Saturday, December 10, 2016

USA: Obama Calls for Investigation into Russian Hacking, Still No Evidence Made Public

Where is all this going  ? with release of documents before the Trump Inauguration ? also note that Russia's telecom operator on Friday said it had blocked a series of cyber attacks on the country's leading banks this week, the latest to target Moscow's financial sector.

Rostelecom said in a statement it "successfully thwarted DDoS [distributed denial of service] on the five biggest banks and financial organisations in Russia" on Monday.

"The most sustained attack lasted more than two hours," it said.

US Intelligence officials and private cybersecurity companies believe that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by two different Russian cyberunits. 

One, called “Cozy Bear” or “A.P.T. 29” by some Western security experts, is believed to have spent months inside the D.N.C.
computer network, as well as other government and political institutions, but never made public any of the documents it took. 

(A.P.T. stands for “Advanced Persistent Threat,” which usually describes a sophisticated state-sponsored cyber intruder.)

The other, the G.R.U.-controlled unit known as “Fancy Bear,” or “A.P.T. 28,” is believed to have created two outlets on the internet, Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks, to make Democratic documents public. 

Many of the documents were also provided to Wiki Leaks, which released them over many weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

Democracy and Class Struggle says there is undeniable hacking by USA and Russia both making plausible deniability claims which is what we expect.