JAMES CORBETT: “Beyond Pegasus: The Bigger Picture of Israeli Cyber Spying”

by James Corbett

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August 7, 2021

We have been told to live in mortal fear of online hackers and, as the “cyber pandemic” narrative ramps up, the fear-mongering over Chinese, Russian and even North Korean cyberwarriors is going into overdrive.

Strange, then, given this climate of non-stop cybersecurity hysteria, that we rarely hear mention of one of the world’s confirmed cyberhacking superpowers: Israel. Just as Israel’s nuclear arsenal is the worst kept secret in the world, it seems that mention of Israel’s cyber arsenal is strictly forbidden in the maintream press. But it is now undeniable that Israel is running one of the most sophisticated, pervasive and influential cyberhacking operations in the world.

The official silence on Israel’s cyber espionage changed last month when the story of Pegasus—a piece of military-grade spyware developed by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group—made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The software, as Haaretz and other MSM half-truth peddlers inform us, is able to hijack the phones of its victims, recording from the phone’s cameras and microphone and collecting location data, call logs and contacts, all without the target’s knowledge. And, as the consortium of dinosaur media publishers who were given access to this treasure trove of information report, it is being used by “oppressive regimes” to target “180 journalists” and even scoop up personal contact details of national misleaders like French President Emmanuel Macron and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

But there are some very important things you never learned about the Pegasus story in the dinosaur media’s coverage of it and, if you do rely on the lamestream media for your knowledge, there are a lot of things you won’t know about the history of Israeli cyberspying. So today, let’s take a look at the issue of Israel’s high tech espionage.

One severely underreported fact about the Pegasus story shines a light on the much larger story of Israeli cyber spying. According to Forbes, the co-founders of the NSO Group, Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, “are believed to be alumni of Israel’s famous Unit 8200 signals intelligence arm, as are many of the country’s security entrepreneurs.” NSO’s first investor, Eddy Shalev, asserts otherwise (“They didn’t come from intelligence”). Hulio himself, meanwhile, spins a rather tall tale about randomly meeting people in line at a cafe who were able to put him in touch with the tech geek who would become the company’s first employee and who, Hulio allows, “may have served in Unit 8200.” This unlikely story stretches the bonds of credulity so far that it prompts even ynetnews to note that “Some in Israel’s defense and intelligence community were skeptical of Hulio’s fanatic tale.” But the fact that Unit 8200 is in the picture at all is itself telling.

For those who don’t know, Unit 8200 is the branch of the Israel Defense Force responsible for signals intelligence, i.e., Israel’s equivalent of the NSA. Supposedly founded in 1952 (or was it the 1930s?), the unit was not officially acknowledged until the early 2000s, when stories of the incredible (and incredibly illegal) acts of cyber espionage it has perpetrated over the decades began to be publicized.

One particularly high profile piece of work bearing Unit 8200’s fingerprints was Stuxnet, the military-grade cyberweapon that specifically targeted Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz. It has long been known that Stuxnet was co-developed by the United States and Israel, but it was New York Times correspondent David Sanger who revealed that the worm was actually worked on by Unit 8200.

But beyond the cyberweapons and (still largely classified) military exploits of the unit itself is the undeniable fact that a surprisingly large number of high-profile tech startups and Silicon Valley ventures in recent years have been founded by “ex” members of 8200. One such “ex” member, Avishai Abrahami, asserted in 2016 that “there are more than 100 guys from the unit that I personally knew who built startups and sold them for a lot of money” including a team of ten who “created companies where the average market cap is a half-billion dollars.” (Abrahami himself created cloud-based web developer Wix, whose market cap currently sits at over $16 billion.)

From communication companies like AudioCodes and Viber to cybersecurity companies like Argus and CheckPoint to GPS navigation software services like Waze, the prevalence of Unit 8200 alumni in the private tech sector has received so much press that even trade publications have been forced to report on the matter, noting that the Israeli military is increasingly out-sourcing cybersecurity and intelligence projects to companies “that in some cases were built for this exact purpose.”

Other than NSO, some troubling startups from the “ex”-8200 crowd include:

Carbyne911, a tech startup marketed as a “a Next Generation Call Handling platform” for 9-1-1 and emergency call centers, that, as an in-depth 2019 exposé from Narrativ revealed, was founded and run by a gaggle of Israeli military and intelligence officials (including a Unit 8200 alumni) and was bankrolled by the likes of Jeffrey Epstein, Ehud Barak and Peter Thiel.

• Comverse Infosys, which made wiretapping software used by US law enforcement that contained—as Carl Cameron reported in a quickly-quashed series on Israeli spying for Fox News in 2001—”a back door through which wiretaps themselves can be intercepted by unauthorized parties” and whose main product (known as “the Logger”) was later admitted to be “based on the Unit’s [8200’s] technology.”

