#AceNewsReport – Jan.22: On Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers’ Party to discuss important policies, which included possible countermeasures against the US’ “hostile policy and military threat,” as cited in state media.
#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: North Korean authorities want to bolster the country’s defenses and are considering restarting “all temporarily-suspended activities,” state media announced on Thursday. While no details on the matter were revealed, media analysts suggested that these activities might include a return to tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
The politburo examined the possibilities of “restarting all temporarily-suspended activities” and “immediately bolstering more powerful physical means” in order to make preparations for a “long-term confrontation with US imperialism.”
North Korean officials stated that the US’ hostile military strategy has reached a “danger line” that cannot be ignored any longer. They referred to the joint US-South Korea military drills held in the last few years, including the most recent air exercises in November 2021.
New sanctions independently imposed by the US, the most recent ones being adopted in mid-January, were also cited among subjects of concern.
The announcement was made ahead of an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting, being held to discuss missile tests conducted by North Korea throughout January.You can share this story on social media:
#AceNewsReport – Jan.16: The attacks mainly targeted investment firms and centralised exchanges: North Korea has routinely denied being involved in hack attacks attributed to them.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business News Report: North Korea hackers stole $400-million of cryptocurrency in 2021, report says from 2020 to 2021, the number of North Korean-linked hacks jumped from four to seven, and the value extracted from these hacks grew by 40%,” Chainalysis said in a report.
Blockchain analysis company Chainalysis said it was one of most successful years on record for cyber-criminals in the closed east Asian state.
The hackers used a number of techniques, including phishing lures, code exploits and malware to siphon funds from the organisations’ “hot” wallets and then moved them into North Korea-controlled addresses, the company said.
Cryptocurrency hot wallets are connected to the internet and cryptocurrency network and so are vulnerable to hacking. They are used to send and receive cryptocurrency, and allow users to view how many tokens they have.
Many experts recommend moving large amounts of cryptocurrency not needed day-to-day to “cold” wallets, which are disconnected from the wider internet.
Chainalysis said it is likely that many of last year’s attacks were conducted by the so-called Lazarus Group, a hacking group which the US has applied sanctions against.
The group is believed to be controlled by North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau, the Reconnaissance General Bureau.
The Lazarus Group has previously been accused of involvement in the “WannaCry” ransomware attacks, the hacking of international banks and customer accounts and cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures in 2014:
“Once North Korea gained custody of the funds, they began a careful laundering process to cover up and cash out,” the report on last year’s cyber attacks added.
A United Nations panel that monitors sanctions on North Korea has accused Pyongyang of using stolen funds to support its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes as a way to avoid international sanctions.
Separately, in February last year, the US charged three North Korean computer programmers with a massive hacking spree aimed at stealing more than $1.3bn in money and cryptocurrency.
The cyber attacks affected companies from banks to Hollywood movie studios, the Department of Justice said.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.12: Japan’s coast guard also reported the launch, saying North Korea had fired a “ballistic missile-like object”.
#AceDailyNews says local media reports that North Korea fires second suspected missile in six days: South Korea said it detected the launch at 07:27 local time on Tuesday (22:27 GMT on Monday).
BBC World News: It comes shortly after six countries issued a statement urging the North to cease its “destabilising actions”.
“Our military detected a suspected ballistic missile fired by North Korea from land towards the East Sea,” South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said, adding that intelligence authorities from South Korea and the US were in the process of conducting a detailed analysis.
The latest launch underscores North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge to bolster the country’s defences as part of its policy priorities for 2022, which were outlined during a key meeting in December.
On Monday, the US mission to the United Nations, joined by France, the Irish Republic, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Albania, issued a joint statement condemning last week’s apparent test.
“These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability,” said US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The group called for North Korea “to refrain from further destabilising actions… and engage in meaningful dialogue towards our shared goal of complete denuclearisation.”
Another test – but why now?
North Korea has welcomed in the new year with two missile tests in quick succession.
Today’s test could be timed to coincide with a UN Security Council meeting in New York – where the US and its allies condemned last week’s launch.
But it could also serve several other functions.
One could be to divert public attention from an increasingly severe economic situation in the country, which has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Another could be to get the attention of Washington, which has shown little interest in resuming negotiations with Pyongyang after the failed summit between former President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in 2019.
