European Parliament Approves Vote To Create International Biometric Database To Secure EU Border Countries

Last week European Parliament approved the establishment of an international biometric database referred to as the Common Identity Repository (CIN), a means to better help international authorities in securing EU borders. According to the systems parameters, the database will include identity records, including names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and other personally identifiable information, in conjunction with biometric information such as fingerprints and facial scans of both EU and non-EU citizens – estimated to encompass roughly 350 million individuals at the start.

More specifically, according to EU officials, “the systems covered by the new rules would include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new systems: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).” Explaining that the move comes in response to an effort to consolidate multiple databases into one browse-able place, serving to consolidate information – thus speeding up and making the jobs of border security officials much easier/proficient – whilst also simultaneously modernizing civilian records  into the 21st century.

With that said however, the vote is not without controversy. In May 2018, in anticipation of this very move, an organization known as State Watch published an investigative report into the pitfalls, short-comings and privacy violations such a database presents – see pdf accompanying this article below. Additionally, the FBI has also come under heavy scrutiny for similar databases in the US, ultimately forced to go to court after it was revealed the agency had been secretly stockpiling the biometrics records of US citizens without alerting them to this – a clear violation of the US Privacy Act in 2016.  While a federal judge did finally rule in their favor in 2017, it was later revealed that the FBI’s biometric database was hacked by the CIA, which was later hacked by Russia, meaning that all US biometric data once owned by the US Government is now out in the wild. For obvious reasons, these are all situations/lessons the EU should look to learn from as they move forward with this new initiative in the future.

Copy – State Watch Investigation: https://statewatch.org/analyses/eu-interop-morphs-into-central-database.pdf

Download CIN Presentation: https://www.securityresearch-cou.eu/sites/default/files/02.Rinkens.Secure%20safe%20societies_EU%20interoperability_4-3_v1.0.pdf

Common Identity Repository (CIN) Slideshow Presentation :

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European Union Holds Cyber Drills To Test Preparedness for Cyber Attacks Ahead of Next Months Elections

Earlier today the European Parliament hosted “War Games” across Europe as a test to see how well Governments agencies were equipped/prepared to mitigate different cyber attacks and/or election interference techniques – should any present themselves during next months elections. Code named “EU ELEx19,” the first ever “EU Table-Top Exercise” was designed to find “ways to prevent, detect and mitigate cybersecurity incidents that may affect the upcoming EU elections” – after initial tests in September 2018 revealed several critical flaws/vulnerabilities in election protocols and systems. A detailed review/list of Septembers findings can be seen below.

Review of September 2018 Election CyberSecurity Probe: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-cybersecurity-elections-recommendation-5949_en.pdf

Consequentially enough, the secondary objective of today’s drills was to determine how well EU Nation-States implemented security measures, mitigations and plans of actions given to them by Parliament in December 2018 – which were developed as a direct result of Septembers investigations. You can find the EU’s plan of action for fighting election interference, along with a press release recapping today’s tests/events below – enjoy!

Press Release – December 2018 Plan of Action Fighting Disinformation and Election Interference: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6647_en.htm

Press Release – Today’s EU ELEx19 Preparedness Test: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-2011_en.htm

Browse Full Release:

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Op-Ed: Predictions for The European Unions Upcoming Round of National Elections

For those of you whom might not be aware, between May 23rd and 26th 2019 the European Parliament is set to hold their next round of national elections, with seats in all 28 members states up for grabs. Given the nature of my expertise and work, the other day I was asked by a small private group of intelligence contractors based out of France what my opinions were about these elections, who I thought might be a target and what information I might expect to see coming from them over the next few weeks/months leading up to the elections? While I didn’t necessarily think much about it at the time, upon reflection, I suppose if international intelligence contractors were interested in this information then it might make for an interesting article concept.

As such, I write this article here today. What I tried to explain to them was a number of concepts, such as:

Russia Owns EVERYTHING. It is not for no reason that Russia is at the center of all these hack/leaks, and it is not for no reason that on through to today, Russia continues to hack just about anyone and everyone they desire. What’s critically important to understand is that Russia is using never before seen technology/computers. Meaning that Russia has developed hardward, software and operating systems that no one else in the world can match or have access too. Moreover, these OS’s do not operate on/by or follow the same traditional computing “rules” as everyone else – particularly MacOS, Windows or Linux. Rather, Russia uses its own design whose computers are not limited to, governed or restricted by the same rules as everyone else.

