One of my problems is I read so much that I can’t find stuff when I want to cite it. So it is with CrowdStrike. Until I find the devastating article I remember, this will have to do:
The CrowdStrike report, released in December, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists.
But the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VOA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.
The challenges to CrowdStrike’s credibility are significant because the firm was the first to link last year’s hacks of Democratic Party computers to Russian actors, and because CrowdStrike co-founder Dimiti Alperovitch has trumpeted its Ukraine report as more evidence of Russian election tampering…
On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed at a House Intelligence Committee hearing that his agency has an ongoing investigation into the hacks of Democratic campaign computers and into contacts between Russian operatives and Trump campaign associates. The White House says there was no collusion with Russia, and other U.S. officials have said they’ve found no proof.
From Andrew Cockburn in December:
CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that first claimed to have traced an official Russian connection — garnering plenty of free publicity in the process — asserted that two Russian intelligence agencies, the FSB and the GRU, had been working through separate well-known hacker groups, Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear. The firm contended that neither agency knew that the other was rummaging around in the D.N.C. files. Furthermore, one of the hacked and leaked documents had been modified “by a user named Felix Dzerzhinsky, a code name referring to the founder of the Soviet Secret Police.” (Dzerzhinsky founded the Cheka, the Soviet secret police and intelligence agency, in 1917.) Here was proof, according to another report on the hack, that this was a Russian intelligence operation.
“OK,” wrote Jeffrey Carr, the CEO of cybersecurity firm Taia Global, in a derisive blog post on the case. “Raise your hand if you think that a GRU or FSB officer would add Iron Felix’s name to the metadata of a stolen document before he released it to the world while pretending to be a Romanian hacker.” As Carr, a rare skeptic regarding the official line on the hacks, explained to me, “They’re basically saying that the Russian intelligence services are completely inept. That one hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing, that they have no concern about using a free Russian email account or a Russian server that has already been known to be affiliated with cybercrime. This makes them sound like the Keystone Cops. Then, in the same breath, they’ll say how sophisticated Russia’s cyberwarfare capabilities are.”
In reality, Carr continued, “It’s almost impossible to confirm attribution in cyberspace.” For example, a tool developed by the Chinese to attack Google in 2009 was later reused by the so-called Equation Group against officials of the Afghan government. So the Afghans, had they investigated, might have assumed they were being hacked by the Chinese. Thanks to a leak by Edward Snowden, however, it now appears that the Equation Group was in fact the NSA. “It doesn’t take much to leave a trail of bread crumbs to whichever government you want to blame for an attack,” Carr pointed out.
And then there’s the Wikileaks Vault7 featuring CIA’s Umbrage program of purloined foreign apps allowing them to frame other governments. We may never know if North Korea actually hacked Sony.
From Pat Buchanan:
How could DNI Director Clapper and CIA Director Morell say that no connection had been established between Trump’s campaign and the Russians, without there having been an investigation? And how could such an investigation be conclusive in exonerating Trump’s associates — without some use of electronic surveillance?
From Ed Snowden:
An internal NSA document from April 2013 that describes the status of the relationship with a number of partners. It takes up a three-party agreement regarding the hacker programme Quantum, between the Swedish FRA, American NSA and British GCHQ, initiated by NSA chief Keith Alexander. The document shows that the project has so far resulted in a “proof of concept” – i.e., the system works, but it has not yet generated any substantial intelligence results. It also shows that the GCHQ are doubtful about continuing in the project because of restrictions in British legislation, but that the NSA’s intention all along has been to carry out the project with the Swedish FRA rather than GCHQ.
GCHQ has denied providing intel to Obama about Trump, but has anyone asked the Swedes? The only thing the Brits have provided is the roundly dissed pissgate dossier.
From Eric Sommer:
With U.S.-led Nato military forces massed on Russia’s borders, the show in the Congressional intelligence committee had one purpose: To use a concocted story to bamboozle the American people into accepting that Russia is somehow their enemy, and that further aggressive moves which could easily lead to war or even nuclear war, are in order.
My Twitter Trump echo chamber has featured pics of armor moving east by rail and NATO troops arriving in Latvia and Romania.
From Sputnik News:
The USS George H. W. Bush was met by at least 20 Iranian Revolutionary Guard ships as it transited the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf on Tuesday.
NATO destroyers have been transiting the Bosphorus into the Black Sea. This is about more than impeaching Trump. The Zionists want war and I doubt if Trump even wants to stop them. Ukraine and Syria were preludes and we got our asses stomped.
The Russian SS-27 Topol, like all their ICBMs, is mobile and hidden from Five Eyes satellites, denying such pathetic things as Tomahawk cruise missiles a target, and approaching its target at Mach 21, making it entirely indefensible, and certainly not by such ridiculous toys as an Aegis battery.
Should those 8 inch floppies in US silos actually fire ICBMs before being taken out in anything but a pre-emptive first strike, the Russian S-400 ABM warheads will intercept them in the stratosphere, before their nuclear warheads have a chance to trigger.
In Kaliningrad, KRET Richag-AV and Khibiny ECM devices will render the battlefield useless to NATO, just as they have done in Ukraine and Syria. NATO knows this and yet they mass for war.
Three generations of nuclear threat has produced the world’s greatest ABM defenses and offensive nuclear weapons. Russia is the preeminent producer of rocket engines and this translates to amazing tactical weapons such as the short range Iskander. All of these weapons have multiple guided warheads and secondary rockets which approach target at supersonic speed.
We are marching to war under the most ludicrous circumstances and we will lose.