This is Maltego, everyone. It is our opinion we have much to be grateful to it for. It has given us the silver bullets we’ve been waiting on to free us from the monsters who have taken over our country. Donald Trump’s website tried to hack me yesterday, but I didn’t end up looking at the email from beloved Sucuri, the security plugin. We get all our IP addresses from hackers. I had a hunch just where to look to see who it connected to.
As it worked out, my hunch was absolutely right.
Thank Maltego, everyone. It gave us our silver bullet. Neither Trump nor Bernie ran the last election’s campaign with honor.
Now we pay them back for it.
So as all of you know, we here at Millennial Democrats have been covering the story of how #FarLeftIsAltRight pretty much since it began. We’ve had plenty of low-level circumstantial proof all this time, enough so that we who’ve been around a lot know who is on the level and who is not. We have known all this was real since then, but sadly, even after Robert Mueller’s two year long Russiagate investigation concluded, we did not have the proof. Not the ironclad stuff we really needed.
As of about three hours ago, that finally changed. Donald Trump’s website is linked directly to Vladimir Putin’s, as well as Guccifer 2,0’s and gwbush.com which is Zack Exley’s site. I cannot tell you people how surreal that was; everything I’ve ever hoped for and never expected or even thought in my wildest dreams. See for yourselves.
They were ALL there. Tencent from China, Namecheap from Los Angeles (Igor Efimenko), everybody. All the hackers I have really seen a lot.
They’re even sharing a network with OVH, whose owner, billionaire Octave Klaba, was the one operating the Trik Spam Botnet a few years back. It’s right there on his network.
43 million emails, it stole and then botched and exposed to the world. Then Mirai botnet hit them- an obvious deflection, and insurance scam besides. Now, worst of all, I have every reason to believe they’ll be coming for us very soon with a third botnet attack. They are massing for it all along the perimeter of the entire outer circle of the network. You’ve never seen anything uglier.
Maltego gives them red shapes fashioned after depth charges. Here’s some more.
It’s crazy to think we’ve got to face this, but at least this time we know it’s coming- and, in fact, is already here in at least two places- Seattle’s Emerald Ocean (another frequent hack attemptee of mine) and the server of Trump himself.
They have also acquired a great many Facebook servers; that also cannot be good news.
If Robert Mueller would have known what we do now- if he had gotten on that server and seen what is there, the whole entire event would have ended differently.
Not all of the evidence you’ll be seeing tonight is from Maltego, either, but has been confirmed by a variety of other tools and persons including my security plugin Sucuri, whois.com, a network scanning program called Nmap, and a search engine that only searches for devices, Shodan. Digital evidence does not lie; hear, therefore, what it has to say.
God, it’s unreal. I got Trump and Bernie in the same week, and both by examining their websites. First Zack Exley (Bern) at gwbush,com and now this. This is just too much good luck to hope for.
Silver bullets. baby.
All right, moving on. This is www.donaldjtrump.com, the website that tried hacking me today. Good old Sucuri caught them just like all the rest- and it turns out they are ALL connected.
VERY weird stuff around it. On September 9, 2015 they bought numerous blank domain names and have left them dormant since.
Whois.com had no data whatsoever which I have never seen before, but a simple Nmap scan revealed them to be present, even with some ports open.
It is impossible to say just what, but one thing is certain. They are hiding something.
Raising awareness has always been the goal. Now, for the FIRST TIME, we have something to raise awareness about. This will kick the opposition down a well. Going forward, the task is clear. We have to tell everyone in the world what we now know. If we can make this story news somehow before this evening this whole thing just might turn around for us. Stranger things have happened, and miracles do exist.
We’ll keep hoping- but all the while, we’ll be working on taking Ben Franklin’s old adage to heart.
“God helps those who help themselves.”
On that note, Democratic family, we might as well get to it.
I’d just like to thank you, China. By including me in yesterday’s massive, personally motivated anti-Windows hack attack, as covered yesterday by Forbes Magazine, you gave me the best present anyone ever has, in this whole ten-year period. Furthermore, you used a Russian ransomware virus, but a variant of it created by yourselves, hinting strongly that you and Russia were in on this together-which I’ve also been saying for years. Proof of what you’re up to is not easy to find.
You really made my decade and my New Year.
I’ve been working on showing the world, China, what your horrible hacker jackals have been trying and failing to do to me for years, ever since the sonic attacks that injured our diplomats while visiting your country.
But no matter how many failed attempts or brute-force attacks you’ve made against my website, it’s been an uphill battle telling the world what Microsoft and the Trump administration has not wanted to admit- that you, and not Russia, is the most skillful and numerous of our cyber-adversaries.
Then came yesterday’s one-two punch, which certainly did unsettle me for a few hours- with pure excitement.
First, there’s the unbelievably powerful malware my dear good Windows Defender Firewall caught you trying to use on one of my honeypot computers.
You didn’t think I’d leave the back door unlocked on a computer I actually use, did you, silly China? Boy, howdy. It’s called a honey trap for a reason, Ping-Pong. I caught you with a hunk of junk put together from spare parts in twenty minutes. Learn how to read.
(Speaking of reading, folks, this story’s in two parts, and therefore nowhere near as long as it looks; the second part is really just for specialists. Do with it as you please, the two halves are clearly delineated.)
This was an unreal discovery. That is military-grade ransomware you’re looking at there, folks. The fearsome Cerber virus. They tried to hit me with CERBER. I know how they did it, too; our tech guy baited them with a proxy network. He left the door open for them, the slobs. They came right in- and got caught red-handed.
I still can’t believe that an indy journalist like me, one who is not even getting paid to write their thoughts down, is being targeted by this level of resources. Even at this late stage in the game, Cerber is used to take huge hospitals hostage, not single citizens. Out of every piece of malware known to man, only the Stuxnet virus, which can send nuclear reactor cores into meltdown, is more terrible. Even the Botnet virus is not considered as dangerous. This is no kiddie script. Someone who sends that at you is not messing around. They hate you.
Along with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC), the DCU has been monitoring an advanced persistent threat (APT) [Editor’s note- APT37 is the group I correctly identified as being behind my site’s cyber-targeting last fall when warning our community to watch out for the Chinese in 2020] hacking group operating an extensive criminal network to compromise accounts and steal data.
Who is behind the Microsoft Windows attack campaign?
The threat group behind these cyber-attacks is thought to be based in North Korea and has been named as “Thallium” by Microsoft and is also known as APT37. The hacking group appears to have been targeting government employees, university staff, those working on nuclear proliferation issues, as well as world peace and human right. The majority of those targeted were based in the U.S. but Microsoft has confirmed individuals in Japan and South Korea also found themselves in the hacking crosshairs.
So I’ve been doing research on this all day, of course, and had planned to write something up about it soon anyway. But then around nine at night, I saw this about Microsoft attacks in this Forbes story released and came to understand it was not just me. Still, there were only a few hundred of us targeted, for personal and political reasons, out of a world of seven billion people.
It’s like a dark matter Pulitzer Prize.
