Investigation Proves China’s Army Is Hacking the U.S.

Investigation Proves China’s Army Is Hacking the U.S.

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In light of this staggering evidence, will the United States finally stand up against these acts of war?

A shadowy branch of the Chinese military is one of the world’s “most prolific cyberespionage groups,” according to a report released Tuesday by a leading computer security company.

The report by Virginia-based Mandiant is significant because, before its publication, public evidence proving that the Chinese government sponsors the torrent of cyberattacks originating in China was in short supply. The document’s 60 pages are mostly about investigations Mandiant has conducted on a group of hackers it calls Advanced Persistent Threat 1 (apt1).

Evidence conclusively ties apt1 to attacks on 141 different organizations—mostly entities in America’s military, defense industry, energy infrastructure sectors, telecommunications industry and hi-tech research groups.

Despite Beijing’s persistent claims to the contrary, apt1 is not a group of rogue Chinese hackers.

PLA Unit 61398

“Our analysis has led us to conclude that apt1 is likely government-sponsored,” the report says. It goes on to pinpoint the Chinese military as the branch of the government sponsoring the espionage.

“[O]ur research found that People’s Liberation Army (pla) Unit 61398 is similar to apt1 in its mission, capabilities, and resources. pla Unit 61398 is also located in precisely the same area from which apt1 activity appears to originate. … [T]he totality of evidence” reveals that “apt1 is Unit 61398,” the report summarized.

(Unit 61398 is located inside a building on the outskirts of Shanghai that the Trumpet was able to locate on Google maps.)

With a degree of sarcasm, the authors explain the only other possible explanation for their findings:

A secret, resourced organization full of mainland Chinese speakers with direct access to Shanghai-based telecommunications infrastructure is engaged in a multi-year, enterprise-scale computer espionage campaign right outside of Unit 61398’s gates, performing tasks similar to Unit 61398’s known mission.

Unit 61398 is very seldom mentioned in China’s official descriptions of its military, but Mandiant’s findings reveal that it is perhaps the pla’s most effective and destructive unit.

Washington’s Response

The day after the report was released, the Obama administration announced a new effort to fight the growing theft of American trade secrets. Yet, the statement made no mention of China, the Chinese military or the threat posed to U.S. military and infrastructure.

Washington’s refusal to confront China’s assault in any meaningful way has worried some American leaders. “If the Chinese government flew planes into our airspace, our planes would escort them away. If it happened two, three or four times, the president would be on the phone and there would be threats of retaliation,” said Shawn Henry, former fbi executive assistant director. “This is happening thousands of times a day.”

Cyberattacks—which the U.S. officially labels “acts of war”—are happening thousands of times a day, and mountains of evidence shows that China’s military is behind many of the most destructive and persistent ones. The U.S. is bleeding military secrets, technological information, corporate strategies and billions of dollars. Evidence suggests that America has already suffered trial attacks on its vital infrastructure. Yet, U.S. leaders address Beijing’s brazen ongoing assaults only in the most indirect and toothless terms. They do absolutely nothing to retaliate against the attacks.

One unnamed intelligence official said “huge diplomatic sensitivities” were the cause of Washington’s reluctance to take any action against China.

Many of these “sensitivities” link to the fact that China is the U.S.’s biggest creditor. A staggering number of American politicians and entrepreneurs prioritize profit over patriotism. Chinese policymakers recognize that, under President Obama, the U.S. does not have any stomach for confrontation. So they continue these “acts of war” against America without fear of retaliation.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has warned of the U.S.’s cyber vulnerability for many years. In May 2005, he wrote:

I believe one key end-time Bible prophecy could well be fulfilled through … cyberterrorism … ‘they have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof’ (Ezekiel 7:14). The trumpet of war is to be blown in Israel—mainly America and Britain. It seems everybody is expecting our people to go into battle, but the greatest tragedy imaginable occurs! Nobody goes to battle—even though the trumpet is blown! Will it be because of computer terrorism?

The Chinese government’s relentless cyber assaults against the U.S. are now public knowledge. The whole world can hear the shrill blasts of the trumpet of war. By refusing to take action to stop the attacks, America is showing the world that its will to use its power is broken.

To understand more, read “U.S. Vulnerable to Cyber Pearl Harbor.”

Herbert W. Armstrong College Library Miracle

Herbert W. Armstrong College Library Miracle

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Preserving a legacy established by God in 1947

Are you aware of the recent demolition of the library building on the former campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California?

