WikiLeaks begins publishing source code for CIA hacking tools

WikiLeaks began publishing the source code of alleged CIA hacking tools Thursday in a new series dubbed “Vault 8.”

The source code, according to a press release from the anti-secrecy organization, is intended to “enable investigative journalists, forensic experts and the general public to better identify and understand covert CIA infrastructure components.”

“Source code published in this series contains software designed to run on servers controlled by the CIA,” WikiLeaks writes, stressing that the material does not contain 0-day or undisclosed vulnerabilities that could be utilized by others.

Hive, the first tool featured in Vault 8, aids the agency in controlling malware installed on target devices.

“Even the most sophisticated malware implant on a target computer is useless if there is no way for it to communicate with its operators in a secure manner that does not draw attention,” WikiLeaks writes. “Using Hive even if an implant is discovered on a target computer, attributing it to the CIA is difficult by just looking at the communication of the malware with other servers on the internet.”

“Hive provides a covert communications platform for a whole range of CIA malware to send exfiltrated information to CIA servers and to receive new instructions from operators at the CIA.”

Details on Hive were first revealed last April as part of WikiLeaks’ release of CIA hacking tool documentation known as Vault 7.

While the source code for Hive is unlikely to do little more than assist forensics analysts, the code for more powerful tools in Vault 7, if released, could potentially enable malicious attackers.

These latest leaks, likely from the same source as the Vault 7 files, are believed to have originated from a CIA employee or contractor.

In April of last year it was learned that a joint investigation by the FBI and CIA had begun looking into hundreds of agency members who would have had access to the material.

That same month CIA Director Mike Pompeo criticized WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange during his first public speech as head of the agency.

“Assange and his ilk make common cause with dictators today,” Pompeo said at the time. “Yes, they try unsuccessfully to cloak themselves and their actions in the language of liberty and privacy; in reality, however, they champion nothing but their own celebrity. Their currency is clickbait; their moral compass, nonexistent.”

Although then-presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks during his campaign, reports claimed last April that Trump’s Justice Department had prepared charges seeking the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to hint at the alleged charges during a press conference that month, Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, stated that the Department of Justice has not attempted to make contact.

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Couple transform van into a traveling home, using IKEA & small bag of tools (Video)

It’s amazing to see the creative variety that is coming out of small spaces, whether it’s designing for tiny houses on wheels, cabins, as well as bus and van conversions. The range of clever ideas to maximize these spaces and make them feel like well-designed homes is impressive.

Nomadic couple Richard and Sophie are yet another two members of a growing global “van life” trend. Originally from New Zealand (and France it sounds), the two are now travelling through North America in a Dodge Sprinter van they converted themselves with a tight budget, using a bag of tools, some IKEA items, as well as some unexpected solutions to expensive problems. Watch the tour of their simple but well-made home, via Tiny Home Tours:

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The van is pretty roomy, thanks to its simple but functional configuration. As soon as you come in, you face the kitchen counter, which has a propane stovetop, and an inexpensive sink made out of a metal salad bowl with a drain cut through. The counter is made out of bamboo (bought from IKEA), and there is a stainless steel sheet for the backsplash.

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All the cabinets and soft-close drawers are also from IKEA. There is also a small portable refrigerator, which can be removed for more space. Above the counter is a shelf with a rail to prevent things from sliding out; the couple have used soft, fabric containers to store stuff, so that when driving, they don’t rattle around. The 12-volt LED lights, which connect straight to battery, are from — wait for it — IKEA.

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Under the sink are two 4-gallon tanks, one for freshwater and one for greywater. Though it’s not a lot of water storage, these were chosen because their size makes them easy to refill almost anywhere — gas stations, drinking fountains and so on.

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Now here’s the couple’s clever solution to a common problem: RV water pumps are rather large. Unfortunately, they left the water pump installation to the end, when they had already made their cabinets and fitted in their tanks. Their solution: to use a water pump for marine applications, which they bought from a boat shop, and which is meant to be immersed in water. The marine water pump apparently has a changeable filter, is super-compact and works just as well as the more costly RV version.

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The van is fully insulated with spray foam, and the couple got it professionally done, as you get a higher-quality product and job when it’s done professionally. The result is that the interior temperature is well-regulated, it’s more acoustically buffered and there’s less condensation and humidity inside. More light is brought in using a custom-cut skylight that can sealed off with a mosquito netting or foam, depending on the situation.

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The couch is where the couple eat their meals and can potentially even be made into a guest bed, if the portable fridge is removed. The dining table is actually attached to the van’s sliding door; once the door is closed, you can unlatch it and unfold it down for eating or working on. A clever idea that eliminates the “removable leg” of RV dining tables or having to store a bulky folding table.