Objectively speaking, it’s kind of a big deal. It represents a drastic escalation compared to what they’ve tried with me before. Hacking a website is still personal, even as a vast campaign of attacks meant to traumatize the whole free world’s community, but this is far worse.
I decoyed them, and they bit. As hard as they could. Like a striking snake.
They followed who they thought was me down a dark alley network, and tried to take me, prisoner. I wonder who the others they attacked were? The Forbes article said everyone targeted was a human rights and freedom activist, one they’d been stalking and preparing to savage for years. We should all get together.
Microsoft hit them back, and so did we. They got their asses kicked, too. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. Don’t mess with the US, and least of all with American Democrats.
This will raise morale in our community, folks. The global elite has just been shown its hot cross buns again. They have money and resource advantages, yes, but in terms of personnel, they are the disadvantaged ones. They are NOT invincible and they CAN be beaten, by regular people, just like you and me- although, as a matter of fact, anyone who doesn’t specialize in the topic may want to stop here. It’s going to get technical. Those who would like to know more about our methodology are welcome to continue down below, where our tech guy will give you the whole story.
Going forward, whether or not we are technical specialists, we can thank our brave technical staff for taking this risk for us, and protect ourselves in the usual manner- by not clicking on strange links, and not opening strange emails. We cannot stress enough just how dangerous things are going to be for the rest of a year that began in so dramatic a fashion-and is guaranteed to get even worse.
Look after yourselves and every Democrat. A lot of us have been dying and disappearing, and we already know what killers our opponents are. This ransomware is bad stuff; fastcompany.com called it No. 2 on their Five Most Dystopian Technologies of the Decade List. You do not want to play games on it. Putin, Xi, and Trump will stop at nothing and shirk no dirty work- but that doesn’t mean they’re winning. Just the opposite, in fact. Ours is the stronger side and always will be, so long as we insist on it.
Happy New Year, Democratic family, from your friends here at Millennial Democrats!
It’s over and done, folks. Donald Trump has finally been impeached. His wicked plot to attack Joe Biden through his innocent son Hunter, who he felt deserves to be investigated falsely because he was once on the Board of Directors of a Ukrainian power company, has been exposed to ruinous effect, for Trump and the country both.
A commensurate response was called for by our opposition forces, and we gave it to him with both barrels.
Two Articles of Impeachment, one for gross abuse of power and the other for obstructing the Congressional investigation the Democratic House was forced to undertake, have been levied against Donald Trump. He has been duly convicted, and now the trial is heading for the Senate- when the time is right.
Regardless of whether he is dragged out kicking and screaming, neither Trump nor his presidency will ever be the same. Thank the Lord, because America in the Trump Era has been growing tired and stale. We’re going to do him a favor, though, and muck out the stall he has made of the Oval Office. A stagnant swamp is soon to get a freshening, volunteer hours or no, for the day of national justice has finally come.
It’s important to remember that in many ways the fight is just beginning. Okay, great, I can hear somebody saying, joyfully. Trump was a piece of crap and now he’s gone. When can we start helping him pack?
That’s the real question, and it’s something else again. We impeached him, all right. It was a big step, and we did not shirk it when the time came; Democrats have done our best.
But now we’ve got to physically remove him from the White House. That will not prove so simple if we miss our chance at the ballot box.
To vanish an American president by force, we need an Aye vote from two-thirds of a Republican Senate, whose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has already vowed to kill the process as soon as he lays hand on it.- at Trump’s “marching orders”. That’s why Nancy Pelosi can’t send this over to the Senate. It will instantly die and take with it the American dream.
Since the time of the Founding Fathers, we have governed according to the principle that no one is above the law, that kingship is a bad dream, that all men are created equal. Discarding that is to toss away America itself. Getting rid of the man himself is the smaller point compared to that.
The sheer damage Trump has already done to America’s sense of self-worth is unreasonably huge and absolutely endless.
After Trump took office, we didn’t make two weeks without disaster. It was pandemonium on seven continents thanks to his moronic travel ban. Like the walls of Babylon, peace and order inside airports were judged apocalyptically and destroyed in a single blundering hour. Every port of air travel on the planet got as choked and clotted and clogged as Trump’s obese arteries. Enough is enough; America needs its self-respect back. We’ve had all we can stands, and we can’t stands no more.
The crooked, lying Republicans, whose capacity to tell the truth has committed hara-kiri, are no better whatsoever. Long after they’ve left office, they will be reviled, and their legacy will be bitterly repudiated. Their names will become curses to be hurled at the failures of tomorrow. With a president like this one, who needs kings?
Going forward, a new chapter of battle begins. Our bullets and swords are our words and ideas, meaning we need Original Content! Fresh memes, fresh articles, fresh anything you can dream up. The act of beginning has magic in it, and the world needs that power now more than ever. #ImpeachAndRemove will all at once be hymn, marching tune, and clarion call for Democrats. We’ll be doing all we can to kick some sparks up; see you on the battlefield.
Facebook is a real hellhole, these days. I suppose it always has been; after all, we’ve been going through this now since 2016 and before. The first time we wrote an article chronicling our electronic woes, we called it Fake News and Facebook, and that was in 2017. But lately, things have gotten even worse. Far worse.
Democrats are being systematically targeted, taken out, suppressed, silenced, deactivated, unpublished, and erased, on Facebook. Trump recently hauled him in to express preposterous concerns as to whether or not they’ve been suppressing conservative speech, which was, in my opinion, a smokescreen to distract from the true situation, a classic case of Freudian projection. The list of miseries they have caused us recently is endless. This article could be written until the end of time.
This is why recently grilled Mark Zuckerberg (who ludicrously claimed Facebook can help the news business recently- perhaps he means by lighting it on fire? The world may never know) was threatened by the House of Representatives that we might just break up his company for him if he does not toe the line.
Is it our opinion that Facebook should be smashed to bits and scattered to the Four Winds? No. We need it to reach people, but something must be done. If you’re asking us, should it be taken away from Zuckerberg and his cronies, like Dustin Moskowitz who gave the staggering sum of $1.25 million to the fake leftist organization that crowned and created Bernie Sanders?
You better believe it!
Facebook and Zuckerberg pose an existential threat to free speech. The way they have callously sold our data, the way they did nothing in 2016 to warn us that Russia, an enemy country, was attacking our presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and their flagrant, everyday abuse of the brave Democratic activists who have led the Resistance against Donald Trump- All of it represents an undermining of American democracy on a level never even approached by Bill Gates and Microsoft (although Linux is better than Windows:) back in the day, and look at what was done to them! If Microsoft deserved it, Facebook deserves it a hundred times more. A thousand, ten thousand times more. The number is infinite, really.
“We actually don’t appoint the independent fact-checkers, they go through an independent organization called the Independent Fact-Checking Network that has a rigorous (LOL!~) standard for who they allow to serve as a fact-checker.”
That is false. Media Matters of America informs us that “Facebook requires its partners to be accredited by the organization, which is actually called the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), but it is Facebook, not IFCN, who decides which organizations Facebook uses in its fact-checking project.”
