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    Suspected Ukrainian Spy Detained in Russia Had No Journalist Visa

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    Putin presents new chief of Russian foreign intelligence service

    The president has stressed that the security of Russian citizens outside Russia must remain under special control, in particular, in the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia

    MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has presented Sergey Naryshkin as the newly-appointed chief of the Russian foreign intelligence service (SVR).

    The president has stressed that the security of Russian citizens outside Russia must remain under special control, in particular, in the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

    "Of course, the security of our citizens abroad must remain under special control, in particular, in such regions as the Middle East, Africa and some countries of Central Asia," Putin said presenting Naryshkin to his subordinates.

    "Today the situation in the world has special demands for the quality and efficiency of the SVR’s work. There is the need to be able to act proactively and use nonstandard and unconventional solutions," he said at the headquarters of the Foreign Intelligence Service in Moscow.

    He also stressed that there is the need to "find out and analyze all external threats and define the key strategic tendencies of development of the international situation, to make contribution in enhancing Russia’s economic, technological and defense potential."

    Putin said he expects that Naryshkin "use all his experience and broad-based knowledge to work efficiently and bring the work of the Service to a higher level."

    The president wished Naryshkin and the SVR "success in the responsible work on maintaining security and interests of the motherland.".

    Sergey Naryshkin was the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, before his appointment to the post. He has replaced Mikhail Fradkov who now will be nominated as the head of the Russian Railways Company board of directors.


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    Latin America is Russia’s Natural Ally and Partner

    http://mdb.cast.ru/mdb/5-2016/item4/article1/

    Interview with former External Intelligence Service officer, Lt. Gen. (rtd.) Nikolay Leonov

    Lt. Gen. Nikolay Leonov is a retired officer of the Russian External Intelligence Service. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and holds a PhD in History. He joined the KGB in 1958 and served with the agency's First Main Directorate (PGU, specializing in external intelligence). He was posted to Latin America in 1953. In 1971 he became deputy head, and in 1973 head of the PGU information and analysis department. In 1983 he was promoted to deputy chief of the PGU. In 1991 he became the director of the KGB Analytical Department before retiring later that year. Leonov was a member of parliament from the Rodina (Motherland) bloc in 2003-2007. He has authored several books and articles about Latin America's political history and Russian politics.


    Back in the early 1990s you said that if ever America elected a president who could abandon prejudice and withstand pressure from the Cuban immigrants (whose votes are so important in Florida) - that president would embrace Cuba and never let it go. Now we've seen Barack Obama paying an historic visit to Cuba. Is that the fulfillment of your old prediction, or something else?


    No, that is a logical development of America's relations with Latin America, because Washington's old dream of turning that region into its own back yard has crumbled. That dream had existed since the early 19th century, when the so-called Monroe Doctrine was proclaimed, the doctrine of “America for Americans”. That was interpreted by Washington as “America for the United States”, or course. It was a system that masqueraded as “pan-Americanism”; in other words, it claimed that all the countries in the Americas were united by their shared interests, that they were equal, and that they were essentially the same. But as Latin Americans used to say at the time, it was “a union of the shark and the sardines”.

    The system of pan-Americanism itself was carefully constructed in Washington. They would regularly organize pan-American conferences in various countries, attended by all the heads of state with their ministers and aides. But Washington always played the role of the conductor in an orchestra. It always formulated the key principles that were then rubber-stamped by the conferences. Those principles then informed the national policies of the countries involved. The structures of the Pan-American Union and its successor, the Organization of American States, were always in Washington. Each country was represented at these structures by a special ambassador. Even the budget of these structures was usually maintained by the United States.

    That is why the Latin American states never had policies of their own; they just talked a lot about their history. Their financial systems were linked to the U.S. financial centers, so it was impossible for them to pursue an independent course. Actually, this is why the Americans established military dictatorships and police states in these countries: that made it easier to control them. There was not even a pretence of democracy there. That's why we've seen such barbaric dictators as Somoza or Trujillo in Latin America.

    Of course, there have been patriotic upsurges and attempts to regain independence in various Latin American states ever since Latin America became an independent entity some time in 1821. Such attempts have never ceased. There has always been a dream of independence and freedom, something every normal person and every nation aspires to, and that dream had never died in Latin America, either.