On New Year’s Eve, 1946, Herbert W. Armstrong spent the night as guest in a home which would, by July 1, become Ambassador College. He recalled it as the “present library, which we then called ‘the college,’ for the simple reason that it housed all classrooms, library, music department, assembly—everything, except business office” (Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong, Volume 2).

This month, the president of Grace Communion International, formerly the Worldwide Church of God, wrote to his supporters commenting on the leveling of the library by its owners in preparation for a modern housing complex.

“… I am sure many of us will have a twinge of nostalgia,” he noted. “That building, like the campus, was a part of our lives even if we had never attended Ambassador College. It had served its purpose, and it was time for us to move on.

“We cannot—and should not—try to preserve the past when it is time to move on. I am thankful for Ambassador’s legacy, which is not made up of buildings, but of ‘living stones,’ working together to make the good news of God’s salvation known to many people, in many places, in many ways” (February 1).

What is the true legacy of that library? For those who care to know, it was established over six decades ago and bears a vivid reminder to us all.

The special 16-page January 1947 edition of the Plain Truth magazine announced the future college in Pasadena. It was the first to boast a front cover, and featured in its debut a picture showing the entrance to the new college.

“The Plain Truth and the broadcast will provide us with students,” Mr. Armstrong recalled in his autobiography. The Plain Truth edition succeeded in returning applications for faculty and student positions.

“The center spread, pages 8 and 9, had a large four-column picture showing a portion of the new campus. The article announcing the new college began on that page, with a four-column headline:x And now … OUR OWN NEW COLLEGE!”

The special feature went on to declare, “Ambassador offers superior advantages in location, beauty of campus, nature of courses of study, high academic standards, advantages in our special recreational and social program, cultural advantages, physical education, as well as in religious instruction.

Ambassador is to be a general liberal arts institution—not a Bible school, ministers’ college, or theological seminary. It will fit students for all walks of life, offering a general and practical basic education. … There is no other college like Ambassador. It is, in a sense, a revolutionary new-type college … a forward-looking, progressive institution built on soundest principles, having highest goals and objectives, yet employing the best of proved methods of administration, and maintaining highest academic standards.

“But why should we establish and conduct a college in connection with this, God’s work? The reasons are concrete and vital. … The work has grown to a scope where called, consecrated, properly educated and specially trained assistants, ministers and evangelists to follow up this work in the field, have become an imperative need. The time has come; when God has given the answer, and moved miraculously to open the way before us. The only answer was a college of our own!

“Yet, the active ministry is different from every other profession in one very important respect. No man ever should enter it of his own volition. … A true minister of Jesus Christ must be specially called of God. And how may we know whether one is really called? Experience has shown human nature to be such that most who think that they are called are mistaken, and those who really are called invariably try to run from the calling! Jesus gave us the only test. ‘By their fruits,’ He said, ‘ye shall know.’ But the fruits are worked out by experience, and that requires time. For that very reason, our college cannot be a ministerial college—though it is being designed so that, should we be fortunate enough to find one out of 20 really and truly called to the ministry, that one will have been prepared and properly trained. … These considerations led naturally to the policy of making Ambassador a general liberal arts institution for all young men and women, regardless of future vocation, occupation or profession.”

The Plain Truth feature went on to provide details of the college, its facilities, curriculum and basic costs. Before concluding, it addressed the problems with this world’s education system—its drift into materialism and immorality. It declared to its readers that revelation from God was the foundation of true knowledge and the false theory of evolution had been falsely inserted as the foundation.

From the day the doors opened in 1947, from its only building, Ambassador College succeeded in its overall objectives. It was not without trial, test and miracles. As it expanded in California, it opened a sister campus in Bricketwood, England, and later in Big Sandy, Texas.

As God began opening doors in 1968 for Mr. Armstrong to personally deliver the Matthew 24:14 gospel message to world leaders, the profile of the college skyrocketed. Many of those world leaders, dignitaries and captains of industry made Ambassador College a destination. The construction of Ambassador Auditorium in the early 1970s further catapulted the college and the work of its founder onto the world scene as it supported numerous charitable and humanitarian endeavors at home and abroad.

By the mid-1980s, the Plain Truth had grown from the days of its first cover featuring Ambassador College library to nearly 8 million in circulation! The World Tomorrow program was on 400 stations, and the income of the Church reached $200 million. The Worldwide Church of God, Ambassador College, Herbert W. Armstrong and the adjuncts of his activities were household names.

This unprecedented favor of the world elite continued until the death of the college’s founder and the shunning of its founding spiritual principles by those entrusted to carry forward the work of God.

