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US government officially accuses Russia of political hacks

RT | October 7, 2016

The US intelligence community is “confident” that Russia is behind the recent hacks of US officials’ and organizations’ emails, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of National Intelligence said.

According to the joint statement issued Friday, “disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.”

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” says the statement, posted by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The thefts and disclosures are “intended to interfere with the US election process,” the statement said, adding that “the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia” to influence public opinion.

External attempts to access election systems in several states“in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company,” the US officials said. “However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.”

It would be “extremely difficult” for anyone to alter ballot counts or election results through cyberattacks, DHS and DNI said.

DHS has established an Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group “with experts across all levels of government” to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks, and urges state and local election officials to seek cybersecurity assistance from the federal authorities.

This is the first time the US government has officially accused Russia of cyberattacks related to the US presidential campaign. The Democratic National Committee blamed Russia for the hack of their email servers in June, though a lone hacker going by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claimed responsibility and denied any ties to Russia.

The statement from Homeland Security and DNI comes just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russian actions in Syria “beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes.” Moscow has dismissed Kerry’s words as “propaganda” intended to distract from US failure to implement the Syrian ceasefire agreement.

US cybersecurity experts claim that six out of eight IP addresses used by the DNC hackers were hosted on King Servers, a Russian provider. Vladimir Fomenko, owner of the company, told RT that he was never contacted by US law enforcement, however.

“We are ready to assist in probing this crime and consulting the FBI or other services on such issues. Hackers are a common threat and we must fight it together,” Fomenko said.

“If the FBI asks, we are ready to supply the IP addresses, the logs,” he said. “Nobody is asking… It’s like nobody wants to sort this out.”

October 7, 2016 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Like when the US gov demanded that pakistan hand over OBL, they asked for some evidence OBL did 9,11 and the US gov refused.
    USA claims other countries are lawless and need to be held accountable for alleged attacks, yet USA entire foreign policy is BASED on lawless invasions assassinations and false flags.

    Comment by Diaz's packed bowl | October 7, 2016 | Reply

  2. The “Military Industrial Complex” is spinning out of control. Their ‘dirty washing’ is on display thanks to ‘Wikileaks’, Snowden, and anyone else who are capable of ‘gleaning’ the truth via hacking.

    “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” says the statement, posted by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.”

    Clapper, by the way is guilty of lying to the U.S. Congress about the NSA’s activities, so his opinion about Russians being responsible for the leaks is just another pathetic lie, designed to deflect attention from his own lies and incompetence. America’s leaders and their “Intelligence” services are starting to look like a rabbit, staring into the headlights of a truck, called the Truth.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 7, 2016 | Reply

  3. Hi Aletho,

    I just want to share this…http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/09/21/russia-govt-report-snowden-greenwald-are-cia-frauds/

    Given the statement: [“According to the joint statement issued Friday, “disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.””]

    This confirms VT article about the CIA fraud WikiLeaks/Snowden/Greenwald…

    Thank you so much…

    Comment by Wallflower | October 8, 2016 | Reply


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