    Whereas Simón Bolívar was one of the fathers of the idea of Latin America's independence, at the other end of that historical period we have the figure of Fidel Castro. Out of all the patriots born in Latin America in more than 200 years, he lived to see his dream come true. All the others fought for it, including Salvador Allende, Augusto Sandino, and others - let's recall Hugo Chavez, for example. But the only person who remains a symbol of these 200 years of struggle for independence, and who has seen his work bear fruit is, of course, Fidel Castro. That is how the whole world sees Fidel Castro - and I don't just mean the patriotic world, but everybody, from the Pope to Barack Obama, who has paid a visit to Havana after all. So, the idea of independence has basically triumphed.

    As for relations within this community of nations in the Western hemisphere, and the Monroe Doctrine, let us also mention that very recently, in 2011, these nations established a new organization, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). All the countries south of the Rio Grande, i.e. south of the United States, are members. The United States and Canada have not been invited. So we now essentially have a completely independent political organization that is guided by Latin America's interests alone.
    Back in 2013, when they gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the storming of the Moncada Barracks (Cuban National Rebellion Day), there was no longer a single country in the region with a non-democratic government. To a greater or lesser extent, all these countries were democracies. Cuba and all the heroes have played a great historical role in that achievement. Of course, the Sandinistas fought for their own country, and Hugo Chavez for his own. So Latin America has finally made this giant historical leap, albeit a belated leap, that lasted for more than 200 years.

    In the political sense, Obama clearly had no other choice but to pay that visit to Cuba. And for all our criticism of Obama, I think he did the right thing. The Americans did everything they could to suppress that upsurge of the patriotic movement. And now, after all these years, they have publicly recognized that their policy has failed. That requires a lot of courage - even though he has not actually apologized for anything.

    Nevertheless, to recognize the failure of the old policy - that takes political and personal courage. So, that chapter is now closed. Latin America has become a completely new factor in international politics.

    What are the long-term prospects of Cuba's evolution now that its relations with the United States have begun to get back to normal, and in view of the Castro brothers' inevitable departure in whatever shape or form? Will this process not lead to a complete dismantling of Cuban Socialism?


    Many people know that, consciously or subconsciously, I always express a Cuban, or a pro-Cuban, position - and I'm proud of that. Over the past 60 years, whenever people ask me questions or advice about Cuba, my position has been unchanged. So, don't you worry: even during the most difficult period in the early 1990s, when the Soviet Union broke up along with the entire Socialist bloc, when Cuba was “one step away from the gallows”, as some put it - I always insisted that there's no reason to worry. Things will be hard for Cuba - very hard. Maybe it will be extremely painful for its people - but they will not fall.

    The funny thing is, there have been regimes that did not fall, but then quickly surrendered to the United States, such as Angola. They gave away their oil to the United Stares, and for that they were pardoned. The Cubans, however, have not surrendered anything - have they?


    They have not, that is absolutely correct. Even now there are medical schools in Cuba that train thousands of doctors from Latin American and African countries free of charge. Even now! Some thought that it was all over. So when people ask me whether I think Cuba will survive, I always bring up the subject of the quality of the leaders of the Cuban revolution. I am talking about the political and human qualities of these people; they do not fit any of the standards we are accustomed to. There is a Marxist saying that a leader merely expresses the aspirations of the people - but a leader also brings to the table his huge personal experience, energy, and intellect...

    So the Castro brothers, and their allies - they have essentially changed the cultural DNA of the Cubans? They have turned ordinary Latin Americans into a completely new kind of people?


    The Cubans are so different that - well, I have only read about it, I don't have first-hand experience - but even those of them who have emigrated to the United States, who have lived there for a long time, and then for some reason began to commit crimes (I am talking theft, banditry, etc) - these Cubans, when they are taken into custody, they behave completely differently with the police than other U.S. citizens. They stand up straight.

    So, of course, the mentality of the national leader, some of it is passed on to the people. The leader plays a major role, and in the case of Fidel, the world reacts to his clear and transparent behavior; no-one in the whole world has ever caught him out lying, or making unfulfilled promises. No-one has ever caught him plundering the national wealth, secretly buying up assets in Panama or elsewhere. This is a person who does not have luxury government palaces. This is a man who has spent his whole life wearing a soldier's uniform - well, he's now swapped the uniform for a tracksuit. He is extremely modest and undemanding in his personal life. And he has a great reputation. He has spent 70 years in politics, and hasn't lost an ounce of respect among his own people, despite the hugely difficult path that people has travelled.