As you can see from the links above, this initiative dates back to 2015 when Kremilin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced that Vladimir Putin would soon be banning Microsoft devices from Government devices in Russia, instead switching them over to new domestically sourced programs unique to Russia. Ever since, Russia has just about owned every Government or Government agency they desire. Again, because their hackers are not following the same computing rules as the rest of the world.

Top Priorities/Threats

Romania. In terms of theoretical targets for future leaks, espionage, hacking campaigns and the like over the months to follow, I maintain that Romania it a top tier target. I say this because their economy is fragile and the countries leaders are essentially desperate. For years on end Romania has been begging NATO to stockpile them with weapons and munitions as to deter Russia from ever thinking about trying to take over the country directly- again, for a second time. In fact, NATO weapon transfers to Romania dating back to 2015 are at the literal heart of all the current missile related conflicts between our two countries in 2019 – a year which has already seen both the US and Russia remove their signatures from various Cold War enacted agreements/treaties.

For these very reasons, I maintain that Romania is perhaps the single highest priority target/threat, or most vulnerable country in the European Union at the present moment in time.

Albania. While Albania is not in the EU, they will be holding elections in June of 2019 and the country is a bit of a powder keg – so to speak. I say this because it was only recently exposed, in August 2016, that the countries current Prime Minister, Edi Rama, was essentially elected via a coup thrown by international Globalists including George Soros and Hillary Clinton. For example, you may recall a 2011 leaked email from Hillary Clinton posted by Wikileaks in 2016, in which is was exposed how George Soros, a private citizen, quite literally ordered/instructed Clinton, the US State Department and the European Uninon to throw the weight of their platforms behind Edi Rama in the Albanian National dispute. Not only this, but the very person whom went on to negotiate/mediate the government transition, Miroslav Lajcak, was also personally named in the email, by Soros, as the person who Clinton and the EU should appoint to do exactly this.

At the time, the leak served the perfect ‘smoking gun,’ revealing how billionaire lobbyists, such as Soros and his foundation, collude with international politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, to achieve the political results they desire. In other words, on through to today, the leak remains so significant because it exposes the so-called “Shadow Government” that many are aware of, but seldom ever get a chance to see. Consequentially, this is also why Albania now finds itself a top level target, especially given the rise of international Nationalists appointed around them in the years since Rama was first elected. Moreover, the country is also vulnerable to liberal socialists alike, given the fact that Albania has long since asked for inclusion in the European Union – but continues to be denied.

2016 Clinton-Soros Leaked Email on Albania/Edi Rama: https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/28972

Poland. It’s perhaps the worst kept secret in the world that Poland is home to the single largest remaining faction of the Nazi Party as it existed during World War II. The evidence of this can be seen by wave after wave after wave of White Nationalists protests in Poland over the course of the last several years. For example, see samples of protests from 2015, 2017, 2018 and on through to today…….

Needless to say, the people of Poland are quite pissed off and have been pissed off for a very long time. Moreover, especially given all of the countries poverty levels, coupled with ethnic, racists and religious tensions inside the country, it wouldn’t exactly take too much effort to tip the country and its people over the edge, so to speak, and send them all into an uproar. For this very reason, Poland is considered another top level target in the future – especially with elections just on the horizon.

Macedonia. Macedonia is the country which taught me that if you are ever coming under heavy fire from tear gas, you should smear toothpaste under your eyes like eye-black to mitigate the effects. This is because Macedonia has been home to ongoing border disputes with various EU nations dating back to 2015. This is because the country is positioned at a unique point in the world, geo-strategically making it a gateway into Europe – especially from the Mediterranean, were many refugees from North Africa and the Middle East continue to poor into Europe. Again, see evidence of border clashed from 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As it should be obvious to see, these conflicts have been raging for quite some time now, and despite “peace agreements” in 2018 many people are still upset and the conflict at Macedonia’s borders are still ongoing. While Macedonia is not an EU country, they do directly border several EU countries whom all have less than favorable opinions of the country and their policies – geo-political disputes rip for the picking, so to speak, which can be exploited by internetional threat actors.

France, Spain and Greece also remain vulnerable targets, espcially considering that all of these EU countries already have or are actively on the brink of economic collapse. However, these targets are too obvious, which is why I didn’t include a break down of their vulnerabilites here today.

