In yesteryear there was a time when all men had to go to war. They did not understand why they had to go to war apart from they were tricked into believing that they were saving their country.

They had the opportunity to become heroes and would be worshipped by their country for the rest of their lives.

They would be treated like kings and want for nothing. The reality was, they were more likely to be sent to their deaths.

And for some, that was better than when they came back injured and broken.

They were not treated as heroes or kings as they were promised. But they were abandoned and rejected.

They were looked upon disdainfully for the atrocities they were made to cause in another part of the world.

They had killed innocent citizens. Apparently, they had murdered women and children.

No, they did not get what they were promised. They were indeed just pawns for a rich man’s game of power and wealth.

Indeed, in some instances, they were sent to fight and die for many years in a foreign country and then in a blink of an eye, everything went back to as it was as if it had never happened.

Leaving behind death, destruction and trauma. The rich and powerful men had finished their game of truth and dare.

Maybe they had won or maybe they had lost. But all wars could have been prevented by the swift death of a single man.

For it is a single man that begins the path of war. It is his own ego and shadow monster that fights within him.

It is by losing the battle within himself that causes external war and destruction and a low vibration of energy that spreads throughout the world.

It is a single man that causes immense pain and suffering because another man or women will not stand up to him and give him love.

It is for when he operates from this lack of love, that hate and anger wins the day and the rest creates a terrible history for mankind.

We choose to be inspired by the wrong humans who are coming from an impure place.

They are coming from a place of pain and suffering in their own life which they wish to project on to others.

This is why it is so important to be aware of your own vibration of energy in this moment right now.

For when you are in a low vibration, you create nothing but pain and misery.

When you are in a high vibration and fueled by love then you create magic all around you.

You create happiness and joy and success and fulfilment. You all have a choice in any moment how you react to life around you.

How you react to curved balls thrown your way. And above all, it is you who needs to take responsibility for your own actions and reactions.

It is also important to see the consequences of not taking any action at all.

And when one man or women is allowed to be ruled by their shadow monster and no one around them does nothing to help or does not change that person’s vibration by sending them love.

Then a war begins and the consequences are far reaching and devastating also because one simple action was not taken in the beginning.

Imagine in this moment right now, what small action you are not taking in your own life and what far reaching consequences this is likely to cause for you and others around you.

Everything is a choice and sometimes it takes sacrifice in keep the peace and to create love in a world that can be turned so quickly and easily to a dark place.

Love and hate are on a knife edge, either can win at any moment. It takes will and your own power to choose which shall win in the moment.

Creating your own reality

There was a man once, who thought he was the dogs bollocks of the village. He thought he was practically God.

He thought all the women wanted to sleep with him because he was the only one who could truly satisfy them.

Their husbands where weak and feeble. He felt he should be the leader of the village and that everyone else should worship him and tell him how great he is.

But he was not that great. In fact, he was disfigured and quite ugly.

But in order to combat his reality, he create the illusion for himself that he was the man of the village.

Even though none of the women wanted him at all, in his mind he created that they all loved and wanted him between their legs.

He created the illusion that all the other men were jealous of him. They wanted to be him.

They wanted his strength and good looks. They wanted his confidence.

They would all speak about how great he was behind his back when they went drinking.

And by creating this illusion for himself, he was happy and content. He went about his daily business with a happy smile and joy in his heart.

He was always cheerful to others when he saw them in the street.

Everyone met his enthusiasm as they felt sorry for him that he was so disfigured and ugly.

But, by creating this illusion for himself, the man had created happiness and he spread this joy and happiness with all the others that he came into contact with.

The village began to realise that here was a man who was nothing to look at but actually, he was very happy.

They realised that often they were not happy but they did not have the same excuses as this man.

They were not ugly, they had a beautiful wife or handsome husband and children.

They had the gift of life. They began to realise how this man, when they met him in the street would uplift them instantly with his smile and love.

They appreciated him. And they began to realise that they did not feel sorry for him at all.

They were almost jealous of him because he was always happy regardless of his circumstances.