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Under the couch are three IKEA plastic bins, which hold clothing and books and which can easily slide out. To save money, the couple decided to go with simple bins rather than installing drawers on rails. Another advantage is that if you’re using the van as a weekender kind of deal, you can easily take the bins out and carry them into your house.

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The van’s front can be sequestered off using thick, Velcro-ed fabric panels, from IKEA. Even with the lights on inside, it’s completely not apparent from the outside that there are people living inside.

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The rear of the van is the “garage” where extra full water tanks and more outdoor gear are stored under the bed platform, using more plastic bins.

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There are lots of smart design ideas here, using items that could be easily purchased off the shelf. Richard and Sophie are continuing their travels around North America, and are doing vehicle conversions for others; to reach them, you can email them at customstealthcampervans [at] gmail.com.

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N. Korea stole cyber tools from NSA, carried out WannaCry ransomware attack – Microsoft chief

Microsoft President Brad Smith told ITV that he believed “with great confidence” that North Korea was behind the worldwide WannaCry cyberattack. 

READ MORE: WannaCry hackers have not withdrawn any ransom bitcoin, surveillance shows

“I think at this point that all observers in the know have concluded that WannaCry was caused by North Korea using cyber tools or weapons that were stolen from the National Security Agency in the United States,” Smith said. 

According to Smith, over the last six months the world has “seen threats come to life… in new and more serious way.”

“We need governments to come together as they did in Geneva in 1949 and adopt a new digital Geneva Convention that makes clear that these cyber-attacks against civilians, especially in times of peace, are off-limits and a violation of international law,” he added.

There has been speculation that North Korea may have played a significant role in the WannaCry ransomware attack in May. Shortly after the hack, Neel Mehta, a prominent Google security researcher, revealed a resemblance between the code used in what is said to be an early version of WannaCry ransomware, and that in a hacker tool attributed to the notorious Lazarus Group in a Twitter post.

Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab explained in a blog post that Mehta drew parallels between “a WannaCry cryptor sample from February 2017” and “a Lazarus APT [Advanced Persistent Threat] group sample from February 2015.”

The Lazarus Group is believed to be behind high-profile hacking attacks on SWIFT servers of banks, including an attempt to steal $851 million from Bangladesh Central Bank in February 2016.

However, Kaspersky researches said that the apparent use by the WannaCry attackers of similar code is not enough to come to definitive conclusions about its origin, as there is the possibility of it being a false flag operation.

READ MORE: Putin: Malware created by intelligence services can backfire on its creators

“Attribution can always be faked, as it’s only a matter of moving bytes around,” another renowned researcher, Matthieu Suiche from Comae Technologies, said at that time, as cited by Cyberscoop. 

In May, a South Korean government-commissioned report produced by the Financial Security Institute (FSI) said that North Korea was responsible for the attack on Sony’s entertainment business in 2014, which erased vast amounts of data while disseminating emails and personal data of employees, in addition to leaking pirated copies of upcoming film releases.

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45 Essential Tools for Living Off the Grid

[8/21/17/ ALEXA WEEKS] Laura Ingalls didn’t have a power drill, but I bet you her life would have been a lot easier if she did. Listen, your homestead isn’t going to collapse and crumble without having every single one of the tools on the list–at least not right away. But over time as weather wears on your roof and rain mucks up your roads, you are certainly going to need some reinforcement. The following list of homestead tools includes just about everything you will need.

Homesteading isn’t a process that happens overnight. Purchase these homestead tools as you need them until you have everything covered. Start taking stock now and begin gathering the essentials. To make it simpler, I broke the list into four sections: everyday tools, emergency tools, agriculture tools, and luxury tools.

Everyday Tools

1. Axe – We all know that an axe is used to chop wood, but did you know that an axe is also really handy with ice? If you live in a cold climate, here is a great multipurpose tool for you.

2. Hammer – In the suburbs you get a key to your house; off the grid you get a hammer to your homestead. Build everything up and tear everything down with your hammer.

3. Set of Pliers – Remove rusty nails, bend chain-link for a fence, and handle electrical wire with your handy dandy pliers that will come in use more than you think.

4. Wrench – When there’s a hiccup with your vehicle, a loose bolt on your lawnmower, or your kid’s bike needs a fix–that’s what your wrench is for.

5. Electric Drill – A battery-powered drill is especially useful when building with dense wood or awkward angles which a hammer just can’t handle.

6. Level – Whether you’re installing shelves or cutting wood, having evenly leveled surfaces will save you a huge headache in the future.

7. Circular Saw – If you’re going to be doing a lot of woodworking yourself, a circular saw is a safe and precise method to perfectly cut and trim timber.

8. Chainsaw – Having one of these battery-powered beasts that can cut wood for winter fires, prep property for building, and clear paths after a nasty windstorm is very convenient.

