12.20.20

Hal Turner – China, Fact & Fantasy

A receiver at Cyber-Tek/Dystonaut Labs Radio Monitoring Post & SIGINT Facility

Unlike many writers affiliated with the self-reliance and preparedness scene, Cyber-Tek/Dystonaut Labs and most of our affiliates maintain communications listening posts to collect and process Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), and specifically COMINT (Communications Intelligence). Since for the majority of our 30 year existence we and most of our people have been located in the Northeast, it’s safe to say that we have this region covered pretty well. Well enough that we can hear the proverbial flea fart in a windstorm, especially if the flea is in New England.

Considering this capability, it came as a surprise to discover we might have missed hearing and noticing two Chinese Divisions coming into Maine, particularly the 200-plus transport flights that would have been required just for the personnel, not to mention all their gear and provisions. Having had a front row seat for the Desert Shield deployment at Ft. Sill, and then later having to get a reserve component Field Artillery unit ready for activation, I can tell you from personal experience that the preparations for invading a country are very noticeable even to someone who is not paying attention.

Upon hearing that this bit of fake news came from Hal Turner, we considered his past as an FBI informant, and figured it was just a bit of creative fiction to make a little money and get a few of his more stupid, gullible, or unstable listeners to go do something that will get them arrested.

We’ve talked about Honey Pots and Wire-Jiggling in a previous blog entry. That’s when a someone tries to get their opposition to do something stupid, in the hopes they get busted or are otherwise neutralized. A lot of Maine is rural with small towns where everybody knows one another. Some batshit crazy conspiracy theorist from New Jersey going up there to do something about a fake Chinese invasion would stand out as much as a division of PLA, and would be easy to identify, isolate, and incarcerate.

With that said, pundits such as Hal Turner serve a useful purpose for several private groups that are loosely affiliated with Dystonaut Labs. They are used as a filter in part of the process to disqualify prospects who might cause the group problems later. If your group is smart it will do the same.

And now it’s the time for facts instead of fantasy.

Those of you looking for accurate information of Chinese military capability can consult the following links:

https://media.defense.gov/2020/Sep/01/2002488689/-1/-1/1/2020-DOD-CHINA-MILITARY-POWER-REPORT-FINAL.PDF

https://www.dia.mil/FOIA/FOIA-Electronic-Reading-Room/FOIA-Reading-Room-China/

https://news.usni.org/2019/01/15/dia-chinese-military-power-report

Readers on the West Coast who are into hobbyist SIGINT and COMINT would find China to be a worthy target, and have a better chance of successful collection efforts. For starters, refer to the following links:

http://chinesemilitaryradio.blogspot.com/

http://www.numbersoddities.nl/Chinese-military-nets.pdf

Unlike conspiracy theory informant assholes such as Hal Turner, we would rather not feed bullshit to, nor see our readers go to jail for doing stupid shit, and instead would rather provide factual information to help our readers conduct proper OSINT and SIGINT operations so they can know what’s really going on in the world around them. Hopefully the background information we’ve provided to you gets your off to a good start.

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11.14.20

On Big-Mouthed New Yorkers, Honey Pots, and Wire Jiggling

In intelligence and security tradecraft, a “honey pot” is a an attractive-looking trap intended to compel a target to make a run at, with the end-result of either collecting intelligence on the target or capturing it. Similarly, there is a technique known as “jiggling the wire” in which an operative/organization does or says something to provoke the opposition into acting, usually in a manner counter to the opposition’s best interests.

With that in mind, let’s look at a recent Tweet by Congress Critter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

Damn, I wish I had that many followers, retweets and likes. If you want to help me out with that, here’s my Twitter page.

So we have this nice, vague Tweet that has generated a fair amount of controversy, but as I have said before, only amateurs telegraph intent because your intended target(s) may decide to start the party early because they think they’re gonna get whacked.

Since the beginning of the year, 8751 bills were introduced into Congress, AOC was responsible for 23 of them or 0.2% of all legislation introduced. Research shows all those bills are currently stuck in committee and will probably die there. Meanwhile in the past 10 years she has cranked out 11,500 Tweets. That would equal about three Tweets a day.

Now think about what I said in the first paragraph… And think about all the time wasted worrying about what some big-mouthed New Yorker who is all talk and little (if any) action is saying on Twitter. Time you could have better spent studying this book, or this one.

Or I dare say even reading through the amazing stuff you can find here.

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09.10.20

Dispatch of September 10th, 2020 – 0xC76A4C4

Good evening. On this day in 1897 A sheriff’s posse killed 19 striking immigrant miners in the Lattimer massacre at Lattimer, Pennsylvania. In 1932, The New York City Subway’s third competing subway system, the IND, was opened. In 2008, The Large Hadron Collider at CERN was powered up.

As a reminder to all readers, Cyber-Tek Zine also maintains a presence on Facebook and Twitter. You may also want to visit Agent T.W. Lee’s blog at An Agent Afield.

