7/28/16, "FBI warned Clinton campaign last spring of cyberattack," Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News
DNC negligence, knowingly disregarding cyber security advice it paid for and received, leaves it open for lawsuits:
7/26/16, "Democrats Ignored Cybersecurity Warnings Before Theft," Bloomberg, Michael Riley
"The Democratic National Committee was warned last fall that its
computer network was susceptible to attacks but didn’t follow the
security advice it was given, according to three people familiar with
The missed opportunity is another blow to party
officials already embarrassed by the theft and public disclosure of
e-mails that have disrupted their presidential nominating convention in
Philadelphia and led their chairwoman to resign.
consultants hired by the DNC made dozens of recommendations after a
two-month review, the people said.
Following the advice, which would
typically include having specialists hunt for intruders on the network,
might have alerted party officials that hackers had been lurking in
their network for weeks -- hackers who would stay for nearly a year.
Instead, officials didn’t discover the breach until April....
Cyber-security assessments can be a mixed
blessing. Legal experts say some general counsels advise organizations
against doing such assessments if they don’t have the ability to quickly
fix any problems the auditors find, because customers and shareholders could have cause to sue if an organization knowingly disregards such warnings."...
12/29/16, "Details Still Lacking on Russian ‘Hack’," Robert Parry, Consortium News
"Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media is all atwitter
about Russia having to pay a price for hacking into Democratic emails
and supposedly tilting the U.S. election to Donald Trump, but the
evidence still is lacking, reports Robert Parry."
Amid more promises of real evidence to come, the Obama administration
released a report that again failed to demonstrate that there is any
proof behind U.S. allegations that Russia both hacked into Democratic
emails and distributed them via WikiLeaks to the American people.
The New York Times, which has been busy flogging the latest reasons to hate Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, asserted,
“The F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security released a report on
Thursday detailing the ways that Russia acted to influence the American
election through cyberespionage.”
But the actual report fell far short of “detailing” much at all about
how the disclosures of the Democratic National Committee’s manipulation
of the primaries to hobble Sen. Bernie Sanders and the contents of
Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street speeches ended up at WikiLeaks and
ultimately became available to American voters.
Most of the 13-page FBI/DHS report was devoted to suggestions on how
Internet users can protect their emails from malware, but there was
little new that proved that the Russians were the source of the
Democratic emails given to WikiLeaks.
The tip-off to how little proof was being offered came in the
report’s statement that “The U.S. government assesses that information
was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed.” When you read a phrase
like “the U.S. government assesses,” it really means the U.S. government
is guessing– and the report notably uses a passive tense that doesn’t
even assert that the Russians did the leaking."...
[Ed note: The 12/29/16 report the Department of Homeland Security and FBI released opens with a disclaimer that it provides no assurances that its information is accurate. It uses phrases "that
someone selling a lemon uses when he doesn’t want to talk about the fact
that the blasted thing won’t run and doesn’t want to get sued for
intentional misrepresentation or wilful concealment....It doesn’t mention Wikileaks…not even once. In other words, the report does not allege that the Russians gave any Democratic Party or Podesta emails to Wikileaks."]
(continuing): "A well-placed intelligence source told me that there’s little doubt
that elements of Russian intelligence penetrated the emails of the
Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John
Podesta, but the Russians were far from alone. Indeed, placing various
forms of malware on computers is a common practice, as average folks who
periodically take their laptops to an I.T. professional can attest.
There’s always some kind of “spyware” or other malicious code to be
The source said the more debatable issue is whether Russian
intelligence then turned over the emails to WikiLeaks, especially given
that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and an associate, former British
Ambassador Craig Murray, have stated that the material did not come from
the Russian government. Murray has suggested
that there were two separate sources, the DNC material coming from a
disgruntled Democrat and the Podesta emails coming from possibly a U.S.
intelligence source, since the Podesta Group represents Saudi Arabia and
other foreign governments.
So, The New York Times misled its readers by claiming that the
FBI/DHS report released Thursday was “detailing” how the Russians
carried out the operation, and a separate Times article essentially acknowledged that the details were still to come.
“A more detailed report on the intelligence, ordered by President
Obama, will be published in the next three weeks, though much of the
detail — especially evidence collected from ‘implants’ in Russian
computer systems, tapped conversations and spies — is expected to remain
In other words, the FBI/DHS report really didn’t have much in the way
of details and the “more detailed report” – due out before President
Obama leaves office on Jan. 20 – will still be hiding “much of the
detail” to justify Obama’s retaliation against Russia including new
sanctions and expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats or intelligence officers
from the United States.
But the Times article does inadvertently make the interesting
admission that the U.S. government has penetrated Russian computers,
much as the U.S. government accuses Russia of doing to U.S. computers.
But the data purloined by these U.S. “implants” and other
clandestinely obtained evidence – assuming there really is any – won’t
be something that the American people will get to see.
The shell game will continue up to the start of the Trump
administration with the apparent goal to hem in President Trump from
trying to reach out to Russia to avert a costly and dangerous New Cold
But the evidence so far released by the Obama administration still amounts to “trust us.”"
"[For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Escalating the Risky Fight with Russia” and “Summing Up Russia’s Real Nuclear Fears.”]"
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Amid 24/7 promises to detail ways in which "Russia hacked DNC and Podesta emails, distributed contents to Americans via Wikileaks, thus tilting the election," is word that meaningful detail (assuming there really is any) will "remain classified." Outgoing Obama admin. revelations amount to “trust us”-Parry, Consortium News, 12/29/16
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