Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#1924: Marine Links Obama Trip to Serco’s MI-3 Hotel Red Switch Bug, 370 Autopilot Hack

Plum City – ( United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Obama’s scheduled trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines at the end of April, to Serco director Maureen Baginski’s apparent use of a Heartbleed bug in the Hotel Red Switch Network operated by the MI-3 Innholders Livery Company and Serco’s alleged FLASH OVERRIDE hack of the Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilot of MH Flight 370 on March 8, 2014.

McConnell believes Serco – formerly RCA GB 1928 – began operating red-switch honeypots from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel in Bermuda for traveling spouses of WWII leaders and he claims that former U.K. Minister of Defence Nicholas Soames ordered Baginski to hack Flight 370’s autopilot and set up a Serco hotel red-switch proxy attack on KL’s Petronas Towers.

McConnell believes erstwhile colleagues at the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity Command in Quantico thwarted the Petronas Towers attack by using a Heartbleed bug to re-override Serco’s MI-3 hotel red-switch network and fly MH 370 to a Cat III C landing on Diego Garcia (BIOT).

#1923: Marine Links Serco MH Autopilot Hack to MI-3 Fairmont Harper, Red Switch Heartbleed Bug 

BREAKING: Malaysian PM News Conference over MH370 Hijacked 

16 April 2014| last updated at 12:29PM
Obama to push for closer ties with Malaysia, Asean during visit

NEW YORK: United States President Barack Obama's visit to Asia, which takes in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, at the end of April is expected to focus on a number of bilateral and regional issues.

United States principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Asia Pacific at the Department of State, Scot Marciel, said: "Some of the issues that will likely come up for discussion between President Obama and the Malaysian side will include business ties, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and bilateral trade."

The former US ambassador to Indonesia spoke to Bernama about Obama's much-awaited visit to Malaysia on the sidelines of a conference on Monday on “Managing Risk in Asean: Opportunities and Challenges”, jointly hosted by the 

US-Asean Business Council and the American-Indonesian Chamber of Commerce at New York’s Yale Club. This will be the first official visit by a US President to Malaysia since former President Lyndon Johnson's visit in 1966.

At the conference, Marciel gave an overview of the situation in Southeast Asia, highlighting both opportunities and challenges in the Asean region.

Marciel said: "China’s slowdown opens up opportunities for the Asean countries in terms of investment and trade. Asean is a very important region, and we support the AEC (Asean Economic Community in 2015).”

He also made a strong pitch for the TPP – Malaysia is one of the Asean members which is being urged to join this group – and described it as an “engine of growth”.

“This (TPP) will be important for the region’s growth and prosperity,” he said.

Meanwhile, some experts on Asean told Bernama on the sidelines of the conference that Obama will give his support to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) which the latter had passionately presented during his speech at the United Nations’ General Assembly in September 2013.

Indeed, some of President Obama’s advisors would like to see a strategic relationship evolve between the two countries, similar to the one which Washington has with Singapore and Thailand. US diplomats also expect the Malaysian side to discuss intensifying defence ties with the United States. 

Malaysia’s significance, as US business and industry agree, is growing in terms of its size and regional importance. 

 Besides being an influential member of the Asean and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Malaysia is perceived to be a moderate Islamic multi-cultural country.

"The key word is moderation. Malaysia could make an attractive partner if it is able to maintain its moderate stand in all spheres," one American businessman, who attended the conference, told Bernama.

Experts believe that both sides would, probably, announce the formation of various high-level working groups to address and develop specific political, economic, security and socio-cultural issues. -- Bernama

Malaysia Airlines MH370: underwater search cut short again
An unspecified technical problem forced the Bluefin to resurface early on Wednesday
Thomson Reuters Posted: Apr 16, 2014 3:26 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014 3:26 AM ET 

The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said.

While a massive air and sea search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is continuing almost 2,000 kilometres off the coast of Perth, hopes have been pinned on the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle finding the first concrete sign of the plane in more than six weeks of hunting. 