There a third reason, which is less often reported. North and South Korea are engaged in what observers say is an increasingly intense arms race, with both sides working to perfect smaller, more accurate and more deadly missile systems with which they can threaten each other’s leaderships.
The latest tests come as Pyongyang struggles with food shortages due to a coronavirus blockade that has severely affected its economy.
At the end-of-year meeting of the ruling party, Mr Kim said the country was facing a “great life-and-death struggle”, adding that increasing development and improving people’s living standards were among this year’s goals.
UN officials had earlier warned that vulnerable children and elderly people in North Korea were at risk of starvation.
The US has been calling for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang’s relationship with President Joe Biden’s administration has so far been fraught with tension.
North Korea has also repeatedly accused South Korea of double standards over its military activities.
South Korea recently tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, which it said was needed as deterrence against North Korea’s “provocations”.
#AceNewsReport – Jan.07: The launch on Wednesday was the secretive state’s first since October and was detected by several militaries in the region, drawing condemnation from the United States, South Korea and Japan.
#AceDailyNews says according to KCNA News Report: North Korea tests ‘hypersonic’ missile that flies ‘five times speed of sound’ according to MetroUK by Sam CorbishleyThursday 6 Jan 2022 12:11 pm
Hypersonic weapons usually fly towards targets at lower altitudes, rather than up into space and back down on steep trajectories, and can achieve more than five times the speed of sound – or about 3,850mph.
News agency KNCA reported: ‘The successive successes in the test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have strategic significance in that they hasten a task for modernising strategic armed force of the state.’
It said the ‘hypersonic gliding warhead’ detached from its rocket booster and manoeuvred 75 miles laterally before it ‘precisely hit’ a target 430 miles away.
While it has not tested nuclear bombs or long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) since 2017, analysts say North Korea has in recent years developed and launched a range of more manoeuvrable missiles and warheads likely aimed at being able to overcome missile defences such as those wielded by South Korea and the US.
Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: ‘My impression is that the North Koreans have identified hypersonic gliders as a potentially useful qualitative means to cope with missile defence.’
Hypersonic weapons are considered the next generation of arms that aim to rob adversaries of reaction time and traditional defeat mechanisms.
Photos of the missile used in Wednesday’s test show what analysts said is a liquid-fueled ballistic missile with a conical-shaped Manoeuvrable Reentry Vehicle (MaRV) blasting off from a wheeled launch vehicle in a cloud of flame and smoke.
It is a different version than the weapon tested last year, and was first unveiled at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang in October, Mr Panda said.
In a call with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the launch.
The US State Department said they also discussed cooperation to achieve complete denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Talks aimed at persuading North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal have been stalled since a series of summits between leader Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump broke down with no agreement.
Joe Biden’s administration has said it is open to renewed talks, but Pyongyang has said US overtures are empty rhetoric without more substantive changes to ‘hostile policies’ such as military drills and sanctions.
The latest test came just hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail line he hopes will eventually connect the divided Korean peninsula, casting doubts over his hopes for an eleventh-hour diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea before his five-year term ends in May.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: North Korea has carried out a flurry of weapons tests in recent weeks, launching what it said were hypersonic and long-range weapons…..
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News North Korea claims test of new submarine-launched missile: State news outlet KCNA said the missile had “advanced control guidance technologies”, which could make it harder to track.
The UN prohibits it from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
Ballistic missiles are considered more threatening than cruise missiles because they can carry more powerful payloads, have a longer range and can fly faster.
North Korean state media on Wednesday said its latest missile had new “controlling and homing” technology which allowed it to move laterally. It was also capable of “gliding and jumping movement”. It released pictures of the missile as well.
It said it was fired from the same submarine that launched an older missile in a 2016 test.
This missile was one of many new weapons put on display at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang last week.
Reports did not mention leader Kim Jong-un, suggesting he did not attend the test.
On Tuesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said one missile had been launched from the port of Sinpo, in the east of North Korea where Pyongyang usually bases its submarines.
It landed in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, and travelled about 450km (280 miles) at a maximum height of 60km.
Why ‘submarine-launched’ is significant
In October 2019, North Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, firing a Pukguksong-3 from an underwater platform.
At the time, KCNA said it had been fired at a high angle to minimise the “external threat”.
