I was feeding the beast: Saved all contacts and pictures from social networks, stored them well :)
The first graph is only a snapshot of a few information, there is a lot more coming. Problems of connections, distributions or segmentation will be solved soon.
Maybe there are some dots to be connected right here:
I realise again: Checking Hong Kong Directories is difficult for an outsider, but using some kind of an investigative dashboard, tools, and talking to some people on the ground is useful.
...ist es, die Zugriffe auf den eigenen Blog zu verfolgen: Google machts möglich und mit ein wenig Gefrickl sieht man auch hablbwegs, wer sich welche Postings mit welchem Betrübssystem von wo aus ansieht. Ich grüsse also Dich, "unbekannter" Besucher und komme zu einem (ähnlichen?) Thema: Die privaten Geheimdienste.
In Deutschland dauern ja einige Dinge länger und so erstaunt es mich nicht, dass erst jetzt dieses Thema so ausgebreitet - und in Kürze auch wieder verschwunden sein wird. Die Süddeutsche Zeitung macht daraus einen "Geheimen Krieg" und stellt dazu witzige und interessante, kleine Reportagen ins Netz. Was mir aber auffällt: Das ist nichts besonders Neues und ich habe den leisen Verdacht, dass man sich auch mit der stolz präsentierten sogenannten Datenbank an einem Vorbild vergangener Jahre orientiert hat: "Top Secret America" der Washington Post ging bereits 2010 an den Start. Naja, möglicherweise gab es einen Verweis der Süddeutschen Zeitung auf dieses US-Projekt und ich habe es übersehen.
Wie dem auch sei: Die "Top 3 der Mietspione" sind ein alter Hut, spätestens seit dem empfehlenswerten und schon 2008 publizierten Buch von Tim Shorrock. Und ich kann es mir nicht verkneifen, an dieser Stelle nochmals auf ein anderes Buch zu verweisen, was sich genau mit diesem Thema intensiv befasst und auch ein umfangreiches Quellenverzeichnis aufweist - für denjenigen, der sich ernsthaft damit befassen möchte: "Private Intelligence - Geheimdienstliche Aktivitäten nicht-staatlicher Akteure". Das ist meine 2011 bei Springer erschienene Dissertation.
Es ist hier wie bei ähnlichen Themen: Der Prophet im eigenen Lande interessiert eben nicht. Die Debatte, die längst auf europäischer Ebene geführt wird, scheint von Süddeutscher und Co. jedenfalls in Deutschland nicht angestossen zu werden: Die Risiken nämlich, die für eine Demokratie drohen, wenn bestimmte Kernaufgaben des Staates - die aus gutem Grunde bei diesem liegen - an Privatfirmen und Söldner abgegeben werden.
Beside some interesting meetings and events in the past the
North Korean intelligence agencies in Europe – sitting in their embassies or
using front companies and international organisations as a cover – have to
fight on different subjects: Not only looking for business, special materials and
cash flow they have to deal with „imperialistic agents“ and „liars“ from human
right groups. Refugees, which are of course „tricked“ into Western countries by
the „satan“ in Washington, the media, the „gangster clique“ in Seoul and other
bad boys, are travelling around and telling the people stories which are more
or less untold inside North Korea.
As every other country in the world the North Koreans are
looking abroad for maybe problems, which can be dissidents, refugees or
activists. While Russian intelligence tries to monitor e. g. Greenpeace in
Europe (and elsewhere), North Korea looks for people in Europe (and elsewhere)
which are interesting for them. This can be family members, which are falling
from favour. Some of them suddenly committed suicide or had an accident… In
this case there is a special unit inside the North Korean intelligence which is
arriving immediately on the scene, recovering assets, cleaning the place and
hampering police and intelligence from the guest country to dig deeper.
