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Password 123

Password123

That was all that was needed to hack into the SolarWinds Orion, it’s flagship networking software product. This is another company that has a monopoly on networking software must like Microsoft dominates the PC market with windows. Now that market dominance has come back to haunt SolarWinds and it’s time for a reality check.

This is what Reuters had to say in the latest update.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On an earnings call two months ago, SolarWinds Chief Executive Kevin Thompson touted how far the company had gone during his 11 years at the helm.

There was not a database or an IT deployment model out there to which his Austin, Texas-based company did not provide some level of monitoring or management, he told analysts on the Oct. 27 call.

“We don’t think anyone else in the market is really even close in terms of the breadth of coverage we have,” he said. “We manage everyone’s network gear.”

Now that dominance has become a liability – an example of how the workhorse software that helps glue organizations together can turn toxic when it is subverted by sophisticated hackers.

On Monday, SolarWinds confirmed that Orion – its flagship network management software – had served as the unwitting conduit for a sprawling international cyberespionage operation. The hackers inserted malicious code into Orion software updates pushed out to nearly 18,000 customers.

And while the number of affected organizations is thought to be much more modest, the hackers have already parlayed their access into consequential breaches at the U.S. Treasury and Department of Commerce.

Three people familiar with the investigation have told Reuters that Russia is a top suspect, although others familiar with the inquiry have said it is still too early to tell.

A SolarWinds representative, Ryan Toohey, said he would not be making executives available for comment. He did not provide on-the-record answers to questions sent via email.

In a statement issued Sunday, the company said “we strive to implement and maintain appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards, security processes, procedures, and standards designed to protect our customers.”

Cybersecurity experts are still struggling to understand the scope of the damage.

The malicious updates – sent between March and June, when America was hunkering down to weather the first wave of coronavirus infections – was “perfect timing for a perfect storm,” said Kim Peretti, who co-chairs Atlanta-based law firm Alston & Bird’s cybersecurity preparedness and response team.

Assessing the damage would be difficult, she said.

“We may not know the true impact for many months, if not more – if not ever,” she said.

The impact on SolarWinds was more immediate. U.S. officials ordered anyone running Orion to immediately disconnect it. The company’s stock has tumbled more than 23% from $23.50 on Friday – before Reuters broke the news of the breach – to $18.06 on Tuesday.

SolarWinds’ security, meanwhile, has come under new scrutiny.

In one previously unreported issue, multiple criminals have offered to sell access to SolarWinds’ computers through underground forums, according to two researchers who separately had access to those forums.

One of those offering claimed access over the Exploit forum in 2017 was known as “fxmsp” and is wanted by the FBI “for involvement in several high-profile incidents,” said Mark Arena, chief executive of cybercrime intelligence firm Intel471. Arena informed his company’s clients, which include U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Security researcher Vinoth Kumar told Reuters that, last year, he alerted the company that anyone could access SolarWinds’ update server by using the password “solarwinds123”

“This could have been done by any attacker, easily,” Kumar said.

Neither the password nor the stolen access is considered the most likely source of the current intrusion, researchers said.

Others – including Kyle Hanslovan, the cofounder of Maryland-based cybersecurity company Huntress – noticed that, days after SolarWinds realized their software had been compromised, the malicious updates were still available for download.

The firm has long mooted the idea of spin-off of its managed service provider business and on Dec. 9 announced that Thompson would be replaced by Sudhakar Ramakrishna, the former chief executive of Pulse Secure. Three weeks ago, SolarWinds posted a job ad seeking a new vice president for security; the position is still listed as open.

Thompson and Ramakrishna could not be reached for comment.

RUSSIA DEPLOYS ENTIRE BLACK SEA FLEET ON A MASSIVE SNAP DRILL

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

Russia has rebuilt their Black Sea Fleet and now it has been deployed in a MASSIVE snap drill in the Black Sea. Why now? Because of all of the games being played by NATO including an incident last week involving the USS John McCain, in which the US said “we don’t recognize your borders”.

For it’s part the Russian Foreign Ministry said “The Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow is concerned about the “buildup of NATO military forces in the Black Sea” and believes that the actions of the alliance undermine regional stability.”

Stay prayed up and prepped up! Time is short!

Livemaps

Russian Fleet and Missile Story

Israel May be Struck by Iran Tonight, 11-30-20

The war drums are beating quite loudly and there are indications from sources around the world that say Iran will strike Israel and strike hard! The likely targets? The port in Haifa and Tel Aviv. There could be more but that’s what I have for now.

From Hal Turner:

Intelligence intercepts, air surveillance and satellite recon are ALL pointing to a missile launch by Iran – or its proxies in the Golan Heights – against the Israeli port city of Haifa – TONIGHT.

