Canucks cyberwarfare toolbox revealed

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  1. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    They fricken ADMIT to creating false flags and worse....

    Communication Security Establishment's cyberwarfare toolbox revealed - Canada - CBC News

    Top-secret documents obtained by the CBC show Canada's electronic spy agency has developed a vast arsenal of cyberwarfare tools alongside its U.S. and British counterparts to hack into computers and phones in many parts of the world, including in friendly trade countries like Mexico and hotspots like the Middle East.

    The little known Communications Security Establishment wanted to become more aggressive by 2015, the documents also said.

    Revelations about the agency's prowess should serve as a "major wakeup call for all Canadians," particularly in the context of the current parliamentary debate over whether to give intelligence officials the power to disrupt national security threats, says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, the respected internet research group at University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.

    "These are awesome powers that should only be granted to the government with enormous trepidation and only with a correspondingly massive investment in equally powerful systems of oversight, review and public accountability," says Deibert.

    Details of the CSE’s capabilities are revealed in several top-secret documents analyzed by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept, a U.S. news website co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who obtained the documents from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.
    The CSE toolbox includes the ability to redirect someone to a fake website, create unrest by pretending to be another government or hacker, and siphon classified information out of computer networks, according to experts who viewed the documents.
    • The agency refused to answer questions about whether it's using all the tools listed, citing the Security of Information Act as preventing it from commenting on such classified matters.
    In a written statement, though, it did say that some of the documents obtained by CBC News were dated and do "not necessarily reflect current CSE practices or programs."

    Hacking spans globe

    Canada's electronic spy agency and the U.S. National Security Agency "cooperate closely" in "computer network access and exploitation" of certain targets, according to an April 2013 briefing note for the NSA.

    Leaked Snowden documents revealed that the NSA and its Canadian counterpart, CSE, is conducting computer network access and exploitation in Mexico, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

    Their targets are located in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Mexico, plus other unnamed countries connected to the two agencies' counterterrorism goals, the documents say. Specific techniques used against the targets are not revealed.

    Deibert notes that previous Snowden leaks have disclosed that the CSE uses the highly sophisticated WARRIORPRIDE malware to target cellphones, and maintains a network of infected private computers — what's called a botnet — that it uses to disguise itself when hacking targets.

    Other leaked documents revealed back in 2013 that the CSE spied on computers or smartphones connected to Brazil's mining and energy ministry to get economic intelligence.

    But the latest top-secret documents released to CBC News and The Intercept illustrate the development of a large stockpile of Canadian cyber-spy capabilities that go beyond hacking for intelligence, including:

    • destroying infrastructure, which could include electricity, transportation or banking systems;
    • creating unrest by using false-flags — ie. making a target think another country conducted the operation;
    • disrupting online traffic by such techniques as deleting emails, freezing internet connections, blocking websites and redirecting wire money transfers.
    It’s unclear which of the 32 cyber tactics listed in the 2011 document are actively used or in development.

    'In Canada's interests'
    Some of the capabilities mirror what CSE's U.S. counterpart, the NSA, can do under a powerful hacking program called QUANTUM, which was created by the NSA's elite cyberwarfare unit, Tailored Access Operations, says Christopher Parsons, a post-doctoral fellow at the Citizen Lab, one of the groups CBC News asked to help decipher the CSE documents. QUANTUM is mentioned in the list of CSE cyber capabilities.

    A 2011 presentation by a CSE analyst outlines 32 tactics that the spy agency has developed. Click on the photo to see an explainer on some of them.

    Publicizing details of QUANTUM's attack techniques fuelled debate south of the border about the project's constitutionality, says Parsons, who feels a debate is needed here in Canada as well.

    "Our network has been turned into a battlefield without any Canadian being asked: Should it be done? How should it be done?” says Parsons.

    National security expert Christian Leuprecht says the wide spectrum of cyber capabilities should come as no surprise, considering Canada's stature as an industrialized country and partner in the influential Five Eyes spying network, which also includes the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia.

    "I think it's in Canada's interest to have full-spectrum capability, because if or when the issue does arise, then we want to make sure we can be a major player in taking our collective security interest into our hands," says Leuprecht, a fellow at Queen's University's Centre for International and Defence Policy and professor at the Royal Military College.

    Leuprecht adds, however, that "simply having that capability doesn't necessarily mean we're going to deploy" it.

    He also claims Canada has "very explicitly" decided — for now — not to become embroiled in a dangerous cyberwar by using its most destructive tools to attack other countries, citing the example of the mysterious shutdown of North Korea's internet following that country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures.

    Canada also faces practical limitations in deploying some of these tools, such as money and strict laws, he says.

    Seeking approval for more disruption
    According to the documents, the CSE wanted more aggressive powers for use both at home and abroad.

    In 2011, the Canadian agency presented its vision for 2015 to the Five Eyes allies at a conference.

    "We will seek the authority to conduct a wide spectrum of Effects operations in support of our mandates," the top-secret presentation says.

    Effects operations refer to manipulating and disrupting computers or devices.

    CSE said in a written statement: "In moving from ideas or concepts to planning and implementation, we examine proposals closely to ensure that they comply with the law and internal policies, and that they ultimately lead to effective and efficient ways to protect Canada and Canadians against threats.”

    Experts say the Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-51, currently being debated, could legalize use of some of the capabilities outlined in these classified documents.

    Though the act would give CSIS, Canada's domestic intelligence agency, the power to disrupt threats to the security of Canada both at home and abroad, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service relies on its sister service, the CSE, for technical help with surveillance and infiltration of cellphones and computers.

