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Before UN Covered Up and Spins Hack in Geneva It Gave Activists Names To China Then Retaliated

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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UN GATE, Jan 29 – Amid the belated interest in the UN covering up having been hacked, it is important to note that the UN has in the past not waited to cover up a hack but instead straight up gave information about activists to China - and at least one of the activists was killed.  

 Then the retaliation began, against the whistleblower and against Inner City Press which reported on it. So when you see complicit UN in-house scribes suddenly concerned, ask what they did about any of this?

 In 2018, just before being ousted from the UN by Guterres and UN Lt Ronald E. Dobbins, Stephane Dujarric and now Melissa Fleming, Inner City Press published this, and later in 2019 from the UN Gate, this and this.

  On the morning of January 29 Inner City Press emailed questions to Dujarric, Fleming, Guterres and others including "what did SG Guterres do about the hacking of the UN servers in Europe? Relatedly, what has he done about the UN having given the names of activists to the Chinese government as alleged by whistleblowers?" No answer at all.

 Later on January 29, from UN Human Rights, this spin which we publish in full: "The UN Human Rights Office would like to clarify some details in light of news reports today about a cyber-attack on the UN which involved our office.     Although hackers accessed a self-contained part of our system in July 2019, the development servers they accessed did not hold any sensitive data or confidential information.* The hackers did manage to access our Active User Directory, which contains the user IDs for our staff and devices. However, they did not succeed in accessing passwords. Nor did they gain access to other parts of the system.     Once we became aware of the attack, we took action to shut down the affected development servers.     The UN Human Rights Office takes breaches of security extremely seriously. We are very aware of the potential effects should people gain unauthorised access to our data, and the responsibility we have, both online and offline, to protect victims, staff, partners and any individuals and groups who collaborate with us. We want to assure all concerned parties that this hacking attempt did not compromise sensitive information within this Office.     Like many other institutions and companies, we face frequent attempts to access our computer systems, and our IT team is constantly further reinforcing existing multifaceted safeguards to preserve the integrity of our systems and the data they hold.       * Development servers are systems on which new software is written by programmers using dummy data. They are not connected to our regular systems." Yeah.

The now-quoted by The New Humanitarian David Kaye - after wanly raising to the UN questions abou its ouster of Inner City Press, what follow up did he do?  

The explanation of all of this shameful lassitude is that those few who want to cover and enter the UN will do anything for access, and when they see that a vindictive access controller like Antonio Guterres will not change position, they just let the issues go.

Profiles in Cowardice, and the continuing decline of the UN. We'll have more on this. 


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