Posted: Oct 30, 2013 10:19 PM EDT Updated: Oct 30, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) – The U.S. Army will host China’s military in Hawaii next month for an annual disaster relief exercise.
U.S. Army Pacific said Wednesday the two countries will practice providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country during the Nov. 12-14 exchange.
[This prearranged appointment with the Chinese Navy to provide hypothetical “disaster relief to a fictional third country,” proved to be very serendipitous for the US, since it coincided with Typhoon Haiyan, allowing the US Navy to immediately dwarf any Chinese effort to help the Philippines, since the US was operating out of its primary Pacific bases at Hawaii (SEE: China’s meager aid to the Philippines could dent its image).
Anything which moves Imperial objectives forward, as this Typhoon may have done, in relation to interfering in Chinese relations, cannot be mere coincidence, especially considering the US potential for weather warfare (SEE: Did a Microwave Pulse Cause Typhoon Haiyan? Over 10,000 Feared Dead in Philippines (VIDEOS) ). The screenshot capture below from one of those videos shows the purported “microwave pulse” fairly clearly. Notice the faint yellowish arc captured just to the right of the pointer circle.]
[The approximate location of that arc source is Halmahera, Indonesia. Have not located any US facilities near there, yet.]
[It is more than a little curious that Haiyan took a path right through the center of the Spratly/Paracel Islands disputed territory, the reason for heightened US Navy influence in the area.]
Banks and stock exchanges in London today will be testing their cyber security with a series of “war games” co-ordinated by financial regulators and government officials.
The operation, dubbed “Waking Shark II”, will be one of the largest ever conducted, with dozens of financial institutions taking part. The tests will be overseen by the Bank of England, the Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority.
Bank staff will have to respond to a number of simulated cyber-attacks and find solutions to various problems including how to ensure the availability of cash from ATM machines and cope with a liquidity freeze in the wholesale market.
A previous exercise named “Waking Shark” was conducted two years ago by the Financial Services Authority whilst a pair of similar war games (“Quantum Dawn” and “Quantum Dawn 2”) have been carried out on Wall Street in the US.
“These kinds of exercises provide a good opportunity to put people and organisations through their paces, much like the army does when practising manoeuvres,” said David Emm, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab said.
“They can never be a substitute for a real-life attack. But they can however force people to think about the situation they are faced with and what they would do in that very moment,” said Emm.
However, other security experts have criticized the operation for focusing only on digital methods and ignoring scenarios involving coordinated physical attacks, such a malware-infected USBs sticks that introduce viruses to banks’ systems via unsuspecting employees.
A report on the test’s findings are expected to be released in early 2014.