Officials: Master Spy Vladimir Putin Now Directly Linked to US Hacking


#1

Ever the master spy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB colonel, was personally involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and efforts to interfere in the American elections, U.S. and foreign intelligence officials tell ABC News.

A representative for Putin today called the reports “funny nonsense,” but American intelligence agencies are failing to see any humor in the bold Russian cyberattacks and the apparent role of the Russian president.

People in the intelligence community directly involved in uncovering and tracking the Russian hack say a new flow of information has directly connected Putin to what began as a lower-level effort by the Russian military to infiltrate the computers of both Republican and Democratic figures.

abcnews.go.com/International/officials-master-spy-vladimir-putin-now-directly-linked/story?id=44210901


#2

Pres. Obama promises the U.S. will “take action” in response to Russia’s pre-election hacking. abcn.ws/2hUgw20


#3

I suppose this plays well with his fan club.

I do believe a DOJ action needs to be submitted before any action takes place. (Like this guy)


#4

Btw, this IT Co is the only available evidence (to the public) it may be Russian involvement.

If it’s solid evidence, one might gather they have more than local server(s) surveillance and have some logs from upstream provider routers. There are ways to know where an attack came from. If so, it should be made public. Then we can go after the Russians.


#5

I thought the FBI denied any involvement of Russia. :confused:


#6

The FBI disputed motive. They agreed the source seemed to be Russian.


#7

If anyone follows the link I provided - it is a bit like the TV Show, Penn and Teller fool us. Methodology and signatures can be identified. But you need to be sure you identified things properly. (The President of the IT Co. is former FBI).


#8

Goodness gracious great gobs of spooks, CIA sees Russians everywhere even under the DNC bed. What’s next? Sounds like the 1950’s want their hysteria back.

Even if this is true what difference at this point does it make? :shrug:


#9

The 1950’s hysteria is indeed becoming tiresome with regards to Russia. The Russians themselves have noticed and it has become a running joke now there when every any small thing breaks at home or there is a bus strike etc. to say. ‘Putin did it’. The idea that Putin was some sort of ‘master spy’ is also always used in these headlines and articles. Hardly the case, he held a middling rank of Lieutenant Col. I have family members, living and deceased who held greater ranks than he did, there are thousands of people who held that rank in the various Soviet forces. It was a middle management rank. Putin is a cagey individual and authoritarian type of politician not seen in the west but Russians would respond far better to that than to say Obama. Obama at a personal level would be seen as an ok guy and likeable by many Russians but he would not come across as a convincing national leader.

Also Putin followed Yeltsin and the latter was despised by a very large percentage of Russians by the point Putin took over. He was seen as incompetent and a drunk and easily controlled by foreign nations, in particular the USA. Putin is seen as been interested in Russia first and Russians are not so naïve to think he is perfect but the old saying of picking the least worst is one that has resonance in that nation. Compared to what is on offer from the Russian opposition I can see why.


#10

The FBI only said that they disagree that it was done to help Trump. The hack happened and it was from Russia. The only one denying it was Russia at all is Trump and he has been skipping his intelligence briefings so he may be the least credible person in this.

The FBI is not sold on the idea that Russia had a particular aim in its meddling. “There’s no question that [the Russians’] efforts went one way, but it’s not clear that they have a specific goal or mix of related goals,” said one U.S. official.

FBI and CIA give differing accounts to lawmakers on Russia’s motives in 2016 hacks


#11

(CNN)The United States must either stop accusing Russia of meddling in its elections or prove it, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “indecent” of the United States to “groundlessly” accuse Russia of intervention in its elections, Russian state news agency Tass reported.

“They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last. Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly,” Peskov reportedly said about the latest accusations that Russia was responsible for hacker attacks.

cnn.com/2016/12/16/europe/russia-us-hacking-claims-peskov/

I’m not sure why Obama decided to take on this fight at this time.


#12

Apparently Obama has come out with a statement now admitting that he and his administration knew prior to the election,that Russia was the hacking culprit.He went on to say he didn’t bring it up at that time so as not to appear as though he,meaning Obama,was trying to interfere with the election.Lastly he also thought it not necessary because he and his administration though HC would win regardless!:rolleyes::eek:


#13

It made no difference in the elections.

