An interesting Federal Security Service (FSB) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that two “high-level directors” of the American FBI Cyber Task Force were granted permission this past week to hold a video conference call with their computer security expert counterparts at Moscow Metro (the busiest metro system outside of Asia and the 5th longest in the world) after “sustained and crippling” attacks were made against the Metro Rail system in Washington D.C. and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco.
According to this report, the “urgent appeal” issued for this video conference by the FBI Cyber Task Force was due to their needing “assistance/guidance” on the “closed access” subway transit software used by Moscow Metro, versus the “open access” software used by US transit systems.
The issue of “open access” versus “closed access” transit system software, this report explains, first arouse in 2014 when, between March and August, Seoul Metro (South Korea) came under a “sustained and crippling” attack from a virus believed to have been installed on at least 60 of their computers by North Korea.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) in their analyzing of this believed to be North Korean virus, this report continues, then shared their findings with the FSB (as well as others) who then ordered Moscow Metro to close off remote access to their software due to how potentially dangerous it could be—unlike the Americans who choose to keep the remote access to their systems intact.
The dangers of keeping the American transit system software open, though, this report says, was evidenced in 2015 when this virus struck the Metro Rail system in Washington D.C. killing one, and had became so pervasive throughout their computer systems that this week they had to initiate an emergency, and historic, 29-hour shutdown to change their entire transit software from “open access” to “closed access”—which Moscow Metro, and FSB security experts “guided/assisted” them in doing.
Likewise in the US, this report continues, San Francisco’s BART system, which remains an “open access” one, is continuing to see disruptions due to this virus too.
With the US and South Korea having previously announced, and are currently carrying out, their “largest ever” military drill, this report concludes, the Obama regime has, for reasons “unknown/unstated”, chosen not to fully protect themselves from North Korean attacks such as this—which seems foolish as this hermit kingdom has 6,000 trained military hackers that many experts have already warned are capable of attacks to destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people.
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