In Response To The EU Parliaments Passing of New Amendments To The Copyright Directive Today, Anonymous Calls On Activists Everywhere To “Raise Hell On The Internet”

For those of you whom might be unaware, earlier today, March 26th 2019, the European Parliament officially voted to pass new amendments to the Directive of Copyright in the Single Digital Market – otherwise referred to as Article’s 11 & 13. In response to the passing of these two initiatives today, the European Parliament statedaims to ensure that the longstanding rights and obligations of copyright law also apply to the internet.” Explaining that “the directive aims to enhance rights holders’ chances, notably musicians, performers and script authors, (creatives) as well as news publishers, to negotiate better remuneration deals for the use of their works when these feature on internet platforms. It does this by making internet platforms directly liable for content uploaded to their site and by automatically giving the right to news publishers to negotiate deals on behalf of its journalists for news stories used by news aggregators.

Official Changes To Existing Law Passed Today:

  • Internet platforms are liable for content that users upload
  • Some uploaded material, such as memes or GIFs, now specifically excluded from directive
  • Hyperlinks to news articles, accompanied by “individual words or very short extracts”, can be shared freely
  • Journalists must get a share of any copyright-related revenue obtained by their news publisher
  • Start-up platforms subject to lighter obligations

Learn More – Full Statement from European Parliament: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190321IPR32110/european-parliament-approves-new-copyright-rules-for-the-internet

The Internet Responds

In response to the passing of these controversial amendments, Anonymous activists released a press release stating, “today all the Yes voting MEP’s (and before: the collecting societies & Lobbyists) are ignoring our protests (250K ppl, March 23rd), our signed votes with over 5 Million voices (change) against the Copyright Directive. Bringing censorship (upload filters) to the EU Internet won’t be tolerated even if the directive has been passed. Long story short: We need to release hell on the internet. Anonymous won’t play nice anymore (street protests are nice, yes, but ‘cyber war’ is fun too).” As such, Anonymous has launched #Op13 along side #OpCopyWrong to fight back against the powers at be.

While it remains to be seen what the cyber attacks will look like, who will be effected by them and what information will be uncovered as a result of them, Anonymous has released various lists of high ranking targets they would like to see punished for their open support of Copyright reform. Moreover, Anonymous is calling on all activists every to:

They have furthermore published a list of the following targets:

List of all EU Copyright Directive Supporters: https://www.docdroid.net/lJJlUNh/joint-letter-without-logos.pdf
List of Mails etc from MEPs: https://saveyourinternet.eu/act/
mail.axel-voss-europa.de – nmap: https://pastebin.com/avAtNQLj

Are You Bored? – Other Targets:

https://europarl.europa.eu/
https://axel-voss-europa.de/
https://cdu.de/
https://caspary.de/
https://cducsu.eu/
https://manfredweber.eu/
https://mail.axel-voss-europa.de/
https://eppgroup.eu/

DNS-Dump: europarl.europa.eu

DNS-Dump: axel-voss-europa.de

DNS-Dump: cdu.de

DNS-Dump: caspary.de

DNS-Dump: cducsu.eu

DNS-Dump: manfredweber.eu

DNS-Dump: eppgroup.eu

Access All DNS Dumps:

imgur.com/a/5aYXLqs
imgur.com/a/fKGqwfN
imgur.com/a/RGAlFxY
imgur.com/a/BoOGD7s
imgur.com/a/woxwj6D
imgur.com/a/j5DJX4K
imgur.com/a/yTArrSE

Lastly, Anonymous reminds activists everywhere that if you are going to act on any of this, never do it with your identity exposed. As always, remain Anonymous online 😉.

Find Security Resources Here: https://roguemedia.co/2018/12/16/connecting-online-the-hacking-world-the-ultimate-anonymous-handbook/

Introducing The Rogue Publishers License International Version 1.0

I decided to create/publish this license essentially to null any and all changes to existing Copyright Laws or Directives currently being undertaken by the European Parliament. Officially called “The Rogue Publishers License,” it is my best attempt to free up content and circumvent various existing international Copy Right Laws, whilst also ironically complying with the terms and conditions of pending changes to existing Copyright Law due to be added by the European Union next month – namely Article’s 11 & 13. In many ways, it can also be considered a simplified alternative to Creative Commons Licenses.

Read Full The License: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rogue_Publishers_License.txt

While I have included a file copy of the license for users to attach to their sites and/or content above, the official language of the Rogue Publishers License contract reads as follows:

1.) A Rogue Publishes License relinquishes a publishers claim to any and all rights afforded to them under the Berne Convention, the European Parliament’s Directive on Copyright In The Single Digital Market, or international Copyright Law.

2.) So long as this license is directly attached to or accompanying the website, page, posting, article or picture accompanying it, a publisher can not deny you your right to freely republish, refurbish, edit or alter their original content.

3.) By attaching this license, the original publisher, artist, owner or creator of a given piece of digital content can not deny you the right to full editorial control over their original content for re-publication.

