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“The War God’s Face Has Become Indistinct” – Unrestricted Warfare December 11, 2012

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300px-DHS_S_WRWhile doing some research for a project recently some of my military friends pointed me to a document I had never read called Unrestricted Warfare.  In reading the document, I was shocked at what it contained.  In 1999, two Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) Colonels were tasked to write a document titled: Unrestricted Warfare that outlines China’s approach to war with the West.   In short, the document articulates a new definition of warfare that includes using all economic, political, and PR means to fight ‘sub wars’ and ‘pseudo wars’.  While we sit in the US laboring under our definition of warfare, our adversaries are redefining the battlespace.  Here are some quotes from the document:

“If we acknowledge that the new principles of war are no longer “using armed force to compel the enemy to submit to one’s will,” but rather are “using all means including armed force and non-armed force, military and non-military, lethal and non-lethal means to compel the enemy to accept one’s interests.”[i]

“As we see it, a single man-made stock-market crash, a single computer virus invasion, or a single rumor or scandal that results in a fluctuation in the enemy country’s exchange rates or exposes the leaders of an enemy country on the Internet, all can be included in the ranks of new-concept weapons.”[i]

It I worth your time to read the document to understand the new idea of war and warfare.


[i] House of Representatives. (Kindle Locations 325-327). Kindle Edition.


[i] Wiangsui Qiao Liang and Wang. Unrestricted warfare. Beijing: PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House; 1999.

“Gauss What!?” – Another CyberWeapon Discovered August 14, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in cyberespionage, Risk & Risk Management, terrorism.
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According to Kaspersky labs, yet another cyberweapon was discovered last week.  On August 9, 2012 Kaspersky labs released a press release stating that they had identified another cyber-weapon dubbed Gauss.  According to the press release:

“…‘Gauss’, a new cyber-threat targeting users in the Middle East. Gauss is a complex, nation-state sponsored cyber-espionage toolkit designed to steal sensitive data, with a specific focus on browser passwords, online banking account credentials, cookies, and specific configurations of infected machines. The online banking Trojan functionality found in Gauss is a unique characteristic that was not found in any previously known cyber-weapons.” (more…)

“The Rise of Cyber Espionage” – The Counter Terrorist Magazine August 5, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in cyberespionage, cybersecurity, terrorism.
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UPDATE:  I want to thank The Counter Terrorist magazine staff for including attribution to the article.  They quickly corrected a mistake and the inaccuracy.  Kudos!

Chris Mark (that is me;) has an article in the June/July 2012 issue of The Counter Terrorist Magazine.  The article is titled: “The Rise of Cyber Espionage” and provides an overview of the current cyber espionage issues being faced by US businesses today.  The article covers the breach at RSA to the subsequent attacks at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and others as examples of the types of attacks being faced by state sponsored cyber espionage groups. While this magazine may be new for some readers of this particular blog, it in its 4th year and is filled with great information for military, law enforcement, first responders, and even businesses.  This particular issue is 76 pages of information covering Iran’s Nuclear Objectives, Cyber Espionage, First Responder Intelligence, Intelligence for Terror, and a number of great product reviews and other information.  The magazine is subscription based but if you are interested in a copy of this particular issue, leave a comment with your email and other contact information and I can forward a free ezine.

“The UN, Guns, and US Constitution” – Explaning the Arms Trade Treaty July 27, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Politics, terrorism, weapons and tactics.
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Recent events in the US have once again ignited the debate over control of guns within the US.  This post is not a political debate rather an introduction to US gun issues and, more specifically, actions of the United Nations.   First, for some quick statistics.  According to the US Firearms Institute between 40% – 50% of US homes own firearms.  There are between 250 million  and 280 million firearms in the US owned by between 120 million and 150 million US citizens.  Hunting, shooting, and firearms are deeply embedded in the US culture and history.   In fact, the right to own firearms is guaranteed in the US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”   As every 6th grader knows, the 2nd Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights which was passed in 1791.   While many people don’t agree with the 2nd Amendment the US Supreme Court has upheld the amendment and clarified the intent in several cases: (more…)

“Money Laundering May Support Drugs and Terror Funding?” – US Senate says of HSBC July 17, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Industry News, Risk & Risk Management, terrorism.
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According to a US Senate Report issued today and major news outlets including MSNBC, Europe’s largest bank, HSBC, has  “A “pervasively polluted” culture at HSBC allowed the bank to act as financier to clients moving shadowy funds from the world’s most dangerous and secretive corners, including Mexico, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria, according to a scathing U.S. Senate report issued on Monday.”  The report, titled: US Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History  “…examines the anti-money laundering (AML) and terrorist financing vulnerabilities created when a global bank uses its U.S. affiliate to provide U.S. dollars, U.S dollar services, and access to the U.S. financial system to high risk affiliates, high risk correspondent banks, and high risk clients.”   The US Enacted stronger Anti Money Laundering laws as a part of the PATRIOT act passed in the wake of 9/11.  These AML laws were designed to cut of the flow of money to terrorists.  In the case of HSBC it appears many of the rules were ignored potentially allowing drug cartels and terrorist to move and launder money.

In a statement emailed to NBCNews.com, the bank said:

We will apologize, acknowledge these mistakes, answer for our actions and give our absolute commitment to fixing what went wrong. We believe that this case history will provide important lessons for the whole industry in seeking to prevent illicit actors entering the global financial system.

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