(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

The Biden October Surprise is Here

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This morning I was pinged by someone after seeing a Tweet that went by on my feed from Maggie Haberman (NYT) linking a lurid New York Post story claiming the smoking gun has been found on Hunter Biden.

This story is riddled with holes and innuendo but, may have some kernels of truth. But all a good disinformation warrior needs to carry out a disinformation campaign, is that Russian formula of 80/20 disinformation to real information, so this story certainly fits that model. The story line thus far, is that some unnamed computer repair store owner received a mac laptop for repair in April of 2019.

The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.

The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.

NY Post 10/14/2020

So, yeah, a laptop of uncertain provenance, in the hands of an anonymous computer repair guy, say’s he found incriminating data on the hard drive, and it was subsequently taken by the FBI. Of course the laptop, who brought it in, and who it belonged to are all quite unknown as the anonymous computer guy fails to give any details such as he should have, ya know, like a reciept or a write up of who it belonged to and at least the number he tried to call right?

Say, while we are at this point, would you like to buy a bridge I have for sale? Perhaps a nice piece of swamp land in Florida maybe? Going cheap!

But, I digress… Anywho, yeah, this guy only thinks that this could be Hunter Biden because there is a Beau Biden sticker for the charitable orginization that was set up after his death. Pay no never mind to the fact that this alleged computer repair guy had the WHOLE HARD DRIVE to access and he couldn’t maybe tell who it belonged to just by looking say at the documents folder?


So, yeah, this anonymous guy somehow see’s some nefarious emails (OH LOOK, HE’S IN THE EMAILS ON THE HARD DRIVE AND STILL DOESN’T KNOW WHO THE LAPTOP BELONGS TO?) from Vadim Pozharskyi and BOOM we have the coverup of the century! But wait, it gets better. So this guy calls the FBI and then makes a copy of the hard drive and passes that ILLEGALLY to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer?

But before turning over the gear, the shop owner says, he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.

Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the existence of the hard drive in late September and Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of it on Sunday.

New York Post 10.14.2020

Wow! That’s some epic shit right there! So, are your spidey senses tingling too? Cuz mine are just screaming here. What’s more is that all this began only on the NY Post, in an “exclusive” which means the Post is all in for Trump it seems. That aside, I also had to ask myself why Maggie Haberman was flogging this on Twitter (pssst hey NYT, what the fuck?) without as much as a howdy do on doing any leg work to rebut these allegations. Anyway, if you look further into the article though, you see some screen shots of things like the alleged email from Burisma and photo’s alleged to be of Hunter Biden (from the hard drive? It is not clear) along with a nice picture of the alleged subpoena that was served to the computer store guy that has been “redacted” according to the naming of the file.


Of course this alleged picture has a few issues. First of all, no court case number is conveniently there to look up. Of course no name of the person to be deposed, and then there is the EXIF data that they conveniently left in the photo for people like me to find…

This photo was shot on an iPhone and it has the geolocation still in it. Once you extrapolate that, you get a tavern in Delaware where the photo was snapped.

So, someone with an iPhone took a picture of an allegedly redacted grand jury subpoena in Jessop’s Tavern on January 11th 2020. And this is just popping up now, in October 2020, conveniently a couple weeks from the election of a century… Right… Oh, and there are a couple of Mac specialists with in easy drive of this tavern, so, it may be possible to guess who it may be.

So far, this story has only been getting traction on Fox and Bloomberg other than being on fire, then quickly put out by removal by Facebook. A removal mind you, that has many people in the Trump camp gnashing their teeth about, boo hoo. I would expect this story to get more traction though as I have already seen on Fox one Senator demanding more information from the now defunct Barr/Durham investigation that managed to charge no one with a crime.

Convenient eh?

Lastly, let me just say this, all of this story screams no chain of custody, and a large probability of tampering, hacking, disinformation creation and propagation by forces yet to be seen. The rest of the photos in the story on the post all lack any EXIF/Metadata, which is kinda suspicious, so there is that too. I would not put it past Russian assets and the Trump camp from being central to the creation, curating, and release of this disinfo campaign against Biden now for fullest effect.

I don’t buy it, and neither should you.


