Kaspersky labs has determined that the widespread Flame and Stuxnet viruses
share code and therefore must have had similar origins.
Most people believe that these cyber weapons resulted from a joint US/Israel effort targeting Iran. It is known that Stuxnet was supposed to have a "kill switch" which would deactivate it after at certain date. Apparently, the Israelis killed the kill switch and spread the malware around the world.
Now, Israel is bragging that Stuxnet was theirs, theirs alone, and how dare That Bastard Obama claim to have anything to do with it. The story appears on Breitbart
(Actually, I don't recall seeing Obama crow about Stuxnet. It's not the sort of thing a president crows about.)
I, for one, am perfectly fine with giving Israel sole credit. For what it is worth, however, there are others who claim that these cyber attacks were indeed a joint venture which began during the Bush administration. Kaspersky thinks Flame has been out there for perhaps five years
Flame is widespread and allegedly undetectable
. The virus gives an outsider complete control over a target's computer.
And who might be targeted? Hmmm. Pinky...are you pondering what I'm pondering...?
On a completely unrelated note: Eighty-seven congressional representatives
are calling for an investigation of the alleged SWATs pulled on two conservative bloggers, as discussed in earlier posts. A barrage of right-wing bloggers have blamed the attacks on one Brett Kimberlin, against whom there is, as of this writing, no evidence. (But he does have a bad rap sheet.) The right-wingers have acted with such sheer, robotic coordination as to make it obvious that there a Master Plan controlling their efforts.
Obviously, this "SWAT" business is a propaganda effort designed to create the impression that left-wingers are terrorists.
By way of comparison: Nobody in Congress called for an investigation into the links between far-right, fanatically pro-Israel libertarians like Pam Geller and mad killer Anders Breivik
, who opened fire on a youth camp in Norway. Geller -- frequently seen on Fox News -- was Breivik's acknowledged inspiration. And the admiration was mutual:
Geller justifies Breivik’s attack on the Norwegian Labour Party summer youth camp because she says the camp is part of an anti-Israel “indoctrination training center.” She says the victims would have grown up to become “future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole.”
After the shooting, Geller engaged in some very telling self-censorship
Tellingly, Pamela Geller attempted to wash her hands of any pre knowledge of Breivik’s plans by excising a paragraph from one of his long rants which she posted in 2007. The portion cut out: “We are stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment. This is going to happen fast.”
There are no
leftwingers "stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment." There are no liberals ominously declaring that "This is going to happen fast."
That's a right-wing
Obviously, the Tea Partiers are the ones who have genuine links to terror. Yet Congress will not investigate Geller -- in fact, congressmen are happy to pose for pictures
Instead, the Republicans are going along with this ominous attempt to gin up evidence against an alleged leftist "leader" whom almost nobody on the actual
left knew about or cared about until the Breitbarters started caterwauling about him.
And just how easy would it be to gin up evidence against Kimberlin...?
Send your eyeballs north. Re-read the section about Flame and Stuxnet.
Remember: Flame gives an outsider complete control over your computer. Your computer can be used to make phone calls, as outlined here
. The evidence
indicates that the SWAT calls are made from targeted computers, using VOIP.
Could Flame (or some similar trojan) have found its way onto Kimberlin's computer? Dude, that shit is everywhere
Flame or worse could be on your system right now. While you're out of the house, someone could commandeer your computer to threaten the President. Behind your back, your system could be sending out an email to your boss confessing that extraterrestrials have told you to burn buildings. While you sleep, your computer could fire up IRC to download kiddie porn.
the power of Flame.
I would not be even slightly surprised if an investigation traces the SWAT calls to Brett Kimberlin's IP address. But even if that happens, should we go along with the presumption that he actually did it?
Who has benefited from SWAT hysteria?