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Computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage attack against one of America’s most elite foreign policy web groups – the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
According to private computer-security forensic specialists, the hacking incident involved a relatively new type of ploy called a “drive-by” website cyber attack that was detected around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
The specialists, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack involved penetrating the computer server that operates the New York City-based CFR’s website and then using the pirated computer system to attack CFR members and others who visited or “drove by” the site.
The CFR is one of the most elite foreign policy organizations in the United States with a membership of some 4,700 officials, former officials, journalists and others. Its members include NBC anchor Brian Williams, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, and former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s embattled but as yet un-nominated choice for secretary of defense.
Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, the Obama administration’s senior Asian affairs policy maker, also are CFR members. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) is also a member, as is Secretary of State-designate Sen. John Kerry.
Its board and members include a who’s who of U.S. foreign policy and national security elites, including former U.S. Central Command commander Army Gen. John Abizaid, and former Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright, Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes also is a member, as is News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are members, as is former CIA Director and former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and former CIA Director David Petraeus.
Originally posted by randomname
they should assume they have already been hacked. the best hacks are the ones that go undetected.
all you can do is minimize risk. but you can't stop the carelessness of the giant egos that run washington.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is supporting a bid by General Electric to export jobs and nuclear technology to China by seeking assurances from Beijing that it will not steal or transfer valuable reactor technology, the Free Beacon has learned.
Clinton’s support for a future deal with GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a Wilmington, N.C., company, to make reactor vessels in China for a nuclear plant it hopes to build in India was disclosed in a cable sent Nov. 21 to the United States Embassy in Beijing. The cable directs embassy officials to seek Beijing’s assurances that GE-Hitachi nuclear technology would not be transferred to other states or stolen, as outlined under the terms of a 2003 U.S.-China agreement on nuclear technology cooperation.
China has been identified by the CIA and Congress as a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and also is among the most aggressive states engaged in economic espionage.
According to China First’s website, the company is engaged in both civilian and defense manufacturing. It described the company as “one of the fifty-three backbone enterprises under the management of the central government that directly related to the national security and economy.”
Originally posted by CIAGypsy
reply to post by Maxmars
I was waiting for someone to pull that particular paragraph and focus in on it. It stands to reason that many people who are excluded from the "club" will point to those "in the club" and say that they have unfair access. It is the nature of the human condition and has happened since the beginning of time.
ETA - Let's philosophize how effective the CFR would be if it were made up of a bunch of "unknown, regular people." Would there even be such a thing? Or would those "unknown, regular people" be given such scrutiny to make them pseudo-celebrities and you'd end up with....well, what you've got right now?
And who doesn't think that Hillary Clinton is whacked out, anyway? Personally (yes, this is my OPINION), she has the classic traits of a sociopath.
But it was a more discreet club of New York financiers and international lawyers organized in June 1918 that most attracted the attention of the Americans from the Peace Conference. Headed by Elihu Root, the secretary of state under Theodore Roosevelt and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, this select group called itself the Council on Foreign Relations. It began with 108 members, Shepardson recorded, “high-ranking officers of banking, manufacturing, trading and finance companies, together with many lawyers.” Its purpose was to convene dinner meetings, to make contact with distinguished foreign visitors under conditions congenial to future commerce.
Originally posted by CIAGypsy
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Food for thought, did you consider that those IPs may also be casing the his servers because of who trafficks them?