Russian hackers targeted Democratic senator ahead of midterms


Russian hackers targeted Democratic senator ahead of midterms

Russian hackers targeted the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Kremlin’s first identified attempt at interference this midterm election season, The Daily Beast reports. “While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that [Russia thinks it] can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully,” Missouri Democrat McCaskill said in a statement.

It appears that Russia’s GRU intelligence agency was behind the attempted infiltration, which was carried out last August. The scheme was similar to one allegedly perpetrated by the GRU’s Fancy Bear hacker group against Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta in 2016. GRU allegedly sent emails to targets, claiming that they had to change their Microsoft Exchange password. Each email had a different link that let the phony password change landing page display each recipient’s own email address, adding an air of legitimacy.

Microsoft VP for customer security and trust Tom Burt last week revealed his company had detected phishing attempts against three midterm election candidates. “We did discover that a fake Microsoft domain had been established as the landing page for phishing attacks, and we saw metadata that suggested those phishing attacks were being directed at three candidates who are all standing for elections in the midterm elections,” he said at the Aspen Security Forum. Microsoft took down the site and Burt said the attack was unsuccessful.

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So are they only hacking Democrats?
That is convenient.


Not as much convenient as logical. They don’t need to hack supporters of the person they helped put in office.


I wouldnt state that as fact. Microsoft detected 3 instance of people being hacked that were democrats. This doesnt tell you that there are no attempts to hack non-democrats.


Who did they help put in office?

According to the FBI, no votes or elections were affected by the actions of the Russians.
According to President Obama, it is impossible to impact American elections


The ODNI and DHS say they did. By disseminating false news, they influenced voters in order to support Trump.


Nonsense. No one was particularly influenced by the minuscule amount of information they put out, particularly since we’ve been told the information was intended to cause dissension and mistrust of the system, more than directed at one candidate


where does your deep contempt for President Trump come from?


A sense of patriotism.


that is a strange demonstration of patriotism.


Obviously, we disagree.


Not really. I’m not endorsing JulianN’s comments, but patriotism does not involve any kind of personal loyalty to this or any other president. One could hold the President of the United States (whoever that might be at any given time), or any other high official or elected office-holder, in contempt, and still be patriotic.

As a president (and patriot, no doubt) once said:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

That was Theodore Roosevelt.

Certainly people here at CAF have spoken contemptuously of Donald Trump, as well as of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and others (including quite recently, and somewhat surprisingly, Franklin Delano Roosevelt), and yet still consider themselves to be patriots.


This. And for the record, it’s his behavior I’m appalled by—it’s not a personal contempt, since I don’t know him.


Everyone and his dog was “disseminating false news” during the last election cycle, including most of the MSM, various government bureaucrats, celebrities and talk show hosts, and a number of surreptitiously funded groups and individuals. Whether or not they successfully “influenced voters” or voters just got tired of the attacks and manipulation is an interesting question.

My guess is that if you think Russian operatives are so brilliant as to be the only ones to successfully fool a significant number of your fellow citizens, while all the other attempts at influence just didn’t work or weren’t intended to have any real effect, your grasp on the situation seems either uninformed or misinformed.


All the more reason to investigate ALL the “political entourages” of ALL the candidates (what if a Russian spy has infiltrated the McCaskill campaign?).

All the more reason for the Feds to investigate that DNC server too (that the Democrats refused to turn over) from the 2016 election.


Your contempt certainly seems personal,
considering you don’t KNOW him.


Which boot licking behavior?

The killing of Russian troops in Syria?
The removal of Russian diplomats?
The additional sanctions?
The dressing down of Merkel for her secret gas deal?
The ending of Obama’s deal with close Putin ally Iran?
Here’s a specific list:

As for his treatment of our allies:
He finally recognized Israel’s capital.
Tariffs that hurt trade are starting to come down. That will benefit Americans and EU citizens.
The easing of tensions and hopeful denuclearization of Korea helps our allies in Korea and Japan.

So, you can believe the factless drivel that Trump sold out to Putin all you want. But it is still factless drivel driven by leftist progressives


More specifically, the FBI said no voting machines or voting technology as affected by the Russians. They did not say that people’s mind’s weren’t changed.

Out of context remark, that makes no difference anyway.


Trump was the candidate of mistrust. Remember “drain the swamp?” As for “minuscule information,” have you heard of something called “social media?” Having you heard about posts “going viral?”


That’s not what Rosenstein said at the announcement of the indictments. He said no votes and no elections. He was quite specific.

It is not out of context. His remark was in response to Trump’s concerns about election meddling. It applies quite equally to Russian meddling, and he was right.

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