Actually, it’s not even a slither, since slithering implies evasion or omission rather than a flat out lie. This IS a flat out lie. A major American figure, one who should be an icon of free speech, lying on behalf of the Russians and the fascist American right. How utterly disgusting. How banal.
In her fundamental work The Origins of Totalitarianism, legendary political theorist Hannah Arendt coined an interesting phrase to describe an interesting tendency; the “banality of evil”. She was observing the pettiness of mankind’s cruelty to man in the realm of a dictator. The small petty ugliness of evil, the evil of cheap shots and Blockfuhrers. The thug classes and discriminatory neo-Jim Crow laws one will find in a failing democracy. One particular evil always comes in the form of information suppression. State TV like Fox News is a top indicator.
The first time I actually saw banal evil, it was when a Wal-Mart opened up in Taos, New Mexico and killed half the small businesses in town, more than two hundred of them. I resolved to fight and began to raise awareness just as I do now, and again, like now with Facebook, it was very hard to get anyone to listen.
One guy I met sort of cocked his eyebrow suspiciously at me, and said, “You high, man?” As it worked out I was not. But perhaps I might as well have been. For all our struggles, the next year they opened a Super Walmart, and all the rest of the town’s little Mom and Pop stores followed the dinosaurs and Pat Buchanan down the path to forgotten oblivion.
This time, I will not give up so easily, and neither will any other online Democratic activist. Yet our arsenal is not enough alone. We are asking for your help, America. Facebook is trying to shut us down.
This is happening to every group of Democrats on Facebook.
Why are we being forbidden to speak out for our country? There’s no rule saying that, of course, but half of our Pages at least, more than fifty of them, have been shadowbanned and unpublished over the years, and more than ever recently. It’s clear we’ve got stalkers, trained personnel who know how to use the Report as Spam/Abuse button as weapons. Presumably they’re the same people who are trying to hack my blog here all day long. I have had some of the best hackers in the world try to hack me lately, like this guy Alin Stefanescu, head of the University of Bucharest’s computer science department.
This is Alin Stefanescu. One of my many teachers-and one more hacker trying to ruin me.
Romania is known for the skill of its hackers and the school he works at is considered their best. That means that the top information technology expert in Romania has been trying personally to take me out.
God, how creepy.
It’s not possible to see who’s been falsely reporting you and stalking your Facebook. But common sense is enough to let you know, if they’re here, they’re there.
There are only three major social media sites in America. Twitter comes in at third place with around three hundred million members; roughly the population of our proud country. We just launched Twitter on every state in the country, we’ve had enough of this. Instagram takes second with nine hundred million, and in the first place, as everyone miserably knows, is Facebook. Two billion people are on Facebook, nearly a third of all the people on Earth. That should be good for Americans since it is an American company.
But it isn’t.
Facebook has been the enemy since at least 2015. I ended up falling down the political rabbit-hole because of Facebook ads spreading around fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton. It didn’t seem like Karl Rove or the Koch Brothers, either. I was reminded of Wal-Mart in Taos, and I entered the fray in dead earnest. I have been here every day since then, watching as resurgent fascism begins to sweep like wildfire over the world.
The battlefield back then as now was cybernetic, and our struggle was the first proxy war we had fought with the Russians since Afghanistan. Of the many battles we have fought in since then, 99 out of 100 have been on Facebook. There’s a movement around, #DeleteFacebook, and this is to be recommended with the highest degree of seriousness for John Q. Citizen. But for us, it isn’t an option. For all its many flaws, Facebook is where we reach most of our people, and that is worth any possible risk to me.
Before that, I always thought it was just something for old ladies to trade pictures of their cats on- and it is. Cat pictures are about the only thing you’re not getting in trouble for these days.
Because of what Facebook has done to us this week, and why, it’s going to be harder than usual for us to get this article out. Make no mistake at all; they are suppressing loyal Democrats online.
The big thing is that they unpublished our dear good Millennial Democrats- Hawaii Page. 3.1 thousand Likes. We often reach upwards of a hundred thousand weekly. Our Directory Page, Millennial Democrats-America has now been shadowbanned, e.g. our posts are denied access to their News Feed. We were supposed to get off restriction today, but for the fourth week in a row, the first post-not in any way in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service- was enough to restrict us with a shadowban again. For years they denied they even knew what shadowbanning was, and then a month or two ago they actually patented it. Lol.
Ohio and Oregon are likewise restricted, which is odd since Ohio is not a busy state for us. I guess they figured it was for good measure. Four of our friends are on restriction, and for nothing. Facebook is not even warning people anymore. Two of our friends have had their actual accounts deactivated, again with no reason and they also have disabled even our ability to Report that our Page is broken. They do not respond to our appeals. They literally will not accept our pleas.
You ever saw that movie Hobo with a Shotgun? Rutger Hauer, you know? Great movie. Rutger looks like he’s been abusing methamphetamine, but that’s part of its charm. It reminds me of the Facebook algorithm. Because what Mark Zuckerberg has done is to take that infamous algorithm they use as a weapon of suppression millions of times more powerful than Bull Connor’s police dogs and file it down to a hair-trigger. Now it blows up at anything, whether it be true or not.
We are tired of fighting this alone.
It is time for the big boys to get involved. Feel free to consider us a resource, guys. This guy here, who threatened to kill me? I would like nothing better than the chance to impale him-with the law.
What we face now is an information struggle, friends and countrymen, and the prize is the soul of the world order. They want to bring in the awful hybrid socialism used in places like China and Hungary. Will we continue along in the proud liberal American tradition that has brought us to our perch atop the world? Or will we let some slimebag techie like Mark Zuckerberg pick and choose our presidents for us, along with savage dictators like Vladimir Putin? For a real Democrat, there is no choice to make at all. We’re going to fight them.
And we’re asking for your help. Tell everyone you know. Call your local Representatives, write to your Senators. You can skip the White House, though. These days the assaults on our country are being ordered from it.
Ah, socialists. Trying to disembowel us yesterday was a blast, wasn’t it? Just like the good old days, back in 2016. You swarming our Facebook Page by the thousands, trolling on behalf of neo-progressive ideas that would bankrupt the country, and my team and I refuting you for hours- What a wonderful way to spend our time! My favorite people in the world, the old Bernie or Bust crew, reanimated from the spirit world and filled with agonizing life and purpose in the Warren campaign. Perhaps feeling the Bern has turned you all into Walking Dead extras; made in the image of your maker. Collectively you’re like someone crossbred Frankenstein with a good old fashioned zombie plague. If nothing else, I will congratulate you all for your consistency. You’re the best reason possible to endorse someone else, especially since we’ve got a good man like Joe Biden to choose from.
Marianne Williamson was caught on a hot mic by a disingenuous radio host recently, but what she said was priceless even if she was trapped into it. “What does it say that Fox News is nicer to me than the lefties are?” We could have told you, ma’am. You might also want to ask AM Joy Reid. She’s had her own run-ins with these people, and therefore knows exactly what it’s like to see progressives in the way of progress.
