Russian group behind Clinton hack targeted firm working on Biden campaign

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In a nutshell: The US election is almost here, and it appears that once again, Russian interference is going to be a problem. A new report claims the same state-backed hackers blamed for breaking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016 have targeted one of Joe Biden’s campaign advisory firms.

According to Reuters, Microsoft warned the campaign strategy and communications firm, called SKDKnickerbocker, that its staff had been targeted using various phishing techniques to try and infiltrate the company’s network.

The attacks took place over the last two months, but a person familiar with the matter said the attempts failed, adding that the firm’s networks “are well-defended, so there has been no breach.”

Based on an analysis of its hacking techniques and network infrastructure, Microsoft identified the group as the same one behind the 2016 attack on the DNC that resulted in emails from Hilary Clinton’s staff being leaked. The notorious Fancy Bear, which goes by several aliases, is believed to work at the behest of Russia’s military intelligence agency.

Fancy bear, as imagined by Crowdstrike

Last year’s report by former special counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate intelligence committee concluded that groups affiliated with the Russian government did interfere with the 2016 election process.

Tech giants and US agencies are expecting attempted election interference from Russian-backed groups this year and have been preparing. Facebook, the favored platform for spreading disinformation, says it has been working on “election security areas” since 2018.

In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Russia last year accused Facebook and Google of interfering in its elections.

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Squid Surprise

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"In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Russia last year accused Facebook and Google of interfering in its elections."

I do love that... since I think even the average Russian knows their elections are a sham and always have been... Putin is their Czar in all but name...

But hey, let's interfere in the Russian Elections and change Putin's 99% win to a 92% win...
 

Uncle Al

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I continue to be surprised that we have yet to create a system, any system, that prevents this sort of thing. The military, DIA, CIA, and FBI among others have some very sophisticated IT folks. Combine that with some of the commercial elements like Google & Microsoft and you would think we could come up with a system to shut down these hackers. If Russia is able to close down their system against all comers, why can't / don't we?
 

Squid Surprise

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I continue to be surprised that we have yet to create a system, any system, that prevents this sort of thing. The military, DIA, CIA, and FBI among others have some very sophisticated IT folks. Combine that with some of the commercial elements like Google & Microsoft and you would think we could come up with a system to shut down these hackers. If Russia is able to close down their system against all comers, why can't / don't we?
No one has ever been able to 100% secure ANY system... let alone something as nebulous as "the internet"....
And Russia ISN'T able to close down their system - they just don't have a free press that tells everyone about the leaks.
 
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kimo1

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"According to some big xxxx", "xxxx group behind xxxx hack" - an election gimmick in USA to boost votes count.
"In a somewhat ironic turn of events, Russia last year accused Facebook and Google of interfering in its elections."
The ironic part is that it was true. Now there are even more people analyzing Facebook and Google during the election period. Russia isn't the only one reporting manipulation. But media in the west is not allowed to talk about that. Because it is more profitable to point fingers at Russia. How to say it, patriotism boosts voter's morale?
Eh, it's all a big show and your life will not get any better, no matter how many times the deep state hired actor makes you laugh.
 
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Squid Surprise

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"According to some big xxxx", "xxxx group behind xxxx hack" - an election gimmick in USA to boost votes count.
Any evidence to back up your conspiracy theory? You know the US Senate Intelligence Committee actually admitted it was true, right?

And even if people interfered with the Russian elections... SO? They weren't real elections anyways... Putin won something like 77% of the vote against 7 other candidates... does that sound like a fair election to you?
 
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Digitalzone

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Highly speculating. These "news", maybe even fake news, are just another part of pre-election media manipulation. It tries to create an image of Trump being Russian puppet. If Trump was puppet, which is for sure as every US president is, it's puppet of just another financial groups with different interests. If I were Russia/China I would actually support Biden and democrats as their agenda will create even weaker US.
Just because something comes from Russian IP doesn't mean it's Russian agency. It can be anyone operating from Russia paid from West or just VPN. LOL
 

Avenger001

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If the Democrats manage to loose to a con man game show host...again.. you know exactly who their going to blame(its not going to be their ridiculous platform).

