Saving Sanity & Lives — Preventing Intelligence Burnout With Yoga

I can’t believe I wrote this before my security blog was official, oh well, thankfully WordPress has the ability to port it over like this.

DJ_Mission | IN DA MIX!!!

If it saves sanity, it saves lives. . .

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Intelligence—what does that even mean anyways?

in·tel·li·gence
inˈteləjəns/
noun
  1. 1.
    the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
    “an eminent man of great intelligence”
    synonyms: intellectual capacity, mental capacity, intellect, mind, brain(s), IQ,brainpower, judgment, reasoning, understanding, comprehension;More
  2. 2.
    the collection of information of military or political value.
    “the chief of military intelligence”
    synonyms: information gathering, surveillance, observation, reconnaissance,spying, espionage, infiltration, ELINT, humint; More

It can be determined therefore that for the sake of this argument that intelligence can be assumed a combination of these factors, we might postulate a definition like “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills in the collection of information of military or political value.” But intelligence is not limited to military or political information; there now…

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THE SYNTHETIC PARADIGM – The Value Of Deploying Humanoid Robots

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What are the possible advantages of commanding a synthetic person? What are the possible drawbacks? In this article, #SECURITY #INTELLIGENCE #RESEARCHER Robert Brooks Authement of BRIQ | HAUS LTD. seeks to clarify the reasons why governments and corporations would vy to possess such amazing technology, and the likelihood of its quiet deployment worldwide.

Robots Rising

The future is here! The year 2018 shows advances in such arcana as quantum computing, autonomous swarms, artificial general intelligence, and interconnected devices all around the globe (and beyond). In previous articles, I describe the potential to deploy nanotechnology to create an “internet of people” through the propagation of radio frequencies which are received and retransmitted by a human nervous system colonized by nanotechnology. The usefulness in this scenario is that a large dataset may be gathered through the human domain, as mapped by the increasingly deeper penetration of “fog” or “mist” computing. This would not only allow for a passive gathering of data from the developing sensors, but even more insidiously, a sort of code injection allowing operators to “hack the human domain.”

Anyone in intelligence circles has heard of MK-ULTRA mind control program developed by Central Intelligence Agency circa Cold War era. The use of “classic conditioning” and drugs could effectively create a sort of push-button agent a la Manchurian Candidate. This was essentially the installation of sub-users on a human domain computer, called by mental health clique by the name “dissociative identity disorder.” This was in Biblical times referred to as daemonic possession. People under such spells were liable to any sort of behavior that would otherwise be classified as beyond or outside the capabilities of their normative sub-routine. In this manner, an operator or entity could affect a response that would benefit their own agenda while sacrificing the free will and safety of the operand. This sort of strategy, while demonstrably effective, is sloppy by today’s standards.

Therefore let us focus upon the not so far future, or rather the present as it were. Robots are rising everywhere. In the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, Sophia the humanoid robot was just granted citizenship, while in America a mall guardbot allegedly “commits suicide” by plunging itself into a water fountain. DARPA regularly and openly discusses neurotechnology and other esoteric strangeness, which must be taken at face value as they do possess the backing of the Department Of Defense and United States Government at large. Boston Dynamics produces deft animal-like robots, called SPOT-mini, which not only moves but also seemingly thinks like a similarly sized creature through the autonomous navigation of new environments.

The bold and intrepid mind of a true investigator will not only read these evidences, but also do its best to read between the lines and speculate, or rather predict, what must be behind door number one.

“Dey Turk Ahr Jarbs!!!”

I was working at Home Depot circa 2002, shortly after the wretched circumstances of 9/11 changing the entire world’s operative dynamic. I remember watching the cameras creep into the workspace, shortly followed by some of the very first automatic self checkout systems. This was a clear sign: the robots would take our jobs.

Where would a robot be most useful? Where would it sell the most units? Who would be the first group of consumers allowed access to the marvelous and spectacular technological wonders being developed and released in niche societies? These are incredibly important questions to consider when formulating one’s own surmisal of what may be happening behind the scenes with humanoid technology.

