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Friday, July 14, 2017

Crowdstrike spent 5 weeks (March-April 2016) investigating unauthorized access to DNC computers by Bernie staffers, found staffers had uninvited access for 1 hour on 1 day, 12/15/15, after a DNC firewall allegedly failed. For unknown reasons, CrowdStrike apparently found no 'Russian hacking' in March-April 2016 inspections, though one or both 'Russian hacking' groups were alleged to have been on DNC computers at that time

5/15/17, updated 6/14/17, "Did Russia hack the DNC?" Jeffrey Marty, fighting15th.com 

"Timeline of Events"...

"From March to late April 2016, over a period of five weeks, private cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike spent 128 hours performing an investigation for the DNC into unauthorized access by members of then-primary candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign staff into Hillary Clinton’s section of the DNC’s voter file system. The breach lasted a total of one hour on December 15, 2015, after an internal firewall failed and provided the Sanders employees with unexpected access to the files. The DNC issued a press release about CrowdStrike’s findings on April 29, 2016, which confirmed–five weeks and 128 hours later–that a few Sanders staffers accessed Hillary Clinton’s voter data for an hour. For unknown reasons, no Russian hacking was detected at that time, suggesting CrowdStrike missed one or both of the Russian hacking groups that were allegedly present in the DNC network at the time.

Just days later, in late April 2016...the DNC re-hired CrowdStrike to evaluate its computer network. [On May 5, 2016] The company quickly assessed, using its own software, that two hacker networks affiliated with Russian intelligence likely carried out the attacks, one entering in 2015 and remaining (obtaining emails and messages) and the other entering at the end of April 2016 (taking opposition research files). CrowdStrike speculated that spear-phishing emails, which when opened install malicious software, were the method used; however, the firm denied having “hard evidence” in that regard. Notably, CrowdStrike was “not sure how the hackers got in, per a Washington Post article covering the story two months lateron June 14, 2016, which began the “Russian hackers” media narrative.... 

Nearly the entire theory is based on one report, from one private cybersecurity firm, with little-to-no corroboration by any intelligence agencies."
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Added source, CrowdStrike was back at DNC on May 5, 2016:

 4/5/17, "EXCLUSIVE: Cybersecurity experts who were first to conclude that Putin hacked presidential election ABANDON some of their claims against Russia - and refuse to co-operate with Congress," Daily Mail, Alana Goodman 

"Alperovitch said the company hooked up monitoring software to the DNC system on May 5, 2016 and it 'lit up,' indicating a breach. The company immediately determined that the culprit was Russia, based on the hacking techniques and the location of the server that was stealing the data, he said.... 

In the weeks that followed, CrowdStrike said it built an entirely new computer and phone system for the DNC and monitored the hackers as they pilfered emails and research files. 

Over a month passed before CrowdStrike finally booted the hackers out of the system on June 10, 2016.

The vast majority of the email theft appears to have occurred during this time. Although hacker 'Guccifer 2.0' claimed to have had access for a year, there did not appear to be the publication of emails to back this claim."...
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Added source for May 5, 2016 date, Esquire:

Oct. 24, 2016, "The Russian Expat Leading the Fight to Protect America," Esquire, Vicky Ward

"In a war against hackers, Dmitri Alperovitch and CrowdStrike are our special forces (and Putin's worst nightmare)." 

"On the morning of May 6, Dmitri Alperovitch woke up in a Los Angeles hotel....Late the previous night, his company had been asked by the Democratic National Committee to investigate a possible breach of its network. A CrowdStrike security expert had sent the DNC a proprietary software package, called Falcon, that monitors the networks of its clients in real time. Falcon "lit up," the email said, within ten seconds of being installed at the DNC: Russia was in the network.... 


Falcon had detected malicious software, or malware, that was stealing data and sending it to the same servers that had been used in a 2015 attack on the German Bundestag. The code and techniques used against the DNC resembled those from earlier attacks on the White House and the State Department. The analyst, a former intelligence officer, told Alperovitch that Falcon had identified not one but two Russian intruders....

Over the next two weeks, they learned that Cozy Bear had been stealing emails from the DNC for more than a year."...
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Added: Everybody loves CrowdStrike: Republican Establishment is also a CrowdStrike client: 

"CrowdStrike has added the National Republican Congressional Committee to its client list. The NRCC also declined to answer questions for this report."...
 
"The firm (Crowdstrike) also has found success in generating venture capital support. Fortune magazine reported that it has raised $256 million and boasts a “valuation exceeding $1 billion.” 

Investors include Warburg Pincus, whose president, Timothy Geithner, worked for the Clinton and Obama administrations. [Weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman are also CrowdStrike investors]. The Clinton campaign’s largest corporate contributor, Google, whose employees donated more than $1.3 million to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign last year, also has funded CrowdStrike.

During the election cycle last year, the DNC paid CrowdStrike more than $410,000. This year, it has collected more than $121,000 from the party.

The DNC declined to answer questions about CrowdStrike. During a telephone call with The Times, DNC communications staff also refused to discuss the location of its infamous server....

CrowdStrike has added the National Republican Congressional Committee to its client list. The NRCC also declined to answer questions for this report."...
 

7/5/17, "Hacked computer server that handled DNC email remains out of reach of Russia investigators," Washington Times, Dan Boylan

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Added: The rise of "private intel" (like CrowdStrike): "Lobbyists and Congress found they could build or destroy any administration’s foreign policy" by hiring the right private sector intel people:

April 18, 2017, "Why Vault 7 Tools Used by Private Contractors Shows US Intel Needs a Ground-Up Rebuild Part 2," Off Guardian, GH Eliason (Eliason is an American living in Donbass, Ukraine)

"The fastest way to get things done on a geopolitical level has become hiring the private Intel and policy making professionals and letting them loose as experts to the mainstream media. 

Who is using chemical weapons on the Syrians? Who was involved in the [alleged] Russian election interference and fake news during the 2016 elections? Who shot down MH-17 in 2014? Someone, somewhere had to be doing something, right?

In part 1 of this article, I detailed the rise of privatized Intel. Their history clearly shows that it wouldn’t have been possible without a helping hand from Congressional members that found out they could get their hands on top secret Intel if, and only if, they got it before it was labeled classified.

Although impact on policy is the subject of another article, both lobbyists and Congress found they could build or destroy any administration’s foreign policy by hiring the right Intel providers from the private sector Intel community. 

Lobbyists found out they could run their own foreign policy to a degree by hiring some members of the Intel community that were in the policy making business.

Using the same people, members of Congress figured out the same method to run around the State Department and get the Executive branch to react to their fabricated/paid for by lobbyists Intel.

They provide their employers the facts they were paid to find. They provide their employers story to the media by stretching the connecting dots or fabrication. It’s become a huge ($Billions) cottage industry and these experts won’t be challenged. "...

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Comment: You're not allowed to know 'proof' Russia did it, even though you paid for it--it's "classified". But, trust us, Russia needs to be bombed and you need to pay for it. If you don't like it, you're on Putin's payroll.


   



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