• Cybereason, a cybersecurity firm founded by “ex”-Unit 8200 member Lior Div and stacked “with many of the unit’s members coming from organizations like the NSA and Unit 8200” that, as Whitney Webb has extensively reported, ran a Doomsday Election Simulation for the US government and has Gained Access to the US Gov’t’s Most Classified Networks.

• And Toka, a spyware firm co-founded by Ehud Barak and headed by the former chief of the Israel Defense Forces Cyber Staff, which, as Whitney Webb has also extensively reported, is aiming to provide “a one-stop hacking shop for governments” specializing in IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices.

In fact, this represents only a small fraction of Unit 8200’s infiltration of the private cybersecurity space in recent years, so if you’re unfamiliar with the topic you have a lot to catch up on.

But, given that (as Whitney Webb rightly observes), “The abuse of Pegasus software in this very way has been known for several years” and “other Israeli companies with even deeper ties to Israel’s intelligence apparatus have been selling software that not only provides the exact same services to governments and intelligence agencies but purports to go even farther,” the sudden influx of MSM attention to the Pegasus story is curious.

One clue to the mystery of this sudden interest comes in the form of a little tidbit that is embedded in all the MSM articles on the Pegasus scandal (like this one from our friends at The Bezos Post):

Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based journalism nonprofit, and Amnesty International, a human rights group, had access to the list [of phones hacked by the Pegasus software] and shared it with the news organizations, which did further research and analysis. Amnesty’s Security Lab did the forensic analyses on the smartphones.

Forbidden Stories? What on earth is that?

Well, according to their website: “Forbidden Stories fosters collaboration among journalists to make visible and impactful the work of reporters who can no longer investigate,” including gathering “a consortium of local and international media outlets in order to investigate on a large scale.” This “consortium” reads like a who’s who of worldwide dinosaur media outlets, including Le Soir in Belgium, The Toronto Star in Canada, France TélévisionsRadio New ZealandReutersbellingcatThe New York Times and literally dozens of other mockinbird outfits around the world.

And who funds this venture? The usual gaggle of “independent” “charitable” foundations, of course, including UNESCO and (you guessed it) George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

So why are these big hitters and known liars collaborating on this release of information about a known Israeli military front masquerading as a commercial spyware company? If you said “Because it’s a limited hangout!” then give yourself a cookie. I think you’re right.

But what is this hangout aiming to accomplish, exactly? Theories abound. Bernard over at Moon of Alabama, for example, has this take on the situation:

The U.S. often uses ‘intelligence’ as a kind of diplomatic currency that keeps other countries dependent on it. If the Saudis have to ask the U.S. for snooping on someone it is much easier to have influence over them. NSO is disturbing that business. There is also the problem that the first class spying software NSO is selling to somewhat shady customers might well fall into the hands of some big U.S. adversary.

The ‘leak’ to Amnesty and Forbidden Stories is thus an instrument to keep some monopolistic control over client regimes and over spying technology. (The Panama Papers were a similar kind of U.S. sponsored ‘leak’, only in the financial field.)

I think Bernard is right to compare this Pegasus story to the Panama Papers story, which was also cross-reported by an international consortium of mockingbird media dinosaurs. In fact, we could even cast our minds back to a much earlier story that was similarly reported by a gaggle of mainstream media conspirators from around the world: the Iraq War Logs, which that totally above-board, crusading secret-exposer Julian Assange made available exclusively to the truth tellers at The Guardian, The New York TimesLe Monde and his other favourite MSM outlets.

However, the idea that this whole story is an attempt by the US “to keep some monopolistic control over client regimes and over spying technology” rings hollow. After all, if the US were really trying to muscle Israel out of the cyberspying arena by dishing the dirt on the NSO Group, what about the many, many, many examples of similar or even worse spying by other Israeli companies (just some of which are listed above)? How would the exposure of this one piece of software upend the entire section of the global cybersecurity industry that has been seeded by the Unit 8200 gang?

No, in this case I believe it’s more likely that the powers-that-shouldn’t-be are throwing the NSO Group and its Pegasus software under the bus for the sake of protecting the larger Israeli military cyberwarfare industry, not undermining it. After all, the NSO Group has been in the crosshairs of cyber privacy activists for years, with even the all-powerful Blackstone Group having to back out of a deal to acquire a 40% stake in the company after it was revealed that Pegasus had been used by the Mexican government to spy on its own citizens.

The NSO Group is already tainted. By “exposing” this story about the company (one that was already known and reported), they are able to take attention away from the Cybereasons, Tokas and other companies that are performing similar functions for the Unit 8200-infested cybersecurity industry under much deeper cover.