According to the guy who setup the NSA surveillance, Bill Binney, they're tapped into everything in such a way that there is nothing they can't see, yet no one has been able to actually present any evidence of a hack -Only the firm hired by the DNC called CrowdStrike, claim it was Russians (Once again no evidence to back claim).

A Former British Ambassador Craig Murray, claims he was actually given the 2016 emails by disgusted DNC staffers and that there was no hack, yet no one talks about that.

An now this right before an election.......This all red baiting
 
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trparky

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If I were Russia/China I would actually support Biden and democrats as their agenda will create even weaker US.
Exactly. Trump has from day one said that he'd stand up to some of these world leaders and he's done just that. I don't even want to think about what Biden would do, he'd probably hem and haw with his dementia addled mind and allow them to push us around.

And if you have any question as to if Biden has dementia, watch him talk today and then compare it to how he talked in years past. Years ago, as Vice President under Barack Obama, he talked with confidence, strength, and understanding as to what he was actually saying. Compare that to what he is today and you can clearly see that he is a frail old man that can barely get a word without sounding like he doesn't know what the heck he's talking about.

It's my belief that he has dementia and the media who's owned by big multinational conglomerates hellbent on destroying America are holding this most vital piece of information back from the American people. If the people truly knew the health of Joe Biden, they'd never vote for him.
 
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Endymio

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Any evidence to back up your conspiracy theory? You know the US Senate Intelligence Committee actually admitted it was true, right?
Through the 2016 election cycle, Russians purchased some $100,000 of social-media ads, all of which were crude and poorly worded. The Clinton campaign was at one point spending $100,000 per minute on advertising. Whatever effect the Russian social-media campaign may have had, it was certainly below the level of detectability.

Interestingly enough, roughly 10% of the Russian disinformation effort was in favor of Clinton, not Trump. This matches their poll numbers and the pundit's belief that Clinton had a 90% chance of victory. The Russians were doing no more than they've done every election cycle for decades -- trying to sow some division.

... Putin won something like 77% of the vote against 7 other candidates... does that sound like a fair election to you?
Certainly Unity Russia dominates the media and engages in unfair election practices, perhaps even murderous ones. But that doesn't change the fact that through nearly all of Putin's terms, he has been the most popular democratically-elected leader of any major nation. We may not like that fact here in the West, but the fact remains. This is not due to fear and oppression, but the simple fact that, to a majority of Russians, he restored their pride in the nation.
 

Endymio

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According to the guy who setup the NSA surveillance, Bill Binney, they're tapped into everything in such a way that there is nothing they can't see, yet no one has been able to actually present any evidence of a hack -Only the firm hired by the DNC called CrowdStrike, claim it was Russians (Once again no evidence to back claim).

A Former British Ambassador Craig Murray, actually claims he was actually given the 2016 emails by disgusted DNC staffers and that there was no hack, yet no one talks about that.
Let's not forget the fact that, when the FBI asked the DNC to assist them in securing their servers and investigating said hack, the DNC refused.
 
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Evernessince

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Exactly. Trump has from day one said that he'd stand up to some of these world leaders and he's done just that. I don't even want to think about what Biden would do, he'd probably hem and haw with his dementia addled mind and allow them to push us around.

And if you have any question as to if Biden has dementia, watch him talk today and then compare it to how he talked in years past. Years ago, as Vice President under Barack Obama, he talked with confidence, strength, and understanding as to what he was actually saying. Compare that to what he is today and you can clearly see that he is a frail old man that can barely get a word without sounding like he doesn't know what the heck he's talking about.

It's my belief that he has dementia and the media who's owned by big multinational conglomerates hellbent on destroying America are holding this most vital piece of information back from the American people. If the people truly knew the health of Joe Biden, they'd never vote for him.
If by stand up you mean ruin relationships with all our allies than yes. If by stand up you mean to dictators and other ruthless leaders than no.

If you consider Trump in the context of an agent of deconstruction ruining America's world status, letting it get ravaged by a pandemic (by his own admission none the less!), appointing agents of deconstruction to break the pillars of democracy, and SO much more are just some of the things China and Russia applaud him for.

The FBI, CIA, and NSA confirmed years ago that Russia was working to get Trump elected.
 
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pcnthuziast

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Trump is everything his opposition has always claimed, clearly, but they are 10x worse and that is entirely the problem and why the US has never looked weaker or less stable.
 