4.) By attaching this license to digital content, the Rogue Publishers License constitutes a – de facto – mutually agreed upon contract between an original publisher and anyone whom would like to use their content, which neither party can ex post facto revoke without the consent of the other.

5.) A Rogue Publishers License applies only to the content it is directly attached to, and does not apply to every literary work, publication, picture or content contained within a website, social platform, online portfolio or the like of the contents original owner/publisher.

6.) The original creator/owner of any given piece of online content reserves the right to edit their original content at any time, without notice – completely independent of whatever anyone else has decided to do with their content.

7.) In order to use/fulfill this license, you MUST give credit to the original creator or owner of the content you are sourcing, along with a direct hyperlink back to their original content. Failure to comply with clause 7 constitutes intellectual property theft and negates any other rights afforded to you under this license.

How To Use?

Simply Attach, or Copy & Paste The Hyperlink To The License As Such: Rogue_Publishers_License.txt

– or –

Attribute Your Content As Such:

This content, (Insert name of article, photo, website or digital work), is free and open source, published under an internationally recognized Rogue_Publishers_License. You are hereby free to republish, re-edit or re-use this content at your discretion, so long as this license is directly attached to it and my original work attributed.

That is just a sample or example, obviously, but if you have anything to add, or that you think I am missing, or any feedback/criticisms in general, you are welcome to submit it to me at: BrianDunn@RogueSecurityLabs.Ltd

And remember folks, everyone goes Rogue every once and a while 😉

Anonymous CyberGuerrilla & AnonOps IRC Launch #OpCopyWrong In Attempt To Lobby EU Parliament To Vote Against Impending Copyright Reform

This weekend members of the AnonOps Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and Anonymous CyberGuerrilla announced the formation of “Operation Copy Wrong” (#OpCopyWrong), an international protest movement aimed at lobbying European Parliament against passing new changes to existing Copyright laws – laws which are set to be put into motion by the European Union for the first time later this month. At the present moment in time however, the operation appears to be nothing more than a legitimate activism/protest movement, rather than a hacktivism movement, though it does remain to be seen if any Government websites or infrastructure will come under cyber attack as a result of it.

For the time being, you are invited to learn more through the video and resources provided below. If this is an issue you also feel strongly about, you are invited to participate in the movement and/or reach out to your elected officials to let them know how you feel.

#OpCopyWrong Original Press Release: https://www.cyberguerrilla.org/blog/anonymous-operation-copywrong-save-your-internet/

Transcript from Video:

Greetings citizens of Europe,

The biggest threat to the internet is at our doorsteps, and we need you to fight against it.

On the 25-28 of March, the European Parliament will most likely vote the European Copyright Directive into law. Under the final text, any online community, platform or service is responsible for ensuring that no user ever posts anything that infringes copyright, even momentarily. This is impossible, and the closest any service can come to it is spending hundreds of millions of euros to develop automated copyright filters. Those filters will subject all internet traffic of every European citizen to interception and arbitrary censorship if a black-box algorithm decides their text, pictures, sounds or videos are a match for a known copyrighted work. They are a gift to fraudsters and criminals, to say nothing of censors, both government and private.

Under article 13 of the copyright directive every online community, service or platform is required to make “best efforts” to license anything their users might conceivably upload, meaning that they have to buy virtually anything any copyright holder offers to sell them, at any price, on pain of being liable for infringement if a user later uploads that work.

Article 11, which allows news sites to decide who can link to their stories and charge for permission to do so, is also a huge threat to our internet freedom. The final text clarifies that any link that contains more than “single words or very short extracts” from a news story must be licensed, with no exceptions for noncommercial users, nonprofit projects, or even personal websites with ads or other income sources, no matter how small.

In order to save the internet, we are launching Operation CopyWrong.

Join us by getting informed about the European Copyright directive and by contacting your representatives. To let our voices be heard, we will be leaving our keyboards and we will take to the streets throughout Europe on the 23rd of March. Our peaceful protest will send a clear message to the European Parliament that we want them to represent European citizens, not industry lobbyists.

Resources:

Learn More: https://roguemedia.co/2019/03/03/anonymous-announces-stopacta2-an-international-call-to-action-protests-scheduled-throughout-europe-march-23rd-2019/

Contact Your Representatives: https://saveyourinternet.eu/act/
Protest Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1tHaOiCgjION6hK0rrajIJyuHnG5FgBzH&ll=48.1990715154411%2C21.658833242961123&z=4&fbclid=IwAR26FpLf_NQGKNfJEZ8pTPxDw-wEk-TE4cmjM5E9m-ZBzhynq7hP0gkTPoA