The news about the security breach of the military contractor Britam Defense was not reported by any Western media outlet. Instead it was shared through blogs, communities of hackers and social platforms.
When it comes to the international matters, RedHotRussia is more interested in the opinions of Russian netizens about them, than in the veracity of the information itself.
Anyway, I will first recap the news itself, afterwards translate an article from “Komsomolskaya Pravda” to show how it was presented in one of Russia’s major newspapers and finally translate the comments of Russian netizens.
Confidential files leaked from the hacked server of Britam Defense
The hacker found a relatively insecure email server in Malaysia, and uncovered a whole host of documents from Britam Defence.
One particular email was of special interest. In it Dave Goulding reminded his fellow co-founder Phil Dougherty about an offer made by Washington via a group of Qataris: to transport what seemed to be a Soviet era chemical weapon into Syria, using sub contracted Russian speaking Ukrainian mercenaries.
We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.
We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have.
They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.
Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?
The fans of conspiracies and hackers started discussing whether the documents were genuine or fake.
Eventually, the community of hackers came to conclusion that the whole case was either genuine or VERY elaborate hoax with thorough attention to little details.
Without trying to understand all of the technical details, I will relay the widely circulating opinion of one software systems administrator (going on Reddit under the nickname of KungFu Spider) who checked the mail.
OK, last post – the plot thickens!!!
After looking at the email headers (see below), I have to admit that the email does indeed look genuine.
The email was sent from “18.104.22.168″ which is a BT Wholesale ADSL IP address.
From there it was then relayed via “smtp.clients.netdns.net [22.214.171.124]“
Finally it was delivered to a local mailbox on that server.
I hate to admit it, but all these facts check out. So with Mythbusters objectivity I have to call this one plausible.
I just really hope I don’t get a visit from the plods for this ill advised sleuthing.
The case is reported in Russian newspapers
Komsomolskaya Pravda published an article titled “British are ready to use chemical weapons in Syria”.
Here are some excerpts from this post:
The efforts of London prisoner Assange are carried on by new anonymous hackers.
This time, they broke into a server of the private military organization Britam Defense (with headquarters in London), which specializes in the armed protection of oil production and transportation of oil. Among its partners are the American “Halliburton” which drills oil in the conquered Iraq and “British Petroleum”, which is ready to do exactly the same thing in the recently conquered Libya.
Among the materials shared by hackers there are few documents which qualify as a war crime evidence.
Thus, one of the letters contains a plan of using the chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, with the help of corporate mercenaries from Ukraine.
And it’s about the real chemical weapon which is to be brought to Syria from Libya, or even has been brought already (since the letter was written a month ago). The document is signed by the company’s business development director David Goulding.
Many things are interesting in this combination: agreement of the USA, full confidence that the British intelligence services will not interrogate Mr. Goulding for the preparation of war crimes, and the belief that our Ukrainian “brothers” would be willing to take part in this show with the real corpses of Syrian civilians, killed by “Assad’s chemical bombs.”
Iraqi nuclear weapons which were the reason of American invasion haven’t been found yet. It seems that the image of the “criminal-Assad” is molded according to the same patterns. And kicking the stubborn Russia would come as a bonus.
Comments of Russian netizens
Anonymous: Maybe I should offer them my services, as expert in information security? They apparently have problem with it. Playing with such big money, doing serious business, and couldn’t hire a group of normal experts.Мб предложить им свои услуги, как эксперта по информационной безопасности? А то у них, видимо, проблемы с этим. Такими бабками ворочают, делами серьезными занимаются, а нанять группу нормальных специалистов не удосужились.
097mcn: Hehe, maybe it’s fake, but there is something in the list that is named as the “Halliburton camp”. In Google Maps it checks out as a serious wall with towers all over the perimeter. Хехе, может и фейк, но вот нечто, что в списке обозначено как ‘лагерь Халлибертона’. Это если вбить координаты из списка в Гуглмапс. Весьма серьезная стена по периметру с вышками.
[Note: commenter refers to one of many documents originally posted by the hacker, which you can find here . However, I don't advise you to download these files, since they might contain viruses]
Гость: Or maybe all these “revelations” are composed in Moscow – cause it all looks too awkward. Too many actors who can’t keep secrets. But good enough for propaganda.А можа все эти «разоблачения» в Москве сочиняют-уж больно топорно.Слишком много действующих лиц не привыкших держать язык за зубами.Но для пропаганды сойдет.
Гость №6451 (replying to the above): Maybe Saddam’s nuclear weapon was also invented in Moscow? Можа ядерное оружие Саддама тоже в Москве выдумали?
Гость №2615: You are trying to feed people with obvious bullshit. Who will discuss the information about the transportation of chemical weapon in email? Do you keep us for fools?вы парите народу явную лажу. обсуждать операцию по перевозке хим оружия по электронке? кого вы считаете за дураков?