A report published last year by the WEF-Carnegie Cyber Policy Initiative calls for the merging of Wall Street banks,their regulators and intelligence agencies as necessary to confront an allegedly imminent cyber attack that will collapse the existing financial system.
世界经济论坛-卡内基网络政策倡议组织(WEF-Carnegie Cyber Policy Initiative)去年发布的一份报告呼吁，在必要时合并华尔街银行、监管机构和情报机构，以应对据称即将发生的网络攻击，这种攻击将导致现有金融体系崩溃
In November 2020,the World Economic Forum(WEF)and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace co-produced a report that warned that the global financial system was increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks.Advisors to the group that produced the report included representatives from the Federal Reserve,the Bank of England,the International Monetary Fund,Wall Street giants likes JP Morgan Chase and Silicon Valley behemoths like Amazon.
The ominous report was published just months after the World Economic Forum had conducted a simulation of that very event–a cyber attack that brings the global financial system to its knees–in partnership with Russia's largest bank,which is due to jumpstart that country's economic"digital transformation"with the launch of its own central bank-backed cryptocurrency.
这份令人不安的报告发布几个月前，世界经济论坛(World Economic Forum)与俄罗斯最大的银行合作，模拟了这一事件——一场让全球金融体系陷入瘫痪的网络攻击。这场攻击将启动俄罗斯的经济"数字化转型"，推出俄罗斯央行支持的加密货币。
More recently,last Tuesday,the largest information sharing organization of the financial industry,whose known members include Bank of America,Wells Fargo and CitiGroup,have again warned that nation-state hackers and cybercriminals were poised to work together to attack the global financial system in the short term.The CEO of this organization,known as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center(FS-ISAC),had previously advised the WEF-Carnegie report that had warned much the same.
最近，也就是上周二，金融业最大的信息共享组织再次发出警告，称国家级黑客和网络犯罪分子准备在短期内合作攻击全球金融体系。该组织的知名成员包括美国银行(Bank of America)、富国银行(Wells Fargo)和花旗集团(CitiGroup)。这家名为金融服务信息共享与分析中心(FS-ISAC)的组织的首席执行官曾在世界经济论坛-卡内基报告中提出过类似的警告。
Such coordinated simulations and warnings from those who dominate the current,ailing financial system are obvious cause for concern,particularly given that the World Economic Forum is well-known for its Event 201 simulation about a global coronavirus pandemic that took place just months prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
The COVID-19 crisis has since been cited as the main justification for accelerating the"digital transformation"of the financial and other sectors that the Forum and its partners have promoted for years.Their latest prediction of a doomsday event,a cyber attack that stops the current financial system in its tracks and instigates its systemic collapse,would offer the final yet necessary step for the Forum's desired outcome of this widespread shift to digital currency and increased global governance of the international economy.
Given that experts have been warning since the last global financial crisis that the collapse of the entire system was inevitable due to central bank mismanagement and rampant Wall Street corruption,a cyber attack would also provide the perfect scenario for dismantling the current,failing system as it would absolve central banks and corrupt financial institutions of any responsibility.It would also provide a justification for incredibly troubling policies promoted by the WEF-Carnegie report,such as a greater fusion of intelligence agencies and banks in order to better"protect"critical financial infrastructure.
Considering the precedent of the WEF's past simulations and reports with the COVID-19 crisis,it is well worth examining the simulations,warnings and the policies promoted by these powerful organizations.The remainder of this report will examine the WEF-Carnegie report from November 2020,while a follow-up report will focus on the more recent FS-ISAC report published last week.The WEF simulation of a cyber attack on the global financial system,Cyber Polygon 2020,was covered in detail by Unlimited Hangout in a previous report.