How it gladdens my heart (NOT!:) to be returning with you to those halcyon days! It warms my heart to watch you all put in your hours for the Trump 2020 reelection campaign; his best chance lies in silently pointing at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the Squad not bothering to even say a word. You got what you wanted back then, and burned us all to the ground rather than suck it up for the good of your country, Bernie Bots. Now you wish to make us lions among lemmings once again. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, though. We have no choice at this point but to take the kid gloves off; you show us how necessary that is every day. I was warned by a friend during the last election that Vote Blue No Matter Who was the wrong way to go. Later I realized he was right and that your ghoulish horde had taken me in. This time I will raise awareness about you though the heavens fall.
As for the overwhelming majority of the rest of America, you friends of ours out there who know why American socialism must be fought without any hope of compromise, you all know what I mean. The only reason there is a prayer in hell for this country’s liberal, democratic future, the only reason we can even talk about socialism or economic inequality instead of going to jail or gulag or concentration camp, is because of the successes scored by “capitalism”, which is not a governmental system at all, but a source of raw power called the world’s free market. Saving it was the most critical, and understated, reason why the Blue Wave last year was globally critical to the dire extent that it was. Attempting to lock it down and place it under control of unqualified bureaucrats gave us both the Nazis and the Communists, and the hundred million dead bodies they produced between them in the horrifyingly bloody twentieth century (Courtois, Stephane, The Black Book of Communism). Socialism is best defined as a very bad way to solve a problem. Socialism is tying your shoes with noodles. It’s putting handcuffs on your horse.
People in this country have rightly abhorred a system in which government is all-intrusive and centralized unreasonably, which of course is what a fully planned, socialist society entails by logical necessity. Every aspect of the people’s life must be carefully chosen for them, according to the will of the planner. When this is the case, the entire apparatus of government, including Max Weber’s key ingredient of state-sponsored force, is like a house with keys, waiting for a master to come claim it. Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Pol Pot. The most vicious people in the history of all mankind were not so because of any genetic flaw inherent in their inner architecture. They were so because they fell under the spell of a strongman, and only partially because of his personal charisma.
With all a nation’s might consolidated in his hand, the strongman dictator can control the flow of data using propaganda and disinformation of the time we see used all the time by actors from Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Xi Jinping’s China. In both cases, their systems offer their leaders a chance to rule under conditions where he faces no checks and balances. Oligarchy, state capitalism, controlled democracy, corporate socialism. All are different forms of a hybrid system challenging Enlightenment democracies like America’s for worldwide domination. Over here it has been introduced to the public by kindly-looking faces like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and, most recently, Elizabeth Warren. She sold us out big time by sucking up the socialist Justice Democrats last Monday, then sunk the hook by holding a rally there the very next day. Raising awareness about Warren’s choice to step even further into the socialist camp is therefore a duty we cannot delegate elsewhere.
It should be accepted as axiomatic that socialism in America should be resisted at all cost if we do not wish to share the fate of Germany (National Socialism; Nazi is short for NationalsoZialist), or worse, Russia- which became after World War I the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It should also be taken as a fact that the threat is very dire; many believe that Trump is doing all he can from the right to weaken and co-opt American checks and balances, just as Viktor Orban’s Hungary has displayed as a model. Orban, by the way, was invited to speak here in Washington D.C. last spring and did so. Two out of three modern states are not democracies, and in them, we see many common factors at play in our society, in danger of a democratic collapse unlike any seen before. Things revert to the old way of bosses so big they’re basically kings and the legislative body nothing more than a rubber-stamp to serve as the neo-king’s pseudo-democratic showpiece.
This can also work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Amnesty International or the Human Rights Watch. Intergovernmental organizations can also be rubber-stamps for dictators. Prototypes like the Communist Internationale was for the Soviets after Stalin’s time was passed. and the Reichstag for Hitler have given way to Iron Curtain socialist treaties after the war. The tendency of IGOs to be used in this matter is as socialist as both Hitler and Stalin were, which is to say, socialists right to the core. They each wanted to plan out every aspect of the lives of their citizens, and were willing to put them to unimaginable torment if they did not toe the line. Socialism is inherently built with that tendency inside it, like a time bomb. Evidence from everyplace on earth suggests that the result of planning a society, regardless of how noble and sincere the revolutionary aims of the original planners, economic equality and all, is exactly the opposite of what they were aiming at. Socialism has failed at every turn.
The trouble in this specific instance, however, is not even the merits and flaws of socialism itself. We’re not even close to having that conversation, but the Justice Democrats do not understand that, or any of this. That’s trouble in its purest form, and in copious amount. It’s been trouble for years, and we were finally starting to see the end of it. Bernie Sanders 2020 is a shipwreck and the Bots haven’t even been bothering to defend him or that for quite a while now. I’ve been wondering about that for a number of reasons but condensed to one they amount to this: reality has never bothered them before. Why now?
I didn’t get it until yesterday when I published a piece criticizing sharply Elizabeth Warren’s decision to ally with a Justice Democrat candidate in the TX-28 Representative Race. Shortly before I’d made a meme that stated frankly that “You sold us out, Liz.” Upon seeing this, they multiplied in thousands within minutes-literally. Under an hour, and it was as if we had killed an Africanized bee. “Liar! Russian bot! Stream of purified obscenity!” They were pretty wild, all right. Here is something sent to me by a Bernie Bot-turned-Warren Weevil today.
[Millennial Democrats] Contact MD Why the hell have you dropped me from being able to comment on any of your posts? Do you not enjoy being called out to support your stance? Unless i get some reply from you guys, i will make it my mission to out you to the world for beings the bots you are.
This person, who we’ll call June Apple for reasons she will recognize if she’s out there, might want to listen up. Threatening people you do not know is very dangerous; finding your personal data took me exactly seven minutes and fifty-two seconds; suuuuuper easy. I knew it would be; you’re just that type. To prove a point I actually set a timer. Here is a look at what that means if you do it to someone more hardnosed or unstable than yours truly. It’s called doxing, e.g.getting targeted in real life for things that happened online.
June Apple- Age 670. Retired. City, State- Camp Davis, California. Phone number- 5**-7*3-73*3. Address: 818** Ho*g*ass Ave. Email address: JrApple15@yahoo.com.
Hey, hackers who are after me, that’s her real data, right there. She’s a leftist too; knock yourselves out getting to it. Take your time, it will help you.
As for you, Ms. Apple, I am shaking my head at the sloven you displayed in making this sacred vow of destruction- and then warning me about it. Dangerous! Good God, Jim! Why, Lord, do you place it on my heart to educate my Fury-like persecutors? Can’t they do anything for themselves? Holy Moly, ma’am. If you’re going to make it your life’s mission to destroy people often, can you please promise me you will be more careful about it? I could have found fifty thousand ways to break your back for this; VERY good thing for you it was only the kindhearted me. You are a Democrat and as such I harbor no wish to shatter you; you were banned, according to our social media coordinator, for being obnoxiously pro-Warren (not that you were alone). Respectful dissent is welcome; viciousness and slander are not. Please, June. In the future be less of a slob.