Written by Krypt3ia

2020/10/14 at 19:15

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2020/09/30 at 16:57

Posted in 2020, Elections

Dickson Yeo: International Man of Mystery *giggle*

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I recently went on Blogs of War: Covert Contact and talked with John about online OPSEC and social media. In the process of prepping for the podcast, I went and looked up the stories about LinkedIN being used as a means for Chinese espionage. I had often written about this in the past, and in fact had specifically talked about LinkedIN and how much people over share there. Well, I was given a small surprise when I did, It turns out ‘Dickson Yeo‘, the guy arrested by the feds recently, was someone on my LinkedIN. I remember him as being someone I held at arms length and thought that this account was probably a cutout. Turns out I was right. Full disclosure, he messaged me a few times about posts I had made here and complimented me, but, like I said, and many of you who know me personally, I am not so much a cuddly guy, so he went on his way. Of course later on I was banned from LinkedIN anyway (no I still don’t know why, they would not tell me) so, yeah…. You can hear more on the story and on LinkedIN and our oversharing here on;

Blogs of War Covert Contact: Avoiding Your Own October Surprise


Written by Krypt3ia

2020/08/02 at 19:34

Posted in Espionage, OPSEC, OSINT

SAR-CoV-2 COVID19 Twitter Thread

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Since my account is locked… Twitter thread on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

Link to paper on SARS-CoV-2 TTL’s for aerosol and surfaces HERE

Written by Krypt3ia

2020/03/12 at 12:50

Posted in COVID19

Pandemic Threat Intelligence and Response Briefing For Executives: Planning For INFOSEC/Supply Chain/Continuity

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Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Heat Map Tracking

Threat Intel:

SARS-CoV-2 has been exponentially spreading within the global community and the effects of the virus and its attendant disease (COVID-19) are rapidly causing shocks within the global community. The affects of the pandemic are far reaching, we have seen the strain on the global supply chain as China fell into the height of the pandemic with supply chains being diminished or broken outright. As such, as the virus spreads, it is important to consider the threat space to the security and function of your organization due to loss of these supply chains as well as work forces within and without. As the spread of this disease continues, expect more supply chain degradation if not complete failures for some amount of time as the quarantines commence and play out.

As such, here are some basic questions to consider for your organizations security and continuity both as a whole and as separate functions such as the security of your networks. Use this document to spark discussions around the security response as well as the larger continuity and integrity of the whole as we are affected by this pandemic. These scenarios may not actually come to pass, but, as a security body, it is our job to forecast eventualities and the responses to them that might be needed to continue the function of the org.

Executive Briefing:

With the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and it’s resultant COVID-19 (syndrome from infection) we have been seeing the arc of this outbreak becoming a global pandemic. With that in mind, it is advantageous to start planning for the effects from this pandemic on the businesses that you are responsible for. In this assessment, we will be taking a look primarily at the CIA Triad of the response but not just on a data security level, but, at an expanded outlook on the security, continuity, and supply chains that make up the the CIA triad. All of these affect the security of your organizations as well as the basic functionality of your business.

With this in mind, it is important to look to the effects of the pandemic projecting out from initial outbreak to pandemic globally and how that will affect your business. Primarily the effects can be broken down into these discreet areas of concern:

  1. Supply chains: What supply chains will be affected that will impact your business model?
    • Human capital, how many people does it take to function properly if the work force is down from COVID-19
      • What are your tolerances on head count?
      • What contingencies do you have if work force is depleted due to sickness and quarantine?
      • Where are your single points of failure in the knowledge base were these assets to be sick and quarantined?
    • Supplies on demand that go into making your product; How much tolerance do you have for supply chains breaking?
      • What regions do your supplies come from?
      • Are they affected now?
      • Plan for pandemic loss of work forces and how long you can function without supplies or with less

2.) Infrastructure Capacities: What tolerance does your network have to expanded remote working capabilities?

    • With a workforce that may be in social isolation mode, what is the capacity for your company to allow people to work from home?
      • People will self quarantine if they become ill
      • Children may be home as schools and day care shut down in order to prevent spread of disease
      • The state and federal government may recommend that people stay home and isolate to stop spread
      • In a protracted scenario of isolation and potential re-infection, what are your projections on your organizations ability to function?

3.)  Information Security Events and Response: With a global pandemic, the same draw down on work forces will also apply to MSP’s (SOC) workers as well

    • With automation today much of the function of a SIEM/SOC is canned response, but, there is always a need for human intervention, who handles your response?
      • During the time of pandemic and response, if your team is depleted due to sickness or quarantine procedures, what is your contingency for response?
      • During the time of pandemic and response, the same applies to your SIEM/SOC solutions that you pay for if you do not have it in house, what is their contingency?
      • If you have a true incident in your environment, how will you handle it if the primary incident handlers are unavailable?
      • Do you have a service you work with?

All of these questions should be addressed going into an event like the one that is playing out globally with the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic today. It is recommended that the executive suite be briefed on these questions and assure that these possible eventualities can be answered by the organization to insure the continuity of the org. Other elements of this narrative also come to bear on scenarios in others areas such as infrastructure, and overall output of whatever your organizations products are, but these are a good set of questions for the security element to bring to the executive suite to have the initial discussions.

As such, use this document accordingly.

