In This Issue
Vol. 26 Issue 17
Ghost Attack: The New Warfare Strategy and Surveillance Platforms of China, Russia, Iran, & North Korea
- The Why and How of Ghost Attacks
- Ghost Attacks We Have Known
- The Next Surveillance Infrastructure
On Monday (May 10, 2021), DarkSide, the hacker collective behind the ransomware used in the Colonial Pipeline attack, was publicly fingered by the FBI. Soon after, the group posted a mea culpa on the dark web, where it maintains a site:
“We are apolitical. We do not participate in geopolitics,” the message says. “Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society. From today, we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.”
The irony of a group believed to be based in Russia claiming not to understand the geopolitical implications of shutting down a major US pipeline would be laughable if it weren’t such a perfect example of the new international warfare strategy.
The truth is, though Biden is clawing back the last US troops from Afghanistan, we are already deep into the next war. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea (CRINK) have been allied in a war for global control for at least the last five years.
It isn’t recognized as a war, because it doesn’t involve traditional weapons, but it has resulted in the deaths of millions of people. And like all wars, it is about power and control.