Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
December 8, 2016
While everything else has been going on, it seems that Russian financial institutions were again under cyber-attack according to this story that appeared in the English-language service of Deutsche Welle (carried also on AP and Reuters), in this story shared by Mr. M.M.:
This comes after a TASS story by Yuri Smityuk that appeared on Dec. 2:
What caught my attention, however, was the Deutsche Welle story, and these items:
Russia’s security agency thwarted a cyber attack aimed at destabilizing the country’s financial system, according to the agency’s statement Friday.
The Federal Security Service (FSB), said unnamed attackers planned to flood Russian social networks with comments and send mass text messages with false comments warning of the imminent collapse of major banks and financial systems in the country.
The FSB received information on “plans by foreign secret services to carry out large-scale cyberattacks from December 5,” it said in a statement.
It said the attacks would originate from computer servers in the Netherlands owned by Ukrainian company BlazingFast, based in Kiev.
Then, later in the story, we find this piece of confusing information:
Two people in Ukraine, believed to be in control of the 900,000 hacked devices that formed the massive “AVALANCHE” botnet, were arrested as part of a series of police raids in 10 countries, German authorities announced on Thursday. German leaders hinted at Russian involvement.
The leader is left with the lingering impression that the Ukrainian attack mentioned in the fourth paragraph of the article is the same network that had two of its leaders arrested in the 10-country international raid, which Germany is maintaining had Russian involvement, leading to the possibility that Russia staged an attack on itself, and blamed it on hackers in Kiev, The Ukraine.
In today’s world, anything is possible of course.
However, in this case, I don’t think that scenario is at all plausible. There’s another high octane scenario that I think lurks in between the lines of those first four paragraphs. For the sake of argument, let’s accept the FSB’s (Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopaznosti Rossiyskoi Federatsii, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) explanation here at face value, namely, that the attacks originated in the Ukrainian company BlazingFast, through servers in the Netherlands. For the Ukraine to launch a cyber-attack on Russian banks and its banking system – even through a corporate cats paw, on its own is absurd. It would only fuel the tensions between the Ukraine and Russia, and hand Mr. Putin yet another talking point on the whole western-instigated mess there. Meanwhile, Germany was strongly hinting that Russia was behind the attacks:
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