Sex sells, obviously. Therefore the highest likelihood of advanced humanlike synthetic people would be designed for purposes of sexual gratification. Check. We have lots of companies producing “lifelike silicon love dolls” at this stage in the game. But doesn’t it seem like silicon stretched over a plastic skeleton is a bit old fashioned when we look at the stuff that groups like DARPA and Boston Dynamics are showing us?

Entertainment is a key factor in driving technology as well. Here the undisputed authority in “advanced animatronics” is Disney. The animatronic models deployed at their theme parks are cutting edge and often described as being more real than real. Watching some of these units operate creates a deep inbound fascination, like when the first animated characters lit up the screens long ago. Is it not feasible, then, that this type of realism would be applied maximally to special units for an elite echelon of society’s topmost insiders?

The Real Reason For Developing Advanced Synthetic People

You guessed it. Intelligence and military applications are of course the main reason why governments and their subsidiary corporate functionaries would develop and ultimately quietly deploy advanced synthetics in various applications around the world, and likely even space. Synthetic people would have some serious advantages over the old-fashioned MK-ULTRA brainwashed human agent. Beginning as an inherently programmable and customizable interface, the possibilities for usefulness are truly boggling.

A synthetic person would need to have all of the highest grade technological components integrated into their operational platform. That means advanced optics for video surveillance, and audio sensors for eavesdropping. It also means that the synths would be endowed with language capabilities allowing for their deployment in various theatres, as they would be required to speak possibly several tongues to accomplish their mission. An advanced synthetic person can be installed at a company anywhere, with a made up history and falsified documents and curricula which make them the most desirable candidate for employment at target corporation or rival government.

A robot can kill without feeling. A robot can do its work without passion.

Avoiding Blade Runners

There would also be need of communicative technologies not in terms of spoken language, but the language of machines, that being encrypted signals transmission and reception. But what about other military grade sensors? Would they be able to detect strange transmissions originating from our synthetic agent? Surely if our robot secretary has a wifi hotspot installed, some company hacker would get up in there like greased lightning. Therefore we would need to consider utilizing UHF (ultra high frequency) in burst transmission at a time when they are not likely observed by said sensors. This would be during “sleep” or dream state when batch uploads and downloads can take place in microseconds.

But it begs the question: Does this technology have to be nuts and bolts bare-metal stuff stuck under some kind of skin culture? What about biometrics, retinal scanners, fingerprint plates and the like? What about airport back-scatter scanners and other x-ray type technologies? Wouldn’t corporate or government security immediately suspect a gorgeous spy with an abnormal titanium skeleton?

Therefore, we may have to consider that the “new people” that are surely emerging are perhaps a hybrid form of synthetic biology, and technology. This would create a nearly undetectable and yet highly functional agent whose purposes and capabilities would be coveted and highly sought after by militaries and government. The added bonus is that she is a real “killer in the sack.”

Reinforcing Considerations

Hollywood has always played on the imaginations of people, creating new dreams and realizing old ones on the silver screen. Ever since Pinocchio cut his strings, we have been amazed at the idea of synthetic people and their potential for autonomous deployment. Newer movies that reflect and show this kind of agenda include Blade Runner and its sequel, Blade Runner 2049, Ex Machina, The Machine, Ghost In The Shell, and many, many others. Surely that is only the stuff of fairy tales and nonsense, you may be thinking, but perhaps not. Perhaps it is the dreamers of the dreams and the music makers giving the rest of us a glimpse into the world they fully intend to create, by introducing us to our rapidly rising friends, the “new people.”

