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Hacked Ukraine Military Documents Spell Out Disastrous Situations

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The hacker group known as Cyber Berkut gained access to a computer belonging to a chief military prosecutor on January 28, grabbing documents that show that Ukraine is not in good shape.

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Author’s Note: The leaked documents have not been verified as official documents. The article is marked as a rumor for this reason.

The documents spell disastrous situations for the Ukrainian army in their fight for freedom, even though the government seems to be spinning the story the opposite way. Among cries of positive gains, the documents show that troops are demoralized, with recruits fleeing to Russia.

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What’s worse, the numbers of death are staggering compared to the official reports from the Ukranian government. On Jan. 25, Lieutenant General Sergei Popko restricted transmissions of information recording losses in battles. As the documents show, the recent battles in Donbass were severely underreported in losses by tens to hundreds of times more.

Documents Show Ukraine Soldiers Fleeing Battle

UkraineWhen publishing the documents, Cyber Berkut gave the following statement. Originally written in Ukrainian, Hacked translated the words into English as best as possible:

“The troops are demoralized and surrendering, no reserves, mobilization slips, recruits fleeing to Russia and the West. In a panic command ATO publishes insane orders, forms in the rear detachments, throws into senseless attack on a well-prepared defense militias inexperienced young men.”

According to the documents, drafted soldiers are either fleeing from battle or surrounding immediately to the Russian opposition.

In addition, one of the letters outlines that more than 12,600 crimes have been recorded for the illegal handling of weapons, ammunition and explosives. The cause? The Ukraine military is failing to keep a correct account of their weapons.

The misappropriation of facts is a military practice that’s not knew – the United States also underreported many deaths in the Vietnam War. But the flooding of unaccounted weapons to the people of Ukraine is highly dangerous and may result in more uprisings across the board.

All of the files can be found on Cyber Berkut’s official website.

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  1. Infinite Wealth

    February 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Why is there even any conflict. Do people think they are fighting over money? Doesn’t everyone realise actually that everyone is fighting to own more debt. Everything we see around is is debt, and everything belongs to the universe. We really need to change the way humans perceive each other and just exactly that money is a fabricated item that is selling debt to you, there are ways in which to change this. Very disappointed at the need to militarise arguments, if the legal system was fair there wouldnt be this sort of problem.

    This is EXACTLY why moving all money to the blockchain, and having unobtrusive transaction and movement tracking are essential, once data is on the blockchain it CANNOT be modified so it is time-stamped evidence, that is why Bitcoin and the Blockchain are so important for human safety and future peace.

    We MUST ensure that the Blockchain is utilised in as much politics, finance and law as much as possible in the future to protect ourselves from laws and government (smiling terrorists?).

    • Artur Denysenko

      February 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      To get to roots of conflict refer to Putin with his “Great Russia”, Miloshevich with his “Great Serbia” and Hitler with his “Great Germany” 😉

    • Notforgotten

      February 12, 2015 at 1:57 am

      Are you a complete idiot? How can you possibly get to the conclusion that the solution is to move off of the “cotton standard” and onto the blockchain? This conflict has very little to do with money nor monetary gain. This conflict is about sovereignty, self rule, and global power positioning.

  2. Artur Denysenko

    February 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Cyber Berkut is a Russian “hacker group” propaganda group. It’s as truthful as RussiaToday 😉

    • CryptoReporter

      February 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Or as truthful as Poroshenko.

    • Jo

      February 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for letting us know and helping us put this article into perspective.

      • CryptoReporter

        February 7, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Documents, smockuments. If you want the real truth I will tell you the truth. I have spent a lot of time in the region and one thing is VERY clear is that western Ukrainians (latin rite christians/polish) HATE WITH PASSION eastern Ukrainians (orthodox christians/russian). Whenever I went to government offices for documents, If we did not speak Ukrainian (official language) and instead spoke Russian influenced Ukrainian we were immediately treated differently. Here in America when looking for a church for my family we ended up a Ukrainian Catholic church and they welcomed us with open arms into their small community until we were spat on and yelled at after the service once they understood we were from eastern Ukraine. So much for Christianity?!

        While in general, most Ukrainians are warm hearted people, Ive NEVER experienced such crap treatment in Russia or from Russians anywhere.

        I now have one dead relative thanks to this war and one missing. My uncle is missing for a week now and my cousins wife (21 yrs old) was shot in the head a month after having their first baby. The rest of my family has fled to Moscow. I have one cousin and his newborn stuck with bombs and artillery all day long because he cannot obtain documentation for his newborn. Will they survive?