MEETING NOTICE: The Cybertek Group will be having its first meeting Saturday evening, October 24th, 2020, 8PM local time at CT Hackerspace in Watertown, CT. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/313928296376251.

In our last post, we noted that despite a minimal amount of activity on this blog, it still somehow managed to acquire 32 subscribers. We wondered out loud how many might be bots, and eleven readers responded. Only a few were subscribers. So, we either have a good number of lurkers, or a bunch of bots surfing this blog.

Was out and about today. Stopping for lunch, we saw these interesting items in the lot next door:

I have no idea what these are specifically, other than they are part of a construction project for the LIRR. I just find it interesting that they had to go all the way into the middle of Connecticut to have these pieces built, and somewhat disheartened that there wasn’t a manufacturer closer to Long Island capable of making the pieces. I also wonder how they’re going to ship them, and suspect that they will put them on 18 wheelers instead of sending them by rail. It’s just another example of our slow Amerikan decline, much like the fact that the majority of this blog’s subscribers are not human.
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(Not that I expect that to work these days, but you never know.)

We don’t follow the news much up here, because what happens in Kenosha, or even Kalamazoo for that matter, is of no consequence unless there are intelligence indicators that say otherwise, and while pundits such as Jones, Breitbart et al are sometimes entertaining, they are nothing compared to what you could get of you applied the knowledge in the books I talked about in this previous blog post: https://cybertekzine.com/2020/07/19/gettysburg-flag-burning-online-trolls-and-deception-operations/.

With that said, the folks responsible for such neat spoof ads such as the one above have planned a long-term demonstration in Washington, DC starting in 7 days at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. I suppose if their readers can afford $55 a year for a magazine, they can also afford to attend a month and a half long street festival in one of the nation’s most expensive cities, and the cost of the lawyer to get them sprung from jail if they try to camp out on the North Lawn.

Anyway the Holiday Inn Georgetown was the traditional stay over location for doing some DC SIGINT work, but they are closed now and are 2 miles away from the area of interest. The Duke St. LP has long since been decommissioned, but would be too distant anyway. Even with the stack of gear <REDACTED> had up and running. The Holiday Inn Washington Central is a scant 1000 meters away from the action and only $92 a night. Don’t expect to hear much. Most of the interesting stuff is encrypted. Not like the back in the day when we’d hang out at <REDACTED> with some Icom and Optoelectronics gear, and a couple yagis pointed out the window.

My advice is simple. Don’t waste your time with DC unless you live there, or are bored and within an hour drive. And if you are bored in these interesting times, you’re doing something wrong. All the time you waste chasing bullshit events can be better spent keeping an eyes and ears on your town/city and county, or learning something useful. If your town/city and county are quiet, then consider yourself fortunate.

And now for something educational and useful. The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is tomorrow and Saturday. It’s free to watch, and more than a few of the talks look interesting. The GNU Radio Conference starts on the 14th, and is also free and interesting.

For those of you who might not be at a sufficient level to understand those talks, start here.

08.9.20

Sunday Dispatch For August 9th, 2020 – 0x6715A74

Good morning. On this day in 1892, Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph, and in 1944 the United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.

Our Youtube Recommendation for the week is here:

Tropical Storm Isaiah breezed through here last Tuesday, leaving a heck of a lot of damage, and a four-day grid outage in the neighborhood. The biggest take-aways from this one are:

  1. You can never have enough water, and really should have a generator big enough to run your well pump or a gravity-fed cistern as back-up water source.
  2. You can never have enough batteries.
  3. You need to be able to navigate around multiple obstacles to get home.

COMINT collection was successful overall, as many rural town public works/highway departments in the area are still running analog conventional radio systems on VHF and occasionally UHF. Surprisingly enough, the local electrical utility still uses VHF low-band, although a conventional UHF repeater system was also discovered.

One of the better sources of local information was on Facebook “town talks” group pages. Our town pages had all sorts of OSINT on road and business closures, item availability, and grid conditions.

The local power company’s website was totally useless, as the sheer number outage reports broke it. Many people reported that their neighborhood was still being listed as “evaluating outage” after power was restored.

Internet connectivity was and always will be dependent on electrical power availability. Reports showed Telco-provided ADSL lasted longer after the power outage than CATV Internet. Wireless common carrier Internet stayed up, but became overwhelmed as hardwired systems started failing. Complicating matters were issues from a network merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.

We have always said that if you want reliable comms, never trust someone else’s infrastructure. While Amateur Radio SKYWARN and ARES operations were active, disaster radio comms still remain a niche thing, especially in short term disasters where people have enough wireless common carrier connectivity to reach Facebook and make phone calls. It is what it is.

There is a saying, “If the map doesn’t match the terrain, change the map.” We can wax poetic about grid-down communications using Amateur Radio, CB, FRS, et al, but the reality showed that the future is going to be Part 15-based wireless data infrastructure since that’s what everyone has.

08.6.20

Looking Behind the Curtain

http://socialdata.site/

You know what to do, especially when combined with manuals from previous posts.