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U.S. Intelligence Got the Wrong Cyber Bear and Interview with John McAfee That's Worth a Listen

 
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The "Russian hacking" story in the U.S. has gone too far. That it's not based on any solid public evidence, and that reports of it are often so overblown as to miss the mark, is only a problem to those who worry about disinformation campaigns, propaganda and journalistic standards -- a small segment of the general public. But the recent U.S. government report that purports to substantiate technical details of recent hacks by Russian intelligence is off the mark and has the potential to do real damage to far more people and organizations.

The joint report by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a catchy name for "Russian malicious cyber activity" -- Grizzly Steppe -- and creates infinite opportunities for false flag operations that the U.S. government all but promises to attribute to Russia.

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The U.S. intelligence community is making a spectacle of itself under political pressure from the outgoing administration and some Congress hawks. It ought to stop doing so. It's impossible to attribute hacker attacks on the basis of publicly available software and IP addresses used. Moreover, it's not even necessary: Organizations and private individuals should aim to prevent attacks, not to play blame games after the damage is done. The most useful part of the DHS-FBI report is, ironically, the most obvious and generic one -- the one dealing with mitigation strategies. It tells managers to keep software up to date, train staff in cybersecurity, restrict their administrative privileges, use strong anti-virus protections and firewall configurations. In most cases, that should keep out the Russians, the Chinese and homegrown hackers. U.S. Democrats would have benefited from this advice before they were hacked; it's sad that they either didn't get it from anyone or ignored it.

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Grizzly Misstep: Security Experts Call Russia Hacking Report “Poorly Done,” “Fatally Flawed”

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI released a joint report about Russian cyberattacks, titled “Grizzly Steppe.” The report had been expected to lay out more details about intelligence agency’s claims that the Russian government was directly linked to hacks on the DNC and other organizations, but security experts have expressed broad disappointment with the report.

Jeffrey Carr, author of Inside Cyber Warfare, wrote on Friday that the report “adds nothing to the call for evidence that the Russian government was responsible” for the campaign hacks. Robert Lee, a former Air Force cyberwarfare officer and cybersecurity fellow at New America, argues that the report is of limited use to security professionals, in part because of poor organization and lack of crucial details.

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FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed Effort

Where’s the Evidence?

If the White House had unclassified evidence that tied officials in the Russian government to the DNC attack, they would have presented it by now. The fact that they didn’t means either that the evidence doesn’t exist or that it is classified.

If it’s classified, an independent commission should review it because this entire assignment of blame against the Russian government is looking more and more like a domestic political operation run by the White House that relied heavily on questionable intelligence generated by a for-profit cybersecurity firm with a vested interest in selling “attribution-as-a-service”.

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bump
One of the most important aspects of conspiracy theories is being able to discern when there isn't one.

Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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Something About This Russia Story Stinks

The New York Times was more aggressive, writing flatly, "Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking." It backed up its story with a link to a joint FBI/Homeland Security report that details how Russian civilian and military intelligence services (termed "RIS" in the report) twice breached the defenses of "a U.S. political party," presumably the Democrats.

This report is long on jargon but short on specifics. More than half of it is just a list of suggestions for preventive measures.

At one point we learn that the code name the U.S. intelligence community has given to Russian cyber shenanigans is GRIZZLY STEPPE, a sexy enough detail.
But we don't learn much at all about what led our government to determine a) that these hacks were directed by the Russian government, or b) they were undertaken with the aim of influencing the election, and in particular to help elect Donald Trump.

The problem with this story is that, like the Iraq-WMD mess, it takes place in the middle of a highly politicized environment during which the motives of all the relevant actors are suspect. Nothing quite adds up.

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Assange To Hannity: Source For WikiLeaks Was Not Russian Government

ASSANGE: Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no. But if we look at our most recent statement from the US government, which is on the 29th of December, OK, we had five different branches of government, Treasury, DHS, FBI, White House presenting their accusations to underpin Obama’s throwing out 29 Russian diplomats. What was missing from all of those statements? The word WikiLeaks. It’s very strange.