The thousands of students and hundreds of faculty who had the prized opportunity to attend this college established to honor the great God, are left individually responsible and accountable for applying the true education they received along with preserving the glorious past as typified by its historic beginning from that first building—the library.

One student who has proven such loyalty to this legacy is founder and chancellor of Herbert W. Armstrong College, Gerald Flurry. Not through lip service or revisionist historical musings, but through faith, sacrifice and total dependence on God, he has led a historic charge to raise the glorious past from the abject ruins it had become (Amos 9:11).

Over two decades of support from members, co-workers and donors of the Philadelphia Church of God have reestablished those spiritual traditions in honor of God. The Church leads its congregations around the world from a headquarters administration focused on reviving that work of Mr. Armstrong. It has revived the college and the cultural and humanitarian work in support of the gospel message being prophesied again (Revelation 10:11).

We here at the Trumpet work to preserve the glorious legacy of Herbert W. Armstrong, which enables us to move boldly forward as the Apostle Paul encouraged us, and “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

After a six-year court battle with those who would rather bury and demolish Mr. Armstrong’s legacy, the fruits of our out-of-court victory included the very autobiography of the man world leaders dubbed, the “unofficial ambassador for world peace.”

That book was in Mr. Flurry’s personal collection when the Philadelphia Church of God began, then on the shelves of the smaller library of its original administration building, later on the library shelves of Imperial College of Edmond, and today resides in the sleek, modern and diverse library of Herbert W. Armstrong College.

It is indeed a miracle that God would permit numerous books, along with the music library, that were on the shelves of the very first college building at Ambassador, which made their way later to Big Sandy as the defunct church sought accreditation as a university, only to be sold and repatriated onto the library shelves to be held in the hands of Armstrong College students and faculty today.

That is what it means to be thankful for this legacy.

Euro Crisis Brings Down Bulgaria’s Government

Euro Crisis Brings Down Bulgaria’s Government

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The euro proves it still has the power to spark the unrest that brings down governments.

Bulgaria’s prime minister resigned February 20, after rising energy prices triggered the country’s largest protests in 15 years. “The people gave us power and today we are returning it,” said Prime Minister Bojko Borisov, just a day after insisting he would not step down. Parliament approved his resignation on February 21.

“I will not participate in a government under which police are beating people,” he said. “Every drop of blood is a shame for us.” The night before, 14 were injured in clashes with riot police in Sofia.

Bulgarians have suffered through several years of weak growth, rising taxes and rising unemployment. High energy prices and accusations of corruption triggered the protests, but the broader issues mean that many have lost confidence in the whole political class. Borisov’s resignation has not stopped the protests and more are planned for the weekend.

Political analyst Andrei Raichev from Gallup International in Bulgaria warned that “We could even reach the absurd situation that the protests continue against no one; which means that they are against everyone.”

Parliamentary elections were scheduled for July. These will probably be brought forward to April, and a caretaker administration put in place. But even the elections aren’t expected to solve much. A clear winner is unlikely, meaning the country will probably become bogged down in coalition negotiations.

In addition to corruption, a root of Bulgaria’s troubles is the euro. Bulgaria maintains a fixed exchange rate with the euro, which it aims to adopt at some point. Although it’s not a member of the eurozone, the linked currency means it’s sharing in the eurozone’s problems—many of its economic troubles are an extension of the euro crisis.

The Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote that Bulgaria’s efforts to link its currency with euro “is a key reason why Bulgaria has failed to reach its full potential as a catch-up economy and will almost certainly languish in deep crisis for years to come.”

“Turkey is doing much better,” he wrote. “So is Ukraine. So is Moldova. In fact, the lesson is that if you want to prosper as a developing economy on Europe’s fringes, keep well-clear of the [Economic Monetary Union] project.”

Governments in Italy, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands have all been brought down by the euro crisis. Though not euro members, the governments in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Romania also resigned early 2009. There’s been a break in the destabilization in recent months. But the fall of Bulgaria’s government shows the crisis is not over, and it will continue to bring down governments with social unrest.

Greece also experienced mass protests this week. An estimated 40,000 turned out in Athens, February 20. A further 15,000 gathered in Thessaloniki, according to official estimates. The country’s two main trade unions, representing 2.5 million people, held strikes the same day.

“For us, the time has come for a major confrontation with the government,” said general secretary of the civil servants union adedy, Ilias Iliopoulos. “A social explosion is very near,” he told Reuters.

European politicians seem to believe that they can solve the crisis simply by proclaiming it over. But the social unrest will continue.