    There was an interesting barbed exchange between Obama and Raúl Castro. Obama said to him, “you have only one party”. To which Raúl replied, “You also have only one party”. To this Obama said, “No, we have two”. And Raúl said, “Well, if you want, we can also set up two parties - a party of Fidel and a party of Raúl, so we will also have two.”

    So there are two prominent leaders in Cuba, who also happen to be brothers. What about trust? What about the problem of the transition of power? How is that transition being prepared? Will it be smooth, or is there a danger of the country running into trouble?


    I am of course keeping an eye on Cuba. I once said Russia is my mother, but Cuba is my elder sister. So I keep an eye on her, watch her grow and mature. I know very well that the Cuban leaders, including Fidel Castro, have long thought hard about a change of leadership. He raised that issue back at the time when we were talking about stagnation. They are now drafting a new constitution. Its key features have already been announced at Communist Party congresses, and they will substantially change Cuba. For example, there is a new rule whereby no senior official - be that president, or prime minister, or head of the legislature - can hold office for more than two five-year terms. This new constitution will probably be approved within the next few months.

    So, this is one of the changes they are introducing: two five-year terms, and that's it. Obviously, there will be a new leadership. And Raúl keeps saying that Cuba's revolutionary government, the government that led the revolution and that has managed to withstand half a century of this monstrous siege - this government will be stepping down. They are saying this openly, without any equivocation or ambiguity. A new generation will come to power - a generation that was not involved in the revolution and does not know what life was like in the past. Some 75 per cent of Cuba's population were born after the revolution.

    Miguel D?­az-Canel seems likely to be the one to succeed Raúl Castro. Of course, Castro's job will be split in two. Raúl Castro will continue to lead the party, this already seems to have been decided. He was re-elected as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba at the latest congress. So, he will remain at the helm of the party. D?­az-Canel, however, will be the head of state. I am sure there will also be a new head of government. I can think of some likely names, but I don't want to name them because it has not been decided yet. Nevertheless, the party has clearly set out some parameters that were also discussed here in Russia during the socialist era.

    What is the outlook for Russian-Cuban relations - politically, economically, and militarily?


    The Cubans still retain a sense of gratitude to the Soviet Union and to Russia, to the Russian people, and to all our peoples. The emotional ties will remain very strong for a long time to come. But much depends on us. We keep worrying, for example, that in the Eastern European countries and in the Baltic states people show disrespect for our soldiers buried there, desecrate memorials, etc. This is a big problem for us, especially when talking about war graves. In Cuba, on the other hand, there are graves of 70 Soviet soldiers. They did not die in a war, but in the line of duty. And the Cubans have very diligently gathered all their remains; they have built a wonderful memorial in a park near Havana.

    Well, that is the cultural and historical side of things. What about current politics and the economy?


    The whole of Cuba is armed with our weapons, and as for the weapons they make themselves, they got the license from us. So there are very close ties in the defense industry. They have their own upgrade programs for that weaponry. They are replacing engines, etc, but the weapons systems are basically Russian-made. So defense cooperation is ongoing, and I don't see it ending any time soon. There may be some problems initiated by Russia itself, as has often been the case in the past. But if we miss these opportunities, the Chinese will be there. The Chinese have weapons systems that are roughly comparable to our own.
    As for the economy, the situation depends on our own capabilities. The Cubans are waiting for us with open arms.

    But Russia has very little to offer these days, isn't that right?


    Exactly. There are some proposals for Russian participation in upgrading the Cuban railways. We are talking about the tracks, the signaling system, etc. We have already done a lot in this area. We are also talking about the trains themselves, of course. Our own technological capability is very limited. But the Cubans have always given us preferential treatment. I remember well the difficult period in the 1990s, when I visited Cuba on several occasions with business delegations.

    Igor Sechin, who served as deputy prime minister at the time, led the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission. He once took a whole plane - he could do that, in his position - he filled that plane with Russian businessmen, and took them all to Havana. He said to them, look at the opportunities! Why don't you invest?


    But no-one has made any investments. Some of them ran into trouble with the Cubans, who can be quite tough. They welcome everybody, they offer the best terms, but they are not going to give you something for nothing, as our businessmen have come to expect. So, the ball is entirely in our court.

