The Russian Bear Uses a Keyboard
Craig Murray, Dec 14 2016
I am about twenty four hours behind on debunking the “evidence” of Russian hacking of the DNC because I have only just stopped laughing. I was sent last night the “crowdstrike” report, paid for by the DNC, which is supposed to convince us. The NYT today made this “evidence” its front page story. It appears from this document that, despite himself being a former extremely competent KGB chief, Vladimir Putin has put Inspector Clouseau in charge of Russian security and left him to get on with it. The Russian Bear has been the symbol of the country since the 16th century. So we have to believe that the Russian security services set up top secret hacking groups identifying themselves as “Cozy Bear” and “Fancy Bear”. Whereas no doubt the NSA fronts its hacking operations by a group brilliantly disguised as “The Flaming Bald Eagles”, GCHQ doubtless hides behind “Three Lions on a Keyboard” and the French use “Marianne Snoops”.
What is more, the Russian disguised hackers work Moscow hours and are directly traceable to Moscow IP addresses. This is plain and obvious nonsense. If crowdstrike were tracing me just now they would think I am in Denmark. Yesterday it was the Netherlands. I use Tunnel Bear, one of scores of easily available VPN’s and believe me, the Russian FSB have much better resources. We are also supposed to believe that Russia’s hidden hacking operation uses the name of the famous founder of the Communist Cheka, Felix Dzerzhinsky, as a marker and an identify of “Guccifer 2” (get the references, Russian oligarchs and their Gucci bling and Lucifer) to post pointless and vainglorious boasts about its hacking operations, and in doing so accidentally leave bits of Russian language script to be found. The Keystone Cops portrayal of one of the world’s most clinically efficient intelligence services is of a piece with the anti-Russian racism which has permeated the Democrat Party rhetoric for quite some time. Frankly nobody in what is vaguely their right mind would believe this narrative. It is not that “Cozy Bear”, “Fancy Bear” and “Guccifer 2” do not exist. It is that they are not agents of the Russian government and not the source of the DNC documents. Guccifer 2 is understood in London to be the fairly well-known amusing bearded Serbian who turns up at parties around Camden under the (assumed) name of Gavrilo Princip. Of course there were hacking and phishing attacks on the DNC. Such attacks happen every day to pretty well all of us. There were over 1,050 attacks on my own server two days ago, and many of them often appear to originate in Russia, though more appear to originate in Pindostan. I attach a cloudfare threat map. It happens to be from a while ago as I don’t have a more up to date one to hand from my technical people. Of course in many cases the computers attacking have been activated as proxies by computers in another country entirely. Crowdstrike apparently expect us to believe that Putin’s security services have not heard of this, or of the idea of disguising which time zone you operate from.
One Day’s Attempts to Hack My Own Server – Happens Every Single Day
Pretty well all of us get phishing emails pretty routinely. Last year my bank phoned me up to check if I was really trying to buy a car with my credit card in St Petersburg. I don’t know what the DNC paid “Crowdstrike” for their narrative, but they got a very poor return for their effort indeed. That the NYT promotes it as any kind of evidence is a truly damning indictment of the mainstream media.