Monday, December 26, 2016

RUSSIA - New Evidence of Russian Hacking

Which Trump continues to deny his best friend and mentor Putin did.  Of course all he cares about is 'I WON' regardless that he lied and cheated.

"Security company releases new evidence of Russian role in DNC hack" PBS NewsHour 12/22/2016


SUMMARY:  U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia was behind the hack of the DNC and others, but haven't made the evidence public.  The private cyber security company that uncovered the hack has unveiled new details it says confirms Russian military intelligence service was behind the breach.  Judy Woodruff speaks with Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Thomas Rid of King's College, London.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government was behind the email hack into the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations, but have yet to produce their evidence publicly.  President-elect Trump has questioned that conclusion.

Today, the private cyber security company that first uncovered the DNC hack unveiled new details they claim confirm Russian military intelligence service was behind the computer breach.

Here to explain all of this is Dmitri Alperovitch.  He's the co- founder of CrowdStrike, the company that did the investigating.  And Thomas Rid, he's a professor at King's College London.  His latest book is “Rise of the Machines:  A Cybernetic History.”

And we welcome both of you to the NewsHour.

Dmitri Alperovitch, let me start with you.  What is this new information?

DMITRI ALPEROVITCH, CrowdStrike:  Well, this is an interesting case we've uncovered actually all the way in Ukraine where Ukraine artillerymen were targeted by the same hackers who were called Fancy Bear, that targeted the DNC, but this time, they were targeting their cell phones to understand their location so that the Russian military and Russian artillery forces can actually target them in the open battle.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  So, this is Russian military intelligence who got hold of information about the weapons, in essence, that the Ukrainian military was using, and was able to change it through malware?

DMITRI ALPEROVITCH:  Yes, essentially, one Ukraine officer built this app for his Android phone that he gave out to his fellow officers to control the settings for the artillery pieces that they were using, and the Russians actually hacked that application, put their malware in it and that malware reported back the location of the person using the phone.

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