5 December 2020 — South Front
[Interesting and very alarming story, which if true, means that the US has the means and the ability to interfere with, and crucially, alter, electronic communications pretty much anywhere in the world. WB]
The cyber command of the US Navy intervened in the work of the international automatic vessel identification system (AIS), creating a dangerous precedent, according to reports on December 4th.
This was reported by Russian media.
According to reports, on November 26-27th, the US Navy cyber command, by substituting data in the automatic vessel identification system, grossly distorted the situation in order to present a civil vessel as the American destroyer Ross. At the same time, the civilian ship was identified in the system as a violator of the Russian state border, and the destroyer Ross itself was in the port of Gdynia (Poland).
In Russia, of course, this substitution was recognized instantly in view of the multi-level tracking system for NATO warships.
Nevertheless, there remains the fact that the US military intervened in the international system of vessel identification with the aim of grossly distorting the situation, which could lead to a dangerous situation.
Russian military experts immediately pinched in on the situation.
Military expert Mikhail Timoshenko commented on the messages of Telegram channels about the US missile destroyer USS Ross, which allegedly violated the Russian border in the Kaliningrad region.
This information appeared a few days ago. However, there was no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Tymoshenko pointed to oddities that cast doubt on the reliability of the information. He noticed that in the event of a real penetration into this area, the ship would be clearly visible from the land:
“This is the sea, there’s no waves, no ships.”
“If it entered – at least eight miles, at least eight kilometers – into the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, it would be visible from the Pillau pier, now Baltiysk, this is the base of the Baltic Fleet. It would be visible with the naked eye! Where did the ship go? Was it even there? ” the military expert asked.
He also provided a second argument, which indicates that these messages are nothing more than another informational stuffing.
“Next question. Then we start digging for the sources of the foreign press. If this ship really entered our waters, then – mother dear! – our Polish friends would have choked with saliva. Moreover, it allegedly left the port of Gdynia. That is, in fact, from around the corner. as if it came out. But no publications, which is surprising. So, it’s a fake. And what a capital fake!” summed up Tymoshenko.
The initial report that all of these refer to is the following:
The American missile destroyer USS Ross violated the Russian maritime border near Baltiysk. The ship, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation at a distance of about 7-8 kilometers, on November 27th.
“The American destroyer USS Ross, visiting the Polish port of Gdynia, about 13 hours ago deliberately invaded the territorial waters of Russia opposite Kaliningrad (see lines on the map), violating everything that is possible and that is not allowed,” reports said.
“The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet commented on the invasion of the missile destroyer.”
There’s also a map showing the presence of the ship.
Evidently, the warship wasn’t actually there, and it could be that the US Navy’s cyber command did meddle in the AIS. Or the US Navy has invisible warships, and it is obvious which one is more likely.
As a result, a question should be asked, if the US is capable of meddling in the AIS, and making it seem like warships are present in positions they’re not, how unlikely is it that it could also influence the information about flight positions, and the reporting information that’s presented?
In this context, and purely in speculation, one should recall that back on January 8th, 2020, Iran downed a Ukrainian passenger plane.
Iran admitted its mistake, and it even said that the passenger plane suddenly appeared on the tracking equipment and that they thought it was an enemy warplane, somehow in their airspace.
The incident was also riddled with suspicious circumstances. Immediately after the incident was reported, there was a video showing the first missile strike the plane.
As if somebody, somehow, knew exactly where and at what time to point their phone towards the sky and shoot a video.
It appeared as if the person shooting the video knew what he was looking for, and it appeared that it prompted no form of emotional response, which is likely to be caused when one sees a missile hit an airplane.
At the same time, media outlets then reported that US special services had detected radar activation and infrared flashes.
In short, long before the wreckage was revealed, the narrative was already set – that Iran was guilty.
Finally, one could potentially ask themselves the following question: if such capabilities are employed in daily life as with a US destroyer suddenly appearing in the middle of Russian territorial waters, then could it be possible to provoke a tragedy in this way?