BREAKING: FBI, DHS Release Report (Allegedly) Linking Russia To DNC Hacks – However, I Do Not Pretend To Understand It.

by Pamela Williams
I am going to first make it clear that I do not understand the report itself, and I am confused as to what Departments of the Federal Government have released it. It was my prior understanding that the CIA was preparing this report; however, their name does not seem to be mentioned. I am not saying the report is illegitimate, but before I can trust it I need the following information:
1. Why has the CIA not signed on to this?
2. Have the lawmakers on Capitol Hill been briefed by CIA Director John Brennan?
3. Did the DHS hack the State of Georgia?
4. I need President-elect Trump’s opinion on this report; if he says the report is accurate, I will believe it.
I am a layman in the world of cyber hacking; therefore, I need an analysis by a trusted source before I can accept it as truth. The report itself is linked at:
www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296A_GRIZZLY%20STEPPE-2016-1229.pdf
The above report details how the DNC was hacked, BUT I WANT TO MAKE THIS PERFECTLY CLEAR: It does not mean that the Election itself was hacked. The Election was not interfered with – Donald Trump won – the people voted for him – he is our President-elect. Do not become confused with this, as it would be easy to do In fact, I think there is an agenda to confuse the American people. One must ask if this report was available in October, when Obama says he first knew about the hacking of the DNC, why was it not revealed at that time? There is a lot of confusion at this time, and I think that is the intended purpose.
As we know Obama has retaliated against Russia for allegedly hacking the DNC by expelling 35 Russian diplomats from the Country, giving them little time to remove themselves. Plus, he has closed two Russian compounds. I know these people must have families like the rest of us, and I wish them well. It is the families in Russia and the United States who will be hurt by this. Of course, Russia is retaliating in response for Obama’s retaliation. Lets take a look at that.
This is Russia’s response per the Associated Press:


BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Moscow regrets new U.S. sanctions, will consider retaliatory measures.
So Putin is being calm and measured about it, and he is weighing the whole situation before he responds. The American people than him for this, as we certainly cannot thank Obama for his blown-up reaction to what WE THE PEOPLE have been told was an inside job. There are too many questions that have not been answered. However, I will be waiting for the response of President-elect Trump before I form my own opinion in this purported “hacking”.
 
 
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations.
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The report, known as a “Joint Analysis Report” or JAR, refers to the Russian hacking campaign as “Grizzly Steppe.”
It comes as part of a slate of retaliatory measures against Russia issued Thursday by the Obama administration in response to the hacks, and expands on a joint statement issued by the two agencies in October, formally attributing the attacks to Russia.
In the October statement, officials described the hacks and subsequent publication of stolen emails on WikiLeaks as an attempt to “interfere” with the U.S. election that is “consistent with the Russian-directed efforts,” but provided no evidence to support their assessment.
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The FSB is thought to be behind the hacking group known as APT29. A more traditional, long-range intelligence agency, the FSB lurked on the DNC systems for over a year.
The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service, is thought to be behind the second group that infiltrated the DNC, known as APT28
APT28 is also believed to have breached Podesta’s emails.
[…]
APT28 is thought to be the group responsible for “doxxing” the DNC and Podesta by allegedly providing the stolen missives to WikiLeaks to publish.
townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/12/29/fbi-dhs-release-report-linking-russia-to-dnc-hacks-n2264717
HERE IS PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP’S RESPONSE: “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” he said in a statement. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
Trump’s statement follows the White House’s announcement of sanctions against Russia, which included the closure of two Russian compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives.
Trump’s transition team had signaled that the president-elect would support a congressional probe into Russia’s alleged cyberattacks if the intelligence community provided clear evidence that the Kremlin meddled in the presidential election.
Source: townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/12/29/fbi-dhs-release-report-linking-russia-to-dnc-hacks-n2264717
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVpcAQsB-Y
FROM VIDEO:

Published on Dec 29, 2016
FAKE NEWS! The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations.
The document makes clear reference to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, though it does not mention either by name.
The 13-page report provides technical details regarding tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services to “compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.” (See the entire report below.)
The report, known as a “Joint Analysis Report” or JAR, refers to the Russian hacking campaign as “Grizzly Steppe.”
It comes as part of a slate of retaliatory measures against Russia issued Thursday by the Obama administration in response to the hacks, and expands on a joint statement issued by the two agencies in October, formally attributing the attacks to Russia.
In the October statement, officials described the the hacks and subsequent publication of stolen emails on WikiLeaks as an attempt to “interfere” with the U.S. election that is “consistent with the Russian-directed efforts,” but provided no evidence to support their assessment.
President-elect Donald Trump has denied that Russia was involved in the hacks, and Obama has been under pressure to provide proof.
Private security firms provided more detailed forensic analysis, which the FBI and DHS said Thursday correlated with the IC’s findings.
“The Joint Analysis Report recognizes the excellent work undertaken by security companies and private sector network owners and operators, and provides new indicators of compromise and malicious infrastructure identified during the course of investigations and incident response,” read a statement.
The report identifies two Russian intelligence groups already named by CrowdStrike and other private security firms.
The Federal Security Service, or FSB, is the main successor to the KGB — once headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The FSB is thought to be behind the hacking group known as APT29. A more traditional, long-range intelligence agency, the FSB lurked on the DNC systems for over a year.
The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service, is thought to be behind the second group that infiltrated the DNC, known as APT28. APT28 is also believed to have breached Podesta’s emails.
Despite their overlapping targets, the two agencies have different missions in the cyber realm.
APT28 is thought to be the group responsible for “doxxing” the DNC and Podesta by allegedly providing the stolen missives to WikiLeaks to publish.
Both organizations gained access to the DNC through targeted spearphishing campaigns, in which the hackers tricked targeted users into clicking bogus links that either deployed malware or directed them to a fake webmail domain hosted on Russian infrastructure.
APT28 was able to use harvested credentials to then gain access and steal content, according to the report. This likely led “to the exfiltration of information from multiple senior party members.”
“The U.S. Government assesses that information was leaked to the press and publicly disclosed,” the report says.
The report also states that Russian intelligence operatives continued to launch spearphishing attacks on the Democratic party following the election, “including one launched … just days after” the vote.
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