考虑到世界经济论坛过去对2019冠状病毒疾病危机的模拟和报告，这些强大的组织所提倡的模拟、警告和政策是非常值得研究的。本报告的其余部分将审查2020年11月开始的世界经济论坛-卡内基报告，而后续报告将侧重于上周发表的较近期的 FS-ISAC 报告。世界经济论坛对全球金融系统的网络攻击的模拟，"网络多边形2020"，在之前的一份报告中被 Unlimited Hangout 详细介绍过。
The WEF-Carnegie Cyber Policy Initiative
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,is one of the most influential foreign policy think tanks in the United States,with close and persistent ties to the US State Department,former Presidents,corporate America and American oligarch clans like the Pritzkers of Hyatt hotels.Current trustees of the endowment include executives from Bank of America and CitiGroup as well as other influential financial institutions.
卡内基国际和平基金会是美国最有影响力的外交政策智囊团之一，与美国国务院、前总统、美国企业和美国寡头家族有着密切而持久的联系，比如 Hyatt 酒店的普利兹克斯奖。目前的捐赠受托人包括来自美国银行和花旗集团以及其他有影响力的金融机构的高管。
In 2019,the same year as Event 201,the Endowment launched its Cyber Policy Initiative with the goal of producing an"International Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Global Financial System 2021-2024."That strategy was released just months ago,in November 2020 and,according to the Endowment,was authored by"leading experts in governments,central banks,industry and the technical community"in order to provide a"longer-term international cybersecurity strategy"specifically fo the financial system.
The initiative is an outgrowth of past efforts of the Carnegie Endowment to promote the fusion of financial authorities,the financial industry,law enforcement and national security agencies,which is both a major recommendation of the November 2020 report and a conclusion of a 2019"high-level roundtable"between the Endowment,the IMF and central bank governors.The Endowment had also partnered with the IMF,SWIFT,Standard Chartered and FS-ISAC to create a"cyber resilience capacity-building tool box"for financial institutions in 2019.That same year,the Endowment also began tracking"the evolution of the cyber threat landscape and incidents involving financial institutions"in collaboration with BAE Systems,the UK's largest weapons manufacturer.Per the Endowment,this collaboration continues into the present.
该倡议是卡内基国际和平基金会过去促进金融当局、金融业、执法机构和国家安全机构融合努力的产物，这既是2020年11月报告的主要建议，也是该基金会、货币基金组织和中央银行行长2019年"高级别圆桌会议"的结论。2019年，该基金会还与国际货币基金组织、环球银行间金融电信协会、渣打银行货币基金组织和森林资源与国际货币基金组织合作，为金融机构创建了一个"网络复原能力建设工具箱"。同年，捐赠基金会还与英国最大的武器制造商 BAE 系统公司(BAE Systems)合作，开始跟踪"网络威胁格局的演变以及涉及金融机构的事件"。根据捐赠，这种合作一直持续到现在。
In January 2020,representatives of the Carnegie Endowment presented their Cyber Policy Initiative at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum,after which the Forum officially partnered with the Endowment on the initiative.
Advisors to the now joint WEF-Carnegie project include representatives of central banks like the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank;some of Wall Street's most infamous banks like Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase;law enforcement organizations such as INTERPOL and the US Secret Service;corporate giants like Amazon and Accenture;and global financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund(IMF)and SWIFT.Other notable advisors include the managing director and head of the WEF's Centre for Cybersecurity,Jeremy Jurgens,who was also a key player in the Cyber Polygon simulation,and Steve Silberstein,the CEO of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center(FS-ISAC).
目前正在与世界经济论坛和卡内基合作的项目的顾问包括美联储和欧洲中央银行等中央银行的代表;美国银行和摩根大通等华尔街最臭名昭著的银行;国际刑警组织和美国特勤局等执法机构;亚马逊和埃森哲等企业巨头;以及国际货币基金组织(IMF)和 SWIFT 等全球金融机构的代表。其他著名的顾问包括世界经济论坛网络安全中心的总经理和负责人杰里米·尤尔根斯，他也是网络多边形模拟的关键人物，以及金融服务信息共享和分析中心(FS-ISAC)的首席执行官史蒂夫·西尔伯斯坦。
"Not a Question of If but When"
The Cyber Policy Initiative's November 2020 report is officially titled"International Strategy to Better Protect the Financial System."It begins by noting that the global financial system,like many other systems,are"going through unprecedented digital transformation,which is being accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic."