    Only a decade ago it seemed that the whole of Latin America was veering sharply to the left. There were only one or two center-right strongholds left. But now the left and the leftist populist trends are waning in Latin America. It is very clear in Brazil, for example. The same is true of Argentina, and there are protests in Venezuela. Do you think a right-wing wave is rising?


    Of course. It would be foolish to deny this. But these left-wing and right-wing waves, they follow one another in Latin America very regularly. As a rule, they have a clear socio-economic underpinning. There was a time in the late 20th and early 21st century when the United States paid very little attention to Latin America. The United States was busy picking apart what was left of the Soviet Union and the former Soviet bloc. They then became bogged down in the Middle East.

    Then the first [global economic] crisis arrived in 2008-2009, followed by the second wave in 2013, which is still ongoing. And looking at how these waves of crisis affect the Latin American countries, we notice immediately one common element: someone always has to pay the price.

    So there are good reasons for this right-wing shift happening now?


    It is clearly a consequence of the severe crisis that has struck the economy. Mauricio Macri has come to power in Argentina by winning an election. This has been a first for a right-wing president in Argentina; previously, the only way they came to power was by military coup.

    Now they have won an election because the economic situation was bad enough for the Argentine people to want change. They've got change all right; Macri is now pursuing such a radical neo-liberal course that the Argentine's pips are beginning to squeak. I can't predict now what's going to happen at the next election in four years' time, because the people are very unhappy. And if the international economic climate begins to improve, including prices for Argentine exports such as meat and corn, then I think it will be very difficult for Macri to hold on to power. He is a very untypical figure, not even a proper Latin American - he is an Italian, basically a foreigner.

    Incidentally, the man leading the opposition in Venezuela, Henrique Capriles, is also a foreigner. His mother was a Polish Jew who fled Poland during the war and settled on the island of Cura?§ao. There she gave birth to the present leader of the Venezuelan opposition, who then moved to Venezuela from that island. So, essentially, he's not a native Venezuelan. To him, Bolivar and all these traditions mean absolutely nothing.

    He has nothing in common with people like Evo Morales, who is a Bolivian Indian, whose forefathers had suffered at the hands of the Spanish and the Americans alike for generations, and who is a Latin American through and through. So that's why there is such a wave now. That wave will last for as long as the global market instability lasts. As soon as the markets stabilize, things will get back to where they were, no doubt about it.

    Hugo Chavez created a counterbalance to CNN. He decided to set up his own TV company that would broadcast to all the Latin American states, and serve as a united platform for all our national ideas. He called that company TeleSUR. I think Cuba is one of the shareholders. It's a completely different company. It pursues a patriotic, national, and generally anti-American course. And, of course, Macri is now saying that the company should be banned from broadcasting in Argentina. He is supposed to be a neo-liberal, but he wants to stifle freedom of information; it comes very naturally to him. I am generally astounded by the discrepancy between the neo-liberals' words and their deeds.

    What are Russia's prospects in Latin America, given the current right-wing shift?


    Regardless of the shifts, Russia must not be viewed as some kind of leftist, revolutionary country. Russia has changed its foreign-policy course for a variety of reasons. Russia is a socially-oriented state of an entirely non-revolutionary type. That is why we are not some kind of bogeyman that can bring revolutionary contagion to Latin America.

    The problems lie in an entirely different area. For Russia, Latin America is a natural ally, or even partner. Because in those places where we have not had an historical presence, we have always remained a welcome partner, if not an ally.

    So you are saying these countries have some kind of illusions about Russia?


    These aren't just illusions. Take Cuba, for example. Its revolution would have died, were it not for the Soviet Union. It would have been crushed, no doubt about it. We came there with entirely humanistic ideas, which were dictated by global development goals. This is why many regard us as their natural partner and ally. When Hugo Chavez came to power, he started replacing the Venezuelan army's weaponry with Russian systems; that was part of the same trend. The Sandinistas also turned to us for help. Everyone who wants to protect their national wealth turns primarily to us. So they are open to cooperation with us, it's just a matter of our own capabilities. Much to my regret, Latin America remains a peripheral region for us. We are busy with matters much closer to home, such as Turkey or Syria, as if that were where the world ends, or where our border lies. But the world is much bigger than that. And the Latin American countries would genuinely be glad to see us.