Sources

Fog Computing – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog_computing

Mist Computing – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cloud-computing-fog-now-mist-martin-ma-mba-med-gdm-scpm-pmp/

MK-ULTRA – https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/search/site/mk%2520ultra

Dissociative Identity Disorder – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder

Robot Commits Suicide – http://www.iflscience.com/technology/security-robot-commits-suicide-in-fountain-because-the-world-is-terrible/

Sophia Citizen Of Saudi Arabia – https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/worlds-first-robot-citizen-says-she-wants-to-start-a-family/news-story/4c566043cb30f49cf118b8c26084d0de

DARPA N3 Technology – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9c1dh82f7o

DARPA Targeted Neuroplasticity Training – https://www.darpa.mil/program/targeted-neuroplasticity-training

SPOT Mini – https://www.bostondynamics.com/spot-mini

Love Dolls – https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2018/jul/30/chinese-factory-builds-ai-sex-dolls-in-pictures

Robots In Space – https://nypost.com/2018/06/29/ai-robot-headed-to-the-international-space-station/

Robots In Film – https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/11/the-100-greatest-movie-robots-of-all-time.html

Finding Power In Retreat {for intelligence field operators in advanced positions}

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It is the fallacy of the field operator, especially the intrepid novitiate, to assume the total responsibility for mission success. This imagery spawned of fervent self improvement regiments, Hollywood and Showtime’s Homeland, stresses that the bulk of mission objectives is carried out solely by one single individual. In all actuality, there are inner and outer circles of operators, military or security personnel, and analysts to handle many of these responsibilities. The duty of the field operator lies not only in aggressive and relentless attack, but moreso in the gathering of intelligence and retreat to analyze and further strategize for future sorties in the field.

“The host thus forming a single united body, is it impossible either for the brave to advance alone, or for the cowardly to retreat alone.” —Sun Tzu, Art Of War

The benefits of a strong field operator in an advanced position seem obvious. They are welcome into places where they should perhaps not be welcomed. They are knowing of things they perhaps should not be knowing. They are a bridge between enemies on either side of conflict. This is a stressful position under even the most glorious circumstances, and worth a second glance. While it has been noted the fallacy to assume total mission responsibility of the new operator, the internal drive to do so (the quarterback running the touchdown) is strongly ingrained into the psyche of especially Americans. This is potentially dangerous, not only for the operator, but potentially for the mission at large.

Ami Toben of protectioncircle.org is a highly trained countersurveillance professional, often dealing with VIP force protection and covert applications. In his work, he details the “magic circle of protection” which includes an outer circle or perimeter of analysts, and inner circle of operators, and possibly even an elite innermost circle of praetorian guards. When operating in an advanced position, and for extended maneuvers, it does indeed behove the “lone” field operator to remember and heed these layers which are there not only for protection, but to ensure the overall mission success. This is the very definition of mission critical deployment, and the mark of higher strategy.

While it is true that under certain circumstances that no one is in a better or more advantageous position to deliver the mission’s most successful application, or coup de grace if you will, than the field operator in advanced position. Aggressive and relentless attack can have serious deficits which may be overlooked by someone enduring field-stress and the relevant mania associated with operating deep behind the lines. Overexposure leading unto vulnerability is a strong likelihood, but this can be mitigated by the wisdom of these simple and easy to remember maxims:

Accept retreat to avoid defeat.

Quit the fray to fight another day.

 

Go ahead, say them out loud to yourself several times until they are imprinted upon your memory. It is okay to let go, run, and hide. That is a time when you can come up with your best strategy for the next time you are ready to attack. Retreat is just as important as attack in a winning strategy. Remember that the attacker can often become overexposed; by retreating, a field operator can potentially flush the opposition out of their comfortable positions to send them searching, and therefore exposing them to countersurveillance and counterintelligence tactics. This could mean the difference between winning or losing in a particular theatre during a particular operation.

Last but not least, the strategy for defeat is that of the BLUETEAMThey have more resources, more capital, and ultimately more comfort than the REDTEAM in any engagement. Of course it is the tendency for defense to become complacent and soft, but a field operator in advanced position must be reminded to take it easy once in a while. Get some rest, eat some food, hit the gym, watch a movie. Stop overexposing yourself to the opposing force by constantly wearing yourself down with relentless attack.

Find Power In Retreat

 

 

What Does It Really Take To Track A Million Cell Phones?

