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Report #129 01/01/17

This Web site continued to carry very interesting items. A July 2016 article, entitled "Cyber Showdown" was subtitled "How Russian Hacking Works". Written by Andrei Soldatov, it gave a revealing explanation of Russian hacking efforts.

The action by the U.S. Government resulting in the closure of two Russian diplomatic installations hit the news media during the holiday period. It has long been recognized that the facilities which were closed were sources of electronic intelligence gathering by the Russians.
Related to the above, I finally tracked down the list of Soviet SIGINT sites I have previously mentioned several times. The list was in Numbers & Oddities, Edition #201, June 2014.
Comparing other details with the recent news showed the following: The Long Island site was purchased by Russia in the early 1950s. The site was known as "Proba-2" (in Russian) or "Test 2" (In English). The other site closed was in Maryland, purchased in the mid 70s, and was described as being 45-acres with a brick mansion along the Corsica River. This facility was claimed to be a getaway for Russian diplomatic personnel working in Washington DC. This site was possibly named "Raketa" (in Russian) or "Rocket" (in English).
A 1989 publication by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Research School of Pacific Studies, located in Canberra, Australia at the Australian National University, presents photographs and detailed information concerning the various Soviet SIGINT facilities located throughout the world.

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