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Written by Krypt3ia

2020/03/02 at 14:38

A Wade Through The COVID-19 Disinformation On The Internet

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*Puts on BSL-IV positive pressure suit*

Right, some folks on the internet wanted a post about the disinformation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) and I had been looking around a bit anyway, so I decided to go a little deeper. First, let me say that there is some straight up crazy out there that is being propagated by the crazies in the world and the grifters, but, there is some real dangerous stuff as well. The gamut of the disinformation that I have seen thus far ranges from nation state to would be snake oil salesman who, a century ago, would be selling their shit off the back of a covered wagon to rubes in small towns. It is only by the fact of modern technology that these people now have a far wider and on the whole, gullible audience to purvey their brands of crazy.


So yeah, the range of things runs from guys making face masks to protect themselves from COVID19 by placing bikini underwear over their heads (as seen above) to outright grifter operations like the pastor and his peeps selling colloidal silver as the cure for Coronavirus. This virus has been a boon to many others than just our pal Mr. Bakker here seen below. A lot more within the religious space have grasped on to other crazy cures like Red Onions and prayer as well. I found a slew of posts on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter alone to keep one busy for weeks looking into all the claims of a cure. In fact, you all should check out the hashtags of #CoronaCure, #COVID29Cure, and the like. You will see a lot.




Others still though, are offering prophylaxis for the COVID19 pandemic like this guy selling “Bane” style face masks to stop you from getting infected. This mask could in fact be something that might be helpful, but, the only true mask that will help is the N95 mask that the doctors wear to prevent such transmission from happening not only when they wear them to stop things getting in, but also, and more to the point, for patients to wear so they do not spread the disease as easily through aerosol transmissions like breathing, sputum, and sneezing. It is most likely that this guys Bane mask is not the N95 filtering so yeah, you might look and sound like Bane, but you are more likely to get the COVID19.. While looking all cool and shit.


On the spectrum of political and Nation State sponsored disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a range of people and countries with varying reasons for dis-informing the public about the pandemic. I will break these down into groups for you and reasons:

1) HongKong:

HongKong folks have a few reasons to disinform about this as well as present the real truths that the Chinese government does not want the outside world to know about. In the case of these YouTube videos I found, the disinformation is interspersed with real video coming out of Wuhan province that paints the Chinese leadership in a very poor light in their response to these events. It has come to pass that the Chinese officials have tried to keep a lid on the outbreak from the start, lying and obfuscating about the dire nature of the problem in Wuhan and in Hubei, but, this guy is just going all out with the Xi mask to promote all kinds of theories, including, yes, you guessed it, that the COVID-19 was in fact released from a bioweapons facility in Wuhan province.



2: Ex Pats With An Axe to Grind:

One site that stood out from a Twitter feed tied to disinformation on the outbreak was the G-News site. This site is chock full of the crazy and is put up by a Chinese ex pat who now lives in Emirates because he ran into some legal trouble in China. Miles Guo aka Guo Wengui, is funny to watch. He tries to present himself as an authority and insert himself in images like he is on with Bannon and the link, but in reality he isn’t a name you see on the news that often as far as I can tell. His axe to grind with China here is obviously why he is throwing in with Bannon and others putting out disinformation on the pandemic and about China in general.



3) Russia and Putin:

Oh Pooty, you love COVID19 long time. It is of course within the interest set for Putin and Russia to hit hard on the COVID19 situation as well. The advantages that they reap in wholesale division and fear on this one must be a priority just under the whole 2020 race as far as I am concerned. Of course, their mission will be to insert narratives into the 2020 election and against the candidates as agitprop to get Trump another four years in office. I am already seeing a setup on this that I will discuss further down the post. As it stands now, the bot activity has been ramping up on the hashtags for #COVID19 as well as #COVID19Bioweapon so keep your eyes peeled for narrative as well.


4) Trump and His Disinformation Forces:

Speaking of Trump and his disinformers… Trumps minions are now spinning up including Bannon and Rush, taking differing approaches to the whole affair. While I have not been able to stomach watching Bannon for more than a couple minutes, you can see he has a whole “war room” setup on YouTube where he has one of our pals Miles Kwok, or Miles Guo, or whatever name he chooses to use on the cast to throw out the disinformation about the pandemic. Guo, as you may remember above, has whole cloth claims on his site that the whole incident is from a leaked bioweapon in Wuhan, so, yeah…

On top of Bannon we have our pal Rush. Yes, Rush motherfucking Medal of Fucking Freedom Limbaugh as of two days ago began selling the idea to the morons that listen to him, that the COVID19 pandemic is in fact a putsch by China leaking a bioweapon against Trump. What’s even more holy what the actual fuck, is that he claims it was by the Democrats.