However, if the missile had been launched on a standard trajectory, instead of a vertical one, it could have travelled about 1,900km. That would have put all of South Korea and Japan within range.
Being launched from a submarine can also make missiles harder to detect and would allow North Korea to deploy its weapons far beyond the Korean Peninsula.Why does North Korea keep launching missiles?
The latest launch comes as South Korea develops its own weapons, in what observers say has turned into an arms race on the Korean peninsula.
Seoul is holding what is said to be South Korea’s largest ever defence exhibition this week. It will reportedly unveil a new fighter jet as well as guided weapons like missiles. It is also due to launch its own space rocket soon.
North and South Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War, which split the peninsula into two countries and which saw the US backing the South, ended in 1953 with an armistice.
Kim Jong-un said last week that he did not wish for war to break out again. He said his country needed to continue developing weapons for self-defence against enemies, namely the US which he accused of hostility.
Meanwhile, South Korean, Japanese and US intelligence chiefs are meeting in Seoul to discuss North Korea.
The US envoy to North Korea, Sung Kim, is expected to discuss how to restart dialogue with Pyongyang, including on whether there should be a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War.
This week he reiterated the stance of US President Joe Biden’s administration that it is open to meeting with North Korea without pre-conditions.
Previous talks between the US and North Korea broke down due to fundamental disagreements on denuclearisation.
The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons before sanctions can be eased, but North Korea has so far refused.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: North Korea reportedly fired two ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast Wednesday, in the direction of Japan, prompting Japan’s prime minister to denounce the action as “absolutely outrageous,” according to reports.
The tests, a breach of UN resolutions, came as South Korea and China held meetings in an effort to get the North to resume denuclearisation talks.
The launches show the North has continued to develop its weapons despite a severe economic crisis.
Hours later, the South tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The test of the missile known as SLBM was pre-planned and not in reaction to the North’s latest launches. It makes South Korea the seventh country in the world with such technology.
President Moon Jae-in, who attended the test, said South Korea now had “sufficient deterrence to respond to North Korea’s provocations at any time”, urging the South to continue increasing its weapons programmes to “overwhelm North Korea’s asymmetric power”.
The tests by both Koreas highlighted an arms race on the peninsula, as negotiations with North Korea remain stalled. The US wants the country to give up its nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for sanctions relief, but the North has refused.
The short-range missiles the North fired on Wednesday flew around 800 km (500 miles) at a maximum altitude of 60km, and were launched from central inland areas of the country, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
They flew east towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the JCS added, saying South Korea and the US were conducting analysis to determine which type of missile was used.
The US Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, territory, or allies, but that they highlighted the “destabilising impact of [North Korea’s] illicit weapons programme”.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the launch “outrageous”, saying it threatened peace and security in the region.Experts say Pyongyang carries out such tests to improve its technology while trying to increase its leverage in negotiations with Washington.”It’s extraordinary timing that you have not one but two Koreas testing ballistic missiles on the same day,” Prof John Delury at Yonsei University told AFP news agency. “It does speak to the fact that there’s an arms race in this region.”Earlier, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul, and said all parties should work to promote peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”Not only North Korea but other countries are carrying out military activity,” he said. “All of us should make efforts in a way that helps resume dialogue.”
FOX News – Dom Calicchio The latest missile firings by North Korea came several days after it reportedly tested newly developed long-range missiles over the weekend, reports said.
“The firings threaten the peace and safety of Japan and the region and are absolutely outrageous,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, according to The Associated Press. “The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies.”
“The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies.”— Yoshihide Suga, prime minister of Japan
South Korea’s Yonhap News reported the latest firing, citing information from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which were conducting an analysis of the situation, Yonhap reported.
Hours after the North Korean launch, South Korea fired a missile of its own from a submarine in an event that had been scheduled in advance, Yonhap reported.
The U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command also confirmed Wednesday’s test in a statement, pledging commitment to America’s allies in the region:
“We are aware of the missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program. The U.S. commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad.”
The Associated Press initially reported that only one projectile had been fired and did not identify it as a ballistic missile, but updated its story around 1:20 a.m. ET Wednesday, claiming as Yonhap did that two ballistic missiles had been fired.
Japan’s coast guard said both projectiles landed in international waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, the AP reported.