Sloppy, slovenly and bloodthirsty; these are the hallmarks of the Bernie Bot, and always have been. Ugly as their conduct has been these last few days, it hasn’t been unusual. On the contrary, this was completely typical. The vehemence and lack of reason these leftist trolls showed during the frenzied attack they made left no doubt in my mind at all. The Bots are still around and there’s more of them than ever, they’ve merely switched form, like eggs becoming pupae on their way to Camp Warren. I propose the term “Warren Weevils” therefore to record and raise awareness about this newest manifestation of the same old loony left. Here’s what kind of feedback we got, before half an hour had gone by. Take a good look, folks, and ask yourselves in earnest: Is this really something that you want anything to do with? You can take it on faith that middle America will be horrified, though. You’ll be burning (berning) us right to the ground.
For the record, nothing is more dangerous than calling everyone you don’t agree with a Russian Bot, since this makes it all the easier for Russia and China to hide their true disinformation kits and blur the lines of truth all the more.
The situation summarized is this: the Bernie Bots and other sundry extremists have coalesced around Warren, summoned an alliance with their natural temperamental allies in the Woman or Bust sect that has recently been forming, and will soon proceed to try and consume Joe Biden, the lone champion of public resistance to insane socialist policies. This is why Biden must receive our vehement support, and at once. If the neo-progressives are allowed to fully hijack the Party, it will be a long term disaster. It will tarnish the Party’s reputation for calm strategy and iron loyalty once and for all. This cannot be allowed.
We had not planned to have to go this route; we weren’t going to declare for almost three/fourths of a year right now. It was only when I noticed that when combining forces, Bern and Warren are in control of almost half the party’s support that I realized we might actually be in trouble if they joined in full alliance, which Warren all but signed in blood last week when endorsing a Justice Democrat in her attempt to primary out a real one, Henry Cuellar. We had hopes for a time of Warren making Biden a good vice, but going down this road indicates a worst-case scenario. If a Warren/Sanders She had never aligned herself directly with the people who since the moment of their organization’s inception have done nothing but run down Democrats and make efforts to knock us off at every turn, such as Joe Crowley who was most famously unseated in an upset victory by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I predicted at that time that her strategists, who are revolutionary-minded, Che Guevara obsessed hipsters, would move in accordance with guerilla warfare principles by using Ocasio-Cortez as an outpost, a springboard from which to launch new attacks and further advance their assault on our Party. This has indeed been the case and could soon become a flood if we do not take the proper precautions. Starting now and from this day onward, tell everyone you know. Their rabies have hybridized and become treatment-resistant. Do not bother trying to reason with them. That is what killed us in 2016. We’ve been living underground in trenches for years thanks to them.
We must organize as well as we are able. Old grudges must be put aside for now if moderate Democrats like us are to succeed in holding the center, and this we must do at any cost. They are not capable of using the power wisely, if they get it. Retributive pettiness has always been the socialist way; Alexander Solzhenitsyn of Russia was given eight years by the Soviets in the Gulag Archipelago his three-volume book immortalized by name, for writing a letter criticizing Stalin’s tactical planning during World War II. This is what they do, Democrats. It just is.
Their ugliness, slander, and viciousness knows no bounds; note the hacker who most recently tried sent a death threat by email to someone else as recently as June. I will note that this is the most vicious and versatile computer criminal who has ever tried to hack me, and those are not words to be spoken lightly. They have tried to take us down everywhere from St. Petersburg, Russia to Hangzhou, China, more than a thousand times. Yet this guy is the only one known already for making death threats to other WordPress users, users we would be highly interested in speaking to and hearing the stories of. Here is a picture of what we have been up against, just today and with only one of many. Frenzied hatred. Murderous rage.
A good seven other bruteforce attacks have also taken place, just in the last twenty-four hours. Many, like the one you see above with no geolocation visible, are able to do that because they are now using Tor, unlike in the past when Russian and Chinese hackers would ping us directly from IP addresses associated with foreign intelligence services. They’ve got the KGB after me, basically. All for telling the truth to Americans regarding American politics! By now it should be clear to anyone with the tiniest lick of sense that the hard fighting will soon begin again. When it does we are going to have to come together. It’s either that or be obliterated. For it is time to make no mistake about it; we are one another’s final hope. These people, to state it simply, are preparing to engage us in a death-struggle, an ideological death-struggle, with the naked lust for power motivating them and driving on their efforts. They have ordered their followers to fix bayonets. We are absolutely all we have. For my part, I will work with and do ANYTHING I can for the people who are planning to be down in these trenches when it comes time to resist. Feel free to get ahold of us, allies, and if not us, somebody. Please get together, folks, and organize, for one thing is for sure. They are coming.
Sources told CNBC on Wednesday the announcement of a U.S. trade deal with China is “possible” by next Friday, apparently the result of a U.S. delegation’s meeting with Chinese negotiators in Beijing on Wednesday. The United States has the world’s largest economy, China is second, and we’ve been running into a lot of trouble with them because of it.
That makes this development very interesting.
The Chinese economy has experienced astonishing growth in the last few decades. In 1978 China discarded the dead principles of socialist personality cults and started a program of economic reforms. Back then it ranked ninth in the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) with USD 214 billion; 35 years later it jumped up to the second place with a nominal GDP of USD 9.2 trillion. According to Focus Economics, it is now worth $15 trillion to our $21.
Count on their trying to take first place.
The first thing that comes to mind is that we can’t trust either side. Our president is a moron. He made a fool of himself in Hanoi meeting with Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator. The Chinese will try and take advantage of him. And because Putin and Xi are such good pals, it wouldn’t surprise me if their bromance turned into a threesome.
Trump’s juvenile reaction to the discovery of Russian interference into our 2016 election has manifested in his refusing to fund or staff the new cyber-defense force our Congress authorized in 2017. This is a big problem. There are other countries also who are out there trying to hack into our stuff so they can ruin and steal it. And at least one of these is ten times more powerful an enemy than Russia-literally. That applies both to military prowess and to manpower, as well as money.
The people who run Millennial Democrats have figured out how much the Chinese hate us and want to do us harm, thanks to the experiences we’ve gained while running this website. We started out in foreign affairs because of the Russians, and certainly that nation’s computer criminals have tried to hack in here and take us down many times. But even though we’d never printed a word about them, or even thought about them very much, Chinese attacks have been incredible in their sheer frequency.
For every time the Russians have tried to hack in here, the Chinese have done so ten times, and we don’t know exactly why. Are they under contract for the Russians? Is it just that they hate what they call the “white left” that much? Or is it just that they’re out to eviscerate anyone who is pro-America?
The only sure thing is that they’re out there, lurking.
Last month, the Justice Department announced that a former engineer and Chinese businessman had been charged with economic espionage. They were caught conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric, in a scheme for which the Chinese government provided “financial and other support.”