What is the most fucked up thing is that I know there are fuckwits out there who will now believe this shit.


5) The QAnon Conspiracy:

You didn’t think that those whacky QAnon’s would not add this whole COVID19 thing to their repertoire right? Welp, they have, and I suspect now that Rush has made his stand on that hill of disinfo, the QAnon’s will only ramp up from what I already saw on Twitter and Discord. Their spin of course is that it is a bioweapon as well. They also seem to be going on a bent about a conspiracy with the Jews again… These people need to get lives. One of the more interesting angles though is this whole “dead scientists” thing they have going. They also were making hay about the Chinese scientists who were arrested in Canada was it? Yeah, well, keep an eye out for more crazy over COVID19 out of them too.




Fucking Rush….

6) Rando Twitter Feeds and Trollbots:

Right, now the whole Twitter thing is crazy as usual, but, there is one account that I wanted to call out on the COVID19 disinformation crazy train. That account primarily is the @howroute account. This alleged comedian, actor, filmmaker, is none of those things. In fact, the only thing that seems to check out is the name Max as being one spelling of his real name, Maksym. Reporters have been following this guy’s disinformation on Twitter for some time now. This account has been putting out blatant disinformation around the pandemic for quite a while now, and though people have called him on it nothing has stopped him. In fact, his follower count has risen since I first became aware of him by the thousands. He went from nothing to nearly 50k followers since he started this whole disinformation campaign. All that is known at present is that Maksym is in America, he was born in Ukraine, attended university there, and then came to the states by information gleaned from the internet. Perhaps there are monetary goals here, maybe there is more, but this guy works in tech and lives in Washington state.




7) Lastly, our Favorite, Alex, YOU’RE TURNING THE FROGS GAY! Jones:

Alex, baby, you are one whackadoo guy looking to make a buck. Alex has as usual, been all over the bioweapon angle of the whole pandemic. Of course now with Rush and his fuckery, the two combined likely will be infecting the Fox news cycle too soon enough. In fact, the advent of Tom Cottonhead getting in on the whole thing shows just how fucked up things portend to be in the near future as things get hot. Cotton went on the news to say that he wanted more proof around the whole bioweapon leak and I am sure, will be bringing this up in the Senate as well.

Jesus fuck.

My one real questions is just how long it will be before Alex gets in on those sweet sweet colloidal silver dollars?




Well, there you have it kids. Make sure you get yourselves into the DECONTAMINATION UNIT as soon as you finish reading this post! I just brought you a smattering of the whole disinformation pie here. You can go look for yourselves if you like. I am going to go take a very long hot shower in lye and resume the whiskey intake as my prophylaxis against COVID19 and COVID19 Disinfo.




Written by Krypt3ia

2020/02/27 at 20:47

Posted in Disinformation

2020 Threat Assessment

Here’s my threat assessment for the United States post the impeachment acquittal of Trump and the possible scenarios for the 2020 election cycle. I am putting these out there for you all to consider and to keep in the back of your minds as we move forward these nine months to the election as well as what we may see after November 8th 2020. Given recent events it is not hard to posit these scenarios as equally possible and all having grave import to the freedom of this nation and its people.

As we have seen so far, the elections systems are insecure, the government itself and the Framers intentions are all now in question as to what is real, and the net effect is this; we now have a president who believes he has the power to do anything and now likely will push the envelope before the election. However, if he wins this election, you will see the power grabs and the illegalities only increase, eroding the rule of law further with his co-conspirators in the DOJ and elsewhere.

What we have seen in the last week alone should have you all thinking about the actions to come, and what, if anything, the government can do about it. I will tell you straight up here right now, this is a slide into fascism boys and girls. In the last day we have seen the President Tweet a comment about the “unfair” sentencing of Roger Stone with an almost immediate response from the DOJ to throw out the sentencing guidelines and recommendations of the prosecution and with that, the resignation of the four DOJ lawyers who were handling the case for the government.

This. Is. Not. Normal.

…. And it’s just the start.

As we move into the Election cycle, I would hasten you all to go and read this piece in The Atlantic on the disinformation war to come. We are going to see an all out attack cycle not only from the outside, but from within in this election. Added to this, the outcomes of the election are a key factor in what may be to come and at what rate things happen. So, read on and consider these scenarios.

Things are going to be very messy.

The Election Cycle:

Scenario 1: Trump Wins The Election By The Electoral College Again

This is the most likely event that I foresee for the 2020 election. Given the information war to come, I am willing to say that what happened in 2016 will happen again given the polarity of the nation and the machinations on the part of the Republicans to fudge the vote. There will be no need for Russia to really weigh in here and tip the scales with hacking for this to happen, but imagine if we have a replay of 2016 though. Once Trump has won the second term he will have four more years to push the envelope and do whatever he likes. This is primarily because once the election is won, he has no reason to be restrained in any way.

