I've been wanting to write on this subject for a few days now.
But between the chaos of server migration, trying to suss out the broken English of what, despite their ostensibly "American" nomenclature, are clearly foreign-based IT support agents, and rebuilding a branded online store, I just haven't had the time to really give this subject the attention it deserves… until today.
The upside to all the chaos is that it has allowed some time to pass and for the story to develop. And I have for you now what may be the single longest article I've ever published on the site. And that's saying something, I think. Consider it something of an apology for the irregularities of late – irregularities that are hopefully dispelled for good, now.
I promise you – you may need multiple reading sessions just to really understand everything I'm laying out here; absorbing all the sources I link to. There is so much to understand and correlate, I would not blame you one bit if you put the article down at one point, and came back to it several hours later. In fact, I encourage it, if you really want to understand the implications of everything written here.
So buckle up, and strap on your thought-box.
We're about to go deep:
A "helper" came on the boards a few days ago and dropped some info in Socratic form.
I'm calling this anon a "helper" in quotations, because I really believe this to just be an individual who is slightly ahead of the curve, and working off a hunch – as opposed to an intel agent with some spare time at NSA HQ, working under Q with specific instructions. I could be wrong on this point, as I have no way of definitively knowing for sure, but I don't think I am. Anyway, our "helper" here is identified as ID: e32d74
And our starting place is with the link our helper dropped in the above post:
At least 350 diplomatic Silk Way Airlines (an Azerbaijani state-run company) flights transported weapons for war conflicts across the world over the last 3 years. The state aircrafts of Azerbaijan carried on-board tens of tons of heavy weapons and ammunition headed to terrorists under the cover of diplomatic flights.
Documents implicating Silk Way Airlines in arms supplies were sent to me by an anonymous twitter account – Anonymous Bulgaria.
The leaked files include correspondence between the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria with attached documents for weapons deals and diplomatic clearance for overflight and/or landing in Bulgaria and many other European countries, USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, to name a few.
Now… This is immediately very interesting to me, because… well, hacking groups – especially anyone calling themselves "Anonymous" these days – are actually very rare.
This goes into, like, ancient 4chan history. You've got to go back literally, like, 15 years, to when script-kiddies were using the "LOIC" program (aka, the Low Orbit Ion Cannon – a name ripped from the Command and Conquer video game series) to perform a DDOS attack on the likes of the RIAA, and Universal.
(And while I will admit to downloading the program at the time, I never ran it against any targets – mostly because I didn't want my IP to end up on some government list somewhere).
But the point is, "Anonymous" have, for the most part, been a collection of prankster script kiddies running basic programs on their windows boxes; not at all as fearsome as the Guy Fawkes masks would have you believe.
But to have actual hackers affiliated under an actual Anonymous banner, delivering real intel to an actual journalist in 2017… that's pretty rare. Especially because most hacking groups "moved on" from the Anonymous label after 2010, to avoid affiliation with all the script kiddies.