Friday, December 30, 2016

FBI, DHS release politically motivated report on Russia hacking that makes no reference how U.S. elections were effected

 Gage Skidmore

This report seems not to change anything that has been said before. 
And it really doesn't shed new light or provided evidence of how alleged Russian hacking effected the election.  In a prior report FBI Director Comey told Trump that the Russian government did not influence the election.

The Hill reports the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations.

The document makes clear reference to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, though it does not mention either by name. 
The 13-page report provides technical details regarding tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services to “compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.” (See the entire report below.)

The report, known as a “Joint Analysis Report” or JAR, refers to the Russian hacking campaign as “Grizzly Steppe.”  

It comes as part of a slate of retaliatory measures against Russia issued Thursday by the Obama administration in response to the hacks, and expands on a joint statement issued by the two agencies in October, formally attributing the attacks to Russia.

In the October statement, officials described the the hacks and subsequent publication of stolen emails on WikiLeaks as an attempt to “interfere” with the U.S. election that is “consistent with the Russian-directed efforts,” but provided no evidence to support their assessment. 

President-elect Donald Trump has denied that Russia was involved in the hacks, and Obama has been under pressure to provide proof. 

Private security firms provided more detailed forensic analysis, which the FBI and DHS said Thursday correlated with the IC’s findings. 

“The Joint Analysis Report recognizes the excellent work undertaken by security companies and private sector network owners and operators, and provides new indicators of compromise and malicious infrastructure identified during the course of investigations and incident response,” read a statement. 

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What we're actually seeing here is Obama-government sponsored fake news to distract attention away from the fact that Hillary Clinton got beaten by Donald Trump fair and square.  This is nothing but a bunch of smoke!