It then warns that:
"Malicious actors are taking advantage of this digital transformation and pose a growing threat to the global financial system,financial stability,and confidence in the integrity of the financial system.Malign actors are using cyber capabilities to steal from,disrupt,or otherwise threaten financial institutions,investors and the public.These actors include not only increasingly daring criminals,but also states and state-sponsored attackers."
Followed by this warning of"malign actors",the report notes that"increasingly concerned,key voices are sounding the alarm."It notes that Christine Lagarde of the European Central Bank and formerly of the IMF warned in February 2020 that"a cyber attack could trigger a serious financial crisis."A year prior,at the WEF's annual meeting,the head of Japan's central bank predicted that"cybersecurity could become the financial system's most serious risk in the near future."It also notes that in 2019,Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase similarly labeled cyber attacks as possibly"the biggest threat to the US financial system."
Not long after Lagarde's warning,in April 2020,the Financial Stability Board asserted that"cyber incidents pose a threat to the stability of the global financial system"and that"a major cyber incident,if not properly contained,could seriously disrupt financial systems,including critical financial infrastructure,leading to broader financial stability implications."
2020年4月，就在拉加德发出警告后不久，金融稳定委员会(Financial Stability Board)断言，"网络事件对全球金融体系的稳定构成威胁"，而且"一起重大的网络事件，如果得不到妥善控制，可能严重扰乱金融体系，包括关键的金融基础设施，从而对金融稳定产生更广泛的影响。"
The WEF-Carnegie report authors add to these concerns that"the exploitation of cyber vulnerabilities could cause losses to investors and the general public"and lead to significant damage to public trust and confidence in the current financial system.It also notes,aside from affecting the general public in a significant way,this threat would impact both high-income countries and low to lower-middle income countries,meaning its impact on the masses will be global in scope.
The report then ominously concludes that"one thing is clear:it is not a question of if a major incident will happen,but when."
Ensuring control of the narrative
Another section of the report details recommendations for controlling the narrative in the event such a crippling cyber attack takes place.The report specifically recommends that"financial authorities and industry should ensure they are properly prepared for influence operations and hybrid attacks that combine influence operations with malicious hacking activity"and that they"apply lessons learned from influence operations targeting electoral processes to potential attacks on financial institutions."
It goes on to recommend that"major financial services firms,central banks and other financial supervisory authorities",representatives of which advised the WEF-Carnegie report,"identify a single point of contact within each organisation to engage social media platforms for crisis management."
The report's authors argue that,"in the event of a crisis,"such as a devastating cyber attack on the global banking system,"social media companies should swiftly amplify communications by central banks"so that central banks may"debunk fake information"and"calm the markets."It also states that"financial authorities,financial services firms and tech companies[presumably including social media companies]should develop a clear communications and response plan focused on being able to react swiftly."Notably,both Facebook and Twitter are listed in the report's appendix as"industry stakeholders"that have"engaged"with the WEF-Carnegie initiative.
该报告的作者认为，"在发生危机时"，比如全球银行系统遭受毁灭性的网络攻击，"社交媒体公司应迅速扩大央行的通信"，以便央行可以"揭穿虚假信息"，"安抚市场"报告还指出，"金融当局、金融服务公司和科技公司(可能包括社交媒体公司)应制定明确的沟通和应对计划，重点是能够迅速做出反应。"值得注意的是，Facebook 和 Twitter 在报告的附录中都被列为"行业利益相关者"，"参与"了世界经济论坛-卡内基倡议。
The report also asserts that premeditated coordination for such a crisis between banks and social media companies needs to take place so that both parties may"determine what severity of crisis would necessitate amplified communication."The report also calls for social media companies to work with central banks to"develop escalation paths similar to those developed in the wake of the past election interference,as seen in the United States and Europe."
