一家与以色列情报机构联系在一起的网络安全公司，以及有关即将到来的美国大选的网络恐怖袭击的一系列令人不安的模拟，最近宣布了一名新员工，该人计划协助该公司进一步渗透美国公共部门。 上周三，Cybereason公司宣布 聘请了安德鲁·波伦（Andrew Borene） 作为其最近启动的美国公共部门业务的董事总经理。 博雷恩（Borene）与美国情报界和五角大楼有着长期的联系，他说：“将加快赛百森在美国公共部门的合作伙伴和客户的影响力”。 新闻稿.
Borene可能会成功地招募来自美国情报和国防界的杰出校友销售团队，以在整个美国政府中推广Cybereason的产品。 在加入Cybereason之前，Borene是 高级顾问 情报高级研究计划活动（IARPA），即情报界的“ DARPA”等效物，位于国家情报局局长办公室（ODNI）中。 他以这种身份任职 代表 情报承包商Booz Allen Hamilton的团队。 在此之前，Borene曾担任五角大楼的副总法律顾问，此前曾是美国海军陆战队的军事情报官。
Borene在IBM担任高级主管时，在私营部门的经验也很重要。 值得注意的是，现任中央情报局首席信息官朱莉安·加利纳（Juliane Gallina）与波琳（Borene）一起任职 作为IBM高层主管 在担任该机构的现职之前。 此外，Borene还曾作为富国银行（Wells Fargo）投资银行部门的资深人士而与华尔街保持联系。
Cybereason宣布聘用Andrew Borene的同时发布了新的“美国公共部门业务”，这意味着Cybereason现在寻求使其网络安全软件运行在美国政府最机密的更多网络上。 多年来，Cybereason已经通过以下几个途径在美国一些敏感的政府网络上运行 它的伙伴关系 与情报和国防领域的IT承包商合作，例如Lockheed Martin（也是Cybereason的投资者），WWT和Leidos。 但是，Borene的聘用以及这一新的公开宣布的向美国公共部门的转变，清楚地表明了该公司对进一步加深其在美国政府网络中的影响力的兴趣。
Cybereason的枢纽之所以令人担忧，有几个原因。 首先，其联合创始人是以色列8200部队的校友，该部队是以色列情报部队的精锐部队，隶属于IDF军事情报局，主要参与信号情报，监视，网络战和代码解密。 它还以对巴勒斯坦平民的监视和利用截获的通信作为勒索来在西岸被占领的巴勒斯坦人中获取线人而闻名。
此外，三位Cybereason联合创始人在离开8200单位后，继续为两家以色列的民营科技/电信公司工作，该公司臭名昭著地对美国政府进行间谍活动： Amdocs和Comverse Infosys （后者现在称为Verint Systems Inc.）。 鉴于该公司的联合创始人以前曾在有后门进入美国电信和电子基础设施以及积极监视美国的公司工作，这增加了Cybereason软件可能被未经授权的参与者用作后门的可能性。联邦机构。
Also notable is the fact that the company’s current CEO and co-founder Lior Div was much more than the average Unit 8200 officer during his time in the unit, as he “served as a commander [in Unit 8200] and carried out some of the 世界上最大的针对国家的网络进攻运动 and cybercrime groups. For his achievements, he received the Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed upon Unit 8200 members,” according to 他的传记. Troublingly, in Div给的采访 TechCrunch last year, Div stated that his work at Cybereason is “延续 of the six years of training and service he spent working with the Israeli army’s 8200 Unit.”
This is particularly noteworthy given that Israel’s government has openly admitted that an on-going intelligence operation, first initiated in 2012 – the year Cybereason was founded, involves Israeli military intelligence and intelligence operations that had previously done “in house” (i.e. as part of Unit 8200, Mossad, etc.) being spun off into private companies, specifically start-ups in the “cyber” realm.
This operation is part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “蓄意的政策” to have former members of Israel’s “military and intelligence units … merge into companies with local partners and foreign partners” in order to make it all but impossible for major corporations and foreign governments to boycott Israel and to also to ensure that Israel becomes the world’s dominant “cyber power.”
One notable report on this policy, published by Israeli outlet Calcalist技术, interviewed dozens of Israeli military, intelligence and government officials and noted that “since 2012, cyber-related and intelligence projects that were previously carried out in-house in the Israeli military and Israel’s main intelligence arms are transferred to companies that in some cases were built for this exact purpose.” The article also states that beginning in 2012, Israel’s intelligence and military intelligence agencies began to outsource “activities that were previously managed in-house, with a focus on software and cyber technologies.”
“Simulating” the Cancellation of the 2020 Election
In light of Cybereason’s background and the “acceleration” of their presence on U.S. government networks, the timing of their redoubled efforts to court the U.S. public sector add additional layers of concern given that it precedes the U.S. 2020 election by a matter of months. Since last year, Cybereason has conducted multiple simulations focused on the 2020 election, which were 由出席 federal officials from the FBI, DHS and the U.S. Secret Service and all of which ended in disaster. In those simulations, the 2020 election was ultimately canceled and martial law was then declared due to the chaos created by a group of hackers led by Cybereason employees.
Notably, Cybereason stood to gain nothing financially from the simulations given that their software could not have prevented the attacks waged against the U.S.’ electoral infrastructure in the exercise and the company framed their hosting of the simulations as merely “altruistic” because of their professed desire to help “protect” U.S. election infrastructure. The attacks conducted in the simulations by Cybereason employees included creating power grid blackouts, the use of deep fakes to sow confusion, creating havoc with municipal sewage systems and crashing self-driving cars into voters waiting in line to cast their ballots, killing 32 and injuring over a hundred people.
In the months since I first wrote about Cybereason and their 2020 “doomsday” simulations back in January, U.S. government officials and mass media alike 一直在警告 that these same types of attacks that Cybereason simulated are likely to come to pass on this upcoming election day, scheduled for November 3rd of this year. More recently, in less than a week, headlines like “Election Security Experts Expect ‘Chaos’ Unless Action Taken,” “New York’s Pandemic Voting ‘Chaos’ Set to Go Nationwide in November，“和”Foreign adversaries ‘seeking to compromise’ presidential campaigns, intel warns“ 其中 其他类, have been published in major U.S. media outlets.
While these narratives have asserted that China, Russia and/or Iran will be to blame for such attacks, it is worth noting that a tight-knit web of Israeli state-owned and private companies tied to Israeli military intelligence now run the software controlling key parts of the power grid in New York, California and elsewhere in the U.S.; are the main global producers of deep fakes; and the main providers of “security” software for self-driving and semi-self-driving cars, the quantity of which on U.S. streets has grown dramatically 后果 冠状病毒危机.
With Cybereason’s newly announced push to run its software on critical U.S. government networks at both the federal and state levels, the company’s history of simulating terror attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure and their openly admitted and on-going ties to Israeli military intelligence deserve more scrutiny than ever as the U.S. election draws closer.