Additionally the North Korean intelligence agencies have
their sympathisers. The intelligence agencies from Israel can rely on their
followers all over the world, mostly jewish people, which are doing „research“ for
the Mossad due to patriotic or religious or both reasons. Beside money North
Korea can offer Juche, their ideology – and there are still enough members of
their Friendship Associations which are willing to do the job, instructed by
North Korean staff. Last time in Germany it was Hong Son Ok .
Something which makes the North Koreans very angry is the „North Korea Freedom Week in Europe 2013“, especially the
demonstration yesterday, 12 October, in front of their embassy in Berlin. Watching
the scene beside the small group of protesters it was interesting to observe
the observers, which were able to take pictures from every single person. I don´t say that they were working for the DPRK, but... they raised my suspicion. Aditionally a few CCTV
were in action, recording the demonstration, presumably not only from the
embassy itself. One can only speculate if the North Koreans are discussing the gathered
pictures and information with their Chinese colleagues, not far away from the
Glinka Street. And there maybe a few other embassies in Berlin, which are
interested in profiling the activists…
to peace and security in times of drones, robots and digital warfare
Berlin, 20. – 21.06.2013
Member of the Central
Party School of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee (CCPS), Dr.
Yabin Liang, emphasizesneed for
informationcollection abroad at international
conference in Berlin.
China is using drones only for civil aspects and
monitoring terrorists, mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Dataprotectionmust bepartiallysacrificed in order toprotectcitizensfrom attacks.
An open mind
Speakers fromvarious countriestalked in Berlin about thetechnological changein modernwarfareand conflictswith
foregroundnext to theuse of
drones – better known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) – wererisksofcyberattacks and asymmetric conflicts. Since it isalwaysdifficult to hear official statements about security-sensitiveissues it waseven more remarkable to get thatopennotesofDr.Liang. He is Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute For
International Strategic Studies (IISS) at the Party School Of The Central
Committee Of The Communist Party Of China (CCPS) in the Haidian District of
Bejing, the premier institution for education and training of officials in
China. Beside other Chinese think tanks the IISS is not so well known in the
media, but nevertheless influential in the Chinese military and intelligence
community, e.g. in the discussion about the North Korean nuclear program.
No money for research
Asked about theuseofUAVsDr. Liangsaid thatChinawouldhavenosophisticatedUAVs. Chinaas adeveloping
countrywouldlearn from Russiaand the USA, whichresearchwould be observedexactly. Due to limited money the development of high-tech
UAVs would not be possible for China. For the rest it would be interested in a
peaceful development and not in building a threatening weapon system. At least
civil UAVs would be used for supervising harvest and disaster control. Finally
he admitted that China could imagine using UAVs for monitoring terrorist
activities in the northwest of the country. Furthermore he said that – in the
long way – UAVs could be a military instrument for China in the future
an understatement, because it is clearthatChinais working
intensively onthedevelopmentofUAVs and might use them since a while.
Already in 2011 the Chinese agencies thought about to use a UAV, equipped with 20
kilograms of TNT, to track and hunt down Naw Kham, chief of the Hawngleuk Militia and a notorious drug dealer in the Golden Triangle, who
killed at large sixteen Chinese sailors in the Mekong river area. In the end
Chinese security agencies didn´t carry out a UAV strike due to technical
reasons and the lack of experience in this area – even though Liu Yujin, the
the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), said the
reason for that would have been the order to catch him alive. China is working intensively on BeiDou, a satellite based
navigation system, which will be used in the future for the navigation of their
Despite the statement of Dr. Liang it is worth to
mention the efforts of the People´s Liberation Army (PLA) to develop UAVs not only
for the ground forces, but for the Navy – e.g. for surveillance of the US fleet
near to the Chinese shore – and the Air Force as well. Therefore China is
building up a military-industrial complex, which includes intensive Research
and Development (R&D). Due to US restrictions of weapons trade China
depends on research to bridge the gap to Western design. The IAI Harpy model,
produced by Israel Aerospace Industries and sold et al. to China, wasn´t
upgraded in 2004 by Israel and so China shows interest in collecting
intelligence about new developments and marketing own systems. In 2012 they
presented the Yi Long, a tactical UAV. For long range missions they deleoped
the Harbin BZK-005 model with a payload of more than 150 kg – which is
definitely useless for monitoring agriculture.