Of course,those"escalation paths"involved wide-ranging social media censorship.The report seems to acknowledge this,when it adds that"quick coordination with social media platforms is necessary to organise content takedowns."Thus,the report is calling for central banks to collude with social media platforms to plan out censorship efforts that would be enacted if a sufficiently severe crisis occurs in financial markets.
As far as"influence operations"go,the report divides these into two categories;those that target individual firms and those that target markets overall.Regarding the first category,the report states that"organised actors will spread fraudulent rumours to manipulate stock prices and generate profit based on how much the price of the stock was artificially moved."It then adds that,in these influence operations,"firms and lobbyists use astroturfing campaigns,which create a false appearance of grassroots support,to tarnish the value of a competing brand or attempt to sway policymaking decisions by abusing calls for online public comments."The similarities between this latter statement and the Wall Street Bets phenomenon of January 2021 are obvious.
Regarding the second category of"influence operations,"the report defines these operations as"likely to be carried out by a politically motivated actor like a terrorist group or even a nation-state."It adds that"this type of influence operation may directly target the financial system to manipulate markets,for example,by spreading rumours about market-moving decisions by central banks"as well as spreading"false information that does not directly reference financial markets but that causes financial markets to react."
Given that the report states that the first category of influence operation poses little systemic risk while the second"may pose systemic risk",it seems more likely that the event being predicted by the WEF-Carnegie report would involve claims of the latter by a"terrorist group"or potentially a nation-state.Notably,the report mentions North Korea as a likely nation-state offender on several occasions.It also dwells on the likelihood that synthetic media or"deep fakes"would be part of this system-devastating event in emerging economies and/or in high-income countries experiencing a financial crisis.
A separate June 2020 report from the WEF-Carnegie initiative was published specifically on deepfakes and the financial system,noting that such attacks would likely transpire during a larger financial crisis to"amplify"damaging narratives or"simulate grassroots consumer backlash against a targeted brand."It adds that"companies,financial institutions and government regulators facing public relations crises are especially vulnerable to deepfakes and synthetic media."
In light of these statements,it is worth pointing out that bad actors within the current system could exploit these scenarios and theories to paint actual grassroots backlash against a bank or corporation as being a synthetic"influence operation"perpetrated by"cybercriminals"or a nation-state.Considering that the WEF-Carnegie report references a scenario analogous to the Wall Street Bets situation in January 2021,a banker-led effort to falsely label a future grassroots backlash as instead being synthetic and the fault of a"terrorist group"or nation-state should not be ruled out.
鉴于这些声明，值得指出的是，当前系统内的坏分子可以利用这些情景和理论，将针对银行或公司的草根反弹描绘成"网络罪犯"或民族国家实施的综合性"影响行动"。考虑到世界经济论坛和卡内基基金会的报告提到了一种类似于2021年1月华尔街赌博(Wall Street Bets)情况的场景，银行家领导的一项努力错误地将未来草根阶层的反弹贴上了合成品的标签，不应排除"恐怖组织"或民族国家的错误。
"Reducing Fragmentation":Merging Banks with their Regulators and Intelligence Agencies
Given the inevitability of this destructive event predicted by the report's authors,it is important to focus in on the solutions proposed in the WEF-Carnegie report as they will become immediately relevant if this event,as predicted by the WEF and Carnegie Endowment,does come to pass.
Some of the solutions proposed are to be expected from a WEF-linked policy document,such as the calls for increased public-private partnerships and greater coordination among regional and international organizations as well as increased coordination between national governments.
However,the main"solution"at the heart of this report,and also at the heart of the WEF-Carnegie initiative's other endeavors,is a call to fuse corporate banks,the financial authorities that essentially oversee them,tech companies and the national security state.
