Venezuela situation

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Re: Venezuela situation

Postby Kurt » Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:09 pm

Lost Boy wrote:Jordan Goudreau taught us all an important lesson to be had from this train wreck. If you're planning on toppling a crackpot socialist dictator, it's probably not a good idea to tweet about the when/where/how/who details beforehand. The operational security could have been a little bit better. I guess even green beret millennials are still millennials.


Also KGB trained Cuban Intel trained Venezuelan Intel. I know two former flaggers who were not millienials who did not take this concept seriously when trying to collect a bounty. Another former flagger was working for Cuban intel and so, of course, he blamed me since I was friends of a friend of their target.

But I said "Don't use Cubatel Cell phones, the ones they loan out to tourists are monitored and recorded."

I assume "burner" phones in VZ are monitored under the same set up.
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Re: Venezuela situation

Postby Lost Boy » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:56 pm

Kurt wrote:
Lost Boy wrote:Jordan Goudreau taught us all an important lesson to be had from this train wreck. If you're planning on toppling a crackpot socialist dictator, it's probably not a good idea to tweet about the when/where/how/who details beforehand. The operational security could have been a little bit better. I guess even green beret millennials are still millennials.


Also KGB trained Cuban Intel trained Venezuelan Intel. I know two former flaggers who were not millienials who did not take this concept seriously when trying to collect a bounty. Another former flagger was working for Cuban intel and so, of course, he blamed me since I was friends of a friend of their target.

But I said "Don't use Cubatel Cell phones, the ones they loan out to tourists are monitored and recorded."

I assume "burner" phones in VZ are monitored under the same set up.


That sounds like a cool story. Please elaborate.

Regarding secure comms in a Big Brother country, the survivalist James Wesley Rawles (although a bit off the reservation in some ways) once wrote about cutting unique crystals to confidential specifications for secure comms on short wave radios, so that your freq can't be easily monitored by a scanner. Illegal as hell in America, because the FCC reserves the right to intercept and monitor all radio comms. I don't know about international treaties, but something to consider if planning a future furlough into Venezuela for a snatch and grab of Coke Nose Maduro or a similar misadventure. Another easier option is to just use good codes or cyphers on unsecured comms.
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Re: Venezuela situation

Postby Kurt » Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:08 pm

Lost Boy wrote:
Kurt wrote:
Lost Boy wrote:Jordan Goudreau taught us all an important lesson to be had from this train wreck. If you're planning on toppling a crackpot socialist dictator, it's probably not a good idea to tweet about the when/where/how/who details beforehand. The operational security could have been a little bit better. I guess even green beret millennials are still millennials.


Also KGB trained Cuban Intel trained Venezuelan Intel. I know two former flaggers who were not millienials who did not take this concept seriously when trying to collect a bounty. Another former flagger was working for Cuban intel and so, of course, he blamed me since I was friends of a friend of their target.

But I said "Don't use Cubatel Cell phones, the ones they loan out to tourists are monitored and recorded."

I assume "burner" phones in VZ are monitored under the same set up.


That sounds like a cool story. Please elaborate.

Regarding secure comms in a Big Brother country, the survivalist James Wesley Rawles (although a bit off the reservation in some ways) once wrote about cutting unique crystals to confidential specifications for secure comms on short wave radios, so that your freq can't be easily monitored by a scanner. Illegal as hell in America, because the FCC reserves the right to intercept and monitor all radio comms. I don't know about international treaties, but something to consider if planning a future furlough into Venezuela for a snatch and grab of Coke Nose Maduro or a similar misadventure. Another easier option is to just use good codes or cyphers on unsecured comms.


Through publicly available information (from Venezuela actually) I was able to conclude that Cubatel used OpenVMS 8.2 on Alpha and live monitoring consoles for the Cubatel Cell phone blocks via Magnasync. These were also recorded for later, if needed. Cuba had a policy of only allowing cell phones rented from them if you were visiting from another country.

I told RR3 and Aqil not to use Cubatel phones. They wanted me to be their "hacker / Comms guy" type person and I said no, but my freebie to them was to try to keep them from getting screwed over. A guy named Vincent Churchill told them it was cool and they could use Cubatel phones, but it turned out he was working with Cuban intel and they had to flee Cuba.

He later showed up here and demanded that RYP pay him and accused me of blowing the operation because I was friends of with the friends of their target (why I said no in the first place).
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