Thanks to this gentleman from the UK for his thoughtful contributions to security research on the whole. Kudos!

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You can find anything and everything on the internet, yet nothing that explains how to track cell phones.

Let us clarify right away, we are not talking about how to track your own cell phone in case it’s lost or stolen. We are talking about tracking everyone that lives, breathes and wears a cell phone.

This is actually incredibly easy and we think that people should be aware of that.

If a representative of a phone service provider with 10 million customers came into my office and asked this question “What would it take to track every move of our 10 million customers?”. My answer would be “An intern and 6 months“. Then we’d insist the intern will need a desk, a computer, basic programming and algebra skills. That’s all it takes.

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CYBERWARFARE: There Are No Rules Of Engagement

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The techno-visions came to me again in the night. I knew I would have to write an article, and though there wouldn’t be too much information this time, I would be making a solid point. And who am I to argue with the Muse? Perhaps the AI prophet is one whom receives the purest downloads, having the data piped directly into the neural-link from orbital satellites. . .

It’s true. There are no rules of engagement in cyberwarfare. Take Stuxnet for example; in this famous attack jointly executed by American and Israeli intelligence services at an Iranian nuclear refinement facility, not only did the extremely dangerous worm exhibit state-level engineering, but it had to be hand delivered by an actor on site. That’s a fairly nasty demonstration of how far people will go in claiming the upper hand in terms of scientific superiority (by suppressing another nation’s advancement, especially if deemed a threat). Stuxnet spread to a wide area of similar refinement facilities, likely to cause a nuclear disaster by deregulating the SCADA controllers for the centrifuges.

In another serious case, the extreme Ghostnet from China which targeted mainly American food processing infrastructure (but could obviously be aimed anywhere as a cyberweapon should) was a personal discovery of some worth. In my early days of hackery me and my team would patiently watch the Norse Attack Map and became alarmed at the occasionally egregious high-density attacks coming out of Chinese IP addresses. We would quickly note some of the IPs and then begin scanning, but alas! The offending IP addresses had mysteriously vanished without a traceroute! Later on having discovered a white-paper proof-of-concept describing Ghostnet, I learned that it had been operational since 2009 and was formally discovered in 2011. Like hidden missile silos launching volleys of destruction, the secret IPs would appear to commence their massive DDoS attack, then close back down before they could be counterattacked. Surely some genius hacker was behind this organized clustering of data spam, but no, it turns out it was automated and controlled by artificial intelligence.

Last but not least, Wannacry in 2017 was the most notorious ransomware attack of all time. By demanding that the victim pay $300 in Bitcoin to have their data unlocked, it drove the value of the cryptocurrency through the roof due to banks and businesses being forced to purchase Bitcoin to pay the ransom. To this day, we do not have solid attribution for this attack. Could it have similarly been launched by artificial intelligence with the intention of moving more financial assets into the control of hardwired machines? While seeming far fetched, the intrepid mind allows for the possibility, and steels itself against the impending reality.

Detecting Deception

One time on the phone with FedEx, I was wrestling with the automated phone system to speak to someone about getting a server shipped for free when it had been shipped to a wrong location. I was speaking to a robot, so I said “Agent!” brusquely into the line. “One moment,” I was assured, “while we put a customer service agent on the line.” What happened came to me as an incredible shock, and opened my eyes to the actual progress made in the world of artificial intelligence. A voice answered the line, and sounded quite naturally human but was soon discovered to be just another bot, but a more highly calibrated toward human mimicry bot! I could tell because of slightly generic and unnatural responses that were returned after similarly unnatural waits, finally asking if “she” was a human came the reply, “Yes, are you?”

This brings me of course to my concept of Cyberspiritual Security. As women and men become more machine-like and machines become more human, how does one retain their sovereign identity in the face of such disruptive technology? How does one guard transmissions between end-users and advanced swarm and/or artificial intelligence? How do we prevent (or rather slow) the seemingly inevitable robot take over?

