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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

FBI Arrests NSA Contractor Who Leaked Top Secret "Russian Hacking" Document To The Intercept

Earlier this afternoon, the Intercept reported that according to a "top secret NSA document", Russian Military Intelligence "executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials days before election."

The NSA document, reportedly dated May 5, analyzes recently acquired intelligence about "a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure." The document notes that investigation only began in the last few months. The document claims the investigation was spurred by "information that became available in April 2017."

According to the Intercept, the report is "the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light. It is said to reveal that that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood" and "states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document." This is what the document alleges:

Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.

While the manufacturer victimized by the attack has its name masked throughout the report, the Hill suggests that it might be VR Systems. The email account used to spear-phish customers is listed as, and the attack made use of malware-infected files with titles that reference to the EViD poll book system. The report makes reference to voter-registration themed phishing attacks against third parties possibly using information from the account, making it likely the company is somehow related to registration or voter roles. VR's website says EViD products were used in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, New York and Virginia. The company is based in Florida.



Jim said...

With her background and political activism, how in the world did she ever get a top secret clearance?

She wasn't on the job more than a couple months before she leaked this document.

This is a sign of a BIG problem.

Anonymous said...

Why the document was still marked as Classified is a mystery in and of itself since it contained info we have already been told and have know for forever-Russia attempts to influence elections. They as well as ourselves do it to many countries.
The other mystery is why this snowflake risked it all and will end up in the federal pen for leaking the info everyone already knows. Granted snowflakes aren't the brightest bulbs in the pack and are constantly compelled to call attention to themselves by any means necessary in order to try and inflate their importance which is fairly low on the totem pole.

Anonymous said...

1018 my thoughts exactly.

Anonymous said...

Poor snowflake is probable boo hooing to her mother in prison. Don't worry honey, Hilary will bail you out! Maybe you will have a job working for Scott Pelley at CBS!