A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’

The world is becoming a scarier place day-by-day as it progress towards the end time. We cannot be sure of exactly how events will unfold — just that they will happen as prophesied.  This article shows just how susceptible we are to a precursory attack that could very well leave us vulnerable to an armed invasion by foreign forces.

There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness.

Scans for the two hacking tools used against IDT indicate that the company is not alone. In fact, tens of thousands of computer systems all over the world have been “backdoored” by the same N.S.A. weapons. Mr. Ben-Oni and other security researchers worry that many of those other infected computers are connected to transportation networks, hospitals, water treatment plants and other utilities.

An attack on those systems, they warn, could put lives at risk.

“The world is burning about WannaCry, but this is a nuclear bomb compared to WannaCry,” Mr. Ben-Oni said. “This is different. It’s a lot worse. It steals credentials. You can’t catch it, and it’s happening right under our noses.”

And, he added, “The world isn’t ready for this.”

“I look at this as a life-or-death situation,” he said. “Today it’s us, but tomorrow it might be someone else.”

www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/technology/ransomware-attack-nsa-cyberweapons.html

China’s Cyber Command Readying for War

This further shows how real the possibility of the previous post is.

China’s rival to U.S. Cyber Command, the ambiguously named Strategic Support Force (SSF), is quietly growing at a time when the country’s sizable military is striving to excel in the digital domain.

Though the American government is widely considered to be one of the premier hacking powers — alongside Israel, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — China is rapidly catching up by following a drastically different model.

The SSF uniquely conducts several different missions simultaneously that in the U.S. would be happening at the National Security Agency, Army, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, State Department and Cyber Command, among others.

Examining the development of the SSF in relation to Cyber Command provides a view of how two of the world’s most influential countries see the future of conflict.

“If successful in technological and defense innovation, the SSF could become a vital force for future military competition….”

“Chinese leadership has described the SSF as a ‘new-type’ force….

www.cyberscoop.com/china-ssf-cyber-command-strategic-support-force-pla-nsa-dod/

 

European Wake-Up Call

Events can come about quickly as we see some are already responding to the urgency of the situation that is developing in and around Europe.

With Vladimir Putin in the east and Donald Trump to the west, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now telling Europe it has to stand up for itself. It’s a call that’s already being answered by the continent’s richest region.

“There’s no doubt that Europe needs to take bigger responsibility, we have to spend more on defense and security,” Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister, said in an interview on Monday as Nordic leaders start a two-day summit in Bergen. Norway will ensure good cooperation “with its closest allies, and some are in the EU and some are on the other side of the Atlantic,” she said.

The Nordic summit started a day after Merkel said reliable relationships forged in Europe since the end of World War II “are to some extent over.” The German chancellor made those comments after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels and Sicily over the past week.

The comments were mainly about the economic side, “that European countries should take more responsibility on the NATO budget,” Sipila said. “This message has been quite clear all the time. At the same time this means that we can cooperate more inside the European Union” and that “the window is open for defense cooperation,” he said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-29/merkel-s-european-wake-up-call-is-being-answered-in-the-nordics

Is The US Prepared For A Nuclear EMP?

Most do not see how the US can come to an end much less how the mightiest nation the world has ever known be taken into slavery as the Bible prophesies.  Here is a feasible scenario:

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack would be perfect for implementing Russia’s strategy of “de-escalation,” where a conflict with the U.S. and its allies would be won by limited nuclear use. It’s their version of “shock and awe” to cow the U.S. into submission. The same kind of attack is viewed as an acceptable option by China and North Korea as well.

An EMP attack would be the most militarily effective use of one or a few nuclear weapons, while also being the most acceptable nuclear option in world opinion, the option most likely to be construed in the U.S. and internationally as “restrained” and a “warning shot.”

Because EMP destroys electronics instead of blasting cities, even some analysts in Germany and Japan, among the most anti-nuclear nations, regard EMP attacks as an acceptable use of nuclear weapons. High-altitude EMP attack entails detonating a nuclear weapon at 30-400 kilometers altitude — above the atmosphere, in outer space, so high that no nuclear effects, not even the sound of the explosion, would be experienced on the ground, except EMP.

An EMP attack will kill far more people than nuclear blasting a city through indirect effects – by blacking out electric grids and destroying life-sustaining critical infrastructures like communications, transportation, food and water – in the long run. But the millions of fatalities likely to eventually result from EMP will take months to develop, as slow as starvation.

Thus, a nation hit with an EMP attack will have powerful incentives to cease hostilities, focus on repairing their critical infrastructures while there is still time and opportunity to recover, and avert national extinction.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-15/us-prepared-nuclear-emp-shut-down-new-york-city

 

In Defense, The U.S. Outspends These Countries Combined

It used to be, “In God Trust,” but now every one relies on their own power and intellect.  If we would turn back to God we would not have to put so much of our lives into our defense (Exodus 14:14). We must decide:  War or Peace?