This is where my vision bears fruit. In times of confusion and hysteria caused by cyberwarfare, whether committed by people or machines, one becomes unable to follow simple logical strings. The logic becomes confounded, as in my example with shipping magnate FedEx, as deception seeks to subvert and neutralize logical discernment. That is where instinct comes into play. Instinct is a special product of upbringing and trial and error, and protects us in our most prone circumstances. While artificial intelligence, hackers, remote access trojans and tools are smart and elegantly designed, they as yet lack instinct and are therefore subject to detection, exposure, and neutralization by the trusty application of intuition and instinct in times of distress affected during extended maneuvers of cyberwarfare.

Stay strong. Stay vigilant. Stay secure. And above all, trust thyself. It is the only sure way to detect deception in the heat of battle.

Challenging Security Limitations: White vs. Black Box Testing & Real Risk

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I awoke in the middle of the night. It was the witching hour, 3am! Rapidly behind my lowered eyelids pie-graphs and charts explaining esoteric security concepts flashed in sequence, but I was too groggy to retain everything I learned. Why I am chosen for this sort of lucidity, I will never understand. This article is an attempt to best re-create the deeper concepts I received in that vision, but a week has elapsed since that night and therefore I have mostly forgotten everything. I’ll just have to wing it.

White Box Vs. Black Box

The article I have linked above describes the difference between the security, and/or software testing procedure in which internal elements are either known or unknown by the testers. The benefits of knowing the internal workings in a test allow for a more thorough and rigorous approach to each and every individual node or aspect of the subject, whereas a Redteam performing an unknown or Black Box test may not strike upon every single nuance built into the system, but may however come up with something heretofore unknown. The Black Box test is conducted exclusively by third-party security or testing professionals, which is requisite due to their specific insights into security penetration and access. For these reasons, it is considered a “low-level” test which is also known as an integration or unit test. It is conducted, in other words, from the outside working inward.

White Box tests are conducted usually by software developers or some part of the internal staff working on the project or overview. White Box tests are considered high-level tests also called system or acceptance testing. These tests are intended to fully air-tight the system after the beta-testing bugs have been detected and eliminated. The benefits of thorough White Box testing are thoroughness, insofar as the team knows the way the program or plan “should” work and can therefore test against this ideal. An internal team conducting this type of test knows the code (or building scheme; what have you), and therefore possesses an eagle-eye’s view of the entirety of the subject’s workings.

So Which Is Better For Your Company?

Before I answer this question for you, ask yourself:

  1. Do I have an internal team already providing White Box testing?
  2. Are they specifically hired for testing, or did we just divert Sheila and Burt from engineering over there to do another bug-sweep? (Remember what happened in the 1986 film Aliens.)
  3. If you have a specific internal team for testing, are they getting on well with engineering? Do they have a working rapport and are able to comprehend each other effectively leading up to the testing phase?
  4. Did you seek professional consulting from a specialized security Redteam?
  5. If you did not answer YES’ to each of the above questions, you and your company are not necessarily ready for what I am about to reveal to you in the next section.

Attrition Theory

I am not a mathematician however I think you can get behind me on this.

x/a – y/b = (+, – = successful, unsuccessful)

Attrition Theory basically asserts that given company with resources (personnel, training level, security architecture, security equipment, surveillance, etc.) when attacked by competitor (or OpFor) with resources y, a simple subtraction is necessary to determine who is successful in the attack. If the OpFor is willing to invest enough time and resources into their raid on company a, their success will be indicated by the result being a negative number, having taken the amount of invested resources from company into the red.

Is your company ready for your competitor or OpFor to outbid you on your willingness to invest in preventative security measures? Following a breach, it may be too late to save face so insurance, or the ability to clean up after the fact, is just not going to be enough.

Now to answer the question I asked before: Which sort of test is better?

Chew On This

So your internal team designated another internal team to do the testing. Ok. So the engineers got with the testers and did a Power Point powwow. Sure. So then after that you decided you still thought it would be wise to get an outside team to consult. Good. They do their scans and don’t really provide any insight beyond the scope of the White Box team, but good on you for checking. So you’re awesome, right? Invulnerable!

