The Dark Side

Assassin Actual gets snagged by another MMO.

Well crap, After a long unrequited love affair with World of Warcraft I thought I was done with Massive Multiplayer games. But Star Wars: The Old Republic has snagged me with a force grip choke-hold. So until my upcoming stint at the National Training Center, an unhealthy chunk of my free time will be spent as the gunslinging smuggler Ciev on the Jung Ma server.

If you have the game, feel free to come over to the Republic fleet and look for me in one of the seeder dive bars as I search for the next big score and a freighter load of credits…

Man, I am such a nerd.

P.M.C. Blackwater Has a Game

You too can pretend to be a pretend Soldier with no respect for the Laws of War.

Blackwater. The name brings out mixed feelings within the military. Some love the high paying career field as a professional mercenary, I mean “contractor.” But a lot of us hate them with a passion. Not only do contractors get paid several times more in a few months that we get paid all year, they are a thorn in our side when we trying to win the key terrain of the counter-insurgency fight, the human terrain.

They obey no military chain of command, except for the vague stipulations in their contracts with various governments. They flaunt their legal immunity to prosecution. And they had a notorious reputation for extreme violence even in situations that don’t warrant it. They are, in my leftist bias, the ultimate evil of corporate oligarchies. These are the types of people who wipe villages off maps so that someone in a suit somewhere can get his next building project done without negative media. And now they have their own video game and our only consolation is that it is mediocre at best. [Read more…]

Thanks Technology

Texas buys military grade UAVs for police use.

I have a love hate relationship with UAVs. They are an amazing tool in the hands of the military, particularly when employed against forces that lack sophisticated knowledge of high end electronics and programming.

But even enemy forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere have made strides in interfering with the operations of drones. Most notably a $28 dollar hack that let insurgents pull the feeds that were being sent unencrypted and allowing them to redeploy their forces out of danger before friendly forces could act. We have seen Narco-cartels, hackers, scientists and private citizens use drones for their own purposes. It was just a matter of time that the police would eventually use some. [Read more…]

Anonymous Stumbles Over Operation Cartel

Los Zetas’ own hackers cause elements to cancel attack over real world consequences.

Some members of the amorphous, leaderless, group of hackers known the world over as Anonymous have urged the greater collective to cease their activities on the Los Zetas drug cartel after the real world effects of messing with the notoriously cruel and violent group have become clear.

Mexico based hackers Skill3r and Glyniss Paroubek have called for the attack to cease after the Zetas let it be known that their own group of hackers are working to identify Anonymous actors and bring violent death down upon them and their families. This “revelation” has caused not only Mexican Anons to falter, but American actors as well, having never confronted such a violent force in real life. [Read more…]

Anonymous Takes On Mexican Cartels and Takes Down Pedophiles

We are Legion.

One of the trickier places to hide on the internets is the Tor network, a volunteer run distributed network that allows users to bypass some measures of internet censorship and monitoring. But it has never been as clever as its users hoped. Traffic going into and out of the network can be intercepted and read, despite promises of anonymity. If you are just using Tor net for benign reasons, then you are safe enough under the “school of phish” rule. But, say if you were using the network for moving around vast amounts of kiddie porn, you stick out. [Read more…]

Investigation Under Way in Scott Olsen Shooting

Internal Affairs in the hizzle

The City of Oakland has started a Tier 1 investigation into the shooting of Iraqi War Vet Scott Olsen, who has now be upgraded to stable condition and will soon undergo brain surgery, reportedly to reduce the effects of swelling on his brain.

Scott is now conscious and able to communicate via writing on a notepad. Since returning from Iraq, Olsen has become involved in veterans’ affairs, specifically the high rates of suicide among returning warriors. He became involved in politics after the recent public sector cuts in Wisconsin.

The Tier 1 investigation will be treated as if the police had been using deadly force and IA will work with the city prosecutors to see if any of the guidelines on use of less than lethal munitions were violated as videos continue to surface of the crackdown. Oakland Police spokespersons continue to play down the extreme methods that were employed on the Occupy Oakland protestors, time will tell on what exactly happened and who will be blamed. [Read more…]

Scott Olsen Made It Through Two Tours and Gets Shot By American Cops

Because the natural reaction of getting pelted with paint is to shoot someone in the face

I have previously blogged about the dangers inherent in less than lethal munitions (read rubber bullets). Shooting someone is the head with one is as good as using real bullets when it comes to killing capability. It is one of the reasons that before issuing those types of weapons to Soldiers, we have to re-qualify with the ammo in a wide variety of simulated combat conditions. If I or one of my Soldiers were to shoot a kid in the head under similar circumstances, I would likely go to jail (Do not pass GO, Do not collect $200).

Apparently the bar is set lower in Oakland. [Read more…]

U.S. Drone Fleet Infected

Somewhere, a foreign intelligence service officer is getting mad props

The U.S. Fleet of Predator and Reaper drones are infected with an ingeniously wipe resistant key-logger virus. This is bad news for my team. The best that civilian news sources can figure is that the virus was introduced via removable hard drives at Creech Air Force Base, the Central UAV hub for both the CIA and the Air Forces intelligence missions (CIA operations drones are based somewhere else). The virus is proving difficult to remove, resisting multiple removal efforts. [Read more…]