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'Hackers' behind massive DDoS attacks on US sites say they were 'testing' for coming cyberwarfare against Russia

© Steve Marcus / Reuters
An attack on a major DNS service provider literally broke the internet Friday, impacting more than 80 popular websites, including PayPal, Reddit and Twitter. Here's how a group of hackers is suspected to have pulled off the takedown.

A myriad of websites were unavailable Friday as three separate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a major internet server blocked service to heavily trafficked websites such as Pinterest, Spotify and the New York Times.

The first attack on the New Hampshire-based server occurred Friday morning, but Dyn DNS Company managed to resolve the issue within a few hours. However, a second attack began in the early afternoon followed by a third. It was not until 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time that all had been resolved.

Comment: US investigating massive attack on internet as 3rd DDoS wave stops
The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating who is behind the DDoS attack that took down much of the internet, including Twitter and Spotify, on Friday. The White House called it a "criminal act," according to Reuters.

Here's what we think: we think the US is behind it, 'testing' capabilities as the 'hacker' claimed above. Note what he also said: that it's about going after Russia.

Last week, US VP 'creepy-veep' Joe Biden declared cyberwar on Russia.

IS this a test? Or was it to provide 'just cause' for planned operations to shut down networks in Russia?


Washington looking for a scape-goat

In Berlin, Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine made an effort to disentangle the Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts. However, from the Russian point of view, these blockages only exist because the objective of the United States is not the defense of democracy, on which they pride themselves, but the prevention of the development of Russia and China by cutting the Silk Roads. Disposing of conventional superiority, Moscow therefore did everything possible to link the Middle East with Eastern Europe. It managed to do so by exchanging the extension of the truce in Syria for the end of the blockage of the Minsk agreements. As for Washington, it is still seeking to offload its guilt onto one of its allies. After having failed with Turkey, the CIA is now turning to Saudi Arabia.

The conflict opposing the United States to Russia and China is evolving on two fronts - on one hand, Washington is looking for a possible scape-goat to bear the responsibility for the war against Syria, and on the other, Moscow, which has already connected the situations in Syria and Yemen, is now attempting to link them to the Ukrainian question.


Something to hide? US bars Russian monitors from presidential elections

© Brendan McDermid / Reuters
The US has rejected a Russian proposal to send diplomats to monitor the upcoming presidential elections and some states have even threatened to bring criminal charges against any that appear at ballot stations, Russian election officials report.

Sources in the Central Elections Commission have told Izvestia Daily that its representatives held a series of talks with the US State Department to discuss sending a delegation of monitors to US polling stations on November 8. US officials categorically rejected even the possibility of such a mission, however, instead recommending that Russia join the international mission of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The request was also rejected on a state level, and in three states - Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas - officials used "very harsh formulas" to do so, the sources said. "In violation of all principles of democracy and international monitoring, in Texas they even threatened to hold monitors who appear at ballot stations criminally responsible," they added.

Comment: Update: Russian diplomats in US could face criminal charges for monitoring November elections - embassy
Russian diplomats in the United States have been threatened by US officials with criminal prosecution if they attempt to monitor upcoming Presidential and Congress elections at polling stations, the Russian Embassy in Washington said in a statement.

According to the Russian diplomatic mission, it has not submitted any official request to monitor the elections, due to take place November 8.

"We have not submitted any requests to the Department of State regarding the election observation. As a matter of respectfully conducting our diplomatic duties we sent the information on our intentions to the Department of State," the statement by the Embassy reads.

The facility said it has reached out to several local electoral commissions to "get acquainted" with American electoral procedures, but got a negative response. The diplomats were even threatened with legal action, the Embassy said.

"We received mostly negative responses, including threats that our interest and presence at polling stations could be seen as a criminal act."
And all those years spent by US officials monitoring Russian elections?

"Do as we say, not as we do!"

Eye 1

Blustering British boats 'monitor' Russian Baltic fleet as it passes through English Channel (like it always does)

© Dover Marina.com / Facebook
NATO and EU ships were put on full alert along the British coast as a Russian naval fleet passed through the English Channel on its way to the Mediterranean.

The Admiral Kuznetsov, a Soviet-era aircraft carrier that can carry more than 50 planes, crossed international waters in the North Sea with seven other vessels on Friday.

Locals and media gathered in Dover to watch the fleet pass by into the channel.

The vessels are also being very closely watched. The British Ministry of Defence said it had dispatched Royal Navy ships to escort the vessels.

Comment: Update: UK combat jets buzz Russian carrier in English Channel to 'take photos' - media
Two UK Royal Air Force (RAF) combat jets flew over the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetzov in a "show of presence" as it passed the English Channel, the Times reports. The vessel, accompanied by seven more ships, is heading to the Mediterranean.

The planes were supposed to take pictures of Russia's only carrier and the seven ships accompanying it.

"They will be taking high definition photographs so we can analyze what is on the ships," a defense source told the Times, adding that among the points of interest were "how low and high they sit in the water."
Yeah? And? So? What?

The Russian Baltic Fleet is on its way to do something about ISIS.

Remember ISIS?

The problem you created, Blighty?

What the dickens are YOU doing about it?

No Entry

Elections cancelled, Palestinians outraged

© TheJournal.ie
Women voting in the 2012 general election, West Bank
The Palestinian Authority's high court has delayed elections, once set for Oct. 9, because of concerns that it was impossible to ensure free and fair voting in the Gaza. The decision comes as two rival Palestinian parties, Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, continue to struggle for power. The last time Palestinians held an election in both places was 2005, which ended in the election of Hamas and a subsequently worsening feud between the two groups. In 2012, Gaza boycotted another round of elections.

