How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Hack in History
Posted by Webmaster (+8891) one year ago
How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History

Putin, Wikileaks, the NSA and the DNC email fiasco that gave Trump and Clinton another reason to be at odds.

On an April afternoon earlier this year, Russian president Vladimir Putin headlined a gathering of some four hundred journalists, bloggers, and media executives in St. Petersburg. Dressed in a sleek navy suit, Putin looked relaxed, even comfortable, as he took questions. About an hour into the forum, a young blogger in a navy zip sweater took the microphone and asked Putin what he thought of the "so-called Panama Papers."

The blogger was referring to a cache of more than eleven million computer files that had been stolen from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm. The leak was the largest in history, involving 2.6 terabytes of data, enough to fill more than five hundred DVDs. On April 3, four days before the St. Petersburg forum, a group of international news outlets published the first in a series of stories based on the leak, which had taken them more than a year to investigate. The series revealed corruption on a massive scale: Mossack Fonseca's legal maneuverings had been used to hide billions of dollars. A central theme of the group's reporting was the matryoshka doll of secret shell companies and proxies, worth a reported $2 billion, that belonged to Putin's inner circle and were presumed to shelter some of the Russian president's vast personal wealth.

When Putin heard the blogger's question, his face lit up with a familiar smirk. He nodded slowly and confidently before reciting a litany of humiliations that the United States had inflicted on Russia. Putin reminded his audience about the sidelining of Russia during the 1998 war in Kosovo and what he saw as American meddling in Ukraine more recently. Returning to the Panama Papers, Putin cited WikiLeaks to insist that "officials and state agencies in the United States are behind all this." The Americans' aim, he said, was to weaken Russia from within: "to spread distrust for the ruling authorities and the bodies of power within society."

Though a narrow interpretation of Putin's accusation was defensible—as WikiLeaks had pointed out, one of the members of the Panama Papers consortium had received financial support from USAID, a federal agency—his swaggering assurance about America's activities has a more plausible explanation: Putin's own government had been preparing a vast, covert, and unprecedented campaign of political sabotage against the United States and its allies for more than a year.

The Russian campaign burst into public view only this past June, when The Washington Post reported that "Russian government hackers" had penetrated the servers of the Democratic National Committee. The hackers, hiding behind ominous aliases like Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks, claimed their first victim in July, in the person of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, whose private emails were published by WikiLeaks in the days leading up to the Democratic convention. By August, the hackers had learned to use the language of Americans frustrated with Washington to create doubt about the integrity of the electoral system: "As you see the U. S. presidential elections are becoming a farce," they wrote from Russia.


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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+11311) one year ago
Does it really matter how the patrician controls the proletariat?
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2472) one year ago
There have been numerous arrests globally in recent days (April, 2017) concerning the Russian hacking into the 2016 Presidential election.

"The Russian hacker arrested in Spain this weekend is the latest suspect swept up in a global dragnet that U.S. officials hope will yield intelligence on Russian government interference in November's presidential election.

At least six Russians have been arrested in Europe on international warrants over the past several months, according to McClatchy Newspapers. The most recent arrest was Friday in Barcelona, where a 32-year-old Russian computer programmer was nabbed."

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Stay tuned! More will be revealed!
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2472) one year ago
Here are two more articles about the arrests:

"Spain Arrests Russian Thought to Be Kingpin of Computer Spam" by Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, April 9, 2017

"U.S. Says Global Spam Scheme Targeted after Mastermind Nabbed" by Sadie Gurman, Aritz Parra and Raphael Satter, Washington Post, April 10, 2017.

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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2472) one year ago
Under the comments section of the article linked below, epatterson13 wrote:

"Simple, in investigations it goes like this:

Coincidences leads to Correlation
Correlation leads to Causation
Causation leads to Convictions

Just how long does it take and how deep the the Coverup"

I say stay tuned! The investigation is continuing:

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