While you were busy lighting candles, the cyber apples have been a-ripenin’

Reuters reported early this morning CET that Mossad is helping France investigate the Paris gun and bomb attacks, with Israeli media suggesting that Big M’s intelligence drew on cyber surveillance of militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

The German Minister of the Interior says the Syrian refugee passport next to the dead Paris suicide bomber may have been planted to implicate refugees and make people feel unsafe. It has been declared a forgery for days, allegedly. Certainly, The Slog suggested that last week: one wonders what form of inbred cyber intelligence uncovered this information beyond my humble logic.
But all is well, because the Paris police have killed the 20 something mastermind of the Friday the 13th attacks before he could say anything different. Previously here on Jihadenders, the authorities were sure that Mr Big was in Syria, but he was still in Paris after all. What’s more, it seems they captured some accomplices….and it was all down to cyber information.
In similar vein, the black Dude in the White House is eagerly gobbling up every bit of cyber help he can get, no matter which side of the tracks between the legal and illegal might be involved. Reuters again reports that bad-guy cyber assailants are now feeding information to the U.S. government: they boast of having suppressed tens of thousands of Twitter accounts since January – by posing as would-be recruits to Islamic State.“We’re playing more of an intelligence role,” said the executive director of Ghost Security Group, who declined to be named, citing security concerns. Such as, for example, being cyber-attacked.
Odrama’s image in relation to cyber-drone assassination is now so bad, the word has gone out to all organs of US government that such developments must be hereinafter outsourced in order to protect the Office of the President. So it is that the Pentagon has quietly put out a call for vendors to bid on a contract to develop, execute and manage its new cyber weaponry and defense program.
The scope of this nearly half-billion-dollar “help wanted” work order includes counterhacking, as well as developing and deploying lethal cyberattacks.
Apparently this will ’cause real-life destruction and loss of human life’.
Let us be quite clear about this: under CYBERCOM (United States Cyber Command) real, non-cyber people are going to die without explanation or appeal. It would, after all, be misleading if real human being observers wrote of such deaths as ‘cyber’ – and therefore of no consequence.
The importance of this distinction becomes clear when we read that completely real human cops are stealing from the average US citizen with an efficiency that makes me wonder if this tendency isn’t a dry run for the Big Bailin, coming to a continent near you soon. According to Armstrong Economics, although between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6bn in asset forfeiture cases, things have been accelerating exponentially in recent years: in 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by 52.8% from 2009, and was six times greater than the total for 1989. During 2014,  35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 was extracted in a single year. According to the FBI,  police are today stealing more assets than criminals.

In an unlikely interventionEric Holder came out in January suggesting reform because of the widespread abuse of the civil asset forfeiture laws by police. Even Bloomberg News reports that Stop-and-Seize authority is turning the Police into ‘Self-Funding Gangs’. They are simply confiscating money in a flagrant abuse of this civil asset forfeiture where they do not have to prove you did anything…..and District Attorneys are routinely instructing police on how to confiscate money wherever the Law seems grey enough to get away with it.

One can almost hear those senior Met Cops salivating at the thought of what comes next for them.

Earlier at The Slog: Why every upside down concept goes downside up