“As I predicted, the press is trying to beef up the silly story that a harmless chemical product is actually responsible for the pet food deaths. This time, the spin merchants claim, it’s “contaminated rice.” And, of course, the rabid anti-Communist Cheney people will claim that like the harmless “wheat glutin,” this rice came from China. Where is the duct tape now that we need it? And elements here want to claim that the waclo zipperhead who went on a school rampage was actually a secret member of al Quaeda! Nest, we will learn that the utterly useless DHS is setting up an “Academic Security Bureau” that will cost the raped taxpayers more millions in looted money!
But the real story this week concerns the collapse of the BlackBerry system on a national level. This was the direct result of Israeli-owned US firms’ technological probings into American top-secret communications network. As direct result of these break-ins via inside plantings of trap-doored systems, the famous BlackBerry systems crashed for almost 10 hours. One of the targets was the system better known as CryptoBerry. The term CryptoBerry was a project name for the S/MIME BlackBerry product.( S/MIME: Secure/Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extension) Conventional BlackBerry uses TripleDES to encrypt all traffic between the device and the BES.It was originally produced by RSA Data Security, and developed for NSA (National Security Agency, ed) and, as developed was a more secure version of the BlackBerry e-mail client from Research in Motion Ltd. of Waterloo, Ontario, used by DoD officials and in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. Initially very slow, NSA then improved its performance. The security implications of ‘going through Canada’ are virtually nil. All messages, be they conventional or S/MIME always pass through the RIM BlackBerry infrastructure in encrypted form, and RIM does not have access to the keys.
The S/MIME BlackBerry is meant for organizations already using S/MIME to completely secure their mail from sender to recipient, including from the eyes of their own network administrators
The expressed concerns of the DoD, which uses these systems, and the NSA who are involved heavily with their versions of it, are greatly concerned about a possible terrorist attack on the American secret communications network. If such an attack were coupled with an internet takedown, S/MIME would be completely useless and if a successful attack were launched on the RIM relay, everything would be shut down..
A joint report, highly classified, under date of March 30, 2007, by the FBI, the DoD and the NSA discuss in detail an extensive Israeli trechinical espionage operation working inside the United States to mine any and all information that might “be of ongoing importance to the state of Israel.”
It would be impossible to specifically quote from any of the documents or show copies of them but a digest of the information is appended at the end of this report.
What two hundred and ten pages tells the reader is that the Israeli government, through its Mossad or foreign intelligence, has been systematically spying on the one country that had unquestioningly supported it and by doing so, has drawn the wrath of many Muslim oriented terrorists upon its head. The conclusion of the report is that nothing can be done about this because the current Bush administration is so pro-Israel that any attempt to interdict its spying on American military, intelligence, financial institutions and any American they deem to be anti-Israeli is doomed from the start. Such actions would have to come from public pressure and not the outrage of American intelligence organs.
American terrorist investigators know that members of the Israeli Mossad, who were involved with the Muslim group that carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks had managed to stay ahead of them, by knowing who and when investigators are calling on the telephone. This is accomplished by obtaining and analyzing data that is generated every time someone in the U.S. makes a telephone call.
Here is how the system works. Most directory assistance calls, and virtually all call records and billing inside the U.S. are done for the telephone companies by Amdocs Ltd., an Israeli-based private telecommunications company.
Amdocs had contracts with the 25 biggest telephone companies in America, and even more worldwide. The White House and other secure government phone lines are protected, but it is virtually impossible for any American to make a call on any American phone without generating an Amdocs record of it.
In recent years, the FBI and other government agencies have investigated Amdocs more than once. The firm has repeatedly and adamantly denied any security breaches or wrongdoing. In 1999, the super secret National Security Agency, headquartered in Ft. George Meade in northern Maryland, issued what is called a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information report, TS/SCI, warning that records of calls in the United States were getting into foreign hands – in Israel, in particular.
Investigators do not believe such calls are being listened to, but the data about who is calling whom and when is extremely valuable in itself. An internal Amdocs memo to senior company executives suggests just how Amdocs generated call records could be used. “Widespread data mining techniques and algorithms…combining both the properties of the customer (e.g., credit rating) and properties of the specific ‘behavior….’” Specific behavior, such as who the targeted customers are calling.
The Amdocs memo says the system should be public ally advertised as “helping to prevent telephone fraud.” However, U.S. counterintelligence analysts say it could, and unquestionably was, also be used to spy via the records of the American telephone system. The N.S.A has held numerous classified conferences to warn the F.B.I. and C.I.A. how Amdocs records could be used.
At one classified NSA briefing, a diagram by the Argonne National Laboratory was used to show that if phone records are not completely secure, major security breaches are more than possible.
Another NSA briefing document said, “It has become increasingly apparent that systems and networks are vulnerable…Such crimes always involve unauthorized persons, or persons who exceed their authorization…citing on exploitable vulnerabilities.”
Those vulnerabilities are growing, because according to another briefing, the U.S. relies too much on foreign companies like Amdocs for high-tech equipment and software. “Many factors have led to increased dependence on code developed overseas…. We buy rather than train or develop solutions.”
U.S. intelligence does not officially believe the Israeli government is involved in a misuse of information, and Amdocs insists that its data is secure. What U.S. government officials are worried about, however, is the possibility that Amdocs data could get into the wrong hands, particularly organized crime. And that would not be the first time that such a thing has happened.
Amdocs is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri but primarily based in Ra’anana, Israel, is a provider of software and services for billing and CRM systems. Its clients are primarily focused on the public sector and telecommunications, including such “Tier-1″ players as Sprint-Nextel, Cingular, Vodafone, T-Mobile. The company was originally called “Aurec Group” (the Hebrew word for Artery (“òåø÷”), which in Hebrew is used to describe a communication channel) and dealt only with directory services, i.e. Yellow Pages. They now provide application suites for CRM, sales, and billing operations for telecommunication service providers. Amdocs still provides publishing software for creating print and online directories. The company also offers outsourced customer service and data center operations.
Comverse Infosys Comverse Infosys is one of the companies involved with Amdocs in its U.S. espionage activates through the telecommunication products its sells and systems it operates and services. Its products are widely used by the US telecommunications industry and government agencies.
Telrad Communications. Telerad Networks is one of Israel’s leading developers of carrier grade telecommunications equipment. The company serves as an original design manufacturer for leading global communications equipment providers and recently initiated the development of certain classified products in the metro optical networking . It is headquartered in Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel.
Verint This company was called Comverse-Infosys until 2002, but was quickly renamed when the FBI started several investigations against it and arrested some of its employees in the US on suspicion of espionage.
NICE Systems Headquartered in Ra’anana, Israel, NICE is a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions, applications and related professional services for business interaction management. NICE products and solutions are used in contact centres, trading floors, air traffic control (ATC) sites, CCTV security installations and Government markets. NICE’s synergistic technology platform enables customers to capture, evaluate and analyse business interactions in order to improve business processes and gain competitive advantage. NICE’s subsidiaries and local offices are based in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and France. The company operates in more than 70 countries through a network of partners and distributors
RSA Security Inc.RSA was named for the RSA public key cryptography algorithm, which was in turn named for the initials of its co-inventors: Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Len Adleman. They founded RSA. On June 29, 2006 it was announced that EMC Corporation will acquire RSA Security for $2.1 billion. On September 14, 2006 RSA stockholders approved the acquisition of the company by EMC Corporation.