Malaysian authorities have still not ruled out mechanical problems as causing the Boeing 777's disappearance, but say evidence suggests it was deliberately diverted from its scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

An aircraft's black box records data from the cockpit and conversations among flight crew and may provide answers about what happened to the missing plane. 

A unspecified technical problem meant the Bluefin resurfaced early on Wednesday and analysis of the sonar data downloaded showed no significant detections, the Australian agency leading the search said.  

It has subsequently been relaunched to continue its search.

The drone was forced to end its first deployment early on Monday after it exceeded its 4.5 kilomtere depth limit in the remote stretch of ocean where search authorities believe the jetliner crashed after its disappearance on March 8 with 239 people on board.

Search could take 2 months

The introduction of the Bluefin marks a methodical, slower paced new phase of the search, now in its 40th day and described by the search co-ordinator, retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, as the most expensive in aviation history.

U.S. Naval personnel have said the drone could take up to two months to scour a 600-square-kilometre area where the plane is believed to have sunk.

The deep sea area now being searched, the Zenith Plateau, has never been mapped in detail because it is not in any country's economic zone.

However the sea floor is likely covered in "foraminiferal ooze", a sludge formed by microscopic marine organisms, which would show up any large metallic object clearly, James Cook University marine geologist Robin Beaman told Reuters.

"A sidescan is very good at detecting the difference in the acoustic return of a hard object versus a soft, muddy sea floor," he said. "This is quite a good environment for looking for wreck debris, albeit deep."  

An air and sea search for floating debris continued on Wednesday, but Houston has indicated that will soon end.

Up to 11 military aircraft, three civil aircraft and 11 ships would help in Wednesday's search, covering a total area of about 55,151 square kilometres in rainy conditions. 

Authorities have targeted the remote stretch of ocean based on four acoustic signals they believe are from the plane's black box recorders.

But they have not heard a "ping" for a week and with the batteries on the locator beacons now 10 days past their 30-day expected life, authorities have decided to stop searching using a Towed

Pinger Locator and to use the Bluefin instead.”

Heartbleed bug shows governments slow to react
Canada Revenue Agency confirms that 900 SINs were stolen as a result of Heartbleed breach 
By Andre Mayer, CBC News Posted: Apr 15, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 11:32 AM ET

The revelation Monday that the social insurance numbers of 900 Canadians were stolen from the website of the Canada Revenue Agency last week has raised yet more questions about the government’s response to the Heartbleed computer bug.

Given how many web sites were vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, Parsons says there is likely to be a great deal of reflection on how it could have been identified sooner. Some cryptographers have estimated it may have existed for years before it was discovered last week.

This past weekend, Bloomberg News published a story alleging the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability for two years and that it may have been using it to access personal data. 

The NSA denies the charge, but Parsons says it raises serious questions about the Five Eyes, the surveillance partnership between Canada, the U.S., Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, which collaborates to detect threats such as Heartbleed [and Fairmont red-switch hacks of Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilots on MH 370, AA 11, AA77, UAL 11, UAL 175].

"This is supposed to be the sort of thing that they’re supposed to find and ideally report," says Parsons.  

"I think over the coming months, we need to figure out if they knew and if they didn’t, why didn’t they, because this is what we pay them to do. And if they did know, then why weren’t they protecting us?"”

New military hotline [operated by Serco] directly links top brass to U.S.

Canada is installing a hotline that will allow military brass and politicians to talk with their American counterparts during a time of war or in any other crisis.

Canada is installing a hotline that will allow military brass and politicians to talk with their American counterparts during a time of war or in any other crisis.

About $20 million is being spent on what is called the Defence Red Switch Network. The communications system is already running in some locations, including the defence minister's office and other undisclosed sites for the military's senior leadership. The system will provide a link for the Canadian government to various U.S. military headquarters as well as the North American Aerospace Defence Command, the joint U.S.-Canada alliance that monitors air and space approaches to the continent.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, there was criticism that senior Canadian officials, including then-prime minister Jean Chretien, were out of the communications loop during the initial stages of the terrorist strike.