9. Tape Measure – How can you build anything without a tape measure? Count your steps, perhaps?

10. Push Broom – Leaving nails or bits of glass lying around is a disaster waiting to happen. Have a push broom around for quick and easy clean up.

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11. Round Point Shovel – A round point shovel is so versatile. Use it to clean up a construction site, dig ditches for burning, or plant crops in the field.

12. Hoist – Anytime you build something with metal bars or construct a two-story structure, a stable hoist will not only make your job easier but will decrease the risk of accidents.

13. Polypropylene Rope – Go wild with the sturdiest rope you’ll ever own. So secure that you could propel down a mountain and so buoyant that you could tow a boat!

14. Buckets – You can never have too many buckets, am I right? Store your tools, transport water, fill with compost, or fill with beer.

15. Spotlight – In case your electricity goes out or you just want to keep working when the sun goes down, a super bright LED camping light will allow you carry on into the night.

16. Hand Saw – A good ole hand saw can be used for everyday tasks like clearing brush, preparing kindling for firewood, tackling some DIY woodworking projects, and building muscle.

17. All Purpose Knife – It’s only a matter of time before you become so country that there is always a knife on your hip for gutting fish, cutting cords, and protecting yourself against whatever lives in the woods.

18. Outdoor Extension Cord – Unfortunately, electrical outlets don’t grow on trees. You’re going to need an extension cord for most outdoor projects.

19. Wagon – Yes, your kids are going to love having a wagon around to give each other joy rides. You’re also going to love not busting your back to transport heavy material.

20. Wheelbarrow – While a wagon is best used for super heavy materials, a wheelbarrow is convenient when clearing brush or piles of dirt.

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21. Drum – No, not the musical kind; the industrial kind. You can use durable drums like these for practically anything: compost, waste, storage, and more.

22. Electric Sander – Just about every woodworking project involving freshly cut and chopped wood will require a good sanding to get rid of splinters and give a nice polished shine.

23. Adjustable Ladder – Invest in an adjustable, sturdy ladder that will make everything from cleaning cutters to installing light fixtures a cinch.

24. Duct Tape – It’s waterproof, it’s durable, it’s a homesteader’s best friend. Temporarily block a leaking pipe or permanently repair a broken fishing pole–it’s magic.

25. Nail Gun – Get the sturdiest build by using a heavy-duty power tool like this nail gun. Once those nails go in, they are never coming out.

26. Power Blower – Clean out those gutters, blow away the snow and fulfill every grown man’s dream of having their own power blower.

27. Metal Saw – Build a metal gate for your livestock or reinforce an existing structure with perfectly cut metal bars and rods–just prepare yourself for the most unpleasant noise.

28. Safety Glasses – Us homesteaders are constantly sawing something, patching something, or ripping something down–all of which are best done wearing safety glasses.

29. Leather Work Gloves – Save yourself a trip to the ER with some leather work gloves. The thick material is enough to keep your fingers safe from cuts while flexible enough to work.

30. Ear Muffs – Years of lawnmowers, power blowers, and chain saws can take their toll on your hearing if you don’t protect those ears!

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31. Headlamp – Use a headlamp while working with small screws, in tight spaces, or in the dark to get the job done more efficiently.

32. Solar Powered Flashlight – Never pick up your flashlight only to discover the batteries have run out again. This solar powered flashlight is always ready for a power outage or deep pantry dive.

Emergency Tools

Better safe than sorry…

33. Gas-Powered Generator – When looking for the right generator, portability is key! Get a generator with wheels so no matter where you are when the electricity is down, your generator can roll in to save the day.

34. Car Jack – Flat tires are as certain as the sunset. Learning how to use a car jack is really simple and totally necessary.

35. Snow Shovel – Living in snow prone areas? It’s always a good idea to have one snow shovel in your vehicle and one in your home to dig yourself out of some powdery situations.

36. Fire Extinguisher – When we build our homes out of wood, a fire extinguisher is a non-negotiable. Store a couple around your property for extra assurance.

Agriculture Tools

37. Rake – An adjustable rake head makes it adaptable to handle different natural materials on hard and soft surfaces.

38. Garden Shears – Pruning your plants and trimming your trees will keep your crops healthy and your belly happy.

39. Extendable Hose – Don’t bother wrestling with a finicky hose that gets tangled and knotted; an extendable, flexible hose is the way to go.

40. Push Lawn Mower – Depending on the size of your property, consider a push lawn mower that is environmentally friendly and will give you a little bit of a workout.

Luxury Tools

Hey, if you’ve got the budget, why not?

41. Solar Panels – Solar energy can be plentiful in the right geographical areas. Cut down on gasoline and electricity with environmentally friendly energy from the sun.