They began to love him and respect him. And soon, they did not see his disfigurement but they just saw his love of life.

And in this way, the man’s illusion that he had created for himself became reality.

He did find a woman who loved him for his soul and not his looks. He did have beautiful children and a happy, loving family.

The man had been tormented as a young boy for his looks but he had created a different reality for himself and that reality came to bare.

He was fully accepted into the village, he spread joy and happiness and love to everyone he met.

He did become the dogs bollocks of the village and while all the women may not quite have desired him as much as he imagined, they did love his company and the way he made them feel.

So, the lesson is, create whatever beautiful life you would love for yourself. You have the power to make it real.


Infamous Ransomware gang, REvil taken down by Russia

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In what suspiciously looks like a political statement, Vladimir Putin has ordered the arrest of 14 members of the infamous gang, REvil. With tension and talks not currently being fruitful between Russia, NATO and the US about Ukraine, it seems this was a bit of a gift from Putin to the US Government. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, with a Russian troop build-up near the border with Ukraine, indicating, come kind of military invasion could be imminent. US intelligence findings have estimated that Russia could begin a military offensive in Ukraine “as soon as early 2022.”

On Friday the 14th of January 2022, officials from FSB and the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs seized computer equipment, 20 luxury cars, and more than $5.5 million in rubles and cryptocurrency. They also seized control of cryptocurrency wallets used by the REvil gang and recouped nearly $1.2 million in foreign cash.

The arrests took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Lipetsk region south of the Russian capital.

For many years, the infamous REvil criminal gang has attacked numerous high profile targets ruthlessly. In May 2021, the criminals, along with its affiliates, disrupted production at meat supplier JBS. In the process, they managed to secure a $11 million ransom payment. Then in July, it incapacitated thousands of businesses as it exploited a vulnerability in the update mechanism of IT software services company Kaseya. With REvil being based in the seemingly safe haven of Russia, their attacks have largely gone unpunished. It would appear that Ukraine conflict is a bigger issue than ransomware so they gang have been sacrificed by Russia as a bargaining chip in negotiations.

Reports from Russia, claim the FSB took action following requests from the United States. Back in August president Joe Biden told Vladimir Putin that he must take action against cybercriminals operating in Russia. Considering the many pleas from countries all over the world which have been made to Russia to stop their numerous hacking gangs, it seems unlikely that Putin suddenly decided to comply without an ulterior motive being in play.

Law enforcement agencies around the world, including in Ukraine, have increasingly been working together in efforts to tackle ransomware hackers. Since February 2021, Europol has arrested five hackers linked to REvil and says 17 countries have been working on its investigations. These include the US, UK, France, Germany, and Australia. This includes 22-year-old Ukrainian national Yaroslav Vasinskyi who was arrested in Poland and accused of conducting the Kaseya attack. Yevgeniy Polyanin, a 28-year-old Russian national, was also charged with deploying REvil’s ransomware. Polyanin is accused of conducting some 3,000 ransomware attacks and had $6.1 million of his assets seized in the process.

For now, several ransomware groups operating out of Russia remain highly active. The REvil takedown is a significant mark of progress, but it will be interesting to see if Vladimir Putin decides to pursue the other gangs as well, like the notorious DarkSide gang and its successor BlackMatter.


REvil (aka Sodinokibi) is a ransomware variant first detected in April 2019. Initial attacks focused on users in Asia, but REvil’s attacks have expanded to target entities globally, with increasingly more significant extortion demands with one of the most recent being $70M for Kaseya. Since then, the variant has been actively used in ransomware attacks targeting organizations worldwide across various sectors, including healthcare, legal services, technology, government, retail, and financial services.

Timeline of some REvil attacks:

Aug 2019: Vendor breached to spread ransomware to 22 Texas cities
Jan 2020: REvil release stolen victim data on forum threads, later replaced by the “Happy Blog” website, if the ransom was not paid.
April 2020: Widespread exploitation of COVID-19 pandemic to spread ransomware
May 2020: Purported breach and sale of Trump-related information, as well as multiple celebrities over the following months, likely resulting from breach of the GSMS law firm
Jun 2020: Researchers discovered the variant scanning for point-of-sale (PoS) software and leveraging Cobalt Strike to deliver the ransomware. REvil adds an auction page to “Happy Blog.”
Mar 2021: Harris Federation breach, which leads to shutdown of the network for weeks, breach of hardware and electronics manufacturer Acer
Apr 2021: Offered Apple schematics and other company data for sale after breaching hardware vendor Quanta
May 2021: Attack on JBS, which forced a shutdown of US beef plant operations and disrupted operations at poultry and pork plants
Jun 2021: Attack on Invenergy
Jul 2021: Attacks on US DoD contractor HX5 and Kaseya MSP

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Fish farm could make triathletes shark bait

Fish farm could make triathletes shark bait

Triathletes to become Shark Bait

Port Elizabeth – Plans to build a large fish farm along a popular coast stretch prompted concerns it could entice sharks, endangering tourists and Ironman triathletes.

Authorities in Port Elizabeth say the vast fishery, 2.5km off Hobie Beach, will create much needed jobs in the area.

However, having had sharks in the area over many years, a host of beachfront hoteliers, marine biologists and local councillors say the project would also certainly attract a large number of Great Whites and other sharks species.

Paul Woolfe, Director of Ironman South Africa told AFP that if the project goes ahead they will be forced to move the event to another city as it will simply be too dangerous to run in potentially shark infested water where their sharks will probably think all their Christmases have come at once with thousands of triathletes swimming off the beach.

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“One of many risks is that our athletes might be eaten by sharks, because the fish farm will lure bigger sharks to the bay that are not normally there,” Woolfe said.

In addition, the beach is a favourite training area for the triathletes preparing for the event.

Ironman SA had already been contacted by the cities of Cape Town and Durban about hosting the race which will be a huge financial boost to the cities.

Port Elizabeth could stand to lose around R88.6m in revenue if the race moved.

Port Elizabeth is currently set to host the annual Ironman African championship – a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon run – until 2016.

jumping great white shark

Jumping Great White Shark

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has already granted authorisation for the fish farm to go ahead, however a petition has been launched to stop it.

Dean Biddulphs, a municipal councillor, said the farm was important for jobs but should be built on land and not utilise the ocean.

“If it’s land-based, it’s even more economical and cost effective,” he said, adding that there was land available nearby. Logically this makes sense but there is always a fight with common sense verses corruption.

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Trailer for the Final Hobbit Movie Is Ready for Battle

Trailer for the Final Hobbit Movie Is Ready for Battle

Welcome back, Bilbo

The final movie of the Hobbit series is The Battle of the Five Armies, Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptation is living up to its title with a suitably aggressive first teaser trailer, which premièred for a live audience at the resent Comic-Con over the weekend.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is due in theatres on Dec. 17, 2014

Motorbikes racing at 299km/h on a highway

Motorbikes racing at 299km/h on a highway

This is mental. This should of thing should be left on the track and not on public roads where innocent people are involved.

New EU data regulations 5 things your business needs to do

New EU data regulations 5 things your business needs to do

Recent events over the past couple of years, in particular the Snowden affair, have had a huge influence on privacy and our personal data. The European Union is set to dramatically change the regulations which govern what businesses can do with personal data and what rights you have to protect it.

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10 cloud-based security tools to protect your computer network

10 cloud-based security tools to protect your computer network

Believe it or not, it doesn’t matter what size you are when it comes to protecting your network. PLC or home user: Hackers will still want your information right now. If they don’t want your information then they want to use your computer to get someone else’s information and cover their tracks by using your little (or large) network.


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Extreme Ironman – Scotland – City to summit

Extreme Ironman – Scotland – City to summit

Yep, it’s almost a year ago that I embarked on an extreme Ironman adventure in Scotland. In fact, it’s just one week to go before myself and two friends (Darren and Steve) travel once more up to Scotland to beast ourselves like no other experience.

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