Sep 01, 2013

Gen. Odierno, Cyber Command image credit: U.S. Army/Flickr

More revelations about the U.S. government’s spying and cyberwar capabilities and advancements are coming to light every single day. In the latest, it has been revealed that U.S. intelligence agencies initiated 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011 alone.

In documents leaked by Edward Snowden to The Washington Post, these revelations were contained in the classified intelligence (“black”) budget and they “provide new evidence that the Obama administration’s growing ranks of cyberwarriors infiltrate and disrupt foreign computer networks.”

Operating under a $652 million project codenamed GENIE, American operatives are breaking into foreign computer networks “so that they can be put under surreptitious U.S. control,”. Specialists remotely place “covert implants” – malware – on tens of thousands of computers, routers and firewalls every single year. The U.S. government plans “to expand those numbers into the millions,” as the Post reports.

The budget also revealed that the government has put aside $25.1 million to “additional covert purchases of software vulnerabilities” from private malware developers this year. Former U.S. officials have confirmed and described “a campaign of computer intrusions that is far broader and more aggressive than previously understood” to the Post.

The budget states that almost 75% of the 231 offensive operations in 2011 targeted countries deemed to be “top-priority targets.” Those targets include countries like “Iran, Russia, China and North Korea and activities such as nuclear proliferation.” However, the budget document didn’t provide that much more information on the secret ops.

Blowing the “defensive cyberwarfare” illusion out of the water is the massive expansion of the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations along with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Information Operations Center (IOC) and the NSA’s Remote Operations Center (ROC):

“To the NSA as a whole, the ROC is where the hackers live,” said an anonymous former NSA operative from another section who has worked with the so-called “exploitation teams” in the past. “It’s basically the one-stop shop for any kind of active operation that’s not defensive,” the individual said to the Post.

Along with these recent revelations, outgoing DHS director Janet Napolitano is crowing about a cyberattack/EMP bringing down the electric grid in the U.S. Is there a false-flag power outage coming to a city near you? Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton expand upon this theory with an informative video: