Ultrascan Humint

Reality is the working paradox that defies control

Cloudular Network Tasks - Identify, Map & Monitor

Ultrascan have extensive experience with identifying, locating, mapping, monitoring, analysing and predicting perpetrators of cross border fraud, money laundering and the planning, funding, communications and support of terrorism for local or international religious extremists as fast growing component of ideological struggle, as well as geopolitical.

Intelligence professionals that 'task network', determine and eliminate 'valued' targets by integrating OSINT and HACKING with HUMINT and TECHINT into a 'Cloudular Network'.

Not linear but cloudular, which means one asset will lead to others quickly and efficiently as we pull the various threads of information allowing clients to move in many directions at the same time or follow one specific aspect if required.

Five Level Ultrascan

Five level ultrascans are used for the intelligence gathering phase of all security related work and to determine the relationships and real world links

People, Groups of people (social networks)

Companies, Organizations

Web sites, Internet infrastructure such as: Domains, DNS names, Netblocks, IP addresses, Email

Phone, Phrases, Affiliations, Documents and files

But also hidden or confidential information can be revealed;

Family ties, Health status;

Financial networks, Foreign sales, Financial resources;

Media sources, Disgruntled employees, Imminent threats, Homeland plots, Trade craft, Recruiting tactics.

Level one ultrascan

A general first wide search for the entities as given by client, the outcome differs a lot depending on how common the names of entities are.

If the entity is named "john smith" the outcome will be a lot of information containing "john smith" - "john" and "smith"

When the entity is johnsmith@hotmail.com the outcome will be information containing or connected to johnsmith@hotmail.com

With a combination of entities, for example johnsmith@hotmail.com, XYZ company, London, Cairo,  Washington, phone and green energy, the outcome will be information containing or connected to all entities and links between the entities.

Level two ultrascan

The outcome of the first level scan will value the new found entities in relation to the given one, depending on the value new entities can be scanned for deeper connections to determine relationships with the original given entity.

For example, documents with co-signatures, university records, photographs with location and time stamp, logins and passwords of (email) accounts, additional (email) addresses, company websites, twitter accounts, can link to new entities that have connections with the given entities. Even though some entities are removed of the internet or data set, traces can still lead to new entities (evidence).

Level three, four and five include Humint and are focussed on the desired results

African Banks On Al Qaeda Radar

Investigations uncovered that for at least two years, passwords, logins to remote control and personal accounts of high ranking bank staff are being exploited, seeking patiently for confidential banking communications and access, in order to destroy the capabilities and credibility of the institutions with the public as well as shareholders.

Al-Qaeda remains adamant in its calls for more sophisticated attacks. The political and economic situation in the region has increased the focus of the Al Qaida network on (WECA) West, East and Central Africa. Al Qaida and other extremist networks target financial services of Federal as well as Commercial banks in sub-Sahara Africa. 

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Exploited vulnerabilities
  1. Identified significant security breaches within (the internet presence of) most commercial banks in Africa are exploited by extremist groups.
  2. For a period of at least two years, computers and mobiles of high ranking professionals in bank management are infected with RAT malware by Al Qaeda cells operating from Dakar Senegal and Ibadan Nigeria, sanctioned from Cairo Egypt.

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Africa is a key continent

The continent of Africa has recently been a focus of several foreign affairs policies of global and regional superpowers like the USA, China and India. Those administrations have pledged to invest more in the socio- economic development of Africa as well as in its capacity building, education & healthcare ecosystems.

Changes in strategy are also inspired by China’s economic investment focus on Africa as well as India’s ICT outsourcing projects toward African countries and regions. Africa’s enormous natural resources (Oil & Minerals) as well as its growing population need to be recognized as a triggering factor for any (economic) Superpower.

However, it is an undeniable fact that the fear of growing Muslim extremism as well as the USA’s and UN’s ongoing efforts of containment policy of Muslim Extremism has been one of the most important pillars on which the Policy of the USA, UN and other NGO’s has been built on. Poverty, bad living conditions and a lack of proper education are traditionally eco systems in which religious extremism is a fast growing element.

Although not often recognized, Africa is also a key continent for The Al Qaida terror network. In the past we have observed several terror attacks in African countries as well as religious related and inspired conflicts (Sudan/Darfur and Somalia). The CIA and other European Intelligence Agencies have mentioned Africa as a large center of “recruitment” for the Al Qaida terror network.

Obstacles, become prime targets of the Al Qaeda network in Africa

 

Al Qaida’s thought leader, Ayman Al Zawahiri, an Egyptian national related to the Muslim brotherhood, has repeatedly mentioned Egypt and all UN NGO’s in Egypt and Africa as a legitimate target for terror operations. Essentially, Al Qaeda considers attacks on financial globalisation and capitalism as a whole, which is a key pillar for justification of the global jihad in the 1990's and 2000's. The Egyptian Administration has been involved in decades of fierce battles with Muslim extremism.

 

The Gamaat Islamiya as well as the Muslim Brotherhood movement can be considered as not only Egyptian, but globally leading Islamic terror networks. Their operations expand outside Egypt and they have “operations” in almost every Muslim nation on the globe.

Al Qaida’s “mission statement”, to establish an Islamic Caliphatereaching from Morocco to Afghanistan, crosses a large part of the African continent. Any obstacle that the Al Qaida network faces in its effort to achieve its mission statement, the Al Qaida terror network identifies as a threat. Several African regimes have been chosen as a target for the Al Qaida network. The political and economic situation in the region has increased the focus of the Al Qaida network on (WECA) West, East and Central Africa.

Banks in Africa under attack by extremist who seek to disrupt

Several economic development and infrastructure projects in Africa have increased Al Qaida’s focus on the finance sector as an obstacle in achieving the network’s objectives in Africa. By improving the standard of living in Africa, the banks are diminishing the conditions of the network’s expanding capabilities in Africa.

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Monitoring the communications and travel patterns revealed the existence

Investigations uncovered that for at least two years, passwords, logins to remote control and personal accounts of high ranking bank staff are being exploited, seeking patiently for confidential banking communications and access, in order to destroy the capabilities and credibility of the institutions with the public as well as shareholders.

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Mid June 2017 the National Security Agency (NSA) has intercepted encrypted messages between members of the Al Qaida and other extremist networks mentioning Central as well as Commercial banks in sub-Sahara Africa as possible target.

During a money laundering and risk assessment operation in Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Egypt and parts of the Middle East, Ultrascan investigators have discovered, through human intelligence (Ultrascanhumint.com), that the banks in Africa are a prime target for the Al Qaida network and other extremist groups

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first published by Ultrascan Humint (Feb. 2015 - August 08, 2017)