        This war began when western funded people formed a coup and toppled the democratically elected president of Ukraine. Agreed, he wasnt a good president, but he was elected into office. The Yatsenyuk government took over which was funded in part by Poroshenko’s money (he was a major monetary contributor of the revolution) and the West. After the dust settled an “election” took place last May and many eastern Ukrainians were blocked from voting just exactly what happened to them during the Orange revolution a few years back. It was a sham election that western nations said was honest. The winner? Poroshenko, the oligarch who helped fund the revolution in the first place.

        • solid12345

          February 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm

          Heh I’m American but took a few hours of Russian in college, I was invited to a party full of Russians once and witness to a Ukrainian man debating with 3 other Russians and it about turned into a fist fight. I think it’s like Israel & Palestine, you just need to make a clear line in the sand and say, “ok, this is your side and this is my side” and leave it at that.

          • CryptoReporter

            February 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

            Its probably for the best that the two sides just realize the differences and divorce from each other. Whats stupid to me is they are all Slavic.

          • silverdr

            February 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm

            That’s how it was for some good years.

        • Artur Denysenko

          February 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

          It’s and old ferry-tell about the Evil West toppled a “good tzar”, russophobes killing Russians, and Good Russia that has nothing to do with death.

          This ferry-tell is told for the every war Russia gets into: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_Russia#Russian_Federation_.281991.E2.80.93present.29

          I would recommend this reading: http://skibinsky.com/no-russian

  3. Ghosty

    February 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    As a species we need to let go of hate… It has been said that hate is like holding onto a burning hot stone with the intent to throw it at another… You are the one who gets burned…

    We are all connected… Unity consciousness is the only way out of this mess we have created!

    • Flash Reiker

      February 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      @Ghosty, thanks Mom. I’m sure Mankind will get right on that.

      • Ghosty

        February 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        No… Mankind is insane so I’m sure it won’t at least not in the short term… But some can see the forest through the trees…

  4. Doom Sternz

    February 8, 2015 at 3:05 am

    No surprise here. Ukraine has been as still is the most corrupt country in the world. The US is probably the second most corrupt country in the world.

    In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Barack Obama acknowledged that the United States had “brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine,” thus admitting to the highest level of democratic impropriety imaginable.

    The Ukrainian Government’s problem in implementing Obama’s planned genocide of the Donbass, is that there just aren’t enough Nazis, and there’s also not enough money, to do the amount of killing that needs to be done in order to enable Obama’s Ukrainian regime to retain the land in Donbass while eliminating the people there.

    Washington and Kiev partner in each other’s crimes against humanity. One fascist regime supports another. And the real reason why Obama’s war in Ukraine is failing is that there just is not enough blood-lust for the task, either in Ukraine, or in “the West.”. Obama has over-reached, when he overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President.

  5. Nmeofthestate

    February 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    “Ukrainian army in their fight for freedom”. Yeah, right. Get a clue. Nobody but the USG and the hardcore NAZIS (or do I repeat myself) that the USG installed in a well documented coup, want this to be a shooting war. That’s why something like 7% of those drafted showed up, and the rest have gone into hiding or fled.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PQjmwVC_Dts

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Uber Is Paying Hackers to Keep Quiet

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Uber Technologies Inc. has reportedly paid hackers to delete scores of private data stolen from the company in a security breach that was concealed for over a year. The revelation provides further confirmation that, when it comes to cyber security, crime does pay.

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Massive Data Breach

According to Bloomberg Technology, hackers retrieved the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers at some point last year. Nobody heard about it because the rideshare company paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet. A purge at the front office of Uber also ensured that the massive cyber breach was kept under wraps.

The compromised data was from October 2016 and included the names, phone numbers and addressed of 50 million Uber riders globally. About seven million drivers had their personal information accessed as well.

At the time of the cyber attack, Uber was inundated with a slew of legal issues stemming from alleged privacy violations. Rather than shine even more negative spotlight on the company, Uber executives decided to pay hackers to stay quiet.

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“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO in September, said in a statement that was published by Bloomberg. “We are changing the way we do business.”

Hackers have done a masterful job infiltrating companies and governments in recent years. As a reminder, recent cyber attacks levied against Yahoo!, Target Corp and Equifax Inc. dwarf Uber’s 57 million compromised accounts.

Various reports indicate that cyber attacks are bleeding the global economy dry. One report, issued by the World Economic Forum, suggests that cyber crime cost the world economy $445 billion in 2016. If cyber crime were its own market cap, it would exceed Microsoft Inc., Facebook Inc. and ExxonMobil Corp

The Fall of Uber?

Uber revolutionized the ride-hailing business over the span of seven years by giving more power to the consumer. Several missteps later, the company finds itself in legal hot water, with its future appearing less certain than it did just one year ago.

The rideshare company faces at least five U.S. probes ranging from bribes to illicit software and right up to unethical pricing schemes. According to another Bloomberg report, Uber is under investigation for violating price transparency regulations, not to mention the alleged theft of documents for Google’s autonomous cars.

Some governments are sensing weakness in the ride-hailing service, and are moving toward banning the Uber app entirely. London is the most prominent example of a city that has taken definitive steps to outlaw the service over a “lack of corporate responsibility.”

Even with its legal troubles, Uber is a revolutionary technology that has influenced a bevy of other innovations aimed at improving the human experience.

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Ethereum Notches Two-Month High as Bitcoin Offspring Triggers Volatility

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Digital currency Ethereum climbed to a two-month high on Monday, taking some of the heat off Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which have slumped since the weekend.

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Ethereum Forges Higher Path

Concerns over Bitcoin created a favourable tailwind for Ethereum (ETH/USD), which is the world’s No. 2 digital currency by total assets. Ether’s price topped $340.00 on Monday and later settled at $323.54. That was the highest since June 20.

At its peak, ether was up 10% on the day and 70% for the month of August.

The ETH/USD was last down 2.2% at $315.02, according to Bitfinex. Prices are due for a brisk recovery, based on the daily momentum indicators.

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Fractured Bitcoin Community

Bitcoin and its offshoot, Bitcoin Cash, retreated on Monday following a volatile weekend. The BTC/USD slumped at the start of the week and was down more than 3% on Tuesday, with prices falling below $3,900.00. Just last week, Bitcoin was trading at new records near $4,500.00.

Bitcoin Cash, which emerged after the Aug. 1 hard fork, climbed to new records on Saturday, but has been in free-fall ever since. The BTH was down another 20% on Tuesday to $594.49, according to CoinMarketCap. Its total market value has dropped by several billion over the past two days.

Analysts say that a “fractured” Bitcoin community has made Ethereum a more attractive bet this week. The ether token has shown remarkable poise over the past seven days, despite trading well shy of a new record.

Other drivers behind Ethereum’s advance are steady demand from South Korean investors and growing confidence in a smooth upgrade for the the ETH network. The upgrade, which has been dubbed “Metropolis,” is expected in the next several weeks. Its key benefits include tighter transaction privacy and greater efficiency.

Ethereum Prices Unaffected by ICO Heist

Fin-tech developer Enigma was on the receiving end of a cyber-heist on Monday after hackers took over the company’s website, mailing list and instant messaging platforms. The hack occurred three weeks before Enigma’s planned Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for September 11.

In addition to defacing the company’s website, the hackers pushed a special “pre-sale” ahead of the ICO. While many users realized it was a scam, 1,492 ether tokens – valued at $495,000 – were directed into the hackers’ cryptocurrency wallet by unsuspecting backers.

The irony in all this is that Engima is a cryptography company that prides itself on top-notch security protocols. The company issued a statement that its servers had not been compromised.

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Ethereum Prices on Track for 35% Monthly Drop

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It has been a difficult month for ethereum. The world’s No. 2 digital currency has lost a third of its value over the past 30 days following a series of cyber breaches targeting vulnerable wallets and ICOs.

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Ethereum Struggles to Regain Momentum

Ethereum (ETH/USD) was trading near $197.00 Sunday at 6:30 BST, according to Bitfinex. That represents a decline of around 5%. At current values, ethereum’s market cap was $18.4 billion.

The ETH/USD exchange rate has struggled throughout July, with prices briefly falling below $160.00. The decline, which amounted to a 60-day low, lured bargain-hunters back into the market. After surging back toward $250.00, the ETH/USD has consolidated below the $220-mark, which continues to offer strong resistance. On the opposite side of the spectrum, major support is located at $180.00.

A price recovery may prove elusive in the short-term, with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and Stochastic indicator signalling weak underlying momentum.

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Despite its recent decline, ethereum’s value has surged more than 2,200% this year.

Cyber Attacks, SEC Weigh on Market

The ethereum network suffered a large-scale cyber breach earlier this month resulting in the loss of tens of millions of dollars. A community of ethical hackers quickly banded together to “rescue” hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tokens.

Blockchain-based trading platform Coindash was also hijacked during an initial coin offering (ICO). The breach exposed Coindash’s ether wallet address, resulting in the loss of $7 million worth of ether.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also taken an interest in the ethereum-based ICO market. Last week, the regulator concluded that a certain multi-million dollar token sale last year violated securities law. Although ICOs have been compared to crowd-sourcing, the SEC maintained that some tokens were in fact securities.

Analysts say the SEC ruling could impact the future of ICOs, although it remains unclear how the regulator is pursuing this market. The SEC’s July 25 press release cautions investors about ICOs in general.

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