Our current trade dispute with China is protectionist in nature. They keep ripping us off. Huawei’s entire router system was nothing but a blatant theft from Cisco. That incident among others led to a series of American tariffs being levied against China, and fears about potential economic damage due to fallout is obviously a concern for both countries.
Trump and Xi both have boasted of progress in the talks, but that’s what they do. It has yet to be seen if this is real or just another stalling device crafted from propaganda. What is certain is that disputes such as whether America will immediately remove existing tariffs or keep them in place as an enforcement measure to stop practices such as intellectual property theft have derailed a final deal.
Let’s be clear. We have spent a lot of time detailing the threat posed by Russia, here at Millennial Democrats. But barring any unforeseen disaster, and regardless of how much time they spend trying to bring one on-which, as FBI Director Christopher Wray recently said, is something they do 365 days a years-they will never truly be able to challenge the United States as a global power. Putin is a dictator but his country has no infrastructure, so his state’s autonomy remains highly limited.
For practical purposes, that means they can only do harm, not create anything.
China, however, has 1.43 billion people living within its borders, and total autonomy. They took the homes of millions of people away without compensation of any kind to build the Three Gorges Dam (which is a real hunk of junk, for all its size, it hardly even works). Last October they locked up a million Muslims, an entire race of people known as the Uighurs, without so much as a pretext.
Without warning, they built prison camps so vast out in the Gobi Desert that we first thought they were building some kind of new military device. They didn’t bother lying about it because they do not care what anyone else thinks. They’re so strong they can do whatever they want on their own turf, or so they think.
They are massing military force in the South China Sea, looking hungrily at our possessions there. They may well try for a pre-emptive strike, after which they would have autonomy in their entire region as well. Would they stop there?
Do would-be conquerors ever?
The Chinese are our only true global rival, and they’re working with the Russians against us. Russia and China have historically had rocky relations, but they will certainly work together to bring down the United States-led global order which has made everything possible for us all. Xi called Putin his “most dearest friend”; how ridiculous. It’s like watching a bad anime.
Going forward, we’re going to repay the Chinese favor of trying to hack in here all the time by raising awareness about what they are up to. They have become a predatory power, a foe not only of America but of freedom and democracy worldwide. That places them squarely on our radar. Look for them to stay there.
It is still too early to issue a one hundred percent endorsement, but no one can deny that as things stand right now, Biden is the clear front-runner. The idea that it might be the one-trick pony Bernie Sanders is ridiculous. Democrats don’t want him, Republicans laugh at him, and the sane center will never accept him as more than just another screaming wingnut on the fringe. Biden is the former vice-president, his career and resume speak for themselves, and he doesn’t wear a blue clown suit around, nor look like an insane Mr. Rogers.
No one is going for it. Trump would pick his teeth with Bernie’s bones. In the recent Reuters survey, Sanders’ support fell to just 15%, nearly 10 points below Biden. And we’re the progressive party. What do you think the moderates and NeverTrump Republicans are going to feel about him? It is undoubtedly for this reason that Grant Woods, the old chief of staff of John McCain came on CNN to assure Americans that this is true. “Biden will beat Trump in Arizona,” he stated with utter confidence. “Bernie has zero chance.”
"Joe Biden beats Donald Trump in Arizona. Write it down. Bernie Sanders has zero chance. Elizabeth Warren has zero chance," says @GrantWoods, John McCain's former chief of staff.
Currently, those people are siding with us, more and more. The longest-serving Republican in Iowa, State Rep. Andy McKean, flipped his voter registration card publicly at a press conference last week, saying he is now a Democrat because he won’t have anything to do with what Trump is selling.
How long will that last if he sees us all go crazy for socialism?
It is very important to realize that the loud and highly internet visible Bernie Bros are masters at making themselves seem more numerous than they actually are. Their faction is far too radical both in policy and appearance.
We have chronicled the many failures of the Bern faithfully, on this site and many others, ever since 2015. Now that others are also vetting Bernie, we are soon to see him out of gas completely. This is good because if McConnell and his ilk succeed in painting them as our base it’ll be a disaster.
Biden has a very good relationship with the African-American community, and his popularity with women has only increased since the Bernie Bot hitjobber Lucy Flores-who is shown in many pictures letting Bernie literally slob all up on her neck, as our Twitter coordinator pointed out recently- tried to do her nasty number on him over a hug.
Bernie can’t even make a sincere apology when it comes to his campaign being infested by Russians (his old campaign manager, Tad Devine, was the first witness called at Paul Manafort‘s trial), or about not telling his crazy supporters to not riot in the streets of Philadelphia while Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party Presidential nomination. He set it up so that he had to flip and flop, just for being economically successful. In the wonky world of cyber topsy turvy he created in 2016, having done well for yourself in life was practically a crime.
Going forward, it’s quite clear what we’ve got to do- stand with Joe Biden and the other good Democrats running, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris, while utterly rejecting the whiny fake left and its nutty programs. We want to get someone in that nomination’s seat who can actually win. We do not need a new George McGovern. Look for Bernie’s unpleasantness and inflexibility to take center stage against Biden’s lifetime of service and achievement.
On the cusp of the twentieth day of what has now become immortalized as the #TrumpShutdown, Trump himself headed to the border to disgracefully lie to America and did so. Other than that, there is not a whole lot going on. How could there be? Everything is closed down, and as one walks around as an observer, there is a very real sense of being in the eye of the tornado.
Even West Virginian senator Lindsey Graham, a guy who has become progressively worthless as the Trump circus atmosphere corrupts him, came up with a plan to try and end the shutdown. Trump shot holes in it. He told Senate Republicans that he believes he is winning the fight”, leaving Graham shaking his head in despair, saying he has “Never been more depressed“.
On that point, at least, we are agreed.
On Friday millions of people will not get paychecks; things like food stamp benefits are only guaranteed through February. One man was on CNN the other night sobbing because he was so afraid he’s going to lose his house. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked the illegitimate president frankly why he doesn’t stop hurting people. His answer was right out of the spoiled child brat Trump playbook.
There’s no need really to point out how disgusted a sane human is bound to be at the sound of that, it speaks for itself loud and clear. Trump is calling it a humanitarian crisis, which it is. But the only one causing it is he himself, and he will not stop. That is something in between blackmail and terrorism.
Moving on the subject of terrorism, the Pentagon- who, earlier in the week, was actually reduced to having to go to Fox News and beg for their help in getting the moron in the Oval Office to listen to them regarding Afghanistan- has warned that it is concerned about the risk of a terrorist attack striking home in these conditions.
However, our guess is that they’re not going to feel like they need to do much at all. The worst thing they could do to hurt America right now is to simply leave us alone.
Another 9/11 would unify us. The way things are going we may collapse under our own weight, which is not completely a jab at Trump’s obesity. The most effective punch is the one you don’t have to throw, at the end of the day, but to an extent, this is wishful, hopeful thinking. We are exposed, of course. We have not been opened up like this to an attack since 9/11 happened.