    "With Bill C-51, we're seeing increased powers being provided to CSIS, and that could mean that they would be able to more readily use or exploit the latent domestic capabilities that CSE has built up," says Parsons.

    A ‘perimeter around Canada’
    In an increasingly hostile cyberspace, Canada has also turned its attention to figuring out ways to better protect itself against such attacks.

    'If we wish to enable defence, we must have intelligence to know when attacks enter our national infrastructure.'- CSE presentation
    Back in 2011, CSE envisioned creating a "perimeter around Canada" to better defend the country's interests from potential threats from other countries and criminals, raising the prospect the agency was preparing a broad surveillance program to target Canadians’ online traffic.

    At the time, "full visibility of our national infrastructure" was among its goals, according to a planning document for 2015. Security analysts wanted the means to detect an attack before it hit a target like a government website.

    "If we wish to enable defence, we must have intelligence to know when attacks enter our national infrastructure," the 2011 top-secret CSE presentation says.

    The agency would not answer how far it got with the 2015 plan. A spokesman called some of the documents obtained by CBC dated and said they "explored possible ideas."

    As a result, the information "does not necessarily reflect current CSE practices or programs," the agency said in a written statement.

    "Logically, it makes perfect sense" that CSE wanted to monitor all traffic coming in and out of the country, says Deibert.

    "The problem is the techniques they have at their disposal, the capabilities, if they are indeed in place, are dual use and could be abused."
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  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

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  3. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    OH MY MY!!!! How could it be!!!!!!!!!! ohno Us lowlife 'muricans have AGAIN led the oh so pious and ethical Cunucks astray. OH WOE!!! [LMAO]:lol:
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  4. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    A whole generation of Americans think Canadians are harmless thanks to Doug and Bob McKenzie.

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  5. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    You think this is a good thing?
    This post isn't me trolling 'merica...but if you'd like to go down that road...
    Ya...there is a line between our countries for a reason.
    Please stay on your side of it and out of my government.



    Older generations of Germans don't think we're very harmless.

    Battle of Vimy Ridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    On topic:

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  6. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

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  7. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    You weren’t trolling? You've done it so well so much I couldn't tell, my mistake. Stay on my side and out of your government? Shoe....other foot....Such thin skin you have today. [tongue]
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  8. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Fair enough.
    The current generation of jihadis will get the message soon.

    Canadian Soldiers Exchange Fire With ISIS In Iraq

    Canadian special forces exchange fire with ISIS extremists for a fourth time | CTV News

    Canada to extend and expand Iraq military mission | Toronto Star

    You are is pretty thin today. Problems with "authority" at work.
    Point was, I didn't post this to troll yankees.
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  9. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    No worries MG, yer still one of our favorite Canadians

    Now take off ya knob:lol:
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  10. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Me neither "I didn't post this to troll Canucks.

    BUT, how's your sea fleet of subs going? I'll bet the UK Money Checkers are still laughing.

    That's just for public opinion polls.

    Better if had said, "ISIS Head Mullah dead in mysterious explosions from unknown forces. all Canadians returned safely with Body Bag full of Intell.
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  11. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Probably better than Obama Care is going for all Americans....
    At least we're creating jobs in Canada building our own drone fleet.
    Some things are still "Made In Canada" here....unlike in USA.

    Canadian military to spend $1 billion on unmanned armed drones | Canada Politics - Yahoo News Canada

    Made-in-Canada military drones could cost defence contractors millions | Daily Brew - Yahoo News Canada

    Ottawa to invest in anti-terrorism drone technology | CTV News
  12. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Why would you assume that Obama Care affects me??

    Made in the USA! Perhaps you have misplaced the facts.

    Even many CA plants that built US Auto Products are now back in the US due to the expanding Social Taxes caused those to be moved back to the US.
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  13. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Lets see, first you admit to CA doing a propaganda false flag routine then you post the POLITICAL directed articles aimed to support the CA Gov but really just feel good post in your media.

    Gotta wonder how you think.
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  14. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Canada’s submarine fleet never worked. It’s time to stop ignoring the problem - The Globe and Mail

    Victoria Class Submarine Fleet Creating Canadian Controversies

    Canadian pre-owned submarine fleet finally ready for operations - The Globe and Mail

    But don't believe the last one above.

    But of course the US can still lend a hand by towing both your subs and your surface craft.

    Protecteur towed to port | Watch the video - Yahoo Yahoo Canada

    At least the CAs got a ride back to CA Land on a US MADE SHIP.
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  15. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    U mad bro?
    (now I'm trolling)
  16. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    I'm content and taking care of business.

  17. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Good to see you so happy.

    So you will enjoy seeing that not only do you not have a home built Sub Force, but you actually have a second hand, poorly built UK produced model that was decomed by the UK.

    Enjoy your Sea going protection of a wonderful home grown Canadian defense program.

    Upholder/Victoria-class submarine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  18. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    The Sea-King helicopter fiasco was worse than this.
  19. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    HK has good points & the BS lip service ones on both sides are totally full of it. Who would buy used diesel subs that can't or haven't run for years . Canada was duped for another reason to extract resource money .. this is all to keep your working to pay taxes / levys / tarriffs / the right to be ..
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  20. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Mindgrinder... I opened and pasted the contents (minus identities) to some Canadian friends..... They were all shocked [emoji15] and in denial that Canada was anything but a peace making government... I had to laugh. Thanks for the info I think it woke some people up
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