Undoubtedly there is more to this story that will come out in bits and pieces in these controlled “Forbidden Stories” reports. But rather than shining a light on the larger question of Israeli cyber espionage and how deep the rabbit hole really goes, the intense focus on this one piece of spyware from this one company will only serve to obscure that story.

~via Minds.com

JAMES CORBETT: “False Flags and the Dawn of Bioterrorism”

For the past twenty years, the world has been in the midst of a so-called “war on terror” set in motion by a false flag attack of spectacular proportions. Now the stage is being set for a new spectacular attack to usher in the next stage in that war on terror: the war on bioterrorism. But who are the real bioterrorists? And can we rely on government agencies, their appointed health authorities, and the corporate media to accurately identify those terrorists in the wake of the next spectacular terror attack?

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://www.corbettreport.com/bioterror/

RYAN CRISTIAN w/ WHITNEY WEBB: “CIA-Linked NGOs ‘Protecting Kids'” / “The Coming False Flag Cyber Attack” / “Major Pro-Mask Study Exposed”

 

 

~via The Last American Vagabond

RYAN CRISTIAN: “Gates-Funded Vaccine Causes Polio Outbreak In Sudan” / “More Evidence Of Moderna’s COVID Foreknowledge”

 

 

~via The Last American Vagabond

MIKE ADAMS: “Trump Betting Everything On ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Coronavirus Vaccinations — Is He Unleashing A Public Health Catastrophe On America?”

“President Trump is aggressively pushing a coronavirus vaccine to be released before Election Day, hoping that some significant portion of the country’s population will happily allow themselves to be injected with an experimental, fast-tracked medical intervention just two days before the election. So we have a fast-tracked vaccine that’s skipping phase 3 trials, meaning there are zero long-term studies being conducted on vaccine safety or efficacy. The rush to proclaim ‘victory’ over the coronavirus, it seems, is leading Trump to blindly dive head first into a dark pool that may or may not hold any water. The far more likely outcome is that fast-tracked vaccines, injected into a hundred million Americans, will reveal underlying problems that could have been recorded in a phase 3 trial, but were never observed because the trials were skipped. Let’s do the math: If this Moderna vaccine causes serious injuries in 20% of patients, and if it’s given to 100 million Americans, we would expect to see 20 million Americans injured by the vaccine. This is incredibly ignorant and almost certain to end in catastrophe.”

~Mike Adams

 

The euphoria of today’s Wall Street investors is based primarily on two things: 1) Continued Fed money printing, and 2) Expectations that a coronavirus vaccine will arrive in November and magically end the pandemic.

At the same time, President Trump is aggressively pushing a coronavirus vaccine to be released before Election Day, hoping that some significant portion of the country’s population will happily allow themselves to be injected with an experimental, fast-tracked medical intervention just two days before the election.

So we have a fast-tracked vaccine that’s skipping phase 3 trials, meaning there are zero long-term studies being conducted on vaccine safety or efficacy.

And then we have a federal agency pressuring states to waive their own requirements for licensing, which amounts to yet more government pressure to eliminate state-level scrutiny of vaccine efficacy and safety.

The result? America is being put on the fast track to a public health train wreck that will be blamed on — guess who? — President Trump.

President Trump is trying to convince the nation that a rushed coronavirus vaccine is our pathway to restoring growth and abundance to America’s economy.

He recently stated, “Under Operation Warp Speed, we have three different vaccines in the final stage of trials, right now, years ahead of what has been achieved before. We will have a safe and effective vaccine this year. And together we will crush the virus.”

But what if Operation Warp Speed is actually just twisted, junk science medicine? You can’t claim vaccines are safe in the long run unless you test them for the long run.

The whole purpose of phase 3 trials is to test the vaccines on a much larger population for an extended period of time in order to estimate what might happen when you start giving out hundreds of millions of doses to the population at large.

It’s a sensible step before you run around injecting half the population with a new, experimental substance created in a laboratory.

The rush to proclaim “victory” over the coronavirus, it seems, is leading Trump to blindly dive head first into a dark pool that may or may not hold any water.

The far more likely outcome is that fast-tracked vaccines, injected into a hundred million Americans, will reveal underlying problems that could have been recorded in a phase 3 trial, but were never observed because the trials were skipped.

And this is even if we assume the vaccine manufacturers are acting in good faith and aren’t deliberately trying to use the vaccine platform to achieve infertility or depopulation goals, both of which are repeatedly and aggressively promoted by vaccine advocates such as Bill Gates.

