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Israeli Government Hacking

Israel Used Computer Virus To Spy On Iran TalksBy Eben Blake @ebenblake on June 10 2015 11:25 AM EDT

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in Vienna April 24, 2015. Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader

A leading cybersecurity firm discovered a virus previously linked to Israeli spies in the hotels that hosted the Iran nuclear talks, according to a Wall Street Journal article published Wednesday. After Kaspersky Lab ZAO realized it had been hacked, it searched through millions of its client's computers to find traces of who else had been targeted, and three European hotels were found to have the virus. All three hotels had hosted the negotiations over lifting economic sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran's nuclear program, talks that Israel has continually opposed.

The virus was packed with over 100 modules to enable the hackers to control infected computers. The virus included modules that allowed the attackers to compress video feeds from hotel surveillance cameras to know who was connected to the phones and Wi-Fi networks, to hear conversations and steal electronic files, and to control two-way microphones, computers and alarm systems. It could also figure out the room numbers of specific delegation members.

Kaspersky concluded that the spyware was a variation of Duqu, a virus that is believed to be designed for sensitive intelligence collection by Israel. U.S. officials have known that Israel was spying on the nuclear talks since 2014, which was previously reported by the Wall Street Journal in March. However, at the time, members of Congress seemed generally ambivalent about the prospect of Israel spying on the nuclear talks, according to the Daily Beast. Israel reportedly used information from its spying to lobby members of the U.S. Congress not to support the bill.

Senate Foreign Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., joked that he was more concerned that Israel didn't grant him access to the information, reports the Daily Beast, saying, "[O]ne of my reactions was, why haven't they been coming up here sharing information with me? I mean Israel. I haven't had any of them coming up and talking with me about where the deal is, so I was kind of wondering who it was they were meeting with. I kind of feel left out, if you know what I'm saying."

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told the Daily Beast the information gathering wasn't spying. "I don't look at Israel or any nation directly affected by the Iranian program wanting deeply to know what's going on in the negotiations -- I just don't look at that as spying," he said. "Their deep existential interest in such a deal, that they would try to figure out anything that they could, that they would have an opinion on it ... I don't find any of that controversial."

Kaspersky did not identify Israel's name in the report but said it was so complex and so dependent on Duqu that it "could not have been created by anyone without access to the original Duqu source code," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Israel has previously denied spying on the U.S. or other allies and declined to comment on the Duqu virus allegations. While Kaspersky did not identify the three hotels that were hacked in their report, all of the hotels that hosted the talks either told the Wall Street Journal that they were unaware of being hacked or declined to comment.

Iran, the United States and five other world powers announced the nuclear deal in April after two years of negotiations.

American Express President Found Dead
On Plane En Route to NYC

American Express President Found Dead On Plane En Route to NYC 

Posted on May 31, 2015 by The Doc

The recent string of suspicious banker deaths is no longer constrained entirely to mid level managers, as the President of American Express Ed Gilligan has been found dead on his plane this weekend en route to NYC…

American Express President Ed Gilligan died suddenly this weekend during his flight from Japan to NYC, causing his plane to make an emergency landing. 


AMEX CEO Ken Chenault made the announcement via a letter to AMEX employees:

With the heaviest of hearts, I must share some devastating news. Ed Gilligan – President of our company and friend and inspiration to many inside and outside American Express – became seriously ill on a flight home to New York this morning and has passed away.

This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed, and benefit from his insights, leadership and enthusiasm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Lisa, and their four children – Katie, Meaghan, Kevin and Shane. He was a proud husband and father, and his love for his family was evident in all that he did.

Ed also loved American Express. He devoted his entire career to this company, starting as an intern 35 years ago and moving steadily up all the way to Vice Chairman in 2007 and President in 2013. His contributions have left an indelible imprint on practically every area of our business, from Commercial Card and Travel to International, Consumer, Small Business, Merchant Services, Network Services and, most recently, the group forging our digital partnerships and driving payment innovations. Ed was a living embodiment of our values, embracing both our heritage of service, trust and integrity, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit that has helped continually transform this company through the years. For the time being, I have asked Ed’s direct leaders to report to me.

The mark of a true leader is followership, and Ed won the hearts and minds of many thousands. He was a champion of diversity and employee development, and his mentorship has helped create a legacy of strong leaders wherever he went. We mourn his loss, and we will have opportunities to share our memories of him more fully in the coming days.

Considering Gilligan was 55 and on a 13 hour flight from Japan to NYC it is certainly possible if not likely that the AMEX exec died of natural causes via Deep Vein Thrombosis/ Pulmonary Embolism, but we suspect the alternative media will soon be full of speculation on Gilligan’s untimely demise. 


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