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LETTERS

FBI never directly handled 'hacked' DNC server

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Paul Miller

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Who said the Democratic National Committee server was hacked by the Russians? Crowdstrike, a company under contract to the DNC in California, says so.

However, not one federal investigative agency has even set their eyes on this infamous server let alone done any forensic analysis on it. Crowdstrike has received $531,000 for DNC work over the past 18 months.

The DNC is a good customer, good enough that CrowdStrike doesn’t want to lose them. But remember, direct confirmation of a Russian hack did not come from the FBI or any other federal cybersecurity experts, it came from CrowdStrike.

The FBI made multiple requests to examine the DNC server and was denied access each time.

Why? Alleged election tampering would fall under the jurisdiction of the FBI. Other U.S. cybersecurity experts that have reviewed the information from CrowdStrike say CrowdStrike’s claim of Russian hacking is weak. CrowdStrike makes its money by finding hackers, and to implicate the Russians has made big money. CrowdStrike claimed North Korea was behind the Sony hack, while other cybersecurity experts pointed out the evidence was thin and it was just as likely that the “hack” was the work of an insider.

The Federalist reported in August 2017 that “CrowdStrike has also been wrong about Russian hacking in the past. Crowdstrike reported in December 2016 that the same malware used in the DNC attack had infected Ukrainian military android devices and tracked and targeted Ukrainian artillery units. This allowed CrowdStrike to upgrade their assessment of the DNC hack to a ‘high degree of certainty.’ The only problem? No such ‘hacking’ took place, and it could even be argued that by making the Ukrainian military doubt its equipment, the CrowdStrike report temporarily aided the Russian-backed rebels. CrowdStrike was roundly criticized by the Ukrainian government and cyber-security experts as a result.”

Paul Miller

Elizabeth City

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