Iran has vowed to avenge the murder of its top nuclear program scientist.

The remains of the weapon used in the Friday assassination of senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh show that it was made in Israel, an informed source told Press TV.

UPDATE 3:51 PM EST —

Hezbollah is evacuating their (near Israel) Syrian posts . . . They seem to KNOW an attack is coming.

It’s just after midnight in the region, and things seem to happen between 0200 and 0500

A summary from INL on YT

Say your prayers and keep making your preps. God bless and stand firm.

IRAN VOWS SEVERE REVENGE AND WARNS THE US AND ISRAEL AGAINST ANY “ADVENTURISM” DURING TRUMPS FINAL DAYS

It appears that Israel and the US want a war with Iran one way or another as Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi was assassinated early Friday morning. Iran has vowed “severe revenge” against whoever perpetrated the attack and have also warned the US and Israel against any adventures during Trump’s (supposed) final days in office.

Others are reporting that Iran’s security council has met and has agreed to strike and take revenge for this act, but it has not been determined who they will strike as of yet. Some are speculating that it could be a massive missile strike against Israel AND the US bases in the region. We shall soon see.

Assassination!

Prayed up and prepped up! Stay ready because this could POP at any moment now! Everything is in place!

Iran warns US and Israel

Iran Warns of “severe revenge”

Mossad at work?

Fundraiser

US tells Russia “We don’t recognize your borders”

Secret Meeting in Saudi Arabia 11-23-20

US Says “We Don’t Recognize Your Border” After Russia Stops Warship

The US just doesn’t recognize the border because it was made in 1984 by the USSR. Yet no one has challenged it until now? Why?

The US just keeps pushing everyone’s buttons and it’s becoming clear that they will push Russia, China and Iran into a war with the US that they simply can’t win without using nuclear weapons. I would expect at least some to be exchanged. As always remain prayed up and prepped up, this could kick off anytime now! God bless!

Russia, China, Iran Oh my!

Click the links below to read the full stories.

B-52 Story

US/Russia Naval Confrontation

Fundraiser

Secret Meeting in Saudi Arabia

Netanyahu Secretly Meets with Pompeo and Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia, UPDATE 7:40AM pACIFIC TIME!

Gee I wonder what they could be discussing with the Crown Prince and the King in Saudi Arabia? To go along with this there was my China/Taiwan report from yesterday which tells me we are very close to war, on the razers edge close! Are you ready?!?

Time is VERY short. Make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior today! UPDATE IS THE ISREALI NEWS LIVE VIDEO BELOW

Big Meeting in Saudi Arabia!
Confirmation

UPDATE BELOW!

Hundreds reported dead or wounded as Warfare Intensifies between Armenia – Azerbaijan; Other Nations Jumping in!

This war just keeps getting bigger with more nations such as Israel, Iran, Turkey and Russia supplying both sides of the war. From Hal Turner Radio:

“Overnight, warfare between Armenia and Azerbaijan intensified beyond belief.   Both sides have brought heavy armor, multiple Launch Rocket Systems, aircraft and thousands of additional troops into the fight.  Worse, outside nations, Israel, Turkey, Russia, and Iran,  are sending convoys of military gear to both sides indicating the fight is broadening very fast.

Israel and Turkey are supplying the aggressor, Azerbaijan, while Russia and Iran are supplying the victim, Armenia.”

Hundreds have been reported wounded as reported by CP24.com

“Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry told the Interfax news agency Monday that over 550 Armenian troops have been “destroyed (including those wounded)”, a claim that Armenian officials denied.

According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, 59 servicemen on their side have been killed so far. On Sunday, the territory’s defence ministry also reported two civilian deaths – a woman and her grandson.

About 200 people have been wounded in the fighting, the Armenian Defense Ministry said Monday, while Azerbaijani authorities said 26 civilians have been wounded on their side.”

There is a Big Possibility of War with Iran this Weekend 9-18-20

Of course nothing is for certain in today’s world but everything has lined up for things to start this weekend, including the lockdown of Israel as they became the first nation to do so a second time. It’s NOT for the Corona virus and may say it’s because of the big war starting tomorrow. We shall see. More info from Hal Turner and my video on the subject are below. Prayed up and prepped up!

Nimitz Enters the Gulf

Iranian President Rouhani told media outlets earlier this week “The United States will suffer a humiliating defeat this weekend.”  He SEEMED to be talking about the expiration of UN sanctions against Iran, but his words seemed ambiguous. Sooooo . . .

The United States has deployed an Aircraft Carrier Strike Group into the Persian gulf.

The USS Nimitz is pictured above as it entered the Strait of Hormuz earlier today.

The Nimitz is accompanied by the Guided-Missile cruisers Princeton and Philippine Sea, and the Destroyer Sterett.

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