    You have already mentioned the Chinese. How successful are China's attempts at penetrating Latin America, including Cuba?


    I am not a Sinologist. China has its own rich history and its own mindset. Everyone I have talked to in Latin America says that China is not an ideological or political power; it is an economic power. So they don't care who rules in Argentina, Cristina Fernández [de Kirchner] or Mauricio. What's important to them is that their economic interests are protected and not restricted in any way.
    Yes, the Chinese are present everywhere. They can do a lot, no doubt about it. Their influence is growing. But they are not shouting it from the rooftops. They always try to work quietly.

    Back in the early 2000s I predicted that the main clash of the 21st century would be between China and the United States. China is distracted by various minor regional problems, but it continues to grow at a breakneck pace. What is now going on in the South China Sea is just the early warning signals; the monster will yet show its full might.

    What do you think are the prospects for ending the war between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels? And what about the outlook for Russian-Colombian relations?


    I was in Havana at the signing of the peace deal between the Colombian government and the rebels. The Cubans showed themselves to be real peacemakers, without empty rhetoric. They put in place all the conditions for the representatives of those warring factions to sit down and discuss terms. There were a lot of terms, incidentally.

    The first basic principle is that the rebels will disarm, and they have also asked the government to ensure the disarmament of the various paramilitary organizations that were spreading terror at the behest of the Colombian oligarchs and some large companies. The third basic principle is that the rebels should be integrated into normal civilian life. I saw everyone swear to this with my own eyes.
    I have no doubt that both sides want peace. The only other option is an endless war of attrition. Various casualty figures have been cited. Most people put the number of casualties at 250,000 people. That is a monstrous figure, of course. I have been to Colombia, and I've spoken to senior officers in the Colombian army. I asked them a simple question: Why can't you, the Colombian army, simply demolish the rebels, physically occupy their territory, and end this war? One of the lieutenant colonels told me in all honesty: “You see, while the civil war is going on, while we are engaged in an armed struggle against the rebels, we are on double pay — because we are at war. If we sign a peace deal and the war ends, we will revert to our normal pay.”

    So what were the Colombian politicians thinking?


    It sometimes happens that the politicians are subordinate to the military; nothing can be done about it, the military simply dictate their will. So the situation is, of course, intolerable not just for the people themselves but also for the army, for the rebels, and for the country's political image. Colombia is a huge country. We actually had difficulties with Colombia over Venezuela. We support Venezuela, but Venezuela has differences with Colombia. They have border disputes, economic disputes, etc. They wage propaganda wars against each other from time to time.

    We somehow need to make sure that we are not seen as a party that wants to stoke local conflicts. The diplomats have a lot of work to do, because these problems must be resolved by diplomats. Colombia is a powerful country. It has a large population and a vast potential. It has access to two oceans.

    What is the likelihood of armed conflicts in Latin America?


    Latin America has made some real progress. First, it has declared itself a nuclear weapons-free zone. Now they have banned wars between themselves. And when they did it, journalists expressed doubts, pointing out that there were still many unresolved conflicts in the region. Then representatives of Peru and Chile spoke up. They said that there were indeed unresolved conflicts, including maritime borders, fishing rights, etc. But we have decided that these conflicts will be resolved through arbitration, they said.
    It is known than after that statement, the Peruvians essentially told Russia that they were not going to buy tanks because a) they have undertaken commitments, and b) tanks are an offensive weapon. This will not help our chances at the tribunal because it will make us look aggressive, they said. So they have agreed to buy trucks, but not helicopters or tanks.

    Of course, it is not easy to relinquish war and threats. But this trend is now clear, although they have spent a lot of time trying to reach this point. We have reconciliation in Colombia - but do you remember how long the Contras and the Sandinistas fought each other in Nicaragua? They spent a very long time cutting each other's throats. And in the end, they brought in excavators to dig up a huge hole in central Managua. They brought two truckloads of weapons - the Contras brought one truck and the Sandinistas brought another truck - and they dumped the weapons into that hole, and put a cross on top of it as a symbol of the nation's unity. There was a time when Chile and Argentina endlessly fought each other over some peaks in the Andes. That was as recently as in the early 20th century.

