So I’m watching Russia Today and they reported some things that are just fascinating. ( I *think* all of these were from RT, but I was channel hopping a bit… it might have been Fox with the Anonymous story.)
1) Russia now has their long range bombers ‘in play’ in ISIS / ISIL territory. (Nice video of them too ;-)
2) Russia has a fleet off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea in support of their Syria campaign.
3) France has announced they are joining Russia with The Charles De Gaulle carrier fleet in the Med.
and, the one that got me the most;
4) “Anonymous” has announced we’re in and declared war on ISIS / ISIL. (Followed by a list of the thousands of jihadi Twitter accounts and hundreds of some other sites closed / hacked / whatever…)
All while the USA sucks its thumb.
Now my first thought was “this is big, this is really big”. Either France or Russia can obliterate these folks, both together will be very interesting to watch.
This was followed by “The Russian Hackers are pretty darned good. A bit pedantic in style, but effective. Anonymous is better. Less predictable and greater breadth.” But you would expect that from a group that has no fixed membership, is global in scope, and has folks from everywhere who can do everything. This was followed closely by “But WTF?! Here we have a coalition of what is arguably one of the most Strong Central Authority governments in the world, itself run by a ‘strong man’ type; one of, if not the, premier democracies with freedom in the world, and the lead anarchy ‘organization’ of the hacker universe.” What a crazy coalition of the willing…
On what planet could you sell that script to Hollywood? Nobody would believe it…
I worry about the NSA and CIA wanting to break into my equipment and bugger my shop. I fear pissing off Anonymous more…
The original has links in it and a nice video, so please ‘hit the link’ for more:
The hacking group Anonymous on Sunday declared “total war” against the Islamic State, the terror organization that claimed responsibility for the attacks on Friday that killed 132 Parisians.
Anonymous also posted a video, confirming the message was in response to the events in Paris.
According to the same Twitter account, the group began taking down websites associated with ISIS this morning.
Anonymous also retweeted a link to the following message from the hacktivist group Binary Sec:
“We as a collective will bring an end to your reign of terror. We will no longer turn a blind eye to your cruel and inhumane acts of terrorism towards all other religions that are not Islam. We’ve watched you behead innocent people, kidnap and murder children, and then launch terrorist attacks in France. This will NOT BE TOLERATED ANY LONGER. We here at BinarySec live for the sole purpose of bringing down All ISIS Propaganda ONE website and/or person at a time. ISIS… Your Jihad is coming to an abrupt end. We here at BinarySec will be one of the driving forces to your end and that’s a promise. ISIS… The War Is On.”
This is not the first time that Anonymous has taken on ISIS. Foreign Policy Magazine reports that the conflict between hackers that identify with Anonymous and ISIS has waged online for more than a year. A tipping point that forced many hackers to join the cause were the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and kosher market in Paris earlier this year.
According to the FP report from last week, hackers have taken 149 Islamic State-linked websites offline and flagged roughly 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 propaganda videos.
The remaining question is whether or not these hackers aiming to achieve social good are helping or harming state-driven attempts to take out the terror group. Technology companies have said in the past that government intelligence agencies ask them not to take down ISIS-related content because, when using the legal avenues at hand, they are able to more effectively track these groups.
Now who knows how much this is just blowing smoke and how much is real. Anonymous has no fixed membership and you can’t really give orders in an anarchy. It’s more of a statement of being unhappy with ISIS, but with a collective set of teeth chewing your ankles… It will not feel very good and can eventually bleed you to death.
The original has some nice videos and pictures. They are so cool in flight!
Long-range bombers to fly anti-ISIS missions from Russia, Putin orders Navy to work with France
Published time: 17 Nov, 2015 14:23
Edited time: 17 Nov, 2015 16:47
Russia has deployed its fleet of strategic bombers to double the volume of airstrikes on Islamist targets in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced. Vladimir Putin has ordered a cruiser to coordinate operations with French naval forces in the Mediterranean.
“We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. We have now doubled the number of sorties, which is allowing us to conduct operations throughout the length and breadth of the country,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said during a Security Council meeting in Moscow chaired by the Russian president.
Shoigu said that Russia’s Tu-95, Tu-22 and Tu-160 strategic bombers have been brought into the operation, while the Air Force command added that the strike group has been bolstered with 37 new planes, including Su-34 bombers and Su-27 fighter jets.
The head of the General Staff reported that the new phase of the anti-ISIS campaign will involve 25 long-range bombers flying out of airfields in Russia.
“By conducting military missions in Syria, you are protecting Russia and her citizens,” Putin told his military chiefs. “Our air campaign in Syria must not only be continued, it must be boosted, in such a way that the criminals are made aware that retribution is inevitable.”
Looks like all their pilots will get some practice and all their equipment will have a good shakedown. After this is over, Russia will have a very well vetted set of equipment with competent experienced pilots, crews, and ground support. (Not that they don’t already, just that it is different when people are shooting back and when you don’t go home after the training run.)
The Russian president has issued orders for Russia’s Moskva cruiser, covering the Russian base in Latakia from the Mediterranean Sea, to work together with a French naval group led by flagship Charles De Gaulle, a 26 fighter-jet aircraft carrier, which is departing for Syria this week.
“The French naval group, led by the air carrier, will soon reach your area of operations. We need to establish direct contact with it, and treat it as an ally,” the Russian president said. “We need to develop of a joint action plan for both sea and air operations.”
The Kremlin said that the parameters for a joint mission had been agreed upon by Putin and French President Francois Hollande, following a personal phone call.
“The two leaders focused their attention on bilateral and multilateral cooperation in combating terrorism,” a Kremlin statement said. “This includes closer ties and joint operations between the military command and intelligence services of Russia and France in Syria.”
Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande are to meet in Moscow on November 26.
There’s more to the story at that link.
They’ve done 2300 sorties, for example… Makes the US “effort” look like a tantrum by a 2 year old… Lots of noise but not much to worry about. Now with France about to be in a “hot war” flying over Syria, does that mean NATO is “in” too?…
But a combined French / Russian fleet and air campaign? With Anonymous mucking up your ‘command and control’ of remote cells? I suspect someone in ISIS / ISIL has had their “jump the shark” moment and is about to find out what it really means to ‘be a State’ when the world hates you.