42. Wind Turbine – How cool would it be to own a wind turbine? Harness the power of the wind with the surprisingly easy-to-set-up turbine to help you go green.

43. Saw Mill – Cut down an entire tree, feed it right through the sawmill, and now you have perfectly cut, perfectly symmetrical lumber

44. 4-Wheel ATV – The most fun tool you could ever own is an ATV. Reach isolated areas to farm, traverse unstable ground after a storm and tow heavy loads with ease.

45. Tractor – When you have land to be cleared, livestock to be fed, and construction projects to take on, a tractor will feel like a lifesaver.

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If you’re not sure about something on this list, go with the age old saying, “It is better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it.” With a fully stocked work shed at your fingertips, there won’t be a single problem you can’t solve.

Off the grid living is being able to rely on your own two hands to build a sustainable life for you and your family. Take pride in learning how to use a nail gun and never skip an opportunity to teach your kids how to repair a tire. With the right tools and a little curiosity, you can build the homestead of your dreams.

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Prepper Survival Skills: Tools and Tips for Living Off the Land

[8/21/17]  Living off the land is a skill that can pay off in large dividends if you are stranded in the wilds long-term; want to add more variety into your daily diet at home and reduce food bills; or be prepared in the event of a grid-down situation where the grocery shelves empty.

Having taught extended bushcraft courses during the past 26 years, I’ve found the area of procuring food in the wilderness to be the most challenging skill in the field of wilderness living. Once learned and regularly applied, you will gain greater confidence in the back-country and know how to obtain food from a land that has much to offer, to those who know where to look.

The following material intends to convey practical methods that a person, with little experience in the outdoors, can use to get started obtaining food from Nature’s Kitchen. The emphasis of this article is on small game and not big game animals like elk, moose, and deer. On any given day in the wilds, you are going to come across a greater concentration of rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks, marmots, raccoons, and other smaller critters. For the survivor, these animals will provide sustenance until you can procure the larger game.

Food procurement has a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding it however. The idea that one can simply grab their bug-out bag and head into the hills to live off nature’s kitchen for a few months has been perpetuated in the reality shows and can get you into trouble. It took a tribe to feed a tribe and our ancestors relied on sheer numbers to obtain wild food not on a lone-wolf mentality.

I’ve had the opportunity to eat just about everything that crawls, flies, walks, or slithers- from snakes and coyotes to rats and grasshoppers. Under conditions where hunger is constantly gnawing away at the body (and mind), my food prejudices quickly fade after a few days and you will eat anything that runs in front of you. My success is also greatly increased by having a few key hunting and trapping tools with me at all times. Keep in mind that game laws vary tremendously from state to state so research your region of the country to determine what’s legal.

The Challenge of Living Off the Land

Procuring food in the wilderness can be a challenge because of some or all of the following reasons:

1) Few people subsistence hunt or trap like they did a generation ago and the skills and knowledge base in the community have been reduced or completely disappeared in some regions.

2) When many people hunt today, it is mostly for Big Game trophies which means sport first, and meat second. Plus, the sheer number of hunters taking to the woods each season is staggering. As a result, state game laws are becoming more restrictive and the pressure from often ill-informed animal rights groups have all but eliminated certain practices such as trapping from many states.

3) The geographic region (desert, mountains, etc…) may not support much life to begin with. It is far easier to make it as a hunter-gatherer in the lush, Pacific Northwest than in the desert lowlands of the parched Southwest.

4) It may have been a particularly tough year for your region. Perhaps the drought is severe or wildfires are wreaking havoc, and thus the animals and plants are suffering.

5) Modern game laws are much different than when our ancestors walked the planet and could harvest any species of animal in any season, day or night.

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6) Subsistence hunting and gathering is best performed as a group (tribe) and not as a solo pursuit. The more eyes, ears, and hands out on the land the greater the odds of obtaining wild meat, fish, and plants. Many of us today have little choice but to go solo which reduces “caloric efficiency.”

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Fear, Force And Love The 3 Perfect Tools To Use For Manifestation (Video)

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

Manifestation has been popularised by movies such as The Secret, books like Think and Grow Rich and many other teachings on the subject that have popped up as a result. One of the problems with most of these teachings is they do not take into account the law of cause and effect, or they only teach part of this law- being that cause and effect infinitely ripples, and it is more like cause and effect and effect and effect and so on to infinity. Meaning that if you use the law of attraction to manifest there will be an effect that can ripple further than that you are trying to manifest. In short- you have to be careful of karma!


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Karma can get you if you are trying to manifest something in your life that (a) you do not deserve or (b) you do not need. We are creators and can will things into creation, however these things are not always that which we are supposed to have. This is just my thoughts on this matter and have highlighted this and 2 other ways (1 detrimental, the other magical) we can use to manifest in this video.

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