Think about it, impeachment was a failure. The senate is willing to not only tow the party line in a partisan way, but to whole cloth eschew the constitution for Trumpism merely to stay in power. With the senate under his thrall, and the beliefs that Article Two says he can do whatever he pleases, he will overreach, and with the help of the senate and now the DOJ…

Well, you can see what that means.

Scenario 2: Trump Wins By A “Landslide”

Given the polling and the stats that have been pretty consistent, if Trump won by a landslide, there would definitely be something wrong with the process in 2020. If this were to come to pass, it would surely mean that the election had been manipulated in a way that we have only seen in countries in Africa and South America. No amount of persuasion allows for this scenario. So, if it happens the outcome will be these:

  • The election will be investigated while Trump will still be in office
  • The investigation will take a long time, and during that time Trump and his minions will do everything in their power to obfuscate
  • The election would likely have to be re-run… But… Could Trump attempt a coup and declare a national emergency to keep power?

All of these scenarios are not as likely as the Electoral College win, but, this should scare you all because you know, he will not just leave the White House and allow for a free and fair election right?

Scenario 3: Trump Loses and Declares The Vote To Be Rigged

IF Trump loses the election, do you really all believe he will accede to the will of the people and leave? Do you further believe he will leave knowing that right after he does the SDNY will be slapping cuffs on him and trying him for crimes he committed pre election and after? The short answer to this is no, he will not willingly leave in my opinion.

So, with that said, let’s look at the scenario that he does lose, even losing the Electoral College. You all have seen him already use the terms “rigged” before in the first election, but now with so much on the line, he will immediately call for a recall. In fact, this may already be a contingency plan that the Russians or others can help with by actively penetrating our election systems. The damage would only have to be the fact that some votes were changed or databases were abused, that is all it would take to call into question the vote, and for Trump to use his powers as president to mandate an emergency situation in which he will retain power.

Once again, if this happens, the elections investigations will take a long time, and in that interim Trump will still be in power and able to overreach to keep it. So far, I have little faith in the system (e.g. the government) to stop him from doing this. We have seen how Impeachment went, and we have seen just how dangerous a totally tribal majority is in power.

Use of the DOJ As A Weapon:

Scenario 1: Trump And DOJ Start Arresting Opponents

We are already seeing this play out with Barr and Trump. With the DOJ now directly accepting disinformation dirt from Rudy for the 2020 campaign, I have little doubt that that information will now be used as a means to an end of creating charges at the most, but at the least reasons for search warrants and the like for the DOJ to start using against Trumps opponents (primarily Biden at this time)

Right now Trump has an enemies list, but first on that list seems to be Bolton. If Bolton is suddenly presented with search warrants or arrested, this will be the first domino to fall in a cascade of abuse that Trump and Barr will carry out. If there is nothing to stop them arresting Bolton, expect others on that enemies list to be next. Post re-election, you will likely see this escalate and the enemies list will grow as well.

Scenario 2: Trump Pardons and Free’s Manafort & Stone

As of yesterday, the events around Trump and Barr’s manipulation of the DOJ shows you where they are willing to go for their peeps. It is likely that Trump will Pardon Stone after the Judge decides whatever she is going to give him. She does have discretion, so, one hopes that the original 7-9 year stint is what she chooses to do. However, if that happens, yeah, he will get pardoned and inserted back into the election cycle where Trump would like him.

Manafort too will also get a pardon, likely after re-election. This will also allow Manafort to re-kindle his ties to Ukraine and help Rudy as well. Trump will pardon Manafort most of all for his steadfast not being a rat and rolling over on Trump. This is the real key to this happening. This will set the precedent for others, like any other mob boss, Trump will show that if you do time for him, he will reward you later for not being a rat.

Scenario 3: Trump and Barr Close Cases Against Flynn & Erik Prince

Next in line are Flynn and Prince. My assessment will be that these two will slip away for two different reasons. Flynn will get away because he dealt with the government in the first place, but, he also did not totally rat out Trump. It’s been obvious that he has been holding back and obfuscating, so whatever it is, he has given enough to get leniency from the government, but with Barr in DOJ, well, they can just make it all go away right?

Erik Prince will get good treatment from Trump and have his case tossed because Prince is the wet works guy that Trump needs for the proxy wars and connections. This too will likely happen after re-election.

Scenario 4: Trump Starts Removing Non Conforming Justices

This is already starting to happen. The administration recently set forth the idea that they were going to “investigate” doing this in sanctuary cities. Those left leaning justices need to be removed according to Trump. Of course, if this happens just to sanctuary city justices I will be truly surprised. This is a means to an end. If you will note, Trump has been putting in more right wing justices than anyone every has. The control of the judicial system is a keystone in the ultra rights playbook, so don’t expect this to be forgotten.

