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Mueller May Indict Russians Who Hacked DNC

Special counsel is compiling a case against the hackers who breached the DNC and John Podesta's email account, NBC News reports.

Another shoe could soon drop: special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly is putting together a criminal case against Russian hackers behind the breach and leak of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to an NBC News report.

That means a potential indictment or multiple indictments that could provide some of the first public details of the people and methods used by Russian state actors to hack the DNC email system and Podesta's account, as well as how they then leaked information via WikiLeaks. Last month, Mueller dropped an indictment on 13 people involved with The Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization that "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election," according to that indictment.

A source told NBC News that if Mueller issues this second indictment, it could include information on any Americans who assisted or were duped into assisting the Russian hacking operation. Most likely, the indictment would refer to those Americans as "unnamed" individuals, however.

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User Rank: Strategist
3/3/2018 | 3:35:21 PM
Since when are Russian hackers stupid enough to leak their own phishing emails?
Blaming the Russians for wikileaks is ridiculous.  Advanced cyber war teams for nation-states don't leave tracks.  Yes, Podesta was stupid enough to fall for a trivial phishing scam, but how stupid would it be to release the emails that included your own phishing breach?  Too stupid for Russians.

Wikileaks says it received the emails as a leak from someone authorized to see that information.  The emails were genuine. Why would Wikileaks jeopardize its own credibility by lying about its sources?
User Rank: Ninja
3/5/2018 | 12:35:22 PM
Wrong collusion
Russian Hackers have done alot but they did not hack the DNC on first crack - that data breach was a (now dead) DNC staffer who handed Julian Assange a ton of information.  Physical transfer of data.  Hand to hand.  Assange has said so over and over and so far NOBODY HAS FOUND HIM WRONG.   They do not like his methods but he tells truth.  Personally I think of him as Ernst Stavro Blofeld --- all he needs is a Nehru jacket and a white cat.  Now the DNC was hacked in other areas later on.  Podesta and Madame Oven Mitt's famous server. 
User Rank: Apprentice
3/7/2018 | 4:55:34 PM
Re: Wrong collusion

Want to look like a russian, hack a russian computer then attack your target...

51% of attacks are insiders, so I have always felt Seth Rich was the likely suspect.

Especially since he was killed while being robbed, yet his wallet was left on him with cash in it.

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