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New anti-Islamic State plan could change U.S. strategy in Syria - The Washington Post, Feb 22, 2017
In addition to calling for “new coalition partners,” possibly to include operational coordination with Russia, Trump also ordered recommendations to change any existing military rules of engagement that are more stringent than what is required by international law.

The most prominent of these are a series of restrictions, contained in an executive order Obama signed last summer, designed to limit the number of civilian casualties caused by U.S. air attacks.

Senior officials familiar with the effort said the overall goal is to narrow the U.S. lens to focus more intensely on the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, without the distractions of Syria’s civil war, the needs of “nation-building,” or the promotion of democracy.

President Trump’s developing plan to defeat the Islamic State may lead to significant alterations in the Syria strategy that Trump inherited from Barack Obama, including a reduction or elimination of both long-standing U.S. support for moderate opposition forces fighting against the Syrian government and the use of Syrian Kurdish fighters as the main U.S. proxy force against the militants, according to U.S. officials.

A memorandum signed late last month by Trump ordered the Pentagon and other national security agencies to draft a new proposal by late February.
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RT : Russian scientists make major revelation on a text , can’t decode
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7 days ago by iand
RT : fired more people for a food fight than it did for its bogus reports that led to the Iraq war and ISIS…
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13 days ago by schraeds
WikiLeaks Dumps Source Code of CIA Tool Called Marble
WikiLeaks dumped yesterday the source code of a CIA tool called Marble, which according to previously leaked CIA manuals, the Agency classified as a code obfuscation framework.
The WikiLeaks dump conveniently came a day after the Senate's open hearing on Russian election interference.
Marble is not a tool for planting false flags
Many news agencies incorrectly reported that Marble allows CIA's operators to plant false flags inside the malware they create thanks to a feature that inserts code comments written in various languages such as Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, and Farsi.
In reality, the Marble framework is a banal code obfuscation utility, like many other tools on the malware market.
It's role is to scramble code so human operators can't read it and antivirus engines can't assign it to a known malware family. Nothing more.
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15 days ago by rgl7194
WikiLeaks Reveals 'Marble' Source Code that CIA Used to Frame Russia and China
WikiLeaks published hundreds of more files from the Vault 7 series today which, it claims, show how CIA can mask its hacking attacks to make it look like it came from other countries, including Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
Dubbed "Marble," the part 3 of CIA files contains 676 source code files of a secret anti-forensic Marble Framework, which is basically an obfuscator or a packer used to hide the true source of CIA malware.
The CIA's Marble Framework tool includes a variety of different algorithm with foreign language text intentionally inserted into the malware source code to fool security analysts and falsely attribute attacks to the wrong nation.
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15 days ago by rgl7194
Wikileaks releases code that could unmask CIA hacking operations | Ars Technica
"Marble" libraries include code used to obfuscate—and unscramble—CIA malware.
Up until this week, WikiLeaks' "Vault 7" releases of files from a Central Intelligence Agency software development server have largely consisted of documentation for the various malware projects the CIA's Engineering Development Group created to aid the agency's mission. But on Friday afternoon, WikiLeaks began actually releasing portions of the CIA's development library. And while the release contains no malware, it's potentially the most damaging information released so far in that it could undermine ongoing CIA operations.
The release was of a repository of code for the CIA EDG's obfuscation tools called Marble. The tools were used to conceal the signature of the implants developed by the CIA from malware scans, to make it more difficult to reverse-engineer them if they were detected, and to figure out where the malware came from. University of California at Berkeley computer security researcher Nicholas Weaver told the Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima, "This appears to be one of the most technically damaging leaks ever done by WikiLeaks, as it seems designed to directly disrupt ongoing CIA operations.”
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15 days ago by rgl7194
Your Government's Hacking Tools Are Not Safe
Quoting Edward Snowden: One month apart, @CIA and @NSAGov had "nobody but us" surveillance tools stolen. The "lawful access" debate is over.
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