Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hacked RNC Emails are Nothingburgers and That's the Problem

That at some point you'd see a hack of the RNC has been predicted by intelligence analysts-like the African-American male specialist who is on MSNBC a lot whose name escapes me at the moment. But if so this is more to disguise the fact that the DNC is the target.

And so while we read that the RNC has now been hacked, there has been nothing remotely damning in the emails, which makes you wonder why they bothered. Answer: a diversionary tactic of their true intention.

"For the moment, the emails appear to range between tame to absolute nothing burgers, at least in comparison to the leaks released before the DNC convention."

"For most part, they consist of campaign activities, fund raisers, and invites or RSVPs to events."

"So it’s not just the Democrats who are susceptible to Russian hackers. Guccifer 2.0 is thought to be a front name for Russian intelligence."

"The site, DCLeaks, purports to be from “patriotic Americans,” but the language used is in broken English, suggesting non-English speakers as the authors."

"Just hang on to your hats. If the emails that are being released are as vanilla as it initially sounds, then why bother? Either these non-English speakers are setting up the GOP for a bigger punch, or they simply want to prove that nobody is safe."

HT: Tom Brown

It shows that they can also hack the RNC and Republicans but who didn't know that already? There was certainly no reason to presume the RNC government email was more secure.

The reason was obviously to disguise the fact that the Dems are the target. Again, this has been predicted to happen by intel analysts.

Meanwhile Guccifer leaks more Dem data. But unlike the RNC this hack does the party harm again.

"The alleged personal cell phone numbers and email addresses of nearly all Democrats in the House of Representatives have been released by the Russia-linked hacker that took credit for the digital break-ins of multiple Democratic organizations."

"The dump came as part of a large release late Friday of documents allegedly stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which acknowledged last month that it had been hacked. Other leaked documents include campaign overviews of specific House races, DCCC event memos and committee passwords."

"A hacker going by the name “Guccifer 2.0” — who claims to be behind the DCCC digital assault, as well as an intrusion at the Democratic National Committee — released the information."

“All of you may have heard about the DCCC hack,” Guccifer 2.0 proclaimed in a blog post accompanying the document dump. “As you see I wasn’t wasting my time! It was even easier than in the case of the DNC breach.”

"The DCCC acknowledged it had been hacked just weeks after the DNC revealed its digital intrusion."

"Researchers believe Guccifer 2.0 is a front for a prominent hacking group with ties to the Russian military intelligence agency, dubbed “Fancy Bear.” The group has been linked to the cyberattacks at both the DNC and DCCC, as well as numerous other Democratic-affiliated organizations."

In a statement, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff said the release of such sensitive information “is never acceptable.”

"I have every confidence that law enforcement will get to the bottom of this, and identify the responsible parties,” he added. “And when they do, I hope the administration will disclose who is attempting to interfere with the American political process, and levy strong consequences against those responsible.”

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Again, note the asymmetry. The RNC leak was a nothinburger. This latest leak of all Congressional Democrats was of very sensitive information.

Why release only Congressional Democrats information? To paraphrase Trump, 'There's something going on.

Clearly there are some strange bedfellows here. Trump, his campaign team like Paul Manafort, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, Guccifer 2.0, Russian intelligence, and Putin all have closely aligned interests in harming the Democrats and their Presidential nominee.

There's something going on. And law enforcement needs to get to the bottom of this. The good news is they seem well aware of that.

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