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Jailed Hacker Claims Proof He Breached DNC on Russia's Orders
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User Rank: Ninja
1/4/2018 | 8:34:31 AM
Re: And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
Best comeback ever.  
User Rank: Strategist
1/3/2018 | 3:48:43 PM
Re: And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
You just forced me to have sympathy on hackers...
User Rank: Ninja
1/3/2018 | 1:15:10 PM
Re: And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
I cannot help but get a chuckle out of this one --- what if all the Russians managed to gain access to were text files of Anthony Weiner's sexting chats????
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
12/31/2017 | 9:59:21 PM
Re: Not Surprising
Russian and Eastern European hackers have a long history of having an "understanding" with government officials -- having their consent to turn a blind eye if not their direct blessing, so long as they keep their activities away from fellow citizens. That's at the very least.

In other cases, it has been known in the intelligence community that Russian government officials outright work with independent black hats (as with other governments). I suspect that this proof, if it turns out to be actual proof, will get a lot of attention in the public, but in terms of actual policy will not mean a heck of a lot because it's old news to the people whose job it is to do things about it.
User Rank: Strategist
12/29/2017 | 11:02:23 AM
And if the DNC had allowed real investigators...
DNC's hiring of CrowdStrike and refusal to allow FBI digital forensics to investigate makes this impossible to pursue.  The dishonesty of claiming Russian hacking and its damage to US democracy while not bringing it to Federal investigation now leaves us blind in dealing with Kozlovsky and his allegations.  For me - I don't believe the claims.  The FSB has plenty of its own resources and an ability to cover its tracks that makes using an outsider completely unnecessary, and risky.  A free-wheeling, free-travelling robber like Koslovsky is even worse.  Perhaps Koslovsky believes he was engaged by the FSB - as if he cared who paid him - but I don't.
User Rank: Ninja
12/29/2017 | 7:32:42 AM
Not Surprising
This isn't surprising in the least that this could have been performed with the backing of a nation-state. The question is, definitely proving this to be the case what would be the recourse?

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