According to the AP, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean projectile flew toward the waters of the Korean Peninsula’s east coast on Wednesday. It gave no further details.
Wednesday’s development followed reports Monday of North Korean missile tests that occurred over last weekend – tests that ended a yearlong pause in the nation’s testing of projectiles, the AP reported.
North Korea said Monday it tested a newly developed cruise missile twice over the weekend. North Korea’s state media described the missile as a “strategic weapon of great significance,” implying they were developed with the intent to arm them with nuclear warheads.
Many experts say the North Korean test suggested North Korea is pushing to bolster its weapons arsenal amid a deadlock in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.
The latest launch came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul for meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss the stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.
Moon said South Korea’s government plans to hold an unscheduled national security council meeting later Wednesday, the AP reported.
Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, when the Americans rejected the North’s demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s overtures for dialogue, demanding that Washington abandon its “hostile” policies first.
The North’s resumption of testing activity is likely an attempt at pressuring the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for economic benefits during the presidency of Donald Trump.
Fox News’ Lucas Y. Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this story.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: The indictment alleges that Mun defrauded banks and laundered money in an effort to evade counter-proliferation sanctions imposed on North Korea by the United States and the United Nations,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “We will continue to use the long reach of our laws to protect the American people from sanctions evasion and other national security threats.”
First North Korean National Brought to the United States to Stand Trial for Money Laundering Offenses: ‘After nearly two years of legal proceedings, Mun Chol Myong (Mun), 55, a national of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has been extradited to the United States’
This case represents the first ever extradition to the United States of a DPRK national. Mun is accused of laundering money through the U.S. financial system as part of a scheme to provide luxury items to the DPRK.
“We are pleased that Mun has been extradited and will stand trial for the offenses alleged in the indictment,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of Columbia. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will always be prepared to protect our nation’s financial system and pursue those who violate our laws, regardless of where they might hide.”
“One of the FBI’s biggest counterintelligence challenges is bringing overseas defendants to justice, especially in the case of North Korea,” said Assistant Direction Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “Thanks to the FBI’s partnership with foreign authorities, we’re proud to bring Mun Chol Myong to the United States to face justice, and we hope he will be the first of many.”
“It is important to underscore the relevance of this first-ever extradition of a North Korean national,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael F. Paul of the FBI’s Minneapolis field office. “Our Minneapolis agents worked this case closely with international partners highlighting how FBI special agents are persistent and have an international impact wherever they are.”
According to the indictment and other court documents unsealed today, between April 2013 and November 2018, Mun and others conspired to covertly and fraudulently access the U.S. financial system. Mun is alleged to have defrauded U.S. banks and violated both U.S. and United Nations (U.N.) sanctions as part of his money laundering activities in transactions valued at over $1.5 million. The indictment further alleges that Mun was affiliated with the DPRK’s primary intelligence organization, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, which is the subject of U.S. and U.N. sanctions.
Mun has been detained in a foreign country since his arrest by local authorities on May 14, 2019. He made his initial appearance today in federal court in the District of Columbia, where he was indicted on May 2, 2019. Mun faces six counts of money laundering, including conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to the indictment, Mun and his conspirators went to great lengths to avoid detection of their sanctions-busting operation. They used a web of front companies and bank accounts registered to false names and removed references to the DPRK from international wire transfer and transactional documents. By intentionally concealing that their transactions were for the benefit of DPRK entities, Mun and his conspirators deceived U.S. correspondent banks into processing U.S. dollar transactions for the benefit of DPRK entities, which the correspondent banks would have otherwise not processed.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office and coordinated by the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. The Department of Justice would also like to thank the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the FBI’s Investigative Operations Division for providing analytical support during the investigation. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing Mun’s arrest and extradition. The FBI’s Washington Field Office also provided essential support during the extradition process.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael P. Grady and Tejpal S. Chawla of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and Trial Attorney David C. Recker of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, with support from Paralegal Specialist Brian Rickers and Legal Assistant Jessica McCormick, are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
#AceNewsReport – PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that claim access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and the site blacklisted for harmful content.
In North Korea, Instagram users get mysterious warnings that say site is blacklisted for harmful content: http://t.co/2pOjmrvtTv
Opening the app with mobile devices on the North Korean carrier Koryolink has resulted in a notification in English saying: “Warning! You can’t connect to this website because it’s in blacklist site.” A similar notice in Korean says the site contains harmful content, though that is not mentioned in the English version.
