Saturday, July 30, 2016

US Democratic Party Candidate's Campaign Computer System Hacked Again

Yesterday Reuters,reported yet another cyberattack on Democratic Party-related (or to be exact Hillary Clinton campaign related)internet servers. This follows hacks of the DNC and the DCCC (the party's fund-raising committee) in the past week. Naturally Hillary Clinton, her campaign staff and the Democratic Party National Committee immediately fingered Russia, and Vladimir Putin himself. There were a tad premature it seems.

The story reported by Reuters contains no evidence that Russia was involved in the hacking other that reporting that in a panicked search for scapegoats because there is already far too much suspicion that Hillary Clinton and her campaign team are not smart enough to be let loose anywhere near a computer on which sensitive data is stored.

We know from reports of the arrogant and high handed way Clinton treats staff and public servants assigned to work with her, that her likely response to being told "password" is not a secure password would be "Do you know who I am." That said, there is no more evidence of Russian involvement in the hacking than there is of intelligent life on the Moon. With this in mind perhaps, US intelligence head Jim Clapper having exclaimed that he was "somewhat taken aback by the hyperventilation [blaming Russia]" by Democratic surrogates, we suspect another scapegoat will need to be found.

The latest attack, which was disclosed on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the party’s fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. Reuters reported:

The U.S. Department of Justice national security division is investigating whether cyber hacking attacks on Democratic political organizations threatened U.S. security, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The involvement of the Justice Department’s national security division is a sign that the Obama administration has concluded that the hackers were state sponsored, individuals with knowledge of the investigation said.

The Clinton campaign, based in Brooklyn, had no immediate comment and referred Reuters to a comment from earlier this week by campaign senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and calling the hacking "a national security issue."

The Department of Justice declined to comment.

It is not yet known what information on the Clinton campaign’s computer system hackers would have been able to access, and so what damaging leaks we may expect from Wikileaks, but the possibility of more 'smoking guns' increases with each hack.

It is inevitable that the Clinton campaign's finger will be pointed at Vladimir Putin (and Hillary's favourite anti-American bogeyman and alleged Russian secret agent Donald Trump, but even The Director of Nation Intelligence has urged that an end be put to the “reactionary mode” blaming it all on Russia...

“We don’t know enough to ascribe motivation regardless of who it might have been,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said speaking at Aspen’s Security Forum in Colorado, when asked if the media was getting ahead of themselves in fingering the perpetrator of the hack.

Clapper told the forum that Americans need to stop blaming Russia for the hack, telling the crowd that the US has been running in “reactionary mode” when it comes to the numerous cyber-attacks the nation is continuously facing. He is right of course but when you have a Democratic Party Presidential candidate whose sense of entitlement is the size of Siberia while her sense of responsibility is the size of a grain of salt, it's only natural her campaign will blame anybody but themselves for failures.

“I’m shocked someone did some hacking,” he added sarcastically, “[as if] that’s never happened before.”

Of course that won't stop the endless blame shifting and playing of the victim (poor, persecuted woman) card by the Clinton campaign which will be anxious to ensure that no accountability for the loss of sensitive information attaches to the candidate.

All in all, does it not seem a little "careless" that so many Democratic servers have been hacked so easily? And can such a careless person be trusted to keep the nuclear weapons firing codes safe?


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Last week, following the news that The Clinton Foundation, the computer networks of Hillary Clinton's election campaign and the US Democratic Party and also the servers operated by 'philanthropic' organisation Open Society Foundation - really a front for meddling by the billionaire left wing activist George Soros in international politics, had been hacked, we learned of a previously unknown hacker collective, "The Shadow Brokers". These hackers claimed they had hacked hacking tools from the NSA's own special-ops entity, the "Equation Group", and released these into the public domain.

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