It’s unreal how quickly we forget. Not even twenty years ago, terrorists smuggled boxcutters through airport security and took down the Twin Towers. Osama bin Laden believed that would be the end. Not all at once, of course, not that day. His belief was that once we had been hit that hard, we would not be able to take it. Our policies and justice would become undemocratic, and the idea of America freedom we espoused and intended to bring to the rest of the planet would be soiled irrevocably, a discarded relic like Soviet socialism.
I think a lot of people are waking up to what a bad situation we are in. And when you end up in a bad enough situation, one that makes you scared enough to forget about your pride or wants or ideas, you start to look around at how you got there.
At the end of the day, a day in which no one went to work and time to reflect has been forced upon us, one question keeps ringing in American minds- How did it come to this?
Why is that big orange disgrace stumbling around on our border, looking dumb and talking dumber? How did he get the power?
There are three simple words that say it all.
#BernieOrBust! We pray with all our hearts they have managed to learn from their mistakes, and we think there’s a good chance of it. They might have been watching the news.
From the eye of a tornado, you can see the sky, but you can’t see what’s going on around you. There’s no way of knowing how severe the devastation is, and the reality of the situation is that there’s not much use in worrying about it. You batten down the hatches, you keep yourself in the cellar, and you hope and pray for the best with all your heart.
Along with the neverending task of raising awareness, that is what we must do now.
American diplomats in China have been getting brain injuries from mysterious sonic-based “health attacks“. They appear to be the same devices used to give brain injuries to our diplomats in Cuba.The chief suspect is Russia because that’s who’s got the most to lose from America and her old Cold War era enemies making peace.
It reads like something out of the history books from fifty years ago, doesn’t it? Communist bullies and thugs all over the world stage, and the United States upholding its values in spite of them. We all stood together, and we supported all the world.
Now look at us.
The Russians are treating us like a monkey does when it sees visitors at the zoo peering in at them, and slings its feces at their faces in impotent rage. They laugh and don’t bother even to move. The monkey can’t hit us, because the glass is there.
But what if the zookeeper came along and busted out the window? Would they still be safe from the monkey poop?
Stepping out of analogy land just in time, we’re pretty sure the answer is no.
Meanwhile, Putin says he’s preparing for war against us since Trump yanked us out of the nuclear treaty without warning-not that America has any choice but to defend herself since Putin’s been developing blatantly for years. Our missiles were getting old. What are we supposed to do? Some believe this also is about China.
It is the gut feeling of this Millennial Democrats contributor that the whole entire bromance between Putin and Trump can be viewed as the Russo-German Non-Aggression Pact 2.0.
Stalin and Hitler never meant to play nice forever. It was a marriage of expedience. They wanted to spook the liberal powers of the West into backing off and leaving Poland to her miserable fate, which they did. But soon, they got into a pissing contest, and nearly finished off the human race in the process of resolving it.
That’s what Trump and Putin are doing now, except instead of just Poland, it’s the whole entire world.
The webmaster of this site has seen it attacked by the most diverse locations. Hackers from everywhere on earth that people live have tried to take our website down or smear or smash it. They have come from Lviv, Ukraine, they have come from Shanghai, China.
They have come from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which just had its own far-right lunatic candidate Jair Bolsonaro take power in one of the most violent election cycles in that country’s whole entire history. The guy got stabbed in the stomach last month by the Brazilian equivalent of a Bernie Bro, but that’s a whole different article.
The point to consider right this second is the map they’ve tried to hack us from. It’s like a grid of the entire right-wing worldwide network. You can see how they work together. In early 2017, it was always Russians and Eastern Europeans who were trying to hack us. But these days it’s all the Chinese.
The Chinese have tried to hack into Millennial Democrats more than a hundred times; our Sucuri plugin keeps automatic records.
One time these Chinese guys tried to hack us from a strange IP address that appears as a link. I took an old computer and clicked on it from there, and it took me to a strange website where nothing existed save a blank page with the obscure phrase, “Silence is the Gold” written on it.
It’s a saying from Taiwan meant to reproach regular people who speak out on world events, as they believe it’s only those of “noble” birth, e.g. rich kids, who have the right to their opinions.
Silence is the Gold. It was clear they’d put it up there just so we would find it. It was just for us. How eerie. If you’re such a rich big shot, why is the silence of us “little” people required? What is so threatening, if we’re all so itty bitty? All we want is a decent world to live in, to heal up from Hiroshima and Dresden and the Holocaust.
Why don’t you guys want that too?
I’ve been thinking about that phrase ever since that incident happened, and I’d like to thank the man who sent me there to find it. Having read it, I finally understand what it is they are working together for. It really is the Non-Aggression Pact a second time.
All of the monsters everywhere are getting together and making common cause, just long enough to restore the status quo of a hundred years ago.
They all want to return to the days of graft, corruption, and big bosses, in which if you are little people, you’ll only get any Gold if you employ your right to be Silent; that’s what the blacklist was for. Just shut up and go to work and let the professionals handle it, they seem to be saying, all the while greedily eyeing one another’s possessions.
Last time we tried leaving it all to them, they nearly killed us all in World War Two. The next World War will employ nuclear weapons. People won’t survive that very long.
As the old saying goes, war is too important to be left to the generals, and politics are too important to be left to politicians. It follows naturally that all of human life is too important to be left to them as well. Regardless of our bank accounts, we have got to take personal responsibility and do all we can to fend this off. Together, we are strong.
Interestingly enough, as these words were being written, our webmaster received an alert which was then sent to me, that hackers operating out of China, from an IP address in the Hangzhou Alibaba Advertising Co.,Ltd. system tried to bruteforce attack our site.
If they ever make a computer virus that can use that sonic device on us, I’ll be one of the ones it’s aimed at.
We have received numerous requests for a focus piece regarding cyber-defense for Democrats, especially right now as we are going into the midterms. In it is an introduction to a number of the techniques we can use to defend ourselves going forward. Knowledge is power. Pass it on.
Regular readers of Millennial Democrats will not require a lot of explanation as to how and why the threat of Russian hacking is real. We have been up against it for years. The time has come to soberly and objectively assess Russia’s cyberwarfare capabilities, and examine how we plan to fight back.
In 2016, America was caught off guard and we got a bloody nose. Guys like Roger Stone’s buddy Guccifer 2.0, or the guys in Fancy Bear pulled a fast one, to be sure.
They had the element of surprise back then. Most people had no idea what they were doing(and rolled their eyes at those who were trying to warn them, but that’s another subject). These days things are very different.
Regardless of the lies of the great orange malignance, America knows the Russians are out to get us. Trump is sticking his head in the sand on this and will do nothing to help us, so we’re going to have to learn to help ourselves, and each other.
It’s too bad we’ve got no national leadership on this, but it is what it is. We’ll get by on our own.
In starting out, the most important thing to keep in mind is this: Hackers rely on our mistakes, and mistakes are most often made when we don’t know we are making them. They need to catch us off guard, and their job is to find creative ways to use their tools to get us to slip up.