#AceNewsReport – NORTH KOREA:June.12: Pyongyang has accused the United States of using “biological warfare schemes” to target North Korea with live anthrax and wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to investigate.
The accusations were made in a letter to the UNSC and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon from North Korea’s ambassador to the UN Ja Song Nam.
The letter, which was dated June 4, was made public on Friday and comes after US defense officials revealed in late May that low concentration samples of live anthrax were mistakenly shipped to labs in 19 states and to at least 70 labs in four countries, including a US facility based in South Korea. Australia, Britain, and Canada have also reported receiving shipments of the deadly bacteria.
According to the US Defense Department, the anthrax was supposed to have been killed before it was shipped to laboratories for research, a practice that has been carried out successfully for ten years.
“The United States not only possesses deadly weapons of mass destruction…but also is attempting to use them in actual warfare against [North Korea],” Nam wrote in his letter.
Referring to the delivery as “the gravest challenge to peace and a hideous crime aimed at genocide,” the letter also “strongly requests the Security Council take up the issue of the shipment of anthrax germs in order to thoroughly investigate the biological warfare schemes of the United States.”
Pyongyang has been openly critical of the US’ military presence in South Korea, and has strongly objected annual US-South Korean military exercises which it views as a threat.
State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke dismissed the allegations on Friday, telling reporters in Washington that they were “ridiculous” and “didn’t merit a response.”
The US House of Representatives announced on Wednesday that a thorough investigation has been launched into the incident, and vowed that they will hold the Defense Department accountable for the error.
Though what do we really know about the internal workings of the country, as not much is known, other than snippets of information have come out over the years, often through defectors and intelligence leaks.Here’s a summary of what we know:The Cyber Units of North Korea’s governing structure is split between the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defence Commission (NDC).North Korea’s main cyber-operations run under the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), which itself falls under the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces that is in turn part of the NDC. The RGB has been operational for years in traditional espionage and clandestine operations and formed two cyber-divisions several years ago called Unit 121 and Office 91.
In 2004, Unit 121 was said to have gained access to 33 of the 80 wireless communications networks used by the South Korean military. The attack coincided with the timing of a military exercise held with U.S. military forces.
North Korea likes to launch its cyber attacks on important dates. On the Fourth of July in 2009, North Korea launched an attack, which included a denial-of-service operation against media and government websites in South Korea and the U.S. The attack included malware that wipes data from the hard drives of targeted machines. A similar attack was carried out by what researchers at Symantec have branded the “DarkSeoul gang,” thought to be working for North Korea, which attacked South Korean banks and TV networks in 2011 and 2013. The attacks in 2013 froze ATM networks in South Korea and prevented people from taking money out of their accounts. They also coincided with North Korea’s cutting of the official communications link between it and South Korea. Further cyber attacks since then have often coincided with the anniversary of the start of the Korean War and other notable dates.
North Korea sees on-line games as a theater of cyber warfare operations. In 2011, South Korean police arrested five people and accused them of collaborating with operators in North Korea. They were alleged to have used “auto-players” in the on-line game Lineage to level up in the game and then use its in-game marketplace to obtain real money. In 2013, the South Korean government said hackers from North Korea released malware that infected 100,000 computers which were then hijacked and used to launch a distributed denial of service attack on computers at the Inchon Airport. It had little effect, but the attack was considered a “clever tactic” for using an online game as what military planners call a “force multiplier.”
North Korea also has the ability to jam signals from GPS satellites and to inject false coordinates into GPS signals. It demonstrated this capability during joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in 2011.
North Korean hackers get some of their training in China and in Russia. In 2012, North
Korea also signed an agreement with Iran to cooperate in combating “common enemies in cyberspace.” One motivating factor for their alliance was the appearance of Stuxnet, a cyber weapon created by the U.S. and Israel and used to attack Iran’s nuclear research facilities.
So concluding the next battle will not be fought with conventional military hardware but computer controlled drones, cyber-machines and computer software, all geared to create massive infrastructure damage on countries economies. So as the power of the pound, dollar and euro will decline, the power of control over peoples lives will evolve, as news and social media, take greater and greater control over our everyday lives.