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Trump's press secretary suggests Russian sanctions were political - as the White House did nothing when the Chinese hacked millions last year

Donald Trump's incoming press secretary Sean Spicer suggested during an appearance on Morning Joe today that the White House's new sanctions against Russia were political retribution for Hillary Clinton's loss.

He pointed to the 2015 hack of the Office of Personnel Management, thought to be at the hands of Chinese hackers, noting the much stiffer punishment doled out to Russia for its role in the cyberattacks against Democratic political organizations.

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How The Washington Post's Defense Of Its Russian Hacking Story Unraveled Through Web Archiving

As the Washington Post’s story of Russian hackers burrowed deep within the US electrical grid, ready to plunge the nation into darkness at the flip of a switch unraveled into the story of a single non-grid-connected laptop with a piece of malware on it, the Post has faced fierce criticism over how it fact checked and verified the details of its story. It turns out that the Post not only did not fact check the story until after it was published live on its website, but in its defense of the story, the Post made a number of false statements about what was written when, which the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine reveals.

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who are you trying to convince? only an absolute moron doesnt realise its all bullshit
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The CIA hack of the Senate Committee investigating torture could have easily made it look like Russians did it. Perhaps it still can!
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bump for an excellent interview!
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I spoke with somebody in trumps camp he is going

to fire just about everybody in the CIA
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bump for an excellent interview!
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I thought it was pretty amazing. I haven't followed McAfee much, but I'm interested in learning more about him after that interview.

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We all Know this entire story was fabricated by Obama

and his Head of the DHS the Muslim piece of Dog Shit

Jeremiah Johnson.


I truly Hope Trump Investigates him and Tries his ass

for High Treason, Giving aid and comfort to the enemy
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Excellent work OP.

bumpbumpbump
Never ever, ever, ever give up!!!
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I spoke with somebody in trumps camp he is going

to fire just about everybody in the CIA
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Sounds good. Even better would be to terminate the agency.
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 Quoting: Daniel Higdon


bump for an excellent interview!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 66286480


I thought it was pretty amazing. I haven't followed McAfee much, but I'm interested in learning more about him after that interview.
 Quoting: Daniel Higdon




Did you hear that? from a Man who is an expert in Hacking

said if it looks like Russia did it, I can Guarantee they

didnt do it. They are better hackers than that
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Excellent work OP.

bumpbumpbump
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hf
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 Quoting: Daniel Higdon


bump for an excellent interview!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 66286480


I thought it was pretty amazing. I haven't followed McAfee much, but I'm interested in learning more about him after that interview.
 Quoting: Daniel Higdon




Did you hear that? from a Man who is an expert in Hacking

said if it looks like Russia did it, I can Guarantee they

didnt do it. They are better hackers than that
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Yes I did and it made a lot of sense to me.
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POLITICO: Senate Push for New Russia Hacking Probe Fizzles

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are calling it quits on their efforts to create a select committee on cybersecurity to investigate Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, Burgess Everett reports at Politico.

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At Least 6 TIMES Wikileaks Has Denied Russia Was their Source for Leaked DNC Emails – But Media Ignores It

Wikileaks keeps telling the world Russia was not their source for the leaked DNC emails—
—The liberal mainstream media keeps ignoring them.

It doesn’t jive with their crazy Putin conspiracy.
So they won’t report it.

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WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived

IN THE PAST six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral: one on how Russia is behind a massive explosion of “fake news,” the other on how it invaded the U.S. electric grid. Both articles were fundamentally false. Each now bears a humiliating editor’s note grudgingly acknowledging that the core claims of the story were fiction: The first note was posted a full two weeks later to the top of the original article; the other was buried the following day at the bottom.

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But while these debacles are embarrassing for the paper, they are also richly rewarding. That’s because journalists — including those at the Post — aggressively hype and promote the original, sensationalistic false stories, ensuring that they go viral, generating massive traffic for the Post (the paper’s executive editor, Marty Baron, recently boasted about how profitable the paper has become).

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