A Fatah spokesman in Gaza said that the cancellation was the fault of Hamas, and that courts there were illegitimate. "All the appeals that were presented against our electoral lists in Gaza were political and meant to deprive Fatah from its right in participation in the elections," said Fawsi Abu Atiea . "We were removed from five municipalities in the Gaza Strip, how the elections would take place." "Reckless" deeds by Hamas were behind the sudden change, he added.

Jamil el-Khaldi, chairman of the Gaza office of the Central Elections Commission, said that Hamas objections were lawful. He said Fatah's electoral lists were wiped out in five municipalities in the Gaza Strip and two municipalities in the West Bank.

Comment: We sometimes forget, when we think of Palestinians and their plight with Israel, that there are everyday societal processes and priorities at work within the various sectors and settlements, specific to different factions and purposes.


Court ruling says not even US president can legalize torture: Abu Ghraib inmates 'allowed' to sue

© DoD / Reuters
A federal court has ruled in favor of four former Abu Ghraib detainees intending to sue a US military contractor for its alleged role in torturing them. The decision also said laws against torture apply to all branches of government, even the executive.

On Friday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a former ruling that claimed torture to be a "political question" out of the court's hands. It also reinstated a lawsuit against CACI Premier Technology that alleges their employees abused and tortured four men during interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in the early years of the Iraq occupation.

The ruling is a major breakthrough for the eight-year long lawsuit for the Abu Ghraib inmates who were told last June that legal action would involve second-guessing military officials in a war zone. Therefore, the judge believed that the claims could not be litigated in the judicial system.

Comment: How much longer will this case keep bouncing around the courts?!


Mishraq: ISIS torches sulphur plant, 1,000 suffer breathing problems

© Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters
Nearly 1,000 people had to be treated for breathing problems after Islamic State terrorists set a sulphur plant ablaze in Mishraq, south of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Reuters reported, citing hospital sources. Medics at the hospital in Qayyara, which is located near Mosul, said that no deaths have been reported as a result of the blaze, but, according to an Iraqi official, two villagers close to the factory died after coming in contact with the toxic substance.

Iraqi commander Qusay Hamid Kadhem told AFP that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) had set the sulphur plant near Mosul ablaze two days ago, causing the death of two civilians from the nearby villages. On Friday, a Reuters photographer reported seeing plumes of smoke coming from the plant filling the air with toxic gasses. Breathing in sulfur dioxide affects the lungs, causing severe breathing difficulties, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR.)

US military officials confirmed on Saturday that winds had carried in fumes from the burning sulphur plant, forcing US forces at Qayyarah West Airfield near Mosul to use protective masks. "The winds have actually shifted south, so, as a precautionary measure, the troops at Qayyara West have donned their personal protective equipment - continuing their operations at this point in time," an official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There are about 5,000 US troops in Iraq, and the Qayyarah West Airfield, formerly known as Saddam Airbase, is the key strategic launch-pad for sorties supporting the Iraqi-led operations to retake Mosul from Islamic State.



Clinton Campaign, White House Squirm after Project Veritas Exposes DNC Dirty Tricks

Violence at the Chicago Trump rally, incited by DNC operatives.
First, if readers haven't seen the Project Veritas expose, check it out here: 'Conflict engagement': How Democrat Strategists Plotted to Incite Violence at Trump Rallies.

Trump mentioned the revelations at the third presidential debate. The look on Clinton's face is priceless:

Then she has the chutzpah to criticize the violence at Trump rallies that her own operatives incited. Trump may be wrong about almost everything else, but he's right here.

Snakes in Suits

Trump's election rigging claim is called 'whining': Russia's fictional election rigging is cause for war

The hypocrisy of the US election rigging narrative.

Donald Trump is saying that the US main stream media and DNC-Clinton Campaign machine are rigging the elections.

We know that the main stream media (with the exception of a part of FOX News) is completely in the tank for Hillary.

President Obama has publicly come out to throw his full support behind Hillary. Every fortune 100 CEO has donated to the Hillary Clinton campaign, and nothing to the Trump campaign.

Wikileaks has exposed without a shadow of a doubt that the entire establishment elite of the US is behind Hillary Clinton, and doing everything in their power to put Hillary in the White House.

Evil Rays

The Elite's Relentless War on Free Speech, Free Press, Free Internet - and the Truth

"A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society."
- Journalist Chris Hedges
As the ruling elite pushes its rigged election, forcibly cramming crime boss Hillary down our gullets against the people's choice or will, so goes suppression of information rapidly shutting off the truth spigot, leaving Americans high and dry, starved of honesty by their oligarchic owned and controlled crime cabal government. Signs that the globalists are panicking are visible every day as they aggressively provoke World War III timed with the collapse of their morally and financially bankrupted global economy. And with two thirds of Americans living from paycheck to paycheck, the future does not look bright.

The latest over-the-top signs reflecting the globalists' aggressive desperation are the UK's RT bank closing its account and cutting off Julian Assange's internet access in London. It's bad enough that the WikiLeaks founder has effectively been imprisoned for over four years trapped in the Ecuadorian Embassy, but now he's apparently been cut off from internet contact with the outside world and media in Ecuador is swimming with the sharks eagerly urging reconsideration of his asylum status.

These two significant and most definitely intertwined events coming hours apart out of London are just the beginning of the elite's major assault on free speech and freedom of the press, in effect putting a final cap on the truth ever leaking out to a truth-starved world. The globalists' fixation on absolute power and control is currently manifesting as deep state's invasive silencing of any and all voices of truth and dissidence, starting with these two biggies. Completely cutting off the world's free access to accurate information from legitimate sources still authentically reporting world news events and developments past and present is the rulers' highest priority right now on the eve of the election. And with both WikiLeaks and RT in their crosshairs, the elite has fired its first major shot across the bow. All totalitarian regimes suppress dissent and truth becomes their biggest enemy.