The next war will not be of ‘ guts and glory ‘ or men of honour ‘ fighting for a worthy cause ‘ but of little men with big ideas sitting in ivory towers ‘ Playing at being God ‘ but as with all little men who are really ‘children at heart ‘, there is a stronger and more ‘ Powerful Father ‘ who has watched over us and waits until all things have past, before he comes.
Then NO computer or Cyberattack be it hacker or not will stop his coming, because by then it will be truly too late, because as with life every ‘ Second Counts’ and before you can say it – it will have surely happened and it will be history.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.22 – Well last round-up of Washington news you may have missed before Christmas descends on all of us. This weeks wrap is off course dominated by: SONY HACK and was it or was it not North Korea, China or just some great big publicity stunt as many are starting to say: Well all news is good news even when its bad so here goes for another week:
Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war by North Korea. http://ow.ly/GePS9
McCain: Sony hack ‘a new form of warfare’ “We need to react and react vigorously,” the Republican senator said. http://ow.ly/Gf13H
Intel chairman slams Obama for slow Sony response “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers said. http://ow.ly/Gf0xN
Sony hack a ‘wake-up call’ for US, cybersecurity expert says “You’ve got to invest in a defensible architecture,” Major General Brett Williams said. http://ow.ly/GfgCP
Will US add North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism? The United States is weighing whether to put North Korea back on its list, Obama said. http://ow.ly/GeZ8A
Sony lawyer: ‘The Interview’ will be distributed A top Sony lawyer stressed the movie studio will release the film through some platform. http://ow.ly/Gfakt
Iran watching Obama’s moves, Graham says Graham said Obama must respond “forcefully” to Sony cyberattack. http://ow.ly/GfcDl
Graham: Dems’ tone ‘incites crazy people’ The senator said the shooter alone is to blame for the deaths of two New York officers. http://ow.ly/GfaZ1
NY Democrat: Unfair to blame mayor, Holder for NYPD shootings Rep. Gregory Meeks said de Blasio and Holder have been trying “to bring the city together.” http://ow.ly/Gf9X8
NAACP chief: Don’t blame Dems for NYPD shootings Cornell William Brooks said criticism of New York’s mayor and Eric Holder are unfair. http://ow.ly/Gf8ox
Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba decision The Florida Republican denounced the president’s actions on three Sunday shows. http://ow.ly/GfdOF
Senators split on Obama’s Cuba strategy Sens. Ron Johnson and Ben Cardin debated Obama’s move to normalize relations. http://ow.ly/Gf3ZS
Obama on Gitmo: ‘I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it’ Obama stopped short of declaring that he’d succeed in closing the controversial facility. http://ow.ly/GeXQt
McCain: Obama acting in a ‘most imperial fashion’ “This is a president who ran on an open and transparent presidency,” the Arizona Republican said. http://ow.ly/Gf2rM
Obama ‘impatient’ on racial progress in US Obama said he recognizes that “most Americans have good intentions.” http://ow.ly/Gf65v
US Election 2016:
Former DNC chief: Rubio is ‘done’ for 2016 “I think Jeb does some very interesting things,” Howard Dean said. http://ow.ly/GffGQ
So that just about wraps it up in Washington for another year. I will produce my thoughts in Washington before New Year ……. So stay tune… ED.
#AceWorldNews – UPDATE – USA:Dec.19 – A US investigation into the hack of Sony’s computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, Reuters quoted a US official as saying Friday.
USA: ‘ FBI INVESTIGATION INTO SONY FINDS NORTH KOREA WITH POSSIBLE CHINESE LINK MAYBE RESPONSIBLE ‘
The probe showed that there may be a Chinese link“either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack,” the official said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will for the first time on Friday officially weigh in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.
According to Reuters, the FBI will say that North Korea was responsible for the major breach, but did it by way of Chinese computer networks.
Earlier this week, Sony announced that it would be cancelling plans to release “The Interview” next week, a comedy in which North Korea President Kim Jong Un is assassinated, following threats perpetrated by the purported hackers.
“We express disappointment that it become difficult to open high-level talks on Oct. 30, as we proposed, due to North Korea’s attitude,” the ministry’s spokesman, Lim Byeong-cheol, said at a press briefing.
