China’s HUGE New Year’s Eve Windows Hack Attack Targets Millennial Democrats.

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.

China Will Likely Be 2020’s Main Hacking Actor, Not Russia! Be Alert!

Last fall we did that piece telling the world to watch out for Chinese disinformation actors in the 2020 electoral cycle, perhaps beyond even the Russians- who are continuing to infest the Instagram community of Pete Buttigieg, even now.

This is from a second alt-right troll on Instagram, @harold.balls. But it’s got a certain horrifying logic about it too. “Be like Pete” is just creepy. Joker creepy.

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.

They personally hate you.

It has been confirmed that the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has been tracking a hacking campaign against Windows users. Unlike recent threats involving zero-day vulnerabilities facing Windows users, this time the danger is a lot more personal.

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!

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From Dictatorship to Democracy- Civil Disobedience For Dummies.

MLK

At home and abroad, in every conceivable way, Donald Trump’s eleven-month-old tenure in office has proven the worst shock the global order has received since 1945. His arrogance and narcissism are destabilizing the world, and other nations are being forced to take measures of caution. It stands to reason for us to do the same.

“Germany can no longer simply react to U.S. policy but must establish its own position…even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the U.S. will never be the same.”

Those are the words of Germany’s top diplomat, informing the United States that they no longer see us as the allies we once were, saying that leadership from President Donald Trump has led Europe on a path toward nuclear war, a statement with which it is hard to argue.

The Middle East is in pandemonium thanks to his apparently random decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestine rose up instantly and declared three Days of Rage. And all humans everywhere looked upon their media devices in total and complete bewilderment.

After that prelude, there’s not much to add as to why it’s time to have this conversation. Martin Luther King said that we have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Perhaps that will suffice.

The Founding Fathers built us a system that was designed specifically to resist totalitarianism, and it has given to us as citizens every advantage we enjoy. But it has been severely tested in recent years. Things aren’t going to manage themselves.
If we don’t want to see America become a dictatorship, we are going to have to fight for its democracy.
People were picked out at random for the uproar surrounding the Trump Tower protests on Inauguration Day last year. They are now facing sixty years in prison apiece, for minor acts of vandalism that nobody saw them commit.
It even apologized to the public for a statement made on November 18 of last year that it would “work with President-elect Trump” and his transition team.
“We understand that content from these press releases, including the 11/18/16 release that was posted in error, was interpreted as capitulating to and normalizing the incoming administration.” They realize now that is impossible.

This is going to cost a tremendous amount of time and money for them. It’s the most serious decision they could make. There is every reason to take heed and follow their example.

If you’re against Trump, and you don’t intend to shut up about it, then you are at risk in this country right now.

We are therefore going to be taking a close look at some of the most time-honoured and effective ways to keep the resistance and ourselves alive and healthy.

Especially for us millennials, who were not around during the big protests of the 60’s and 70’s, this information is critical. We’ve got to understand and master these techniques as soon as possible.

One crucial point to note is that showing up at large public protests like Charlottesville has become very dangerous.
We will never allow this crucial practice to be taken from us. But we have got to exercise the utmost caution when we use it. We’ve got to keep ourselves under control, and we’ve got to keep the moral high ground. The other guys are playing for keeps, and they’ve got all the guns.
Nonviolence is the only chance we have.
In keeping with this line of thought, we’re going to familiarize ourselves with political theorist and sociologist Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy.
This manual includes nearly 200 “Methods of Nonviolent Actions.” This is a comprehensive guide to tactics and strategies that have proven effective in transforming regimes more oppressive than the current US one.
There are five primary types of nonviolent resistance outlined in the manual. Protest and persuasion, social noncooperation, economic noncooperation, political noncooperation, and nonviolent intervention.
Protest and persuasion most commonly manifest under the category Sharp calls Formal Statements, e.g. public speeches or mass petitions. Martin Luther King and many others changed the world with their speeches. And petitions have been a way for the people to express their will for hundreds of years.
More recently, six days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting left twenty six dead in 2012, President Obama responded directly to 33 petitions related to gun control laws.
Social noncooperation refers to ostracism strategies such as the social boycott levied against alleged child molester and Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore recently.
Economic noncooperation involves two primary methods; the boycott, and the strike.
The boycott is an organized, large scale ban that forbids the purchasing of goods from the offending company. Earlier this year other members of the resistance against Trump organized an effort to boycott the department store chain Nordstrom’s because they were carrying Ivanka Trump’s shoe brands. Not long after, off the shelves they went.
A strike is a refusal to work. A body of fed up employees organize various tactics by way of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer.
Unions use strikes and other collective action as a bargaining chip to force employers to raise wages. This is why union workers get paid about 22 percent more than non-unionized workers.
People like the Koch Brothers have spent massive amounts of time and money to neutralize this power. They do this because they know they are guaranteed a massive return on their investment if they can forever break the backs of workers unions.
Next comes political noncooperation. One good example of this is the Rejection of Authority strategy. Many of us have made it clear right from Day One, without reservation, that Donald Trump is not our president. He has never been, and he will never be. So many of us feel that way that his presidency has been denormalized.
Lastly, nonviolent intervention is grouped into five subcategories. Psychological, physical, social, economic, and political. This category includes techniques such as the sit-in, or nonviolent land seizure. The latter method was employed by the American Indian Movement when they occupied Alcatraz in 1969.
All of the techniques we have outlined are the type of political activism we call direct action. They are still the biggest way to make a splash.
All of them are also extremely dangerous, and involve a great deal of personal risk. World-renowned journalist Anna Politovskaya was not murdered in Moscow for being a Hollywood blogger.
Virtual activism via the Internet has been invaluable as a way to keep our heads down, and pass through as much information as we can.
It is of great importance for us to do everything in our power to keep the opposition from knocking us offline and rendering us silent.
For this reason, we will also be developing a cursory familiarity with the two most basic and important ways to stay anonymous online.

These are known as the virtual private network, or VPN, and the Onion(Tor) Browser.

A VPN is a secure network connection through which you can safely connect your device to public networks, or create a secure channel for remote access control between computers.

TorProject.org gives the definition of the Tor Browser project as being “free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”

The best solution is to use VPN and Tor in conjunction.

Just log on through your VPN, and then do your stuff through Tor. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than nothing. As for chat, we have a first class (and free) encrypted chat program available to us in the app known as  Telegram.

Remember NOT to use Kaspersky’s antivirus, or anything Russian, under any circumstances.

The New York Times reported that Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russia using it to search for NSA exploits and other U.S. government classified programs.

We have not embarked upon this examination of civil disobedience lightly. Being the harbinger of awful news is not exactly pleasant. And most of us never really thought it could happen here. But we all read the words of the German Foreign Minister at the beginning of the article.  “West losing position.” “Things will never be the same.” “Nuclear war.” This is not mere alarmism.

We have no choice but to sorrowfully conclude that grievous misdeed on the part of the Trump administration cannot be ruled out, and that the threat to the foundations of our democracy is very real.

These events may well be the most fundamentally important of our entire generation. We do not intend to sit them out.

We are going to think of the situation in a fresh spirit, build on that new rhythm, and win through many different techniques. We are in the process of regrouping, and have full confidence. When we have finished, the #BlueWave we’ve been building will start gathering steam again. These are just a few bumps in the road to wash away.