The Citizen obtained documents on the red switch network under the access to information law, but Defence Department officials censored almost all details. They claimed releasing the material would be "injurious" to the defence of Canada, its international relations, as well as the detection of subversive or hostile activities.

The newspaper, however, found the details of the supposedly secret network, including its cost to taxpayers, on the department's own public webpage. Details of a similar system that would allow U.S. President George W. Bush to communicate with his top level commanders was also on a Pentagon webpage.

Canadian military officials were not available to explain why information about the network is considered secret when such details have already been put out in the public domain by both the U.S. and Canada.

The red switch network is considered secure, meaning that it has technology to prevent its transmissions from being monitored or intercepted [Except for the Heartbleed bug]. Presumably the Canadian system can link up with the president's network.

Martin Shadwick, a strategic studies professor with York University, said such a system makes sense in that Canada and the U.S. share a common goal in protecting North America. He noted that similar communications systems existed during the Cold War.

But analyst Steve Staples said the hotline is another example of the growing integration of the U.S. and Canadian militaries and the increased involvement of the Canadian Forces in American-led operations. "This system just allows the Canadian military and government leaders to get their orders from Washington more quickly," said Mr. Staples, an analyst with the Ottawa-based Polaris Institute. 

The Citizen requested information on the red switch network almost four weeks ago, but military officials have not been available to comment.

But according to the Defence webpage, the network "allows access to the U.S. system (Forces wide) and will enhance north/south and internal connectivity -- particularly during times of crisis."

According to a Pentagon site, the network provides the president, secretary of defence, joint chiefs of staff, combatant commanders and selected agencies with secure voice communications up to the top secret level. The system is for use during war and other emergencies. Other U.S. defence and federal government agencies can access the network if they have approval from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, according to the site. 

The website also includes a [Serco!] phone number that U.S. government officials can call to request entry to the network.

Mr. Staples said the level of secrecy in Canada surrounding the network is disturbing. "I think the Defence Department is worried that Canadians are going to realize the extent our military is being integrated into the U.S. system," he added.

Critics have warned about a new wave of secrecy at the Defence Department. Officials there are censoring information in official documents released to the public even though the same material is already available on government Internet sites. Some critics say this blanket of secrecy raises questions about government accountability and openness.

Last week, the Citizen reported the Defence Department is withholding information about the Pentagon's missile shield that is already on the U.S. government's websites, while at the same time claiming the security of Canada could be harmed if the names of senior American officers treated to a taxpayer-financed reception more than a year ago are released. 

In addition, the newspaper obtained two missile shield briefing notes sent to Defence Minister Bill Graham. The department had originally told both the newspaper and an investigator with the Office of the Information Commissioner that those records, one of which discusses U.S. efforts to develop space weapons, never existed.

© (c) CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.”

Serco [Surveillance] has worked with the City of Chicago Department of Revenue (DOR) for over 12 years enforcing parking meters. When Chicago’s parking meters were sold to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC. (CPM), in 2009, Serco was sole sourced to provide parking enforcement services on the meters for CPM. City of Chicago: 8 square miles 2010 Annual Citations Issued: 400,000 2010 Annual Citation Revenue: $24 Million+ Years of Service: 12 years Shifts: DOR = Nights & weekend CPM = 24/7 Availability”

McConnell has been directed by Abel Danger Global to serve as expert witness to plaintiffs who may wish to sue for damages in re Serco’s alleged bugging of the MI-3 Hotel red-switch network and its alleged hacking of the Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilot of MH 370.

McConnell previously offered that same expert witness service to ALPA-FAA-NTSB and FBI in Civil Case 1:08-1600 (RMC) - he the court to decide appropriate penalties in such cases, has to be the court with jurisdiction over Serco’s Red Switch Autopilot services and The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the Quartier International of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Yours sincerely,

Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222

David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation

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