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7/29/2016
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5 Things We Know So Far About The DNC Hack

The plot thickens this week as Donald Trump openly calls on Russia to release Hillary Clinton's emails. All roads appear to lead to Russia in the DNC -- and now possibly the DCCC -- hacks.
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1. Most experts believe the attacks were conduced by state-sponsored threat actors tied to the Russian government.

From Dark Reading, Tuesday, July 26

As of early this week, the FBI was saying it suspects Russia was behind the DNC Hack, but would not confirm for sure like it did in November 2014 when it identified North Korea as responsible for the Sony breach.

Christopher Porter, manager of the Horizons Team at FireEye, said that the malware samples they examined were consistent with malicious code used in the past by Russian-sponsored groups. 

FireEye's assessment also meshes with the information CrowdStrike released about the hack. CrowdStrike was brought in by the DNC to investigate the hack when the news broke about this last month. 


The DNC Hack took on a life of its own when it was reported that about 20,000 internal DNC emails with sensitive content were posted on WikiLeaks on Friday just before the Democratic convention got underway in Philadelphia..

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1. Most experts believe the attacks were conduced by state-sponsored threat actors tied to the Russian government.

From Dark Reading, Tuesday, July 26

As of early this week, the FBI was saying it suspects Russia was behind the DNC Hack, but would not confirm for sure like it did in November 2014 when it identified North Korea as responsible for the Sony breach.

Christopher Porter, manager of the Horizons Team at FireEye, said that the malware samples they examined were consistent with malicious code used in the past by Russian-sponsored groups.

FireEyes assessment also meshes with the information CrowdStrike released about the hack. CrowdStrike was brought in by the DNC to investigate the hack when the news broke about this last month.

The DNC Hack took on a life of its own when it was reported that about 20,000 internal DNC emails with sensitive content were posted on WikiLeaks on Friday just before the Democratic convention got underway in Philadelphia..

Image Source: motherboard.vice.com

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NicoleM459
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8/2/2016 | 12:12:36 PM
Re: Was Snowden acting as an accomplice?
Wow, is this whole site so politically biased?  I thought this was an InfoSec site?
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/1/2016 | 7:27:49 AM
Re: Was Snowden acting as an accomplice?
There's also been the Twitter debate Snowden has engaged in about the ethical implications/improprieties of such leaking, so there's that (although, to stoke the conspiracy-theorist fires, purely for sake of argument, if I wanted to cover up my involvement in such a thing, public statements denouncing it would be one way to go).

Plus, while Snowden may be no Trump fan, I can't imagine he has positive feelings towards Clinton.

But either way, sure, why should he get involved?  Doesn't make sense. 
Faye___Kane
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7/30/2016 | 6:20:46 PM
Re: Was Snowden acting as an accomplice?
 

No, Snowden didn't have anything to do with it.
  • He's not a hacker in any way. He was an NSA network admin who walked out with documents because he has real ethics.
  • Snowden loves America. He was in the military and was a guard for the NSA building at my Alma Mater. His concern for this country is why he blew the whistle on the spooks.
  • Trump is the kind of man Snowden detests.
  • Like China, Russia already has its own army of hackers.

The suspicion that Snowden was behind this is insu;ting and exactly the kind of simpleminded, crazy paranoia that induces the stupid people to vote for Trump.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/30/2016 | 7:34:37 AM
Re: Was Snowden acting as an accomplice?
I tend to doubt this.  The man's got enough going on that he doesn't need to be causing additional trouble.

Unless, of course, part of his asylum agreement includes assisting in this way (which I tend to doubt).

Too conspiracy-theory for my tastes.
Charlie Babcock
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7/29/2016 | 7:07:48 PM
Was Snowden acting as an accomplice?
Regardless of whether it was the Russian state or merely Russian rogues, if the DNC break-in proves to be of Russian origin, it puts Edward Snowden in the position of publishing confidential information obtained not by him but from a Russian source. I've tended to view his actions as having enough public good to fall short of the treason charge. I hope not to learn that he's taken info. from the Russian government and published it on Wikileaks at a time of the source's choosing. It's the timing element right before the DNC that makes the leak so suspicious and a possible case of meddling in our internal affairs. In which case, Snowden had better negotiate a lifetime lease of his Russian apartment.
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