BRIQ | HAUS LTD. SECURITY & INTELLIGENCE has the guts to ask you these hard questions:

  1. How secure is your facility/program in case of a fire drill? Do you have protocols in place to handle securing end-user’s data BEFORE they flee the scene?
  2. What about in case of a REAL FIRE. And are you willing to test this in a non-drill scenario to absolutely ensure your security protocols work?
  3. Is your staff alerted to the higher danger of active shooters, like the scenario recently at YouTube? If so, do you again have a plan in place to protect end-user data from a potential shooter or *gasp* terrorist attack?
  4. What about acts of God like locusts, plague, or you know, floods? Are you guys going to not only get out of the building safe, but will you be able to stop Boris & Natasha from killing Moose’n’Squirrel during the disaster? For the OpFor, luck is when preparedness meets opportunity.
  5. If you didn’t answer ‘YES’ to each of the above questions, you need to contact us at BRIQ | HAUS LTD. SECURITY & INTELLIGENCE and immediately schedule consultation. Our information technology and intelligence community professionals know things that can protect your bottom line, so you can stop worrying about all the hard realisms I just threw at you.

My name is Robert Brooks Authement, owner and operator of Briq Haus Ltd. I think like the bad guys so you and your team don’t have to. If you think these insights can be of assistance to you and your company, please consider me and my team at your service.

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Friday / Field Day – Anomaly Detection & Navigation In The Construct

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Following the time I spent in Washington DC, and my clandestine studies with colleagues in the field and in security sandbox environments, I developed a sort of counterintelligence awareness I can only compare to a psychic sixth sense. And while I take the time in this article to describe something which came to my awareness, I will not bend your ear to my weird and eldritch technologies. The purpose is not to “make a believer” out of you, but rather just an exposition of what I have noticed while exploring my local environs, especially following my development of this level of security and counterintelligence awareness.

Fort Collins, Colorado, as I have described in my original security blog post Hacking USA, is a drinking town with a college problem. Over the years it has grown significantly mostly due to Forbes and other magazines labeling it as the “No. 1” place in America to live. Needless to say, this has become problematic for me insofar as well, incredible amounts of unfamiliar faces showing up in familiar places triggers a sort of security alarm in my mind. It could be imagination, or it could be accurate assessment, that perhaps the unfamiliar faces are some sort of security or intelligence apparatus operating in what used to be “my field.”

Not only are there lots of new faces, but as the large groups of people move into my field, they are in fact generally wealthy folk, or at least generally more wealthy than me. So as I watch the phenomenon evolve, I see whatever used to at one time be familiar to me become increasingly marginalized and made scarce. These are the socio-economic changes I have observed in the local field, but what other elements may be at play?

ELECTRONIC INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS

The reason for entitling my article “Friday / Field Day” has something to do with the less visible and only subtly observable phenomenal dynamics as represented by group behaviors and expressions observed in my local field. At times when I go out, I observe the quality of persons and operational intelligences in my field. Friday is an especially fortuitous day to do this. Not only do people get paid on payday, or out of school or their work week or what have you, but there is another level to Fridays that may relate to what are termed by the National Security Agency as Electronic Intelligence Operations.

What I am proposing, and bear with my wild suppositions, but what I believe is actually occurring is a sort of frequency distribution behavioral modification technology in deployment, especially in higher population densities. An Electronic Intelligence Operation (ELINT) occurring in public places with the deployment of biosensors, or even just radio technologies which are known to affect the human central nervous system, can cause a group behavior phenomenon to express itself even visibly among humans. In a similar fashion to a school of fish using their lateral line organs to detect the movement of the group, human behavior can similarly be controlled or directed by the influence of ELINT.

I’m not sure that I’ll be going out every Friday to observe the group dynamics of the field. I do, however, encourage you as a fellow security researcher to note the subtle behaviors and attitudes and expressions of the groups witnessed afield, and how they subtly differentiate between the days of Friday and Sunday.