North Korea responded via fax, expressing its opposition to the spread of leaflets across the border, adding that the South was not interested in talks, and demanding an end to the dissemination of leaflets.
Several activist groups in South Korea have been spreading the leaflets, criticizing the North Korean regime.
South Korea has repeatedly stated that it will not try to control activists’ freedom of speech, calling the North’s demands “unjust.”
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 23 – North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of Ebola concerns, Reuters said, citing tour operators.
“As of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter,” said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company based in China.
It was not clear if the Pyongyang ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community.
#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 20 – The foreign and defence minsters from South Korea and the United States are scheduled to have a meeting later this week to discuss an array of security issues, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Monday.
South Korea and the U.S. plan to hold a “two plus two” meeting of their foreign and defense ministers Thursday afternoon (Washington Time) in the U.S. capital, according to the foreign ministry.
The planned meeting will bring together South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Defense Minister Han Min-koo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
“The two sides are fine-tuning the agenda for the meeting,” a foreign ministry official said without elaborating.
The planned meeting, the third of its kind, comes on the heels of the agreement made between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama at a summit in April.
Such talks were held in 2010 and 2012 when the two countries discussed how to strengthen their alliance and cope with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The two allies will hold their annual defense ministers‘ talks, known as the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM), before the two plus two meeting opens.
Seoul and Washington are expected to unveil a deal on delaying the planned transfer of the wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean forces from Washington to Seoul while reaffirming joint efforts to strengthen combined defense capabilities.
It is widely expected that the two sides are taking a “conditions-based approach” to the issue of delaying the OPCON transfer.
The shoot-out occurred after South Korean soldiers broadcast warning and fired warning shots against about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching to the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The airborne leafleting effort is nothing new. Lee Min-bok, a North Korean defector, and his group, the Campaign For Helping North Korea in Direct Way (sic), have used balloons to send printed messages, CDs and even little radios tuned for uncensored news and information, into the country since at least 2003.
North Korean defector Lee Min-bok sets up timer to release leaflets condemning Pyongyang’s dictatorship after balloon carrying the propaganda crosses in the country, Pocheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2014.
“The balloon launch is a primitive humanitarian activity for human rights, which opens eyes, ears and mouths of North Korean people that have been closed by the North Korean regime,” said Lee, an evangelical Christian and former North Korean agricultural scientist.
#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – October 15 – South and North Korea held their first high-level military talks in seven years on Wednesday, but failed to reach agreement on pending issues such as inter-Korean clashes near the tense western maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.
“The two representatives of both countries held the closed-door contact involving military officials from 10 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom after North Korea proposed the meeting to discuss the recent exchange of fire between their patrol boats in the Yellow Sea,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.
The meeting, which ended at 3:10 p.m., failed to produce any meaningful agreements “due to the differences between the two sides,” he added.
Last week, South and North Korean patrol boats briefly exchanged fire after a North Korean naval vessel violated the NLL, the de facto maritime border in the Yellow Sea.
Heightening tensions further, the communist country on Friday fired anti-aircraft machine guns at balloons containing leaflets criticizing the authoritarian regime.
After some of the shots landed south of border, the two sides traded machine gun fire.
During Wednesday’s meeting, Pyongyang demanded the South “ban its ships from entering the areas it claims as the inter-Korean sea border, stop civic groups from sending propaganda leaflets and refrain from slander including in the press,” Kim said.
Drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, the NLL acts as the de facto sea border between the two Koreas. It is not recognized by Pyongyang.
In response, South Korea called on the North to abide by the NLL, stressing that it is “not possible for the democratic government to control civic groups or media,” according to the ministry.
“Despite being very serious throughout the talks with a will to improve the bilateral ties, the two sides failed to narrow the differences, which caused the meeting to end without specific agreements,” Kim said.
The talks between generals on both sides were reportedly held at the border truce village of Panmunjom.
The South’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report, AFP said.
The last time such discussions were held in December 2007.
#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – October 13 – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is in firm control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source with access to the secretive North’s leadership said, playing down speculation over the 31-year-old’s health and grip on power.
North Korea’s state media, which usually chronicles Kim’s whereabouts in great detail, has not made any mention of his activities since he attended a concert with his wife on Sept. 3, and Kim was absent from early state media coverage of an important political anniversary on Friday.