What Happened When Qntra Was Down (Again)

Outside the Republic:

  • Turkey began operations in Syria. Immediately Kurdish militias formerly allied with the USG made peace and entered into alliance with democratically elected Syrian President Assad. So called "moderate rebels" formerly allied with the US moved into alliance with Turkey. Due to poor implementation of the US withdrawal, on occasion US troops have found themselves squeezed between former allies aligned with Assad and former allies Allied with NATO member Turkey.
  • "Mainstream" US media and Joe Biden have entered into an agreement not to discuss the continued emergence of evidence coming out of Ukraine which appears ready to further collapse the remains of the US "Democratic" Party.
  • Preventative power outages were implemented in 34 California counties under the pretext of fire prevention after KKKalifornia government approved a measure for doing so this May.

Inside the Republic:

2011 To 2017 iDevices Jailbroken Via "Apple Bootrom" Exploit

Someone calling themself Axi0mX has unveiled an exploit overcoming "Apple Bootrom" and allowing Apple's iDevices using Apple's A5 through A11 chips to be "jailbroken" or otherwise be put in service of a new master (archived). This exploit reportedly requires physical access to a target device, and patching against the exploit supposedly would require new hardware.

USG And Israel Moving Towards "Mutual Defense" Treaty As Hawks Continue Pushing To Bomb Iran

Reports have begun emerging that suggest the USG and Israel are moving towards a "mutual defense" agreement, provided Bibi survives today's elections (archived). This movement comes as hawks inside the USG, Israel, and Saudi Arabia are escalating their anti-Iran talk in the wake of a Yemeni rebel attack using 80's vintage drones which crippled Saudi oil production over the weekend (archived).

One notable "mutual defense" agreement of historical interest had Britain opening the second World War after Germany intervened to stop the Polish government's genocide of ethnic Germans in Danzig (archived). With Israel already conducting airstrikes on its neighbors, it is very hard to see the move as anything other than a committment to further antagonize the Middle East.

Intel "DDIO" Technology Allows Keystroke Capture In SSH Sessions – Peripherals Interacting Directly With CPU Cache

Intel's "Direct Data I/O" feature introduced in 2011 has been shown to allow for capturing keystrokes in "keyboard interactive" SSH sessions (archived). Keyboard interactive logins have been a feature of SSH best disabled for some time, but Intel's DDIO backdoor is architected in a way that allows still further shennanigans. The DDIO "optimization" allows peripherals to go further than direct memory address and skip to directly interacting with the CPU's on die cache. Expect the continued documentation of Intel backdoors marketed as optimizations to continue.

Another Open BMC Bung: Virtual USB Open To Anywhere

Yet another set of "Baseband Management Controllers" has been documented to compromise the systems in which they are implanted (archived). This latest batch of openings allows access from the network to a "virtual USB hub", and that vitual USB hub allows all of the mischief possible with a physical USB port. Or, almost all of it. The virtual USB port can't be meaningfully plugged with virtual epoxy to the same effect a real port can be plugged with real epoxy.

US Army Officer Found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In JOYRIDING Case

US Army First Lieutenant Joshua Phillip Yabut was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case that involves Lieutenant Yabut fleeing from police while driving M577 Mobile Armoured Command Post on public highways last summer (archived). The commisioned officer violated his bond in January by traveling to Iraq=. He will be warehoused in Central State Hospital for evaluation through an October 4th hearing during which the USG will decided whether to lock him away indefinitely or release him under conditions.

Impotent USG Unseals "Warrant" For Liberated Iranian Tanker

The USG has unsealed the "warrant" it issued for the seizure of the Iranian tanker released by Gibraltar yesterday. Far more interesting than the unsealed warrant is the press release announcing the unsealing of the warrant which is at the same time triumphantly self congratulating while including one very important caveat, bolded in the text of the press release reproduced below:

WASHINGTON – A seizure warrant and forfeiture complaint were unsealed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that Oil Tanker “Grace 1,” all petroleum aboard it and $995,000.00 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud statute, and money laundering statute, as well as separately the terrorism forfeiture statute.

John Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Jessie K. Liu, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Steven W. Cagen, Special Agent in Charge, Denver, Colorado, Homeland Security Investigations; and Jill Sanborn, Special Agent in Charge, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Federal Bureau of Investigation, made the announcement.

The documents allege a scheme to unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1. A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments.

A seizure warrant and a forfeiture complaint are merely allegations. The burden to prove forfeitability in a civil forfeiture proceeding is upon the government.

In announcing the forfeiture complaint and seizure warrant, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from HSI and FBI. They also expressed appreciation for the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs for its assistance in this case. Finally, they acknowledged the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia Faruqui and Brian Hudak and National Security Division Trial Attorney David Lim who are handling this matter, with assistance from Paralegal Elizabeth Swinec and Brian Rickers, and Legal Assistant Jessica McCormick from the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the District of Columbia.

As Mircea Popescu very helpfully pointed out yesterday in response to this failure of the USG to impose its will:

get ready for a lot more "over usg objections" once Trilema opened the floodgates.

NYC Subway Station Temporarily Shuttered Over Presence Of Pressure Cookers

A subway station in New York was closed while police worked to determine two pressure cookers in the station were simply mundane kitchen equipment and not dangerous instruments of terrorism (archived). Simple pressure cooking vessels retail for ~50 USD in the US. This means ~100 USD in expenditure for materials incurred many orders of magnitude greater expenditure from the imperial security budget.

Dam England: Derbyshire Evacuated As Toddbrook Reservoir Dam Approaches Failure

England's problems continue piling up as the dam protecting the towns of Derbyshire and Whaley Bridge from the contents of the Toddbrook reservoir appears to be failing (archived). Concrete slabs on the dam are collapsing and an RAF Chinook helicopter is attempting to pull double duty shoring up the dam with rubble while also depositing rubble to divert incoming water away from the reservoir. The Brits expect several more days of work by the earthmoving helicopter and a pump battery will be required to bring the reservoir down to a level allowing for repairs, provided it doesn't rain.

DNC Loses 2016 Hack Related Racketeering Suit

A lawsuit filed by the Pantsuitist US DNC against numerous parties including the Russian Federation, democratically elected US President Donald Trump, and others has been dimissed (archived). Clinton appointed District Judge John Koeltl found the Russian Federation's earlier declaration of sovereign immunity compelling though he declared:

The primary wrongdoer in this alleged criminal enterprise is undoubtably the Russian Federation, the first named defendant in the case and the entity that surreptitiously and illegally hacked into the DNC’s computers and thereafter disseminated the results of its theft

As Koeltl accepted the DNC's own political talking points about this particualr hack, one which saw their emails spread all over, everyone later spreading the emails was therefore indemnified for engaging in protected journalistic activity. This case's end comes as a case involving the embattled Pantsuit's own supernode Jeffery Epstein is in the early stages of its own prosecution after stalling for years due to Epstein's protection as an "intelligence" asset.