Sonntag, 9. Juni 2019

The Al-Qard al-Hassan Association

The official communication network of the Al-Qrd al-Hassan Association seems not to be too sophisticated:


The vulnerability of one important entity in this network is obviously:


Presumably there is a more clandestine way of communication inside this organisation...

Samstag, 8. Juni 2019

Contract Killing

Just in case somebody is looking for help:


Joking.... But if you look for a "special service" you will find a lot - not only in the Dark web. My last paper for Jane's Intelligence Review looks into some not so rare human lack of conscience. And prices are declining! Not all are so expensive as seen above.

From the introduction of Jane's Intelligence Review:

"Multiple court cases attest to the willingness of individuals to seek contract killing services, often from undercover law enforcement officials. For example, in February 2019, US citizen Sandra Haughawout, 71, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted on charges of solicitation to commit a crime of violence. Haughawout, of Milan, Ohio, had offered an undercover FBI agent money to kill her former son-in-law, believing the officer to be a contract killer."

I prepare a more extensive paper about the subject with a few additional insights, screenshots - but of course no tips how to find somebody who will resolve your problems in a ultimate way.


Montag, 6. Mai 2019

Diamonds are forever...

...an interesting way for criminals and terrorists to pay, to launder money and to fool stupid greedy people who think that a diamond gives them some kind of extravagant aura.

My last paper is about this illegal and unethical trade in the Dark Web. But before Dark Web comes the Surface Web and there you find millions of tenders - many of them look reliable as this one on the Chinese trading platform Alibaba:


One company in the Dark Web, which offers gold and diamonds, claims to deliver the products from the US or from Germany:


"llicit diamond trafficking evades regulation on dark we" is published in the OSINT Snapshot section of Jane's Intelligence Review.

Donnerstag, 21. März 2019

Good work, panda huggers!

Reading the new "European Commission contribution to the European Council" on EU-China – A strategic outlook I can only say: Very well done, all you panda huggers in the EU Commission!




"A strategic outlook"...Wait, what is strategy? There are numerous definitions and I don't talk about war and Carl von Clausewitz or Liddell Hart. But even Wikipedia is able to explain - citing a book of Lawrence Freedman - that "Strategy generally involves setting goals, determining actions to achieve the goals, and mobilizing resources to execute the actions. A strategy describes how the ends (goals) will be achieved by the means (resources). Strategy can be intended or can emerge as a pattern of activity as the organization adapts to its environment or competes." And - citing Mintzberg and Quinn - "it involves activities such as strategic planning and strategic thinking."

When I read this EU paper I hardly see any strategic planning or strategic thinking, but a lot of words, which seems to be written here.

Example: I found the word "influence" exactly once in this paper:

"In the last decade, China's economic power and political influence have grown with unprecedented scale and speed, reflecting its ambitions to become a leading global power."

Really? Nothing more? It seems that the EU commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is responsible for the negotiating with countries who want to join the EU, is one of the targets in Brussels for China and so his opinion is effectively nearly erased in the debate and especially in this "strategic outlook": Didn't he say that the EU is underestimating China and - regarding the same article in the Financial Times - that "he was concerned that some countries were borrowing heavily from China to pay for infrastructure and raising the risk of long-term damage to their fragile economies."? Some more words from this article: "Mr Hahn said China was benefiting from aspects of the EU’s transparent and rules-based economy but “not providing and guaranteeing the same in China for European or even foreign companies,” he said, adding: “This is something which is no longer acceptable.”" Johannes: Watch your phone and laptop! 😎😎😎😎

There is not one word about this problem in the EU paper - for good reasons: Visiting these days conferences or "discussions" (how to discuss open and relaxed under the banner of the local Confucius Institute?) in Brussels on EU-China relations or on China subjects in general you not only see a massive presence of Chinese officials and semi-officials ("I am a journalist" - "I work for a Think Tank" etc.), blocking discussions or sometimes interrupting in an inappropriate way the questioner.

The good news for Chinese intelligence and planning groups (e.g. MSS Bureau Nr. 10 and a lot more...): There are so many Europeans in the audience now - I can only call them agents of influence or even worse! - who introduce themself e.g. as somebody working in an official EU function, to explain afterwards, that "here I give only my private view". I observed some of them again and again at different locations, different events - but always commenting in a superpro China way. And yes: It seems to be absurd, but after the meeting, at the wine bar, you see them laughing and shaking hands with the Chinese officials.

Needless to mention that you cannot find "intelligence" (except Artificial Intelligence) or "espionage" in this paper. Only one very tentative "intellectual property"... and not even the word "problem"! So everything is fine and there is no problem with Chinese influence operations in Brussels, a massive presence of their intelligence, their sometimes aggressive stance on persons and organisations who dare to talk in public on Human Rights in China, Taiwan, Uigurs etc.?!

