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Most of the Social Media Channels identified in the dump are not surprising (WhatsApp, Signal, etc.) because those are the ones used by ISIS to talk to their followers and conduct recruiting ops. ISIS eschews more popular channels since they know the potential of them cooperating with authorities is extremely high. It should be noted that the CIA did not manage to break the encryption on these applications - rather, much of their success has been at targeting individuals and their more vulnerable endpoints (i.e., phone, tablet, PC, multimedia TV). Encryption itself is still sound, but in a way, this shows that the push to harden encrypted communications has achieved one of the objectives most sought by privacy advocates - the ability of the state to conduct *effective* mass surveillance has been stymied. Unfortunately it does mean that states are now doubling down on individual surveillance, but there is no perfect outcome.

Edited to add: The really telling part about the dump is Project UMBRAGE. As any good IT practitioner has been stating for a long time, Attribution of Cyberwar events is hard. Here is absolute proof that the CIA (and likely any other state intelligence organ) have taken large steps to cover up any of their cyberspace intrusions by attributing it to another organization or even nation-state. Littering known tools, footprints and code in the wake of an attack to throw off the scent. Attribution is not reliable, period. About the only way you can figure out who might be behind a given attack is to see what they achieved, and who might benefit. Beyond that... 

Indonesia / Re: Indonesian KAI T-50i Trainer Jets
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:27:38 PM »
Radar system to be upgraded - non-compete with LM prevents AESA until F-16 line is dead, so I wonder what they're thinking of.

AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions / Re: Countdown to the TC-90s
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:26:01 PM »
Longer range, better performance because of turboprop engines, pressurization to fly higher. They are stripped of any surveillance equipment, so another case of FFBNW.

General Discussion / Re: Missile-firing gunboat?
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:16:37 AM »
Confirmed through separate sources (PN and vessel manufacturer) - Mk. 3 not delivered or in service. It may take several more months to deliver just the vessels.

China / Re: China's Future Trimaran Frigate
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:03:23 PM »
Nope. Gearbox and oil cooler issues. Look up the saga of Crew 204. Coronado has a crew that is set to have the longest deployment in years because replacements can't be trained. All other Independence class ships are in repair unavailability.

Resident Indonesian Forum member Gombaljaya shared photos of the TNI T-50 with the same RWR receivers on the wings. Now, I could be wrong, but it was the T-50s that were camo'd, not the dark blue ones. I think TNI bought 12 T-50s and four TA-50s, so it could be the latter.

The delivery coincides with conclusion of the first batch of PN crew-training.


The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will deliver two of the five leased turbo-prop TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy’s (PN) Sangley Point air facility on March 27. This was confirmed by Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna in an interview Thursday.

The aircraft will be delivered to the country by JMSDF pilots and will be formally transferred to the Navy on the same day.

Lincuna said the remaining three TC-90s will be transferred to the Navy before the end of the year.

He added that the TC-90s will be used to augment the existing Norman-Britten BN-2 Islander fleet, which the Navy uses in patrol, surveillance and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and rapid assessment missions.

Last November, two PN pilots and six air crews left for Japan to start their TC-90 flight training.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that the Philippines will re-equip the TC-90s as Japan has stripped them of some equipment, including their surveillance systems.

The country will pay Japan USD7,000 each for the first four aircraft yearly and only USD200 for the fifth, for total of USD28,200 as stipulated in its lease agreement.

The DND added it is also looking at the possibility of using the TC-90 for 20 years while the military is upgrading its equipment.

The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized Feb. 29 last year.

The TC-90’s patrol range is double that of a small Philippine aircraft, which only has a maximum range of 300 km.


What you're really looking for is direct or at least strong inference through Social Media channels that ISIS Leadership in SWA is seeking another Caliphate in SEA. That's how usually Command & Control messages are passed along between chapters - other commo channels notwithstanding. The other possibility is that ISIS is waiting to see how successful Hapilon is - this may be his "made man" moment - before fully backing any efforts.

China / Re: China's Future Trimaran Frigate
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:34:31 PM »
But will it break down as often as the real thing?

All of them have the RWR, at least as far as ll the photos I could find online of 001-004. Would it be an option for the FA-50 at all or standard? I imagine it would be for something more trainer oriented like the TA-50.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Air Tractor AT-802L
« on: February 18, 2017, 12:17:31 AM »
Damn, that is an oops. Someone needs better Googlefu in the KDF.

I just wonder how they managed to finagle a slot if both seats were already occupied.

Sponsons port and starboard on future models could have a pair of 25mm Mk38 if desired. But for now, pintle mounted .50s at the most.

No the problem is closer to home. Some domestic players are making life difficult.

General Discussion / Re: Retitled: China offers arms to the Philippines
« on: February 10, 2017, 01:05:14 AM »
I haven't found any good sources that indicate GJV289A is MIL-STD-1553 compatible.

That being said, one way this could work is if PRC "copied" Raytheon's WiPak. Then the various air-droppable PGMs can be used theoretically on the Broncos.

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