Vaccines given to young women in Kenya have been confirmed to be spiked with infertility chemicals, revealing that vaccines are used to reduce human populations through campaigns of mass deception.

But what happens if the first fast-tracked vaccine turns out to be a medical time bomb that detonates across America, injuring or killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people?

A fast-tracked vaccine could kill 200,000 Americans, exceeding the official deaths from COVID-19.

Notably, early Moderna vaccine trials caused side effects in 50% of study subjects, and produced “serious injury” in 20% of patients in the high dose group.

This is the very same vaccine being fast-tracked for rapid approval by the Trump administration.

Moderna even openly admits that its mRNA vaccine technology can produce “significant adverse events,” which is another way of saying it can injure and kill people.

If you have a dangerous vaccine that’s injuring 20% of people who receive it, fast-tracking the vaccine doesn’t reduce the rate of injury.

In the same way, if you have a broken car with a flat tire and a bent wheel, driving it 100 mph down the highway doesn’t make those problems go away. If anything, it makes the looming catastrophe far worse.

Let’s do the math: If this Moderna vaccine causes serious injuries in 20% of patients, and if it’s given to 100 million Americans, we would expect to see 20 million Americans injured by the vaccine.

Out of those 20 million injured Americans, how many might die from the vaccine?

We don’t know the numbers yet because, of course, the larger clinical trials are being skipped. But if just 1 out of 100 serious injuries results in death, we’re looking at 200,000 dead Americans.

That number — 200,000 — exceeds the number of Americans reported to have died from COVID-19 itself, according to official statistics from the CDC.

And this means a fast-tracked vaccine could kill more Americans than the virus it claims to be halting.

It’s not difficult to imagine the headlines in the New York Times: “Trump’s Vaccine Kills 200,000 Americans — Vaccine APOCALYPSE”.

Trump is making a dangerous, risky bet, and if he’s wrong, any American stupid enough to get vaccinated may pay the price

If you’re going to tie yourself to a horse, make sure that horse isn’t leaping off a cliff, in other words. The vaccine industry will do anything for profit, and they see huge profits in fast-tracked coronavirus vaccines.

They have zero liability for damage or death caused by their vaccines, so there’s no incentive whatsoever for them to even conduct long-term safety trials.

Their entire incentive is to get the vaccine selling as quickly as possible, regardless of how many innocent people die in the process.

They also know that Big Tech will censor any reports of vaccine injuries or deaths.

Even the fake news mainstream media will usually go along with the cover-ups, protecting Big Pharma with lies and propaganda to falsely claim all vaccines are safe and effective, even as they’re injuring or killing hundreds of thousands of people each year in the United States alone.

But when it comes to Trump, the media will do anything to destroy him, and they may decide that throwing Moderna under the bus is worth casting blame onto President Trump for vaccine injuries and deaths.

If the vaccine injuries start piling up, it won’t be difficult for the media to cast Trump as a reckless president who ignored safety protocols and pressured the CDC and FDA to skip all the necessary protocols in order to try to save his own presidency.

Trump is foolishly allying himself with a dishonest, fraudulent industry that values no lives whatsoever

Trump is placing a very risky bet on fast-tracked vaccines. He’s allying himself with an industry steeped in science fraud and horrible quality control.

Since the industry has enjoyed legal immunity since 1986, there are no incentives for vaccine manufacturing to be conducted in a manner that any reasonable person would consider to be “safe.”

Even worse, vaccines are deliberately formulated with toxic chemicals such as squalene, thimerosal and aluminum-based adjuvants.

Trump’s fast-tracked vaccine push may kill or injure hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Trump is desperately trying to meet a deadline by rushing the science and demanding results for political purposes. This is incredibly ignorant and almost certain to end in catastrophe.

The only real question concerns the scale of the catastrophe: Will the first fast-tracked vaccine only kill a few hundred people, or will it destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands?

For a president who declared, before he was elected, that vaccines are dangerous, it is nothing less than horrifying that he’s now betting America’s future — and his own historical legacy — on a rushed, risky vaccine technology that can only be honestly described as medical experimentation on human beings.

When the vaccine advocates themselves are urging you to slam on the brakes and take the time to study the long-term safety of a new vaccine, that’s a fairly reliable sign that you’re probably playing with fire.

But Trump seems determined to catapult America into a nationwide medical experiment with utterly unknown consequences.

It’s a roll of the dice, with hundreds of millions of lives at stake, along with a very real risk that the vaccine will do absolutely nothing on the positive side to quell the spread of the coronavirus.

In fact, the vaccine might actually make the pandemic worse, leading to the dreaded “second wave” of infections and deaths that Democrats will use to justify even more draconian lockdowns and economic suicide.

 

~via Natural News