Not long into Trump’s presidency, he announced his plans to increase the country’s defense budget in 2018 by 54 billion dollars. The extra money is seen as necessary in order to “rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it”. Whether justified or not, this extra outlay will take the U.S. even further ahead of the rest of the world in terms of outright military spending. The infographic below shows how the current budget compares to the world’s other top spenders.

This chart shows military expenditure in 2015 in billion U.S. dollars and as share of GDP of the top spending countries.

Infographic: Defense: The U.S. Outspends These Countries Combined | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

Google Searches For “World War 3” Hit Highest Ever Peak

With these recent events many are worried about the end-time.  Prophecy shows that our ultimate worry will come from an United European power — one that is currently consolidating.

Google searches for the term “World War 3” have hit the highest ever level as a result of the Trump administration’s escalation in Syria and North Korea.

Google Trends illustrates how the number of searches for the term in recent days dwarfs the last peak in November 2015.

Related search queries include “Syria war,” “Trump world war 3” and “Syria world war 3,” which is also attracting the highest search interest ever recorded.

https://www.infowars.com/

North Korea Warns of Nuclear Strike if Provoked as US Warships Near

Should anything eventuate in this show of power and saber rattling, it will not be the start of WW3 as some fear.  But, it may indirectly aid in the downfall of America.

North Korean state media on Tuesday warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of U.S. aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed towards the western Pacific.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbour, said in a Tweet North Korea was “looking for trouble” and the United States would “solve the problem” with or without China’s help.

Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-state-media-warns-100014004.html

Pentagon Expands Warfighting Authority

Whether we are protecting our own interests or others, the US continues to rely on its own might and not the power or promises of God. In addition to killing people and inciting the ire of other nations, we are spending ourselves into oblivion.

Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.

This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates’ battle against Iranian-backed rebels. Key decisions on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are looming, from ending troop number limits to loosening rules that guide commanders in the field.

But delegating more authority to the Pentagon — and combat decisions to lower level officers — carries its own military and political risks. Casualties, of civilians and American service members, may be the biggest.

The result may be confusing for the public. Trump hasn’t eliminated Obama’s troop number limits. Thus, the caps of 503 for Syria and 5,262 for Iraq are still in effect.

But the military is ignoring them with White House approval and using an already-existing loophole to categorize deployments as temporary. For example, several hundred Marines and soldiers were recently sent to Syria to assist U.S.-backed Syria forces, including in the fight to retake IS’ self-declared capital of Raqqa. All were deemed temporary so not counted against the cap.

On Friday, the Pentagon said that officially there are 5,262 U.S. troops in Iraq even as officials privately acknowledge at least a couple thousand more there.

Source: With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authority

America Launches Attack on Syria

Now Russian is using this as a legitimate reason to move ships into the Mediterranean Sea to defend Syria against further attacks from the US. This is a great example of how war begets more war.

That being said, the Bible does not point to Russia as being the one to ultimately bring the US to its knees.  Though Russia, China and the other “Kings of the East” will have a formidable army, their major battles will occur with the EU Beast Power (Revelation 9:13-21).

  • The US military fired more than 50 tomahawk missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield at 8.45pm EDT Thursday
  • Trump took action after more than 80 were killed and many more were injured in the Sarin poison gas attack
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a furious response calling airstrike an ‘illegal act of aggression’
  • US called ‘a partner of ISIS’ by al-Assad’s spokesman who said missile strikes are ‘reckless and irresponsible’
  • Trump says airfield used to store toxic weapons and was the base for the aircraft involved in the Sarin attack
  • Claims that nine were killed, and more were injured, in the strike which has severely damaged the airbase
  • US told Moscow it was launching an airstrike about 30 minutes in advance – but did not ask for permission
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4388834/America-launches-airstrikes-Syria.html

All Signals Point Once Again to War in Gaza

The next war in Gaza is coming.

In over five years as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, I found no issue more impervious to solutions than Gaza. We were constantly preventing, managing or responding to crises — trying to head off terror attacks by Hamas and others, supporting Israel’s right to defend itself, negotiating ceasefires and working to alleviate human suffering.

I also learned that Gaza wars follow a kind of routine….

During the Obama years, we faced a Gaza crisis roughly every two years. It doesn’t take a genius to predict another round — one can feel it coming, like the change of seasons. Each conflict saw Israeli civilians under fire and left Gaza civilians in agony, and the next one will as well.

Source: All Signals Point Once Again to War in Gaza – Bloomberg View