    That went on until the two presidents agreed to collect all the cannon deployed on their southern border, melt them into a pillar of peace, and put that pillar on their current border. People want peace, but politicians sometimes plunge them into war. Some of these wars have been absolutely stupid. Take, for example, the war between El Salvador and Honduras, the co-called Football War. A real war broke out after a football game, and thousands of people were killed.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Austin on Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:08 am

    US Military Hackers Claim Penetration of Russian Infrastructure

    Read more: https://en.ria.ru/us/201611051047089422-usa-penetration-russian-infrastructure/

    US military hackers have penetrated Russia's electric grid, telecommunications networks and Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons, according to a series of reports by a major US television network.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  par far on Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:25 pm

    Mossad has started hiring Russians, hopefully the Russian intelligence is ready, I don't know the budget of Russian intelligence but hopefully it is increased.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Austin on Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:55 am

    [size=35]FSB: cyberattack foreign intelligence services directed to dozens of cities[/size]
    https://ria.ru/defense_safety/20161202/1482675962.html

    MOSCOW, Dec. 2 - RIA Novosti. The planned cyberattack foreign intelligence agencies to destabilize the Russian financial system is aimed at a few dozen cities, the official website of the FSB.


    "Cyber ​​attacks planned to accompany the mass sending of SMS-messages and publications in social networks (blogs) provocative in relation to the crisis of credit and financial system in Russia, business failure and revocation of licenses of a number of leading banks in the federal and regional level. The campaign is aimed at several dozen Russian cities" - said in a statement.

    According to the FSB, the foreign intelligence services were preparing attacks on major banks of Russia on 5 December. Cyber ​​command center located in the Netherlands and owned by a Ukrainian company "BlazingFast". Now the Russian special services carry out activities to neutralize threats.

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    Post  franco on Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:52 pm

    MOSCOW, December 9 - RIA Novosti / Prime. "Rostelecom" reflected DDoS-attacks on the five largest banks and financial institutions in Russia, recorded December 5, the company said on Friday.

    According to the operator, the peak power of the attacks was 3.2 million packets per second. At the same time the longest attack lasted more than 2 hours.

    "The analysis carried out by specialists Attacks sources" Rostelecom ", revealed that the traffic was generated from the home router users who are usually referred to IoT devices. A distinctive feature of the attacks was that they were organized with the help of devices that support the CWMP (TR- Management Protocol . 069) a few weeks ago in the implementation of the protocol on the devices of some manufacturers was detected a serious vulnerability that allows attackers to form a botnet in order to organize DDoS-attacks ", - said the director of cyber security center" Rostelecom "Muslim Medzhlumov.

    He also added that at the beginning of last week's attack through the user's home unit was subjected to the largest German operator Deutsche Telecom and the Irish ISP Eircom.

    On the eve of the deputy chairman of Sberbank, Stanislav Kuznetsov has warned that the threat of a full-scale hacker attacks is not yet over, the bank retained mode for increased attention to this threat.

    Earlier, Russian Federal Security Service reported on the preparation of foreign intelligence services in the period from December 5, 2016 large-scale cyber attacks in order to destabilize the Russian financial system, including the activities of a number of the largest banks. According to a source close to the Central Bank, 5 December were reported cyber attacks on websites of VTB Group, another activity from intruders has been noted.

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    Post  Austin on Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:10 pm

    Trump stuns ex-CIA boss with Russian hack denial

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/09/technology/trump-russia-hackers-cia/index.html

    European nations rely on Russia for nearly a third of their crude oil and natural gas, according to the European Union. Hayden said the United States could become Europe's gas supplier.

    "You want to go long? A response could be a declaratory American national policy to wean our European allies off of Russian gas," he said. "I can think of nothing that pulls the choke collar on Vladimir's chain more than: 'We're taking your only hole card away from you.' It's going to take us 10 years, but it's going to happen."

    Meanwhile, U.S. government hackers could "hack away at the infrastructure used by the Russian criminal gangs" to shut them down.

    Hayden's favorite American approach is to undermine the Russian government's surveillance state by giving Russian citizens high-tech communication tools to hide from their own government.

    "I find this most intriguing. Just go all out, shoving by whatever means possible, anonymizing tools into the Russian cyberspace. Nothing more threatens Vladimir Putin than not being able to track his own citizens."