I wonder who was finally responsible for this document and what was the deal for publishing something like this!? Who is Geraldine and is she an author? Or just the printing office girl?


 More interesting is the manipulation timerange:


Coming back to strategy, ressources and executing action: Europe definitely needs more intelligence on China and operations against them - not only in Brussels! And it needs more action when it comes to identifying those moles, who are willing to take Beijing's position, because they hope one day they can be top banana of OBOR.

Mittwoch, 20. März 2019

New Zealand mosque attack with Rammstein

A well informed source told me last night that a part of the video of the mosque attack appeared - bus this time with the background music of Rammstein, the controversial German band.

I checked the board where it was uploaded and beside a lot of the other horrible rightwing stuff this video is still available. 


The length of the video is 03 min 11 sec and shows the known extreme violence. In the background one can hear the song "Feuer Frei" of the German band Rammstein.Tracking down German members of this international rightwing community is important, because it is not about cynicism and funny Meme culture anymore, it's about serious acts of violence, terrorism and mercenaries. Therefore it is important to read US indictments on some US militant rightwing members, who travelled via Germany to the Ukraine. For those dangerous and criminal persons is only one place the right one:




Donnerstag, 31. Januar 2019

Bioweapons in the wrong hands


For decades, bioweapons have been an integral part of nation states' arsenals. Their efficiency for military purposes has often been disputed, as they are not only too slow from a tactical point of view but also complicated to use. Consequently, very few states have actually employed bioweapons in the past. During the Second World War, the Japanese military used various pathogenic agents, such as for cholera or the plague, to harm the Chinese population. The Cold War saw a number of accidents in laboratories and on testing grounds in the Eastern Bloc, during which anthrax and smallpox were released, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries. Nowadays, various states have opaque or secret programmes for developing bioweapons, the trade of which increases the risk of proliferation.

So far, there have merely been rumours about the misuse of genetic research in the military realm and for operations contrary to international law. Apparently, the North Korean biologist Ri Chae Woo worked on a bioweapon designed to recognise and kill individuals based on their genetic characteristics. Ri was reported to have tried fleeing to the Australian consulate in the Chinese city of Guangzhou on September 5, 2003, but has been missing since. The Australian House of Representatives discussed this largely unknown incident (Questions On Notice, Foreign Affairs: North Korea, Question 2385, Monday, October 13, 2003). Nevertheless, reports on North Korean defectors who claim to have witnessed such experiments on humans have yet to be verified.



Intelligence operations such as the assassination of the North Korean dictator's brother Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia in 2017 or of the former GRU employee Skripal in the UK in 2018 show that chemical weapons are a common choice when political opponents or alleged traitors are to be liquidated. In practice, bioweapons are not only unpredictable and put the attacker at risk of contagion but the sensitive pathogens must also be kept alive throughout the process.

Non-state actors generally pose a far greater threat - as far as I compiled corresponding incidents here:

Year
Actor
Country
Weapon
Produced
Stored
Employed
1972
Right-wing
USA
Typhus
Unknown
Yes
No
1981
Environmental extremists
UK
Anthrax
Unknown
Yes
Yes
1984
Religious cult
USA
Salmonella
Unknown
Yes
Yes
1992
Right-wing
USA
Ricin
Yes
Yes
No
1993
Right-wing
USA
Ricin
Yes
Yes
No
1990s
Religious cult
Japan
Anthrax, Botulinum, Q Fever (+ Sarin)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2001
Unclear
USA
Anthrax
Unknwon
Unknown
Yes
2003
Islamists
UK
Ricin
Unclear
Unclear
No
2004
Islamists
France
Botulinum, Ricin
Unclear
Unclear
No
2018
Islamists
Germany
Ricin
Yes
Yes
No
 
Aside from specific incidents, one can find in the Dark Web numerous hints, documents and statements about the production and deployment of bioweapons from various sides of the terrorist, extremist and religious spectrum.

Since this topic is not only thrilling, but also important, I just published a new paper with Janes Intelligence Review, titled "Dark web users show interest in ricin". This and other texts can be found here.


Donnerstag, 20. Dezember 2018

Nuclear trade in the Dark Web

Beside drugs, fake IDs and pornography there is a lot more to find in the Dark Web. I searched for my own small nuclear bomb - and I was successful!


My new paper for Janes Intelligence Review can be find in their great new section: Jane's OSINT snapshots are brief analyses of recent national security-related news using lesser-visited online sources and anybody who is interested in going deeper into it might take a look into "Dark web market trades illicit nuclear materials and knowledge".

A lot more data and information about this subject, which I collected and analysed, are not to read in this paper. Plausible requests about more details are welcome: I compiled a restricted background report about it, which will not be published in the public.