Voices from Russia

Thursday, 9 March 2017

US Citizens Split on Russia’s Alleged Meddling in US Election

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On Wednesday, a Politico/Morning Consult poll showed US citizens divided almost equally on whether Russia meddled with the 2016 US presidential election:

Forty-one percent of registered voters polled last weekend said the Russian Federation influenced the race between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Overall, the electorate is split on the issue, with 42 percent of voters saying the former Cold War adversary didn’t influence the election.

The poll indicated that the share of US citizens believing in Russia’s interference in the election’ results increased by nine percentage points since a December survey. The pollster surveyed almost 2,000 people on 2-6 March.

In late 2016, reports emerged suggesting that US intelligence discovered an alleged Russian hack of Republican National Committee (RNC) computers during the election campaign, but no leaks followed. The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computers were also hacked this summer, resulting in a number of compromising leaks. The CIA claimed Russia deliberately targeted Clinton’s presidential campaign, because it wanted Trump to win, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly reached opposite conclusions from the same raw intelligence. Russia repeatedly refuted the allegations.

9 March 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201703091051392237-usa-divided-russian-meddling/

Editor:

We’ve all seen the news proving that the CIA and NSA have computer programs that use malware to run false-flag operations in cyberspace. That proves that all US allegations of “Russian hacking” and “Russian interference” are GIGO. It means that people in the US Deep State wanted Trump to win… and are trying to “pin it on the Russkies”. That is, her Establishment pals skunked Clinton… remember, Bill and Hill aren’t Social Register material (they’re wannabes of the highest order, though)… none of the “Episcopalian” country clubs want them as members. It seems that everyone hates the Clintons except for Democratic Party operatives…

BMD

Saturday, 20 August 2016

“Weapons Better Than Stuxnet”: NSA Spies Get Hacked

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Someone hacked the US National Security Agency, considered the world’s most advanced electronic espionage and surveillance group. An anonymous group of hackers calling itself the Shadow Brokers said that it breached the networks of the world’s most advanced spying agency, the NSA. On Monday, the hacker group claimed that it extracted software used by the NSA to hack computers and networks belonging to governments and corporations, including Cisco Systems and Fortinet Inc. The Shadow Brokers released a bit of the captured data (some 300 MB) on the web to prove their claim. Security experts analysed the files and agreed that the software is authentic. Curiously, the hackers put the rest of the software on an online auction, aiming to collect 1 billion USD (63.9 billion Roubles. 6.62 billion Renminbi. 67.14 billion INR. 1.286 billion CAD. 1.312 billion AUD. 883 million Euros. 765 million UK Pounds) in bitcoins. They claim that the package has software “weapons better than Stuxnet”, a malicious worm that caused significant damage to computer networks serving the Iranian nuclear programme. When the online auction raises one million bitcoins (some 568 million USD (36.3 billion Roubles. 3.76 billion Renminbi. 38.14 billion INR. 730 million CAD. 745 million AUD. 502 million Euros. 435 million UK Pounds)), the group says that it’d release another chunk of software to the public free of charge. The group claims that it successfully hacked the NSA’s Equation Group division. Moscow-based software security group Kaspersky Lab first announced the Equation Group’s existence in 2015. Kaspersky called the Equation Group the most sophisticated cyber-attack group in the world, and “the most advanced… we have seen”. Whistleblower Edward Snowden provided documents that allowed the Intercept to confirm that the Equation Group has connections with the NSA.

The malware package is part of the NSA’s involvement in violating vulnerabilities in computer systems, which first became public in 2014, when President Barack Obama signed an order that government agencies must disclose discovered vulnerabilities to developers. However, according to Wired, this order had a major loophole, in that one can keep secret and exploit vulnerabilities that have “a clear national security or law enforcement” significance. This led to creating a massive arsenal of attack software, now in hands of unknown hackers. NSA-veteran-turned-whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik’s Loud & Clear that the Agency “has a tendency not to fix things”, as once they report a vulnerability, “this window is closed for them and they can’t see through it”. Binney thought that this particular attack was likely an inside job. He stated that the NSA network isn’t physically part of the internet, so someone inside the NSA, “another Snowden-type person”, must have compromised the software and handled it over to the Shadow Brokers. If that isn’t the case, and if the internal network was, in fact, breached from the outside, “the implications are much, much greater in terms of compromising information and data than simply [someone] draining their exploitation software”. Binney also underscored the clear and present danger that, should the offensive software fall into hands of foreign specialists, it could be reverse-engineered, updated, and used for attacks even after they patch the exposed vulnerabilities. Binney believes that Iran is already studying Stuxnet, seeking to reverse engineer and upgrade it, to use it in its own interests.