The first place a smart hacker will look is outside the box, so to speak. They’re always looking for ways to burrow in that you wouldn’t think to look for.
Employing a given system, be it a human being or a PC, for a purpose it wasn’t designed for is what hacking means. However, if you’re careful, neither you nor your computer will end up thus employed. It’s all about being careful.
Hackers are clever, be they Russian or from elsewhere, but they are far from invincible. We’ve already stopped a number of Russian cyber-assaults directed at Democrats this year, such as the ones aimed at our Claire McCaskill.
Without the element of surprise, hackers have many limitations. It’s not that easy to brute-force open a website. Just ask these guys:
Basic cyber-hygiene techniques would cut down on more than 80 percent of cyber attacks and cyber thefts, according to Herbert Lin, senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. It will benefit us to learn a few.
There is a great deal of white-hat(ethical hacking) work that can be done to defend America in this realm, and most of it has to do with how careful we are.
We repeat- It’s all about being careful. This cannot be repeated too often.
In this piece, we’re going to talk about a few common mistakes made by end-users(that means us, the consumer) and how they are exploited by criminals. We’re also going to talk about some of these cyber-hygiene measures and assign them three rules of thumb.
Don’t open strange emails.
Don’t click on strange links.
Don’t accept chat messages from people you don’t know, particularly on Facebook.
Before we get started, think for a second about all your other social media accounts. Are they just as secure as your Facebook or Twitter? Make sure they are! That’s the first place a hacker will go to collect more data about you. You’re particularly vulnerable to having your account on the ones you don’t often use pried open.
As an aside, this is also why you don’t want to use the same passwords for everything. Passwords are obviously critical, as somebody who’s got them has got all your information at his fingertips. Be careful!!
A great deal of a hacker’s job revolves around getting the passwords of their victims. Their most popular tools are all various ways to apply “spear-phishing” hacks, designed to steal passwords and personal data. The unlucky “phish” who opens one has become a victim and is now open to all kinds of trouble.
There are all kinds of ways to go spear-phishing. A brand new one showed up not long ago when U.S. government agencies recently received letters via snail mail.
One example that all readers of this blog will vividly recall took place on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious e-mail messages hit the inboxes of thirty people who were closely associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Inside them were links that were actually viruses, like worms on a hook.
Nearly all of them were failures. All but one, actually. But one was enough.
Within nine days, a horrendous amount of critical data had been stolen and passed along to Wikileaks, to be strategically released in a way they figured would hurt us. It did.
Those leaked e-mails, in which Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was seen to be fussing over Bernie’s lack of ability to fill out campaign finance forms correctly, were spun up into a narrative that Bernie(who lost by four million popular votes) had been cheated.
Bernie or Bust bought it, there were riots in the streets of Philadelphia, and a rift was torn in the Democratic Party that still has yet to heal.
All of that was made possible, with just a few phished passwords.
To combat phishing is to make sure everyone knows how common and damaging these attacks can be. Everyone should keep their guard up when checking emails, and they should report any email they find suspicious.
It’s necessary to point out here that Facebook phishing in particular is horrendously easy. They can hack you right through your chat box. We recommend in the strongest possible terms that you put as little of your personal information as possible on Facebook.
Facebook presents about a million added vulnerabilities to all of us that use it. When Edward Snowden was asked what to do to keep your data safe on that platform, his response was, “Delete your account.”
We can’t recommend that, as Facebook gives us access to 2 billion people, but we can recommend this much. If people you don’t know send you strange messages on Facebook, don’t accept them.
“We are looking at just some of the malicious material that already may be circulating or will be released before the midterms. It also bears repeating that we know the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was targeted.”
Cyber-intelligence experts see this as being major, and with clear reason.
Moving on, it isn’t only Facebook and social media you’ve got to be careful with. Websites too are vulnerable.
Anecdotally, the webmaster of this site has seen hackers from all over the world try to take us down, from Beijing, China to Lviv, Ukraine, from Adelaide, Australia to Beauharnois, Quebec. They use all kinds of tricks, but they’ve never gotten in and they never will.
This is not because I’m a cyber-genius who speaks binary code, but because WordPress is awesome.Sucuri, the plugin that keeps safe all of us Millennial Democrats, is likewise excellent. They care about their clients and they hold the same liberal values sacred that we do.
Wordpress users should strongly consider using Sucuri, not least for the reverse IP trace it automatically performs. This has the benefit of letting you know a lot more about who’s trying to hack you. Sometimes it will tell you everything.
Once a flower store owner from Adelaide, Australia tried to hack us. By using a reverse IP trace, Sucuri let us know who she was as soon as she had done so. Then we went to a site called WhatismyIPaddress.com, put it in, and voila.
We were able to get the name of her business by looking at the name of her domain. We then used that to look her up, and jackpot. We found the store’s address, website, and owner. We also found far-right garbage smeared all over her life.
I could put her on blast right here with a screenshot like this one:
Luckily for her, I’m not that mean. But the next guy might be. It’s a dangerous game for newbies (noobs- learn your hacker-ese) to play. It’s easy to run into trouble.
Change your life, would-be hacker flower store owner! Mend your wicked ways, before it’s too late.
Speaking of WordPress, using the two-factor authentication feature they offer as part of their platform is another good idea. This is a highly effective security measure and is available for Facebook, Gmail, WordPress, and many other major platforms.
Using this feature means a second device’s input will be required to access email accounts or websites on new computers, usually by prompting you and sending an SMS code to your phone or whatever. This can prevent scammers from accessing compromised accounts.
In addition to good cyber-hygiene, which amounts to common sense, caution, and our three rules of thumb, there are some tools we can use to make our online experience safer still. You may find this necessary, from time to time.
Guccifer 2.0 recently made a mistake and forgot to turn his VPN on, and we connected him to an IP address connected to Russian intelligence. Now his whole identity is blown because he didn’t use his VPN.
We strongly recommend getting one of these, specifically IVPN. They take protecting their customers super seriously and they are located on the Rock of Gibraltar. That fortress strikes me as a good place to keep anything valuable.
HotspotShield is another good one, and also NordVPN. There’s a lot of them; shop around and find one that’s right for you. We feel it’s worth repeating that they are a very good investment.
Additional tools include TOR(The Onion Router), which offers a former naval encryption system that we can now all use. Tor takes all your internet traffic and routes it through its own network, providing total anonymity.
The DuckDuckGo browser, which Tor employs, is good to know about also. It has a number of different features that keep you safe, including a “Flame” feature that burns up all your cookies in a second. Pretty cool.
Now, just as then, there is a need for deterrence, to defend the nation and hopefully prevent a further escalation of tensions. There is more at stake than we can even put into words. We need to be ready.
There are bigger dangers here than the usual America vs. Russia, liberal world order vs the new world order that the extremist crazies keep screaming that they want kind of thing. This is different completely.
One superpower actively destroying the democratic process of another is new and very dangerous, especially since Russian destability tactics rely heavily on disinformation and a systematic devaluing of the truth.