Scenario 5: Trump and His Operatives Start Disinformation Campaigns Against Journalists and Starts Arresting Them

In the run up to the 2020 election you will see directed attacks on reporters by the Trump admin and the Republican machine. If you read the above linked disinformation story in The Atlantic you can see how Trumps son Don Jr, is directly working with operatives on caching dirt on reporters to sow disinformation on and use dirty tricks against to discredit anyone who opposes them. Post re-election this will likely continue if not actually escalate. (As Trump becomes more aggressive without checks against him and as the media continues to do its job)

Final Assessment:

You might be reading this and thinking that I am just paranoid.


But, what we are actively seeing today is not a slide into a greater democracy. These tactics, the overall machinations by the Republican party (aka Trump party) are all indicators of an overall planned slide into authoritarian tactics. Given that the laws of the land have not been able to stop Trump and the Russians so far, has shown the inherent weaknesses of the American systems that have been attacked. With the rule of law being presently slowly poisoned by Barr’s acquiescence to Trumps will, we are sliding further and further into a quasi fascist state. The longer Trump is in power and keeps pushing the envelope without reproach, the further and further from autocracy to totalitarianism we will be.

The system has been challenged and we are finding that it is insecure and unable to right itself. These scenarios are just posits, but if they come to pass, you had better be thinking of an exit plan.


Written by Krypt3ia

2020/02/12 at 16:36

Darknet Red Rooms: The Reality and the Fiction

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This was a red room that was actually a viral ad on the darknet for a book sold on amazon!


It is said that in the darknet no one can hear you scream…



Ok ok ok, I was retreading Alien’s tagline for drama, the truth of the matter is this; there are these sites out there calling themselves “red rooms” where bad things are supposed to happen to people and you, the voyeur, can pay to see that happen. Actually, you can pay and in some cases participate by chat, telling the “dungeon master” what to do to the hapless victim. All of this stuff makes for a good book or a movie, but, have you ever asked yourself if they are at all real?

Well, I did, and the answer I seem to be finding is no.

To date, I have not seen any proof of a real situation where someone was tortured to death and filmed or live online. There are just what you might call “Exit Scams” in the darknet where people make the offer look as legit as they can to get you to pay for access and then do not deliver. While other cases out there of horrific online, or more to the point, video content, has been created and shared for sale in the clearnet and darknet such as the case of Peter Gerard Scully (see image below on case) It is yet to be proved out that any of these alleged live red rooms were anything but a scam or someone’s idea of a spooky site on the darknet.

So, when I was cruising the darknet the other day and came across this post on a pastebin, I was incredulous about this new redroom to be. However, when I brought up the links in the paste and they had someone’s real photos, I had to dig a little further. The idea of the red room to be, is that this is being planned by some groom who is marrying this targeted individual to bring her to a honeymoon red room event. The post itself is one in a series of evolving posts where they are looking for two things; dom’s and people to pay for access to this event. Now, do I believe that this is real and that this woman is in danger?

Not really.

However, do I think that she knows that her photos have been provided as an object of this red room and those who would pay to see bad things happen to her?

No, I do not think she is aware, and this is a problem for me. You see, in the darknet I see a lot of bad shit. In many cases of late, there seems to be a spike of use of the paste sites as well as fully created and posted content, out to incite others to do harm mentally and physically to people in the real world. In an effort to find out more I did research forensically on the photos and came up with pretty much nothing useful, they have been cleaned of metadata. I then went to Google image search as well as Tineye, but none of these photos seem to be online in a way that can be searched. So, it is kind of a dead end unless someone on the internet see’s this post and knows who this is. I am sure that this person might like to know that someone with access to her photos has uploaded them and tagged them to a violent red room post seeking individuals to do harm to her and to pay to watch it.

This brings me back to the whole leveraging of the darknet to post anonymously and target individuals for abuse in the real world. I have been passing these off to the proper authorities in hopes that at least the targets could be warned that this is actively happening and perhaps ready them, if not prompt them to take some protective measures to halt it. I gotta say, the darknet can be a wonderously derpy and fun place, but all of this targeted abuse stuff is just malevolent.

Can’t we just have a nice darknet that is just the new geocities with shitty bandwith?


@manhack sent me a link to more pictures found on of the woman in question! They were located on a “fap” site, and there seems to be no more information as to a name to put to the face, but the images were posted in 2009 by a user “rayray11” on which is, well, a fap site… So these pictures may be known to rayray, or they may have been stolen and posted here. If more turns up I will update in this section.


