07 October 2016

Yeah, Right!

The White House is now accusing Russia of employing hackers to acquire embarrassing information from the DNC and to influence US elections, because, "Based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."

Because as we all know, the only reason that computer geeks would attempt to extract humiliating information from poorly secured servers of a political party is because the leader of a sovereign nation told them to.

I get it:  The Clinton campaign has decided that a (slightly) modernized campaign of red baiting will help them get votes, and the Obama administration is joining in this farce.

The fact is that if Putin wanted to sabotage the US political process, he would structure his intervention in a way that would minimize the legitimacy of whoever won the election.

The fact that Clinton and Obama seem determined cast aspersions on the legitimacy of this election would imply that either they are sacrificing the health of the body politics at the altar of their own electoral success or electoral legacy, or Putin is the smartest man on the face of the earth,* and he has successfully manipulated the entire infrastructure of the Democratic Party to do his bidding.

I'm inclined to believe the first theory, because the second one is batsh%$ insane.

*Or, to invoke a John Frankenheimer's magnum opus, "Vladimir Putin is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."


Stephen Montsaroff said...

I have had a chance to examine the data. It is consistent with Russian time zones and crylic key boards. I've checked with some of my security friends, and they figure the routing information and signature is consistent with Russian origin -- from other attacks.

The security broken was not particularly hardened, so Putin doesn't have to be to smart.

Matthew Saroff said...

Russian origin is likely.

The FUSSR is a petri dish for hackers, and a major PITA for sysops everywhere.

The conclusion, "That only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities," is what I am calling bullsh%$ on.

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