    Some options already exist. Internet browsers like the Tor Browser, originally developed by the U.S. Navy, offer anonymity for browsing websites.
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    Post  miketheterrible on Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:05 pm

    Issue 1: guy is a retard.
    Issue 2: Russians are more adapt at the internet and programming then the US. They already have access to plenty of anonymous programs. Giving more isn't going to add to anything. For the most part, Russian intelligence agencies already use such tools themselves.
    Issue 3: American gas will be far more expensive and Europe will still end up buying from Russia due to their investments.
    Issue 4: hacking away? I take it this guy knows little of computers. Anyway, they already do this and attempted multitude of times. And multitude of times, they are beaten back.
    Issue 5: Majority of Russians have access to foreign media. Unlike in US, they aren't threatening to ban it. So having more tools won't do squat cause Russians aren't blocked by the government from access western sources. Only method this is an attempt for is to help terrorists with bombing plots or creating mass distress through organizing groups. But even then, this can be countered with people monitoring and going through known sites and anonymous chats.

    I'm no CIA, but I should have had this guys job. Credentials must be low.

    Also, in intelligence, you are not supposed to announce plans because the enemy watches the news. In this case, Russia could call an emergency. Start replacing telecom systems to work under domestic internet. Work with China on comm structures. Start working for alternatives to sales to EU. Etc. Lots Russia could do. Announcing it just gives away plans and lets Russians prepare with ease and time.

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    Post  Austin on Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:22 pm

    He is just too Arrogant and Snobbish like his boss Obama.

    He thinks every Russia is ready for a coup all they need is some anonmyous application to help them

    He has little knowledege how Energy Industry work , All he thinks is US needs is to transport Gas thousand of miles to get rid of Russian Oil/Gas for EU.

    With Power Comes Arrogance and Pride , With Pride Comes the Fall.
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    Post  miketheterrible on Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:29 pm

    Yes. Correct.

    He has a skewed image of Russia and the personal freedoms of the people. Russians have all the access they need. 2Chan is their anonymous site and even on their the gov gets lots of support. In reality, majority of Russians support their government and leadership. What this guy suggests is only beneficial for fringe groups who may kill innocent. And this guy is suggesting to support terrorists indirectly. This alone gives Russia every right to start moving to domestic network systems then allow tunneling into global networks so it can be monitored. Anonymous tools or not.

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    Post  Austin on Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:39 pm

    Tech experts find flaws in US report on Russian hacking

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5267494058001

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    Post  Austin on Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:57 am

    Rep. Nunes reacts to intel report implicating Putin

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5274848425001

    Full Kellyanne Conway: Russia 'Did Not Succeed' in Attempts to Sway Election


    http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/full-kellyanne-conway-russia-did-not-succeed-in-attempts-to-sway-election-850203203603

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Austin on Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:23 pm

    Since Trump too admitted that the hack has been done by Russia.

    Do you think GRU have done a bad job in covering its tracks in the DNC hacks issue ?

    They didnt cover their tracks too well and got caught ?

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    Post  whir on Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:10 pm

    Austin wrote:Since Trump too admitted that the hack has been done by Russia.

    Do you think GRU have done a bad job in covering its tracks in the DNC hacks issue ?

    They didnt cover their tracks too well and got caught ?
    A more logical explanation is that he lacks the knowledge to publicly deny the suspicion so stating what by now is accepted as common knowledge by millions.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:47 pm

    whir wrote:
    Austin wrote:Since Trump too admitted that the hack has been done by Russia.

    Do you think GRU have done a bad job in covering its tracks in the DNC hacks issue ?

    They didnt cover their tracks too well and got caught ?
    A more logical explanation is that he lacks the knowledge to publicly deny the suspicion so stating what by now is accepted as common knowledge by millions.

    He really cant deny of US IC head confirms it is the Russians and GRU did it.

    May be the GRU just did a shoddy job on hacking and it is also impossible to hide if the activity was done in such a scale and in such a co-ordinated manner.

    NSA has a tight grip of every packet that enters inside USA and goes out , I hope this is a lesson for GRU to improve on its cyber capabilities
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    Post  KiloGolf on Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:54 pm

    Austin wrote:
    whir wrote:
    Austin wrote:Since Trump too admitted that the hack has been done by Russia.

    Do you think GRU have done a bad job in covering its tracks in the DNC hacks issue ?

    They didnt cover their tracks too well and got caught ?
    A more logical explanation is that he lacks the knowledge to publicly deny the suspicion so stating what by now is accepted as common knowledge by millions.