Thanks to the diligence of @H0tdish we have located the party in question. She is a lawyer in California. We will reach out to her to let her know about these events.

UPDATE III: Authorities have been contacted to alert the person in question of these events.


Written by Krypt3ia

2020/02/04 at 13:41

Posted in DARKNET

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation

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This week I decided to watch “Contagion“, as one does in the midst of a potential pandemic like the current 2019-nCoV event that is unfolding across the globe. In the plot to this film, a novel strain of virus that is akin to the Coronavirus or a flu like the 1918 version that swept the world, sweeps the world and kills fairly quickly and painfully. The story is primarily about how the world might react to such an event today given the rapidity of transit, the connectivity of the populace through media and the internet, and how it all can fall apart very quickly. While watching it this time though, I could not but help to see one of the major plot lines mirroring the events in the real world today as the 2019-nCoV infects and travels from China to the rest of the world, much as the flu (called MEV-1) does in the film. The plot line I am talking about is the disinformation created and promulgated by an online “journalist blogger” played by Jude Law in the film; Alan Krumwiede, who starts blogging on how the governments of the world are hiding the truth about the outbreak, but also says that he has the cure in liquid Forsythia extract.

This all got me thinking about some of the misinformation, disinformation, and out and out conman activity out there today around the coronavirus we are dealing with today. So, last night I called a friend in <REDACTED> who works on disinformation research and counter measures and we talked for about an hour. Needless to say that both of us were more depressed when we ended the conversation than going into it because when you work in this field, you realize that there isn’t much you can do about it’s prevalence but try to get the truth out as best as you can. In that effort, I went to the net and began my Google Fu, looking for all the badness, and shit, it did not take long to locate. In my searches, I was able to locate numerous accounts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and a slew of other blogs and alleged news sources feeding at best, unintentionally bad information to the worst offenders selling outright disinformation to sow chaos and fear.

Up until now my primary concern in the disinformation space as been the 2020 election cycle, but now this outbreak and, as of yesterday, ‘global emergency’ per W.H.O., has taken precedence in the disinformation sphere because the outcomes from disinformation around this virus could in fact spark violence and darker forces with more direct impacts to society than the election of Trump again. Don’t get me wrong, his re-election is a long term existential threat to the union, but this stuff could have people in the street rioting and looting. Since the virus has begun to spread and the Rnaught is 2.3 to 5.5 depending on who is giving the stat, shows that this virus is highly transmissible and now has shown person to person transmission as well. This means that as the weeks have passed we have seen infection reporting go up because of a few factors; the first is that we now have detection means, the second is that the virus has a longer incubation period of up to two weeks to show symptoms, while the third is that a rapid test for the virus in the person is still being developed as far as I know, so you could have a common flu or cold and you could be misdiagnosed until they test the virus after isolating a sample. All of these things can cause uncertainty in reporting, and thus, fear grows.

Additionally, the mortality rates of the virus can be skewed in reporting as well as a host of other factors that the general populace may not take into account. Things like the ages, relative health of those infected, and generally the medical and health habits of those patients play a key roll in whether or not they are more susceptible to dying from this coronavirus strain. That the primary deaths as far as I am aware have been in China and in people who may have had concomitant illness or issues, that led to their demise, not the variants pathology or lethality being any stronger than the previous coronavirus’ such as SARS we have dealt with in the past. So, anyone who takes a moment and understands the variables here will likely not freak out. This is not however the case of the masses and when the masses are also being given false or misleading information, well, things can go south really quickly.


As you can see from the above screenshots, there are many out there distorting the reality of what is actually happening and passing off much more dangerous information on the situation in China to stoke the fears of those who read their “news”. I found the usual suspects like Alex Jones and Hal Turner pumping out disinformation outright that the Wuhan coronavirus was in fact engineered in China as a bio-weapon and leaked by accident. In other more extreme cases these people are making claims that it was a deliberate attempt on the part of <INSERT BAD PEOPLE HERE> to cull the masses and start a world war and even perhaps to start the end times. In some extreme cases, the whole affair is being tied to what is known as the “White Genocide” that certain Nazi extremists tout as a staple in their toxic brew of bile. I am sorry to break it to you all, but 2019-nCoV is not the great killer that you are all making it out to be even if it has a higher mortality rate in China at the outset.