And Obama mocking Romney that the 80s called and wants its foreign policy back does offer some irony.

Its widely known, Putin skill was mainly phreaking and murder. He mainly took advantage of vulnerabilities with some protocols in telecommunications. The deaths of Alexander Litvinenko, Natalia Estemirova, Sergei Yushenkov or Paul Klebnikov are his other craft. If he remains in power a shooting war will transpire one day. Its inevitable.


#14

What did Putin know, and when did he know it?reut.rs/2hBQS5t


#15

Gotta whip up the New Cold War. There’s money to be made off it.


#16

Looks like Russia tried to hack the GOP and failed:

Russian hackers tried to penetrate the computer networks of the Republican National Committee, using the same techniques that allowed them to infiltrate its Democratic counterpart, according to U.S. officials who have been briefed on the attempted intrusion.

But the intruders failed to get past security defenses on the RNC’s computer networks, the officials said. And people close to the investigation said it indicated a less aggressive and much less persistent effort by Russian intelligence to hack the Republican group than the Democratic National Committee. Only a single email account linked to a long-departed RNC staffer was targeted.

The disclosures came as a political furor grows over suspected Russian hacking of U.S. political organizations. The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Russian hackers, whom analysts say work for that country’s military and intelligence apparatus, stole emails from the DNC, as well as another Democratic organization and the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, to harm her candidacy and boost Republican Donald Trump’s chances of winning. Russia has denied the allegations.

The possibility that Russians tried and failed to infiltrate the RNC doesn’t necessarily conflict with the CIA’s conclusion. A senior U.S. official said analysts now believe what started as an information-gathering campaign aimed at both parties later took on a focus of leaked emails about Mrs. Clinton and Democrats.

wsj.com/articles/republican-national-committee-security-foiled-russian-hackers-1481850043


#17

That joke from the early 2000’s need’s some new additions to it. Remember the one that went something like “You know the world is messed up when the best golfer is black, the best rapper is white, the tallest basketball player is Chinese, the French think the Americans are rude, the Germans don’t want to fight anyone”. Now we can add “the liberals are the ones who believe in conspiracy theories and the conservatives are being told to move to Russia”.


#18

I’ve read that Podesta responded to a phish that said someone was trying to log into his gmail account and he should change his password, click here… Is that the sophistication of the hack that would mean that Putin was involved?

How did the Russians trick the head of the DNC to favor one candidate over another?
How did the Russians trick Donna Brazile into giving the Clinton campaign debate questions? How did the Russians trick the Clinton campaign into accepting the debate questions beforehand? How did the Russians trick Hillary Clinton into using a private email server? How did the Russians trick Hillary Clinton into building a lifetime reputation of dishonesty?

Those darn Rooskies!!!

It actually seemed like Obama was going to fade into History and not embarrass himself again. It turns out that’s not true.


#19

yep


#20

Hillary Clinton: Putin’s alleged involvement in the hacking of Democratic organizations stems from longtime grudge.

Hillary Clinton has an explanation for Vladimir Putin’s alleged involvement in the hacking of Democratic organizations during the 2016 presidential election: The Russian leader has a longtime grudge against her, dating back to 2011 when she made comments that were critical of Russia’s parliamentary elections.

Two Clinton donors tell ABC News that Clinton made the claim Thursday night at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel during an event dubbed a “thank you” party, at which she expressed her gratitude to donors. Her former running mate Tim Kaine was in attendance, as was New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

The donors also say there is growing anger in the Clinton camp toward the FBI, saying they played a monumental role in allegedly handing the election to Donald Trump, in regards to FBI Director James Comey’s handling of Clinton’s email scandal.

Also on Thursday, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post with the headline “Something is deeply broken at the FBI,” calling the department out for what he said was a “lackadaisical response to the very real Russian plot to subvert a national election.”

abcn.ws/2gSJAZW

Donors are NOT happy with Clinton, see
The wealthy Democrats who helped pump over $1 billion into Hillary Clinton’s losing effort want answers.
politico.com/story/2016/12/hillary-clinton-campaign-donors-post-mortem-232715

It would appear the motivation for Obama bringing all this up now is lack of donations to the DNC right now and an attempt to deflect the fact that the Hillary campaign blew it.


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