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Report #132 04/01/17

Interesting article titled "Think Hacking's Bad Now?" points out how the Russian Government views cyber threats. In another article, written by Andrei Soldatov, the author explains how "Moscow is still sacrificing innovation for state security."

The February 2017 issue of the NASWA Journal (published by the North American Shortwave Association) has a revealing look at Chinese government efforts in broadcasting Pro-Beijing programming. The article is entitled "Reuters Investigates: The Long Arm of China."

I just recently learned of the 12 October 2016 passing away of this prolific writer who produced countless articles and monographs plus over 30 books. My relationship with Professor Ball dates back to the 80s and 90s. We exchanged correspondence at various times and he sent me two of his books, one of which I still have. It shows signs of wear with loose pages suffered from my frequent reference use of the book. The title is "Soviet Signal Intelligence (SIGINT)" and was published in 1989 by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University located at Canberra, Australia. The book chapter titles are: Soviet SIGINT Operations; Soviet SIGINT Stations; Use of Diplomatic & Trade Establishments for SIGINT purposes; Soviet Vehicular SIGINT Operations; Soviet Naval SIGINT Systems and operations; Soviet Airborne SIGINT Operations; Soviet SIGINT Satellite Systems and Collection Operations.
The many photographs in the book show antenna installations at Soviet Diplomatic and Trade Establishments plus views of Soviet Naval and Airborne SIGINT collectors.

I suspect that the Babbler transmissions may be beamed opposite to my location. I have listened for such communications numerous times and have never heard them. At the time of such transmissions and the frequencies in use, the direction has to be the reason I do not hear the signals?

The book reviewed this month is "Battle of Wits"-The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II, written by Stephen Bodiansky. Here is a brief excerpt from the book jacket: Bodiansky, a Harvard-trained mathematician, demonstrates the mathematical insight and creativity of the cryptographers by showing step-by-step precisely how the codes were broken. This technology-the flow of information, its encryption, and the computational methods of recovering it from the enemy-had never before been so important to the outcome of a war. Informative diagrams, maps, appendices, and photographs show exactly how, why, and where the secret war was won.

I started watching this activity last year. I am referring to EagleCam Web sites. It has been a real pleasure to observe the Eaglets from the cracking out of the eggs, their growth and the final departure from the nest. The period of observation is roughly Feb-July. I am currently watching three sites. Two sites are in Washington, DC and the third is in Shephardstown, WV. Such sites are available for viewing at numerous places in the U.S.

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