We have heard about the U.S. government’s back doors into internet servers and hubs. Anything the U.S. can do, China can do as well. They just need physical access to the device during the production stage. In every home where there is Internet, there is a modem. For instance, Comcast has Xfinity modems. Where are they made? In China.
If I were anxious to control free speech (like China, Russia, Cuba, and the Maduro puppet regime in Venezuela are), then my main concern would be to make sure that the truth does not go viral on the Internet. It’s not necessary to prevent it completely from getting out, since it can be diluted with propaganda lies. All one has to do is to make it slow in spreading, and a way to do that is to limit the ability of those who are spreading it to access the internet. In fact, that is exactly how the regime is acting in the ongoing conflict in Venezuela. This blog has been the target of such an attack for months (now the technicians have hopefully solved the issue, for now; it was an attack that made it very hard to access the server where this blog is hosted). But now I’m getting a different type of attack.
Several times a day my Xfinity modem stops transmitting certain information, in a very targeted way so as to affect only the channels I use to share information about Venezuela, nothing else. It goes away when I reset it, so the code that’s doing it obviously resides in software, it’s not hard programmed, it’s not in flash memory but in RAM. How do I know it is not in my computer? For two reasons: It cannot be resolved by restarting the computer, and it affects identical computers in the same way, even though I’ve never used them for communicating.
There are two possibilities, the first being that there is a backdoor into the Xfinity modem. A modem like that is a computer. When it starts it works, but then at some point of time, abruptly the communication stops working on certain channels, meaning it gets re-infected. The second possibility is that the hack is being done on the Comcast server that the Xfinity modem is communicating with, somewhere away from my physical location. It would have the same symptom, because when restarting the modem the communication channel is re-established, a new session is started in the server, and until the attacker identifies and corrupts the new session, everything will work.
But why go through all this trouble? I’m helping sharing the truth about Venezuela, I’m assisting Operación Libertad Venezuela, and although this was supposed to be secret (exactly to avoid these kinds of things), some not-so-bright freedom fighters have published it (such as Robert Alonso and Cristal Montañez), revealing that they don’t understand what they are up against. They obviously don’t understand the nature of their enemy. I’m going out of my way to help their country in its fight for freedom, and they repay me by putting my life in danger.
If you want to understand what the limits of the enemy are, watch this documentary (sorry, no English subtitles for non-English speech): The Soviet Story (2008). Maduro in Venezuela, Castro on Cuba, and Putin in Russia are all reincarnations of the same ideology, communism. They will react similarly because they follow the same “logic”. They will kill enemies, but not someone who by coincidence found out a forbidden truth; that person will just be prevented from communicating it. They believe in class warfare, but they will not kill the unwanted elements of society if there is a better way to get rid of them (having them flee to Miami is a better way, from there they will actually be sending money back to Cuba / Venezuela, and provide a staging ground for infiltrating USA). They may ruthlessly kill Smith, but leave Jones alone, because they are following orders and to kill the wrong person is a crime even for them. The easiest way to understand them is to think of them as the Mafia. They are the Mafia, the world’s greatest and most powerful Mafia.
If you wonder what role the Chines play in this, I have a question back for you: What’s the Chinese word for “mafia”? In Italy there are different mafia families. They can cooperate on projects without being united. Every family looks after it’s own interests. Crime is a capitalist endeavor; if the Chinese have a way of hacking internet, there is no reason they wouldn’t sell their services to another mafia family. For money, or for some other favor in return.
The bottom line is that the cyberwar is already in full swing, and the first victim – as always in wars – is the Truth. Except this time it quite literally is the truth that is targeted.