Endymio

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If by stand up you mean ruin relationships with all our allies than yes.
Let's interject a little reality into these claims. The US's standing with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, as well as Japan and South Korea has never been higher. Relations with western Europe have been a bit strained -- but Eastern Europe, particularly places like Poland, relations have vastly improved, thanks to Trump's restoring the defense deals with that nation that Obama cancelled.
 
I continue to be surprised that we have yet to create a system, any system, that prevents this sort of thing. The military, DIA, CIA, and FBI among others have some very sophisticated IT folks. Combine that with some of the commercial elements like Google & Microsoft and you would think we could come up with a system to shut down these hackers. If Russia is able to close down their system against all comers, why can't / don't we?
But Russia hasn't. Neither has China for that matter.
Let's interject a little reality into these claims. The US's standing with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, as well as Japan and South Korea has never been higher. Relations with western Europe have been a bit strained -- but Eastern Europe, particularly places like Poland, relations have vastly improved, thanks to Trump's restoring the defense deals with that nation that Obama cancelled.
"a bit strained"

He talks down and partially alienated us from them while sucking up to Putin like a dog. The man thinks Putin of all people is the best thing since sliced bread.

And actually, Japan has been more scared during Trumps admin than Obama or Bush. They literally had N Korea fire missiles right over them.Not to mention Trump was deluded enough to actually believe N Korea would honor their nuclear agreement.

Through shear ignorance he ignored Russia killing US troops.

He hid in the WH bunker during protests.That's not addressing the root of the issue whatsoever. It's far from leadership.The man thinks it's just a matter of sending in backup for police force for protesters. smh.

He knew how deadly Covid was. This wasn't even ignorance like many assumed, he intentionally let people die. We knew full well the strain this would put on medical systems before Covid even took off in the U.S. Italy was even already a perfect example of what not to do before Covid even took off in the US. It does not get much more plain that this. There's no point in having someone who willingly lets 200,000+ Americans die without necessity making decisions for Americans. He thought he could ignore it and one day "it will just go away" like "a miracle". He legitimately thought he could keep the economy moving without clamping on the virus from the start. And people died over that piss poor delusion he's STILL under. With the exception of sporadic hotspots most of us could already be back in the workplace by now if he weren't so busy blaming China.
 
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trparky

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If by stand up you mean ruin relationships with all our allies than yes. If by stand up you mean to dictators and other ruthless leaders than no.

If you consider Trump in the context of an agent of deconstruction ruining America's world status, letting it get ravaged by a pandemic (by his own admission none the less!), appointing agents of deconstruction to break the pillars of democracy, and SO much more are just some of the things China and Russia applaud him for.

The FBI, CIA, and NSA confirmed years ago that Russia was working to get Trump elected.
And you expect sleepy Joe Biden that can't get a word out of his mouth without sounding like some tired old man that should be sitting in his rocker can do a better job? Joe needs to put his smoking jacket on, sit down, and sip his Scotch like the old man that he is. Not be running for President, the highest office in the land. The man is a walking corpse that doesn't know it's dead yet.

Biden is as bad as the Clinton's, Pelosi, and even the Kennedy's. All of them are career politicians that do nothing but talk, talk, talk and spew forth platitudes and do absolutely nothing! I have no use for career politicians.

I'll take Trump over a career politician any day of the week.
 

Evernessince

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And you expect sleepy Joe Biden that can't get a word out of his mouth without sounding like some tired old man that should be sitting in his rocker can do a better job? Joe needs to put his smoking jacket on, sit down, and sip his Scotch like the old man that he is. Not be running for President, the highest office in the land. The man is a walking corpse that doesn't know it's dead yet.

Biden is as bad as the Clinton's, Pelosi, and even the Kennedy's. All of them are career politicians that do nothing but talk, talk, talk and spew forth platitudes and do absolutely nothing! I have no use for career politicians.

I'll take Trump over a career politician any day of the week.
This is a petty argument coming form a president who can't walk down ramps or hold a glass of water.




The fact that Trump and his supporters need to bring this up as an attack is pathetic.

FDR couldn't walk and he was one of the greatest presidents period.

Nothing but childish name calling and projection.