Edward Snowden suggested that Russia is behind Shadow Brokers, tweeting, “Circumstantial evidence and conventional wisdom indicates Russian responsibility”. James A Lewis, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, added to his comments, suggesting that the NSA dump is “some Russian mind game”. Snowden observed:

The NSA leak is likely a warning that someone can prove US responsibility for any attacks that originated from this [NSA] malware server. That could have significant foreign policy consequences. Particularly, if any of those operations targeted US allies.

Thus, a simple hack balloons from being a cyber-security issue to, possibly, becoming a full-scale foreign policy crisis.

20 August 2016

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/us/20160820/1044450599/nsa-hacked-shadow-brokers-malware.html

Sunday, 17 April 2016

17 April 2016. What Does Rightwing Paranoia Lead To?

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One of the pervasive rightwing myths is that the government has a giant supercomputer that it uses to monitor all online activities. This is ludicrous and barmy beyond all words. One of those who believes in it is Rod Dreher (to be charitable, he picked it up from a vacuous nutter named Whitehead who was a fellow rightwing stink-tanker in the District). Real intel is expensive as it costs money to hire the people needed to interpret and collate the collected intercepts. The NSA can’t translate and analyse more than a fraction of its ELINT, and that’s not even talking about cybersurveillance. Only the most important targets make the cut, and Dreher doesn’t (nor do I, a rather more minor fish). In any case, the government wastes a good deal of its effort in surveillance on Muslims and Arabs who don’t pose a threat to anyone. To be frank, there’s been no major terrorist incident since 9/11… that proves that there’s no terrorist threat that truly goes bump in the night. There’s no way to guard all the potential targets out there… if there were a real terrorist problem, we’d be dealing with it constantly… and we’re not. It’s just another Republican lie… it’s like “duck and cover” in the 50s… Sov bombers didn’t have the range to strike the continental USA nor did Soviet operational doctrine envisage such (they frowned on one-way suicide missions, unlike the USA). That didn’t deter Republican liars then… the Republicans still lie… only it’s nonexistent terrorists instead of nonexistent Soviet bombers.

Truly, the reason that this lie has tread is that some people think themselves more important than they are… get a life, righties…

BMD

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

12 November 2014. A View From the East… Spying on Santa (Luo Jie/China Daily)

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Luo Jie

2013

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Yeah… it’s almost American Christmas season… that is, from American Thanksgiving to Catholic Christmas on 25 December. Unlike trad Christians in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Reformation Churches, Anglo Americans have a holiday season that PRECEDES the holiday (I shit you not). There ain’t no “Twelve Days of Christmas”… there’s four weeks of utter commercialised madness starting with Black Friday (the Black Mass of this “holiday”)… then, Catholic Christmas… and all Anglo Americans collapse in a stupor, glad that the “holiday season” is over for another year. There’s not even a New Year’s celebration of any note! It’s not like the Russian holiday of New Year’s-Christmas-Epiphany… nineteen days of partying hearty and fun (including jumping in an ice hole on Epiphany… no lie, I’ve done it… don’t knock it until you’ve tried it). It has none of the hearty exuberance of “c’était un Noël au Québec” (grand-père has to come and give the family bénédiction for the coming year first)… NOBODY decorates for the season “comme le font les québécois” (must be that Caribou that they drink… half moonshine and half homemade wine). It isn’t the Sicilian midnight feast after Christmas Mass… nor is it the homely joy of an English Christmas Cake… it’s a deadening exercise… so much so that I wonder why they even engage in it.

Keep your wits about you and stay out of the malls from Black Thursday until Catholic Christmas. Then… CELEBRATE… feast, feast, feast, like real men and women and kids should. Pass me the roast beast, please… I WILL take seconds, if you will.

BMD

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