The euro was set up so it would cause a crisis, forcing European nations to centralize power. It is doing its work, and will continue to do so. Watch for the crisis to get worse, forcing nations to hand more and more sovereignty over to the European Union. For more background on the crisis, see Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article, “Did the Holy Roman Empire Plan the Greek Crisis?

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Why Women Fear Tahrir Square

Why Women Fear Tahrir Square

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Women’s rights in Egypt are hitting new lows as sexual harassment increases across the nation.

After two years of the “new Egypt,” sexual harassment has increased beyond pre-revolution levels. It was a common scene in the early days of the Arab Spring to see women calling for the ousting of then President Hosni Mubarak, and simultaneously urging for more rights. Today, women walk the streets in fear of attack and exploitation in a way they never did before. The attacks add to mounting evidence that the current administration is a far cry from the democracy the Western world was hoping for.

Since February 2011, there have been 531 acts of sexual harassment reported in Cairo. The current situation of women in Egypt carries a horrid irony. The attacks against women peaked on the day of the anniversary of the revolution. Last year, as protesters and activists filled the streets, so did molesters, perverts and rapists. On that one day, there were two dozen reported assaults on women in demonstrations at Tahrir Square.

Tahrir Square lies at the heart of Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. It remains the staging ground for protests, and was used as the launch pad for the Arab Spring. Cries of reform and revolution rose from the square to the outside world. Today, the crying continues, but it is tainted with the pleas of women that are targeted in acts of sexual assault.

The international community has so far been unable to stem the tide of attacks.

Meanwhile, hard-line Islamists within Egypt put forward their solution: Don’t let women protest. They claim it is the fault of the women for being there in the first place, or that they bring it on themselves for wearing provocative clothing.

Some victims blame Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. They claim the attackers are sent out by those who would want to see any uprising against Morsi’s government quelled. Women make up a large portion of protesters. If they can be frightened off the streets, the protests will lose numbers, and their momentum will slow. One protester attending the rally on the anniversary said, “Women activists are at the core of the revolution …. If you break them, you break the spirit of the revolution.”

The government has been accused of using the military to drive women from the streets. In December 2011, soldiers were caught on camera stripping a female protester and dragging her through the streets. Scenes such as this are not uncommon in Egypt today.

Tahrir Square may be the main site, but it is just one site. As the current administration pushes a more radicalized agenda, watch for the women in the country to suffer under more oppression. The activists are still on the streets for now, and the attacks will continue. The abuse should be setting off alarm bells across the world. A democratic Egypt has failed. Read “America’s Self-righteousness Is Destroying Egypt” to see why the rights of women in Egypt are not set to improve.

Netanyahu: North Korea Proves Iran Will Continue Nuclear Program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that North Korea’s nuclear test shows that sanctions will not stop Iran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu was speaking to a gathering of international Jewish leaders in Jerusalem.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test last Tuesday. The rogue state is already under heavy sanctions and under threat of further punishment from the international community. The West has also imposed stiff sanctions on Iran with no result.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

Have sanctions, tough sanctions, stopped North Korea? No. And the fact that they produced a nuclear explosion reverberates everywhere in the Middle East, and especially in Iran. They say, Where is the world, where is the international community, where is the tough response? It’s a question that everybody deserves to ask. Sanctions alone will not stop the nuclear program of Iran. They have to be coupled with a robust, credible military threat. If they are not, there is no chance to stop them; if they’re coupled with that military threat, there is a chance to stop it, and if it doesn’t stop it that way, then it will have to be stopped another way. But the world has to decide whether it allows this terror regime that breaks all norms to have access to atomic bombs.

Iran denies that it is seeking nuclear weapons. It insists that it is only enriching uranium for energy and medical purposes. But Israel and the West see Iran’s nuclear program as an imminent military threat. Netanyahu has hinted that Israel may strike against Iran’s nuclear sites if the international community fails to stop the radical Islamist state.

Netanyahu says the Iran issue will top his agenda when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Israel in March. He added that the visit will provide the opportunity to get back to negotiations—“direct, unimpeded negotiations without preconditions between Israel and the Palestinians.”

But the White House has moved quickly to play down expectations. It says the primary goal of the president’s visit is to repair the strained relationship with Netanyahu. Mr. Obama does not plan to present a new diplomatic initiative.

Negotiations will not stop Iran. It will keep pursuing its nuclear ambitions until it is stopped by force. America lacks the will to stop Iran, and Israel is running out of options. To find out who will ultimately stop the Islamic Republic, read our article, “Iran Is King.”