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Claims of Russian hacking

June 2016

October 2016

December 2016

Grizzly Steppe

Yara Signature of Grizzly Steppe according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Burlington Electric Department

  • Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say - Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, December 30, 2016
    A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.
    While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.
  • Vermont Electricity Department Finds Malware Linked to Russian Hackers - Phil Helsel, NBC News, December 31, 2016
    A Vermont electricity provider said it found malware linked to an alleged Russian campaign to hack political entities in a laptop, after U.S. utilities were warned about the "Grizzly Steppe" affiliated code by the federal government.
  • Russia penetrated Vermont utility company computer - USA Today, December 31, 2016
    BURLINGTON, Vt. — Malicious software believed tied to a Russian hacking group associated with attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election was found Friday within a computer that belongs to Burlington Electric, one of Vermont’s electrical utilities.
  • How The Washington Post's Defense Of Its Russian Hacking Story Unraveled Through Web Archiving - Kalev Leetaru, Forbes, January 2, 2016
    How the Internet Archive’s historical snapshots of the Post’s story undermined the…

January 2017

  • 'Russian meddling doubters should wait to see report, says Brennan' (on video) - PBS, 4 January, 2017
    (Detailed report to be provided to the US President who is to decide what and how to share...)
  • U.S. obtained evidence after election that Russia leaked emails: officials -Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay , Reuters, January 5, 2017
    U.S. intelligence agencies obtained what they considered to be conclusive evidence after the November election that Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks through a third party, three U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
  • Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States - US Senate Committee hearing, January 5, 2017
    (In response to Sen. McCain question: 'we stand by our previous assessment' from October)
  • @realDonaldTrump, January 5, 2017
    The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia......So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?
  • Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution, dni.gov, 6 January 2017

June 2017

  • TOP-SECRET NSA REPORT DETAILS RUSSIAN HACKING EFFORT DAYS BEFORE 2016 ELECTION - The Intercept, June 5 2017
  • In response to a question 'does he have any doubt', ex-FBI director James Comey (a lawyer by background) testified that he has 'no doubt' that Russia attempted to influence elections and was behind DNC and DCCC intrusions and subsequent leaks -live stream, vox.com, June 8, 2017
    BURR: Do you have any doubt that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections?
    COMEY: None.
    BURR: Do you have any doubt that the Russian government was behind the intrusions in the DNC and the DCCC systems, and the subsequent leaks of that information?
    COMEY: No, no doubt.
    BURR: Do you have any doubt that the Russian government was behind the cyber intrusion in the state voter files?
    COMEY: No.
    BURR: Do you have any doubt that officials of the Russian government were fully aware of these activities?
    COMEY: No doubt. (NY Times transcript)(video).
    (later, answering Heinrich)
    The — there should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.
    It is a high-confidence judgment of the entire intelligence community, and — and the members of this committee have — have seen the intelligence. It’s not a close call. That happened. That’s about as un-fake as you can possibly get, and is very, very serious, which is why it’s so refreshing to see a bipartisan focus on that, because this is about America, not about any particular party.

Recall earlier Robert Parry commentary:

Repeating an accusation over and over again is not evidence that the accused is guilty, no matter how much “confidence” the accuser asserts about the conclusion.
the case, as presented (DNI report), is one-sided and lacks any actual proof. Further, the continued use of the word “assesses” – as in the U.S. intelligence community “assesses” that Russia is guilty – suggests that the underlying classified information also may be less than conclusive because, in intelligence-world-speak, “assesses” often means “guesses.”
The DNI report admits as much, saying, “Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.”

Denials and rebuttals

Wordfence

P.A.S. malware portal, according to Wordfence , December 30, 2016 (Mark Maunder).

No, I did it!

Guccifer 2.0

  • ‘Guccifer 2.0’ Is Likely a Russian Government Attempt to Cover Up Its Own Hack - Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard, June 16 2016
  • We Spoke to DNC Hacker 'Guccifer 2.0' - Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard, June 21 2016
    Last week, a mysterious hacker using the handle "Guccifer 2.0" emerged to claim responsibility for the data breach at the Democratic National Committee, which democrats and several cybersecurity firms attributed to two groups of Russian hackers, likely working for Vladimir Putin's government.
  • "Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide" - The Register, July 27, 2016 + threatconnect
    We're told Team Guccifer used AOL France's webmail to exchange messages with journalists; these messages, sent from guccifer20@aol.fr, were stamped with a French IP address – 95.130.15.34 – by AOL's infrastructure, meaning the sender was using that network address at the time
    ...It is important to note that the IP address seen in the Guccifer 2.0 AOL communications – 95.130.15.34 – is not listed as an option within Elite VPN Service, although it has an identical SSH fingerprint and has the exact same port (1723, PPTP) open as the listed options. This demonstrates the server was cloned from the same server image as all the Elite VPN servers but may be a private or dedicated version of the service." ThreatConnect also notes that the 95.130.15.34 IP address has been used in a few swindles, including a Russian mail-order bride scam in 2014 and attacks against WordPress blogs last year. The IP address also crops up in a Russian-language text message proxy service and a node list for crypto-currency EDR
    Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov gave a simple reply when asked about the matter by the press. "I don't want to use four-letter words," he said.

Was Guccifer 2.0 a cover-up?

  • The Seth Rich Case - JimmysLlama, May 19, 2017
    Guccifer2 was created by the DNC to do two things: Make it appear that the Russians hacked their shiz so nobody knew it came from an inside source and use it as cover for the murder of Seth Rich.
  • Guccifer 2.0: Game Over - ADAM CARTER
    Metadata suggests it took only 30 minutes to go from a DNC tech/data strategy consultant creating documents to Guccifer2.0 tainting them - all occurring on a date that Guccifer2.0 claimed to be after he was locked out of the DNC Network - occurring on the same day that Guccifer2.0 emerged.
    Data found deeper in files now also demonstrates there was a misdirection effort, that, in its larger scope - seems to have been intended to discredit leaks by having leaks blamed on Russian hackers
  • Russia and WikiLeaks: The Case of the Gilded Guccifer - /u/tvor_22, February 17, 2017
    d) Guccifer2 was a CIA disinformation campaign to frame the Russians, while thumbing their noses (obvious deception,) before an assumed Hillary Clinton win could provide an appropriate and ‘pragmatic’ response. Had to have assumed a Clinton win, but in the event of a Trump win would be (and is) greatly advantageous. May imply apt28 itself was a false-flag pwn-job.
  • Proof that DNC manufactured the Russian controversy in June 2016 - byecomey on Reddit, May 25, 2017
  • Day 217.17. Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen - George Webb, May 28, 2017

Craig Murray

Seth Rich?

Main article: Seth Rich

Crowdstrike?

A theory (number ****) by conspiracy journalist Georg Webb (starts around 9:30 here). He claims that McAfee/Networks Associates in the early days bought a company of Russian hackers, kept 12 of them to keep writing viruses, while in another office the anti-viruses were produced (veracity of this is entirely on George Webb). With Alperovich coming from McAffe, he thinks it might go along similar lines with Crowdstrike. (No real evidence for that, of course, but a curious thought).

Now, from John McAfee interview:

“When the FBI or when any other agency says the Russians did it or the Chinese did something or the Iranians did something – that's a fallacy,”
“Any hacker capable of breaking into something is extraordinarily capable of hiding their tracks. If I were the Chinese and I wanted to make it look like the Russians did it I would use Russian language within the code.
“This is what the FBI and other agencies want us to believe so that they can manipulate our opinions, but I can promise you – if it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians.”

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