    He really cant deny of US IC head confirms it is the Russians and GRU did it.

    May be the GRU just did a shoddy job on hacking and it is also impossible to hide if the activity was done in such a scale and in such a co-ordinated manner.

    NSA has a tight grip of every packet that enters inside USA and goes out , I hope this is a lesson for GRU to improve on its cyber capabilities

    Everyone hacks on everybody else, Trump is fine with that. In fact he stated he cares more about how US intel gets leaked to the press more than anything else. Trump is a boss pirat
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    Post  OminousSpudd on Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:36 pm

    KiloGolf wrote:
    Austin wrote:
    whir wrote:
    Austin wrote:Since Trump too admitted that the hack has been done by Russia.

    Do you think GRU have done a bad job in covering its tracks in the DNC hacks issue ?

    They didnt cover their tracks too well and got caught ?
    A more logical explanation is that he lacks the knowledge to publicly deny the suspicion so stating what by now is accepted as common knowledge by millions.

    He really cant deny of US IC head confirms it is the Russians and GRU did it.

    May be the GRU just did a shoddy job on hacking and it is also impossible to hide if the activity was done in such a scale and in such a co-ordinated manner.

    NSA has a tight grip of every packet that enters inside USA and goes out , I hope this is a lesson for GRU to improve on its cyber capabilities

    Everyone hacks on everybody else, Trump is fine with that. In fact he stated he cares more about how US intel gets leaked to the press more than anything else. Trump is a boss pirat
    Trump is a businessman, which just so happens to be the best thing for America at the moment, we'll see if that transfers to an international level. I was hardcore pro-Trump all the way to the office (as was anyone with half a brain) but now I'm a tad wary, some of his statements have been a little, er, conformist in recent weeks.

    @Austin
    We have no evidence of a Russian hack, just like we have no evidence of a Russian shoot-down of MH17, just like we have no evidence of a Russian invasion in Ukraine... and so on and so forth. When they present the facts, I will have time to listen.

    Besides, the CIA ODNI report included a fake story from 4chan, the US IC is screwed.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:11 am

    OminousSpudd wrote:@Austin
    We have no evidence of a Russian hack, just like we have no evidence of a Russian shoot-down of MH17, just like we have no evidence of a Russian invasion in Ukraine... and so on and so forth. When they present the facts, I will have time to listen.

    Besides, the CIA ODNI report included a fake story from 4chan, the US IC is screwed.

    I agree there is no open evidence , I saw most part of Senate hearing including the one for designate CIA chief yesterday.

    There are 3 reports presented by DNI chief , Public , Confidential and High Confidential.

    The public report is what we all saw
    Confidential was presented during closed senate hearing
    High Confidential that was presented only to very few people President , VP , President Elect and few others

    So they have not mentioned source in public report while Confidential and High Confidential had sources and methods mentioned.

    I belive Trump seeing the High Confidence report even he agreed Russian hacked DNC

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    Post  whir on Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:14 am

    Austin wrote:I belive Trump seeing the High Confidence report even he agreed Russian hacked DNC
    If you think there's some ultimate evidence that only a few know about you're completely delusional, the man simply has to believe what experts tell him.

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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  Austin on Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:30 pm

    Western Strategists Need To Stop Pitting Russia Against China

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russia-china-nato_us_5873a07ce4b02b5f8589eb03
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    Re: Russian Intelligence Services: News & Discussion

    Post  GarryB on Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:04 am

    Hahahaha... yeah... lets listen to a Russophobe Brzezinski as to what is the right thing to do.

    Anyone paying attention in the last decade or so will have noticed that western attempts to manipulate Putin have seriously backfired.

    The previous attempts to separate Russia from China or even Russia from India who are traditional allies or even Russia from Turkey who are not have failed miserably... in fact as the article mentions have often backfired and moved Russia and China (India and Turkey) closer together.

    Recognising the growing strength of China, India, and Russia... ( I mean it is obvious... just look at how often Russia is mentioned in western news media these days... compared with a decade ago when they were mentioned when something bad happened there...) he has changed his tune... I would say don't fall for it... Russia, China, India, even Turkey should recognise the west for what it is and never trust its intentions or actions. Use them to get what you want but don't blindly trust they want anything but your submission and dissection into little chunks it can absorb and use up.


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