Let's interject a little reality into these claims. The US's standing with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, as well as Japan and South Korea has never been higher. Relations with western Europe have been a bit strained -- but Eastern Europe, particularly places like Poland, relations have vastly improved, thanks to Trump's restoring the defense deals with that nation that Obama cancelled.


Reality and your comment are the antithesis of each other.
 
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Angga B

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When you keep making enemies all around the world of course they will always try to break you. Yet election interference could also be made by internal agents. Social media giants do have the capabilities to rig election in favor of one side over the other, which they already did, and which they will blatantly do come this election.

How about C C P hacker agents? No words on the top perpretators for attack into US interweb nowadays?

This is not a game about whataboutism BUT since you do appear to sincerely concern on fair election that much then it could only be right to also make posts for every possible major threats out there. Failure to do so, will only...

Yeah, make you being accused of being IN the game, until you prove yourself otherwise.
 

Evernessince

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Just wondering how Techspot can insure that it doesn't have trolls or bots commenting on this site? Asking for a friend.
TechSpot doesn't do much in the way of account requirements to prevent fake accounts and it really should do more. TBH you see the most in AMD related articles. The last piece on AMD's driver issues had 12 new accounts, all negative comments.
 

3volv3d

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And you expect sleepy Joe Biden that can't get a word out of his mouth without sounding like some tired old man that should be sitting in his rocker can do a better job? Joe needs to put his smoking jacket on, sit down, and sip his Scotch like the old man that he is. Not be running for President, the highest office in the land. The man is a walking corpse that doesn't know it's dead yet.

Biden is as bad as the Clinton's, Pelosi, and even the Kennedy's. All of them are career politicians that do nothing but talk, talk, talk and spew forth platitudes and do absolutely nothing! I have no use for career politicians.

I'll take Trump over a career politician any day of the week.
WTF! Have you listened to the bumbling Trump. Not one coherent sentence has ever exited that guys mouth. He is a Fing *****. That guy's IQ isnt even in double figures so WTF you defending the clown for. If it wasn't for the fact he was born to money, he would of been riding the special bus to school.
He IS destroying your country, everyone else is laughing at the US, and we were doing that long before he got in sure, but this is on a whole new level of dumb.
At the end of the day the US govt lies continuously.
We just went thru the whole 9/11 posts remember this.
Yeah I remember that, Bushes reaction when he heard the news, and his off course troops who went nowhere near Osama but straight for Oil town, found Sadam had him hung, and that was pretty much oh we got Someone we can chill out.
Then the apparent Osama gets killed after Russia claims he died ages ago and lol @ the US for making up some random crap they couldn't prove cause Fish food.
Unless any of this has been proven with pictures, I mean we can go back as far as JFK, you just love lying destructive capitalistic morons in power. We liked Obama I think, US seemed kinda chill for a while, wounds healing across the world while he was in, didn't seem so bad.
I think for a moment you guys had run out of Escobars cocaine that you stole back in the 80's and were on a come down, but you found Bath Salts and were like YEAH TRUMP.

Russia seems to realise you guys are easy pickings and found a lil revenge for the cold war.
They probably gave Covid to China, had them spread it to get the blame, knowing full well if they have already snuck in a ******* into power who can't deal with a wet paper bag, then they in for a wicked Reality show. Putin Pranks the World - now airing on RusTV1 @ 7pm.

Seriously Techspot you need to lay off the censoring when it is factual.
Especially as Red Foreman says Dumb*** is acceptable. He shot Robocop to be able to use that word. Respect it.
 

cliffordcooley

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All I'm gonna say for now, Trump 2020! I'm looking forward to another 4 years, of Trump putting democrats in their place. They need to get their house in order, so they can get back to doing their job.

This is what we get because of the Democrat's hatred for Trump. They veto a bill and then next they will point the blame at Trump.
No stimulus checks for Americans in slimmed-down GOP coronavirus relief package​

WTF! Have you listened to the bumbling Trump. Not one coherent sentence has ever exited that guys mouth.
Only because you don't spend your time listening. Seriously though, stop overstating the issue. He is not that bad.
 

trparky

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I love how people say that I have to be a troll if I like President Trump. So much for that inclusiveness of the left.

And people wonder why I have no use for the left.