The enemy within…

170px-Cicero“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero~Roman Orator & Statesman 3 January 106 BC ~7 December 43 BC

Made in China…

For use in the West; Whether it is being used or sits dormant, white goods produced in China have been found to contain Spy-Bots that steal data from you…  Russian investigators claim to have found household appliances imported from China which contain hidden microchips that pump spam data and malware into wi-fi networks. Authorities in St Petersburg allegedly discovered 20 to 30 kettles and irons with ‘spy microchips that send some data to the foreign server’, according to Russian media. The revelation comes just as the EU launches an investigation into claims that Russia itself bugged gifts to delegates at last month’s G20 summit in an attempt to retrieve data from computers and telephones. article-2480900-0DAB506000000578-823_634x465 

This has led to speculation that the chips allegedly found in the home appliances may also have the ability to steal data, and send it back to Chinese servers. The allegations against the Chinese were made in St Petersburg news outlet Rosbalt, which quotes a source from customs broker Panimport, but does not detail what data was being sent or to where. According to The Register, which translated the article, it would be possible to build a malicious microchip – sometimes referred to as a spambot or spybot – small enough to hide in a kettle. China is spying on you through your KETTLE: Bugs that scan wi-fi devices found in imported kitchen gadgetsMy old tin mugWe are well and truly buggered, every thing is made in China; I’m going back to boiling my water in my old faithful tin mug.           Yours Aye.

SOE ‘Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’

Volunteers for British clandestine operations within WWII had many reasons for doing so. It was never for the extra money or the glamour of the work, the extra money was negligible, and there was very little glamour attached to the work; it article-0-1BB708DB000005DC-124_634x549was also too secretive to reveal outside of a very tight knit organisation. Most agents of the Special Operations Executive were square pegs in round holes as far as regular service life was concerned. Potential Agents joined for the love of their country, or to avenge a loved one or a family member. Christine Granville (her cover name, her true name was Krystyna Skarbek) was one such woman  Never-before-seen pictures of SOE agent whose extraordinary courage paved the way for the liberation of France  Christine Granville – the favourite spy of Winston Churchill – worked for years undermining the Nazi regime despite SOE agents having a short life expectancy in the field. As a specialist agent trained in sabotage and destruction, she operated in heavily occupied territory to fight for her country, and her Jewish mother who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp.hs9-612a-enlargeAs a young 14 year old, I read the original true story of a different SOE agent; ‘Carve Her Name With Pride’ by R. J. Minney [published 1956] that tells the amazing story of Violette Szabo, a young woman who joined Britain’s SOE after her French husband was killed in the battle of El Alamein. On her second mission in France, she was caught by the Nazis, tortured, and sent to the women’s concentration camp in Ravensbrück, where she was eventually shot. Her four-year-old daughter, Tania, collected her mother’s posthumous George Cross from the wartime King, King George VI in 1946. Carve_her_name_with_pride_2

The Life That I Have is all that I have, and the life that I have is yours. The love that I have of the life that I have is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have, yet death will be but a pause. For the peace of my years in the long green grass will be yours and yours and yours

We will never see their like again. I still have the book, which is typically written in the ‘ever-so-matter-of-fact’ sort of way that you would expect from the 50’s; still a great read.                          Yours Aye.

In Our National Defense

If you are interested in seeing a truly remarkable picture of an aircraft carrier with an UAV (a X-47B) on her flight-deck, click here. There is almost an alien presence to the vehicle. If you are perhaps (gasp) bored of the Navy (or perhaps you were never enthralled?) click here to read the story of Ryan Fogle and Russian accusations of his spying. . .

International Spy Turns Out to Be Taxi Driver

Shimon Cooper?

What is the best way, if you are an Israeli taxi driver, to cheat on your wife and get away with murder? If you answered, pretend you are in Mossad, you would be correct. Just ask Shimon Cooper. But don’t ask Jenny Mor Haim or Orit Coopershmid. They were his third and first wives. Both now dead.

Interestingly, he tricked a doctor, Dr. Maria Zakotsky, into helping him. You would think a doc would be smarter than to fall for the ol’ I am an international spy bit.