The report's authors first argue that the main vulnerability of the global financial system at present is"the current fragmentation among stakeholders and initiatives"and that mitigating this threat to global system lies in reducing that"fragmentation."The report argues that the way to resolve the issue requires massive re-organization of all"stakeholders"via increased global coordination.The report notes that the"disconnect between the finance,the national security and the diplomatic communities is particularly pronounced"and calls for much closer interaction between the three.
It then states that:
"This requires countries not only to better organize themselves domestically but also to strengthen international cooperation to defend against,investigate,prosecute and ideally prevent future attacks.This implies that the financial sector and financial authorities must regularly interact with law enforcement and other national security agencies in unprecedented ways,both domestically and internationally."
Some examples of these"unprecedented interactions"between banks and the national security state are included in the report's recommendations.For instance,it argues that"governments should use the unique capabilities of their national security communities to help protect FMIs[financial market infrastructures]and critical trading systems."It also calls for"national security agencies[to]consult critical cloud service providers[like WEF-Carnegie initiative partner Amazon Web Services]to determine how intelligence collection could be used to help identify and monitor potential significant threat actors and develop a mechanism to share information about imminent threats"with tech companies.
The report also states that"the financial industry should throw its weight behind efforts to tackle cyber crime more effectively,for example by increasing its participation in law enforcement efforts."
On that last point,there are indications this has already begun.For instance,Bank of America,the second largest bank in the US and part of the WEF-Carnegie Initiative and FS-ISAC,was reported to have"actively but secretly engaged"with US law enforcement agencies in the hunt for"political extremists"following the January 6th events at Capitol Hill.In doing so,Bank of America shared private information with the federal government without the knowledge or consent of its customers,leading critics to accuse the bank of"effectively acting as an intelligence agency."
关于最后一点，有迹象表明，这已经开始。例如，据报道，美国第二大银行美国银行(Bank of America)在1月6日美国国会发生的事件之后，与美国执法机构"积极但秘密地接触"，追捕"政治极端分子"。美国银行是世界经济论坛卡内基倡议(WEF-Carnegie Initiative)和美国国际货币基金组织(FS-ISAC)的一部分。通过这种做法，美国银行在客户不知情或未经客户同意的情况下，与联邦政府共享了私人信息，导致批评人士指责该银行"实际上是一个情报机构"
Yet,arguably the most troubling part of the report is its call to unite the national security apparatus and the finance industry first,and then use that as a model to do the same with other sectors of the economy.It states that"protecting the international financial system can be a model for other sectors,"adding that"focusing on the financial sector provides a starting point and could pave the way to better protect other sectors in the future."
Were all the sectors of the economy to also fuse with the national security state,it would inevitably create a reality where there is no part of daily human life that is not ultimately controlled by these two already very powerful entities.This is a clear recipe for techno-fascism on a global scale.As this WEF-Carnegie report makes clear,the roadmap regarding how to cook up such a nightmare has already been charted out in coordination with the very institutions,banks and governments that currently control the global financial system.
Not only that,but–as pointed out in Unlimited Hangout's article on Cyber Polygon–the World Economic Forum and many of its partners have a vested interest in the systemic collapse of the current financial system.In addition,many central banks have recently backed new digital currency systems that can only achieve rapid,mass adoption if the existing system collapses.
不仅如此，正如 Unlimited Hangout 在其《网络多边形》(Cyber Polygon)一文中所指出的，世界经济论坛(World Economic Forum)及其许多合作伙伴在当前金融体系的系统性崩溃中都有既得利益。此外，许多中央银行最近支持新的数字货币系统，只有在现有系统崩溃的情况下才能实现快速、大规模的采用。
Given that these systems are set to be integrated with biometric IDs and so-called"vaccine passports"through the WEF and Big Tech-backed Vaccine Credential initiative,it is worth considering the timing of the expected launch of such systems in determining when this predicted and allegedly inevitable event is likely to occur.
With this new financial system so deeply inter-connected to these"credential"efforts,this cyber attack on the financial sector would likely take place at a time when it would best facilitate the adoption of the new economic system and its integration into credential systems currently being promoted as a"way out"of COVID-19-related restrictions.