wikileaks released thousands of sensitive US documents today through proxy. The main Wikileaks site was under massive denial of service attack (any guesses here?), but that did not stop the release.

Several large news agencies already had copies of the information and released it today. The New York Times in the US, the Guardian in the UK, and three European news agencies went ahead and released portions of the leaked information.

Much of the information released was a no brainer. It is not earth shattering news that we spy on our allies and they spy on us. This has been going on for years. Ambassadors are trained in espionage, its standard operating procedures (SOP).

What wasn’t SOP though is that many personal correspondences were revealed that weren’t meant for public release. But, that is probably why they were marked “Classified” or “Secret” in the first place…

Some of it was just political name calling:

“The cables contain specific allegations of corruption, as well as harsh criticism by US embassy staff of their host governments, from Caribbean islands to China and Russia. The material includes a reference to Putin as an “alpha-dog”, Hamid Karzai as being “driven by paranoia” while Angela Merkel allegedly “avoids risk and is rarely creative”. There is also a comparison between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Adolf Hitler.” – The Guardian

But some of the information covered was much more serious:  

“Mixed records against terrorism: Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December. Qatar’s security service was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,” the cable said.”  – New York Times

The release also included information that the Chinese Politburo was behind Google being hacked. The US is very concerned about Pakistan and its handling of nuclear material. And Saudi Arabia is pushing for the US to bomb Iran.

The information in this release seemed to focus again solely around the US, even though Wikileaks founder claimed that their next release would focus on Russian and Chinese documents.

Wikileaks seems to be on a personal vendetta against the US and needs to be shut down, now.

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Russian Spies used Wi-Fi and Steganography

Some of the details are beginning to emerge about the 10 Russian spies that were captured in the US. According to an article on The Register, the spies communicated with Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi networks and hid messages in pictures using Steganography.

FBI agents monitored 28 year old Russian spy Anna Chapman as she communicated with a Russian government official. Anna would go to a book store and using her laptop, created an Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi connection to a Russian contact who was outside the store:

Surveillance agents nearby used “a commercially available tool that can detect the presence of wireless networks” to witness the creation of the ad hoc networks. NetStumbler is probably the most popular example of such software. Law enforcement agents were able to detect a particular MAC address – MAC address A – at the time that Chapman was observed powering on her laptop computer,” the complaint says. Law enforcement agents were also able to determine that the electronic device associated with MAC address A created the ad hoc network.”

The spies also embedded secret messages in pictures and uploaded them to sites where Russian officials retrieved them, and decoded the messages.

A New Jersey search uncovered a network of websites, from which the alleged spies had downloaded images. “These images appear wholly unremarkable to the naked eye,” the complaint explains. “But these images (and others) have been analyzed using the steganography program. As a result of this analysis, some of the images have been revealed as containing readable text files.”

It is interesting to see the tactics used by modern spies. Of course Russia is denying any and all involvement. Kudos to the FBI for taking them down.