Friday, 19 May 2017

Balkan media accuse Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) to support radical islamic network


According to the Serbian Televizija Republike Srpske - a Bosnian entity level public mainstream TV - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, is the patron of the weightiest humanitarian organization: Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH).

IHH is a radical Islamic organization, established in 1992 by a member of the Turkish Refah Party and formally registered in Istanbul in 1995. Besides its legitimate humanitarian activities, IHH supports radical Islamic networks. In recent years, it has prominently supported Hamas (through the Union of Good).

In addition, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has reliable information that in the past IHH provided logistical support and funding to global jihad networks.

The Balkans, and specifically the western portion of them with Bosnia and Herzegovina, has become a major recruitment base for ISIS due to their high rates of unemployment and the growing size of marginalized sectors of society.

The Balkans is strategically important for ISIL as they serve as a major transit zone for foreign recruits to ISIL from various parts of the world. The Balkans are also important for ISIL for movements in the opposite direction, it is a transit point for operatives into Western Europe and a staging point for terrorist operations.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Belgian Intelligence stopped cooperation with Turkish MIT


Belgian Intelligence and Security Agency (VSSE) has stopped cooperation on terrorism with Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) as consequence of the action taken on mosque in Limburg.

According to Daily Sabah - a Turkish pro-government daily - "the procedure to withdraw the recognition of the Fatih Mosque in Beringen" has convinced supporters of President Erdogan that Belgian Intelligence are investigating their leader.

Euroactiv - a European media platform specialising in the online publication of articles focusing on European policymaking - reported that "the Flemish interior minister has taken action against a mosque supported by Turkey, whose imam is suspected of informing Ankara about supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the self-exiled cleric accused of being the mastermind behind last year’s failed coup".

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hackers attempt to penetrate German Parliament Network



The largest German subscription daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that "unidentified hackers have attempted to penetrate the German Parliament network".

Both the Federal Office for Information Technology (BSI) and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) have confirmed the attack.

The Bundestag's IT division was able to thwart this latest attack. Lawmakers have criticized the communication policy of the authorities responsible for this incident.

The attack was discovered "after a tipoff from the BfV". The infected computers had attempted to establish contact with a "potentially hazardous website." The connection was blocked for security reasons.

On March 28, The BSI said that it had now completed its analysis, but refused to comment on the results.

The targets included Marieluise Beck of the Green Party. Beck's disk image is also with the BSI. Beck said to Sueddeutsce Zeitung that "a BSI manager told me that they had discovered server connections with an Israeli news website".

Until now it is unclear whether the staff member had visited the real website or a fake version through which malware had been downloaded on to her computer.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Internal Rift Among Iranian Intelligence Services

According to well-informed French newsletter Intelligence Online there is an internal rift among Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, the Vezarat - e Ettela'at Jomhuri - ye Eslami - ye Iran (VAJA) and the Pasdaran intelligence service.

The VAJA, which is leaded by Mahmud Alawi, is looking to keep more of the security budget for itself.

The Pasdaran have always received more relevant funding because of their more extensive deployment into foreign countries.

But the VAJA think that internal threats from the restive provinces of Balochistan, bordering Pakistan, or Khuzestan, bordering Iraq, also require more investment.

Recently there have been a growing number of incidents in both predominantly Sunni provinces, which have the support of Sunni nations in the Middle East and Central Asia region.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ukraine Poland Tension Promoted from Grey Eminence of the "Russian Influence Machine"


According to Informnapalm.org website - a volunteer initiative to inform Ukrainian citizens and the foreign public about the undeclared war against Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, and the activities of the Russian special services - the recent tension between Kyiv and Warsaw, with a series of incidents in late 2016 and early 2017, resulted from Russian interference.

Informnapalm.org reported that organisations CyberHunta and Ukrainian Cyber Alliance have got access to emails of Alyaksandr Usowski, a 49-year-old Belarusian citizen described as a "grey eminence of the Russian influence machine in Eastern Europe" and alleged organiser of "anti-Ukrainian stunts" in Poland.

Alyaksandr Usowski is an historian and writer promoting ideas of the "Russian world". He published his pieces on the website of the pro-Russian movement "Ukrainian Choice", lead by Viktor Medvedchuk, believed to be a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Usowski had been running his "anti-Ukrainian stunts" in Poland under the auspices of his NGO Eastern European Cultural Initiative (Vychodoeuropska kulturna iniciativa), registered in Slovakia.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

French DGSE and DGSI build interception centre in Senegal

According to well-informed French newsletter Intelligence Online, the Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) and the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) are supporting their counterparts in Senegal both to develop their interception capacities and to train technicians and analysts.

DGSE and DGSI are also building an interception centre in Senegal.

The interception centre will be equipped with interception materiel provided by French Electronic firm Thales’ cyber-defence department.

The DGSI will send an expert to the Senegalese interior ministry to advise the local police.

Relations between the French and local intelligence officials in Senegal could be helped by the presence of the French ambassador Christophe Bigot, a former chief of strategy department of the DGSE.