As well as with the NATO forces or Russia UAVs are an
instrument enhancing the Command, Control, Communications, Computers,
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)structure. But sudden
accidents like the self-immolation of Tibet monks or the reported attacks on
police stations in Xinjiang can hardly be monitored by UAVs: They are used in
situations where evidence as terrorist camps in the outback already exist.
Confronted with this Dr. Liang just said, there are different definitions of
terrorism. Beside this he mentioned very clearly the problems with drug
smuggling in the border region between China and North Korea – which could be a
possible target of UAVs. It is not a farming office, but mainly the General
Staff Department (GSD) Intelligence Department of the PLA (GSD Second
Department), which is interested in collection of military and political
intelligence and in the international developments of UAVs. It is hardly
surprising that in March 2013 Dr. Liang attended a conference in Israel,
sponsored by Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership (SIGNAL).
According to a reports he was obviously looking there for intelligence related
Information is free
Even in another panel („Cyberwar and cyberspace – the fifth sphere of
spoke frankly about attacks on infrastructure in China, which are causing panic
especially after parties, when people want to drive home – but can´t due to
paralyzed public transport systems. China would be damaged by „unrealistic“
information, which could provoke social unrest. Surprisingly he mentioned as
one positive example Wikileaks because this would have been the starting point
for the Arab spring. In general most attacks would come from non-state actors,
which could hardly be identified. The Chinese government would not conduct
espionage, because today all information would be free and China would be
interested in the free flow of them. States are – in his opinion – like
companies and companies collecting information worldwide. Under this conditions
one couldn´t speak anymore from data loss. There would be many terrorists in
China, conducting attacks and threatening the public, so it would be necessary
to restrict a few civil rights, just to protect them.
Dr. Liang´s statement shows the
growing self-confidence of officials, discussing at international conferences.
On one hand it is a signal that China is willing to assume international
responsibility: Beside international anti-terror operations it shows it´s
capability to hunt down enemies of the state outside of it´s border. China
recognized UAVs asuseful tools in
military operations and their use is inevitable. The clear statement about
cyber problems shows: Cases like Wikileaks or Snowden are boosting Chinas
position in the discussion about hacking and cyber warfare.
(The Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigated 64 individuals
including active-duty and former Marines and sailors, and confiscated
one million dollars worth of contraband in connection with an organized
crime ring in the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., area as part
of Operation “Perfect Storm” June 4. Among the items confiscated were
enhanced small arms protective insert plates, tactical vests, M-40 gas
masks, 10,000 rounds of 5.56 millimeter ammunition and night vision
goggles, in addition to drugs and other contraband. (USMC/Sgt. Tyler
(Picture and citation: www.military1.com, 27.07.2013)
Especially interesting is the comment of "Guest".
"It is well known in the service the Mexican Cartel has guys in the Corps
getting trained and getting access to these sorts of things. I
personally served with a PO2 (a Mexican national with no intention of
getting citizenship) who admitted to joining simply to get the GI bill
and go back to Mexico and marry his fiance. When he told me about the
cartel guys who join for obvious reasons I almost lost it. My cousin in
the Army told me of a guy stabbing another guy while he slept when he
found out he was an X13, so he stabbed him because he was X14 (those are
gang affiliations here in CA for those not in the know..."
I could imagine that we have to deal with this development in the near future with more sophisticated intelligence. Just take a look at the lists of people with a criminal background/membership in a criminal organisation AND a Security Clearance. Take those numbers and connect them with the millions of people in the US, which got their SC, doing sensible work for the government - and you will know what I mean.