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Obama sanctions Russia for hacking campaigns; Embassy responds with lame duck meme

By midian182 ยท 43 replies
Dec 30, 2016
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  1. Earlier this month, the Obama Administration promised that Russia would face the consequences for interfering with the US election. Yesterday, a new set of sanctions were announced against the country, which includes the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.

    The actions coincide with the release of a declassified joint report from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security that reveals the technical details of Russia’s hacking campaigns. The 13-page document states that two different Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) “participated in the intrusion into a US political party" - a clear reference to the Democratic National Committee hacks.

    The first group, known as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 29, aka Cozy Bear, compromised the Party’s systems in summer 2015. The second group, APT28, aka Fancy Bear, broke into the DNC's network during spring 2016.

    The report links APT29 to a spearphishing campaign that saw emails containing malicious links sent to over 1000 recipients, including multiple government officials, in mid-2015. At least one of the targets activated links that delivered malware to the DNC’s systems, giving APT29 access to sensitive information.

    APT28 used the same targeted spearphishing technique in Summer 2016 to once again infiltrate the DNC and other organizations. In this case, the emails tricked recipients into changing their passwords through fake webmail domains. The government agencies believe the data stolen in this instance was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed, thereby influencing November’s election.

    The report refers to the Russian operations using the codename “Grizzly Steppe.” It includes a diagram (below) that gives a visual representation of how the attacks took place.

    Some security experts have criticized the report for being overly basic and arriving too late.

    Obama has previously talked about responding to Russia’s cybercrimes “at a time and place of our choosing.”

    “I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners,” said the President.

    Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.

    In addition, the secretary of the treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information.

    Additionally, Russia will no longer have access to compounds in Maryland and New York that have been used for intelligence purposes. More actions against the country are likely to be taken, though not all of them will be publicized.

    A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia regretted the new sanctions and would consider retaliatory measures. The Russian embassy in the UK sent out a tweet calling Obama’s administration a lame duck.

    In response to the sanctions, Russia has ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, which was attended by the children of Western embassy personal from the US, the UK, and Canada. It has also ordered the closure of a US embassy vacation house, located just outside of Moscow.

    It will be interesting to see how incoming president Donald Trump deals with the situation. When asked yesterday about the Russian hacking situation, he blamed computers for making people's lives much more complex. When pushed to comment on the new sanctions, the President-Elect said: “I think we ought to get on with our lives.” 

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  2. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 422   +422

    In 4 years it'll be lame Donald duck?
    Tekkaraiden likes this.
  3. Nickspiracy

    Nickspiracy TS Rookie

    >> When asked yesterday about the Russian hacking situation, he blamed computers for making people's lives much more complex.

    Trump: We need to get rid of computers!
  4. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Addict Posts: 225   +98

    Orange haired duck is not the president yet - rumors are he has small feet.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,219   +1,657

    There are a lot of things that could have been done to prevent this from happening. Right now, I feel like the US and Russia are acting childish now.

    Obviously Trump does not appear to be technology savvy, except for saying stuff he should not on Twitter. Which everyone else does too but they do not get media attention when they do.
    gibbstar and wastedkill like this.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Evidence shows no hack took place at all.
    abysal, Milest, wizardB and 2 others like this.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    In just 20 or so more days and we will be rid of this idi_ot.

    In my opinion, at this point the president shouldn't be able to do anything without the President-Elect's approval. Once the President-Elect is known, the President shouldn't have the authority to start anything the President-Elect would disagree and have to deal with after the President is gone.

    Right now we are forced to allow this dipshit his temper-tantrum as he leaves the oval-office. Short of starting a war, what Obama does is irrelevant. It will likely be overturned on the 20th or shortly after.
    Milest, wizardB, JamesSWD and 5 others like this.
  8. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    What a joke.
    wizardB, Seraphim401, s0urce and 3 others like this.
  9. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    I wonder if this report of 2015 attack will come out if the Hillarion liberty won.
  10. [​IMG]
    wizardB, JamesSWD, Rorshirk and 4 others like this.
  11. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 130   +64

  12. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,107   +1,209

    I, for one, am glad Putin decided in the expected 'tit for tat' to take it out on a kid's school and a vacation house....
  13. umbala

    umbala TS Maniac Posts: 197   +176

    Evidence shows you're a Republican. If Democrats had won, it would be a whole different story. You *****s would've lead an uprising, because the election was stolen, hacked, rigged, a disaster, etc. But since Trump won, everything is legit and on the level. There was no hack or any suspicious activity whatsoever!

    Now for the next 4 years watch Trump take credit anytime something goes right and blame everyone when things don't go right. The whole thing will be like a 4 year long comedy tour!
  14. umbala

    umbala TS Maniac Posts: 197   +176

    What a joke.
  15. umbala

    umbala TS Maniac Posts: 197   +176

    Hahahahaha, Julian Assange said it wasn't the Russians, so it must be true! I hope that degenerate sexual predator rots in that embassy.
    Panda218 likes this.
  16. Not a Republican.
  17. Flabo

    Flabo TS Rookie

    What evidence? The one on "r/the_donald"? The fake news (the real ones, not the bias ones)?

    When every security agencies in the country are saying the same thing, what is your source to believe the opposite?
    Panda218 likes this.
  18. Flabo

    Flabo TS Rookie

    Yes yes, just blindly believe one guy without any proof. That's great. It must be true because you love Trump, a guy who wants to solve problems by building a wall.
    Panda218 likes this.
  19. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 130   +64

    davislane1 and SirChocula like this.
  20. roger l

    roger l TS Rookie

    Putin knows obozo is a joke and part of isis,good by muslim
  21. Chesterfried

    Chesterfried TS Enthusiast Posts: 39   +12

    Yeah, we should just not have a governing president for 8 weeks after every election, the government is bloated enough as is. Let's just hand the keys over to this whiny little ***** and be done with it, my *** is lubed and ready to go.
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    You sir need to learn to read if you are going to quote someone. And for the record the whiny little ***** is the one leaving.
    gingerbill likes this.
  23. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,090   +3,638

    This comment section is so polarized it's funny.
    OortCloud likes this.
  24. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 330   +223

    This did not happen.
    Milest and JamesSWD like this.
  25. Welcome to the close of 2016.

    2017 is going to be yuge.
    captaincranky likes this.

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