Behind The US’s Use of Hacktivists Groups As Cover for Cyber Campaigns Targeting Brasil

As someone whom has covered hacking news and hacktivists quite heavily for the last 5 years now, I found many events which took place between the later half of 2018 and beginning of 2019 particularly interesting. For those of you whom might not have been paying attention, over this time period the country of Brasil came under heavy fire from seemingly every direction – with many local, state and federal political/Government agencies and organizations getting hacked/leaked.

However, as a hacking news journalists whom got many exclusives over this time period, what was particularly interesting to note were the people whom were behind at least some of these attacks. While some were Brasilians, such as Pryzraky, the longer all of the hacks went on, the more different groups began outing themselves as internationals – particularly Americans. Such as was the case of the group known as “Shadow Squad Hackers” whom were Americans and claimed they were targeting Brasil because they were “disgusting and dirty people.” They claimed they were targeting Brasil for know other reason that they “hate Brasil and Brasilians.” Many also claimed to the be former members of the US Department of Defense at the same time.

While those are just some examples, they were far from alone. As you can see by following the tag below, the number of new or previously unknown hacktivists groups targeting Brasil in 2018/2019 were almost too many to count.

Read More – Brasil Tag on Rogue Media: https://roguemedia.co/tag/brasil/

Why Is This Happening?

This is a two part answer. The first is the fact that Brasilian Government and political websites are far behind the rest of the world when it comes to sound cyber security practices. For example, the vast majority of hacks were all pulled off via SQL injection (SQLi) – because their website’s IT staff apparently doesn’t know how to block bad query strings. Upon further investigation, many political websites leave their login pages out in the open, on the front end landing page, making themselves an easy target for brute force attacks. Still even further, many of the smaller, local government websites don’t even utilize a Secured Socket Layer (SSL) – making them easier targets for DDoS attacks and defacement campaigns, of which there were many.

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However, the second reason is far more interesting – geopolitics. What you may not know is that Brasil is a member/signatory the the BRICS Alliance. Built by an international outreach campaign by Russian President Vladimir Putin over the years, what you should know is that BRICS is built on a long term economic/military strategy to lock the United States out of South Pacific and South Atlantic trading routes, opening up trade routes for developing countries and emerging economies – such as Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS).

If you think about it logistically or tactically it makes sense, Brasil has potential for the largest economy in South America and sticks the furthest out into the South Atlantic, which gives them the best chance at controlling the South Atlantic and sealing out countries from doing business in those waters. South Africa, for example, can control the Cape of Good Hope – the only route for Western Countries to cross over the African continent and reach Eastern markets by sea. Moving further East, India could have full control over the Indian ocean and has already begun sealing out the US from shipping rubbage to their country. And still yet, further East, Russian and China have the military power necessary to completely lock out the US from reaching all Eastern countries if they really wanted – with an all out attack on Japan not withstanding (RIP).

With that established and with countless coverage of all the Brasilian attacks, along with interviews with each of the hackers and hacking groups behind the hacks, it is my firm belief that the United States Government was using “hacktivist” groups as a cover for the hacks of major political parties and Government websites across Brasil, as revenge for the Brasilians having signed new alliances with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government. Moreover, do you believe that all of these cyber attacks targeting Brasil occurring over the same exact timeline of the US’s attacks against Venezuela were any coincidence?

It is my firm belief that the US Government used these groups and these tactics not only to expose information on the Brasilian Government and its members, but also to show them how weak their cyber security practices were. As we already know, the USA does also have a long and extensive history of “meddling” in South America as well. Many of these attacks were no different, they just didn’t have computers in the 60s and 70’s.

Read More – Declassified Documents from CIA Reveal US Political Interference Throughout South America During Cold War: https://roguemedia.co/2019/04/20/newly-declassified-documents-from-cia-depict-interesting-timeline-of-us-political-interference-meddling-in-south-america-throughout-the-cold-war/

Sign Petition To Block South African Government from Legalizing The Sale of Rhino Horn Next Month

Ahead of the May 2019 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES Convention) in Sri Lanka, also referred to as the Washington Convention, international wildlife activists are sending out a petition in hopes of influencing the South African Government against legalizing the sale of Rhino Horn next month- which many expect them to do.

As the petition is quick to point out, the Government of South Africa “are curators of an enormous Rhino Horn stockpile.” Explaining that “the black market value of Rhino horn is £51 000 per kilogram – making Rhino Horn more valuable than Gold, Platinum for Diamonds per gram.” As a result, “Rhinos in South Africa are still facing extinction and South Africa has lost half its rhino population since this crisis began. Conservationists have confirmed that, on average, poachers kill three rhinos per day.” At the time of this article the petition has generated 368,852 signatures, short of its 500,000 goal. If you would like to contribute to this cause, you can add your e-signature via the link provided below.

Sign Petition Here: https://www.change.org/p/ban-the-south-african-domestic-trade-in-rhino-horn-and-the-global-trade-in-endangered-species-parts?recruiter=72128957&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&recruited_by_id=ad709aed-5e91-4e84-bc6f-f00de1823f6d

 

The African Union May Have Died with Gaddafi, But African Continental Free Trade Area Is Alive and Well

Before his death, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s most ambitions goals/projects was to unite the continent of Africa by dropping the US dollar in exchange for an entirely new economic system/model called the “African Union” – which would have been similar in many ways to the European Union, just in Africa. In fact, while it is impossible to ever quantify, it has since been argued by many that the only reason Gaddafi was assassinated by Western powers in the first place was to throw Libya into a state of civil/economic chaos, and therefore prevent the Union from forming well before it could ever begin.

Regardless, earlier this month the Governments of South Africa and Togo agreed to ratify a document known as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), growing the combined total of state signatures to 49. As was reported by Tralac, the African Trade Law Centre, “the AfCFTA will bring together all 55 member states of the African Union covering a market of more than 1.2 billion people, including a growing middle class, and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than US$3.4 trillion.” Once complete, the project plans on making the AfCFTA the single largest free trade zone in the entire world, expected to boost trade inside Africa by up to 52.3%, eliminate the current 6.1% tariff imposed on African nations by foreign traders, and bring in untold amounts of new manufacturing jobs/opportunities throughout the continent. Organizers also hope to establish an entirely new form of currency for trade members as well, though discussions on what this would look like or entail are still ongoing.

While the AfCFTA was first introduced back in 2012, less than a year after Gaddafi’s death, as of the end of December 2018, 49 of 55 African states have endorsed their full support of the ‘union‘ should it ever be formed – with more expected to sign on throughout the course of 2019. However, as per document/treaty requirements, in order for AfCFTA to officially go into effect, at least 22 member nations must first submit articles of ratification. Earlier this month South Africa and Togo submitted their ratification, bringing the official total to 15. According to the African Union’s (AU) Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert Muchanga, he is “confident the remaining votes required to enforce AfCFTA will be secured before the next AU summit in February 2019.

Official Document:

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