Agent.btz virus returns, blamed on Russia and China, Western media putting pressure on SCO nations
By End the Lie
The corporate special interest media has been giving a great deal of attention to matters of cyberwarfare and cybersecurity. The latest hype is surrounding a vicious piece of malicious software, also known as malware, known as agent.btz. Back in 2008 this worm was able to find its way into the highly secured networks of the military and government.
Of course the mainstream coverage completely leaves out the fact that the worm normally comes from a physical device like a USB thumb drive being connected to the computer and the infection being spread through the network from there. Since military networks are so incredibly secure, it is highly unlikely that the worm was not introduced to the network physically.
In 2008 it was decided that the worm, which successfully breached USCENTCOM networks, came from Russia. However, according to the above linked Reuters article, the worm has indications of Chinese providence now. When the worm was first being covered by mainstream media they claimed that agent.btz could have been created by the Russian government.
It is somewhat convenient for the bug to now either be from China or Russia, although it seems the bulk of the fault is being attributed to Russia. Is this serendipitous timing of the resurgence of this Russian-created superworm pure coincidence or could this be an underhanded effort to put pressure on Russia and China?
This would be no surprise after the SCO meeting in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a unified front against the West composed of Russia, China, several former Soviet nations, and the observer nations of Pakistan, India, Mongolia, and Iran.
On top of the pressure being put on Russia and China for a 3 year old virus that still hasn’t been quashed, there is international pressure on Iran for their nuclear program. This flies in the face of the actual intent of Iran and Russia, which is to resolve the disputes through negotiations and diplomatic talks.
While the reality of the situation is quite evident to those who care to look past the American propaganda headlines, the Western media is fabricating a much more grim image of the Iranian nuclear program and their intent.
In a Time article Tony Karon writes,
….no serious analyst is expecting a diplomatic breakthrough any time soon. After all, the Iranian leadership continues to signal defiance despite sanctions pressure, and the ferocious power struggle currently underway within the Tehran regime militates against any near-term strategic change of course. [Source]
Interesting how Mr. Karon seems to be so incredibly selective with what statements he listens to, what “serious analysts” he gives credence to, and his spin on the cherry-picked data he relies on. The title of his blog “Global Spin” is quite ironic due to his love of unabashed, heavy-handed spin applied to his already selectively chosen facts.
Israeli press is no different, painting Ahmadinejad as a neo-Hitlerian psychopath along with scolding the Western media for not covering his attacks on Zionism. The article even claims that Ahmadinejad was making an appeal to “9/11 conspiracy theories” by mentioning, “the creation of 9/11 under whose pretext Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded and more than one million people have been killed or wounded.”
Herb Keinon, I’m sorry to say sir, but you are an imbecile. Either you believe that the United States didn’t, at the very least, have foreknowledge of the attacks or you believe that they were not used to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Both of these conjectures are patently ridiculous. Then again I shouldn’t expect much from a journalist behind one of the most blatantly biased articles I have read in recent months.
Back in the real world, President Ahmadinejad clearly said that Iran has no plans to build or acquire nuclear weapons and that they are ready and willing to be involved in six party negotiations. At the same meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Pakistani and Iranian leaders pledged to continue their concerted efforts to bring peace to the region. The two countries’ leaders stressed fighting terrorism during the meeting as well.
Clearly the SCO countries are more interested in peace and protecting themselves from a Western encirclement that is already being put into place. If you were to only read the Western press you would have a completely different conception of the intentions of these nations.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues to spend money like we have money to spend. Around $130 million has already been spent on what amounts to a shooting range for cyberwarfare. This large sum was spent so Americans could safely run hacking drills in order to train for real cyberwar against nations like Russia and China.
Obama requested a whopping $250 million more for these DARPA cyberwarfare projects in 2012, which is around 200% of last years’ budget.
To make these cyber-tensions even worse, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III has said that cyber attacks are escalating and therefore demands cooperation with allies.
Lynn claims that al Qaeda has “expressed a desire” to carry out internet terrorism, of course without any credible intelligence whatsoever. Maybe he read that from the millions of pages of intelligence that Osama kindly kept around for the SEAL team to find.
The threat of a cyber false flag operation is real and it is looking increasingly likely that LulzSec is a government red team, giving even more support for the crusaders seeking to exert total control over the internet.
In my opinion, the resurgence of agent.btz and the fingers pointed at Russia and China cannot be brushed off as pure coincidence.