However, this is not stopping people from coloring outside the lines on this, and as the situation evolves, we will see people take the ball and move it over the crazy goal line pretty quickly I suspect. With all of this too, we have others who are offering “cures” for the coronavirus and this too is scary. In the case of the movie “Contagion” the blogger made over four million dollars selling Forsythia liquid during the outbreak. Actors like Alex Jones, who has been known for his crazy supplement and other nutrients sales on his site, is likely to follow suit and offer something by way of a cure eventually I am sure. This is all just selling potential hope to the fearful and if the pandemic really does heat up and mortality rates rise, cause more panic and violence in trying to acquire the magic elixir. We are already seeing runs on masks on Amazon and in brick and mortar stores like Home Depot. Never mind the fact that those masks that people are trying to buy, on average, will not be effective in preventing the wearer from contracting or spreading 2019-nCoV at all.

I guess, at it’s base, the problem with any pandemic socially, is that the standard operating procedure is to socially isolate yourselves from others. You are told to do so in case you are infected so as to not infect others, and conversely, you don’t want to be roaming about looking to get infected by contact right? So all of these circumstances click our mammalian or lizard brain into action. We become organized into our family groups and we do anything to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We do whatever it takes to survive, and in some cases that means looting, violence, and other bad behaviour out of fear. These are the things that the disinformation outlets are seeking to create, for whatever reasons they are doing it. Our greater problem other than fighting the virus is handling all of this misinformation and disinformation in order to preserve the society and the populace. In the extreme, such as in the movie “Contagion” the social order breaks down, and this could happen if this outbreak speeds up and outpaces the global responses.

I am unsure as to what the government is doing concerning this disinformation that is likely to be ramped up by nation state actors as well to set us against each other. It will likely be up to the companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook to deal with the disinformation and misinformation, but, we know how well that has been handled in the past right? So, what I am telling you all is this; keep an eye on the disinfo around Wuhan, the pandemic, and the coronavirus. Things are likely to get pretty weird pretty fast, so remember, social distancing, washing hands frequently, and don’t touch your face as much, and if you do, wash your hands again!

*steps back into the BSL-IV containment unit*


Written by Krypt3ia

2020/02/01 at 22:21

Posted in Disinformation

Hey, You Up… For A Dick In Your Eye?

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As the incident is still in the news cycle with ever increasingly bated breath headlines about the danger of a hack like this alleged one that happened to Bezos, I just felt compelled to chime in here. This “hack” was maybe carried out by MBS, maybe not, there is no evidence to prove either case because Bezos made some poor choices as to who to go to on the forensics and investigation. The FTI report was an incomplete and incompetently investigated incident and as such the only evidence that we have is the circumstantial evidence that MBS’ alleged phone number was used to send a video file with a potential piece of malware that may have owned his phone. That’s all we really have as evidence goes with or without an uptick in data use on the phone after the message. It is all made worse by the fact that FTI could not tell where the data was going and had no definitive sites that were known bad to show that exfil of data was happening in the way they were claiming.

Now I see Facebook and Apple are going back and forth pointing fingers on who’s fault the hack was (Whatsapp or iOS) which is more outright fuckery and pointless yammering in my opinion, first you get the proof of concept that a thing actually happened and how, then you can start the blame game on operating system issues or application vulnerabilities. In any case, here is my take on this whole thing…

Was Bezos phone hacked? —-> Maybe

Was it MBS and his technical services that may have done it? —–> Maybe

Can a hack happen like this with Whatsapp and an encrypted payload on an iOS device that maybe has a self destruct and hiding capabilities? —-> Possible, sure.

Were perhaps other sources and methods used by the adversary and that is what gave them the intel they needed in this incident outside of a hack? —-> Possible, sure.

Since we lack any hard evidence of an actual hack and exfiltration of data on Jeff’s phone, let’s posit another way this could have gone…

1) Jeff is busy pissing off MBS with coverage over Jashoggi (deservedly so mind you)

2) Jeff is having a secret relationship with a woman outside of his marriage and it isn’t as secret as he thinks…

3) Jeff’s new friend, for some reason, sends texts from Jeff she has to her brother and he sells that information and pictures to the National Enquirer for $200K

4) Jeff’s indiscretions makes it to MBS through alternate sources and methods and since they have exchanged phone numbers, and is in the middle of the Kashoggi thing, starts sending him texts alluding to the fact he knows about the affair and perhaps other things.

5) Jeff whigs and his phone goes to the shitty security services he has and, well we know the rest.

All of this is just as plausible and just as circumstantial in evidence as the FTI report on the alleged hack. In both cases it is easy to see MBS sticking his dick in Jeff’s eye and doing so to make a point. Was this an epic hack and a national threat?

Yeah, no.

So everyone needs to just stop with all these breathless reports. Jeff needs to stop doing stupid shit and perhaps really be concerned about who he chooses to have affairs with as a multi billionaire and all. MBS probably was at the root of these events in either case but I can’t say for sure because ya know, evidence and shit.

Which is the standard here right?


Written by Krypt3ia

2020/01/27 at 19:16

Posted in Lulz