Red Dawn “Wolverines” in Ukraine

“A photo posted to Twitter on Friday morning by journalist Nolan Peterson showed a burned-out Russian T-72 tank on a roadside supposedly near western Kyiv. Along the barrel, scrawled in white spray paint, was the word ‘Wolverines,’ another seeming homage to the 1984 Cold War-era movie ‘Red Dawn’.” 

-Max Hauptman, “‘Wolverines’ graffiti straight out of ‘Red Dawn’ showing up all over battlefields in Ukraine.” April 16, 2022

I find it interesting how the story of Red Dawn was re-purposed for the Ukrainian cause.

Defining the West

“The biggest surprise for Putin, of course, was the West. All the nonsense about how the West is decadent, the West is over, the West is in decline, how it’s a multipolar world and the rise of China, et cetera: all of that turned out to be bunk…

…The West is a series of institutions and values. The West is not a geographical place. Russia is European, but not Western. Japan is Western, but not European. “Western” means rule of law, democracy, private property, open markets, respect for the individual, diversity, pluralism of opinion, and all the other freedoms that we enjoy, which we sometimes take for granted. We sometimes forget where they came from. But that’s what the West is.

—David Remnick interview with Stephen Kotkin. “The Weakness of the Despot.” New Yorker. March 11, 2022.

Collateral Damage: SATCOM Terminals

“My theory is that attackers somehow managed to compromise/spoof the ground station/NOC in charge of those spot beams covering, at least, Ukraine. At a certain time they abused a legitimate control protocol to issue specific commands to the targeted SATCOM terminals, resulting in the claimed permanent damage. That request may involve disabling the transmitter, corrupting the antenna pointing logic, demod, power params…

…Finally, we should bear in mind that, as it has been explained, the KA-SAT infrastructure involves multiple interconnected gateways Earth Stations and a specific number of mappings between beams and gateways. As a result, I would say that probably the Enercon incident, and the disruption that [occurred] in other [E]uropean countries, were just a ‘collateral damage’ derived from attacking the main target: Ukraine.

-Ruben Santamarta, “SATCOM terminals under attack in Europe: a plausible analysis.” March 7, 2022

I thought this was an interesting example of how a cyber attack has unintended effects and does not necessarily hit the intended target.