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The Plot to Hack America: How Putins Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election Paperback – October 10, 2016
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ON RUSSIAN HACKING
Putin and the leaders throughout the world have no respect for our country
anymore and they certainly have no respect for our leader.” DONALD TRUMP, Republican presidential candidate and president of the Trump Organization
We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC and we know
that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released. . . . But I think laying out the facts raises serious issues about Russian interference in our elections, in our democracy.”HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State
What we do know is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government
systems, but private systems.”PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
As an American double agent who worked against Russian intelligence in the US, this book shows how Putin’s spies stop at nothing.”NAVEED JAMALI, former double agent and author of How to Catch a Russian Spy
I wouldn’t know anything about it. You know, there are so many hackers today and they work with such finesse, planting a trail where and when they need . . . . It’s difficult to trace, if even possible. . . . The important thing here is what the public was shown. . . . One shouldn’t draw the public attention from the core of the issue by replacing it with secondary details like who did it.”VLADIMIR PUTIN
Overall, we still see attempts to usemanically usethe Russian issue during the US electoral campaign. . . . The absurd claims were immediately refuted directly by a presidential candidate’s family.”DMITRY PESKOV, Russian government spokesman
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That said, Nance discusses the DNC hack that began around March or April of 2016. Metadata left behind, led to WikiLeaks and a Russian intelligence organization which is a conglomeration of cyber spying groups codenamed Cyber Bears. It appears this organization consists of the FSB (former KGB), the GRU ( Russian Military intelligence), and criminal cyberwarfare subcontractors. The author then proceeds to give us a history of Russia and its intelligence organizations. He notes that “This deep history of espionage, intrigue, and murder shaped Vladimir Putin’s worldview toward the West.” To Putin, the ideal situation would be an economically crippled America, withdrawn from military adventure abroad and NATO, and a leadership installed that is friendly to Russia. In chapter five, the author discusses Russia’s new model of coordinating all aspects of intelligence, propaganda, and cyber operations, which he calls “hybrid warfare.” We learn about advanced persistent threats or APTs, which are “a description of malware toolkits used by hackers.” These hacker groups have been active in other countries as well, such as Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, and others. Nance formulates a connection from these cyber groups to WikiLeaks, calling WikiLeaks Russia’s intelligence laundromat. In the current election, neither Assange nor Putin curry any favor of Clinton making them perfect partners united against this candidate.
The timing of these events is obviously designed to bolster Trump in the polls. For example, we have the leaks prior to the Democratic National Convention which ended up pitting Bernie supporters against Hillary supporters; after Trump’s speech on immigration after the Mexico visit, DCCC documents from Pelosi’s computer on immigration and other items were released; within days of the NY Times stating that anything Trump said needed fact-checking, the Cyber Bears hacked the news organization; a similar thing occurred with Newsweek, and we could go on.
Nance concludes by saying that, “Russian use of cyber weapons to perform criminal acts and damage our electoral process was intended to remove faith in America itself.” He sees politics itself under attack due to hacking and demagoguery. We have to wonder if an attack with a “weapon of Mass Disruption” has yet to occur. It’s all quite sobering to think about.
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Heartbreaking that so many people just don't listen This is a must read