Lindsay Graham: Russians hacked my campaign email account
Daniella Diaz, CNN, Dec 15 2016
FASCHINGSTEIN – Lindsey Graham said Wednesday his campaign email account was hacked by Russians and that Pindostan needs to work together to stop this from happening. He told Wolf Blitzer on CBS Situation Room:
I do believe the Russians hacked into the DNC. I do believe they hacked into Podesta’s email account. They hacked into my campaign account. I do believe that all the information released publicly hurt Clinton and didn’t hurt Trump. I don’t think the outcome of the election is in doubt. What we should do is not turn on each other but work as one people to push back on Russia. But I don’t believe that the hacking affected the election. I think Hillary Clinton lost because she wasn’t an agent of change and she tried to disqualify Trump and she wasn’t able to do it. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. They’re trying to destabilize democracy! All over the world! Not just here! Here’s what we should do! We should tell the Russians that! In no uncertain terms! You interfere in our elections, we don’t care why! We’re going to hit you! And hit you hard! We’re going to introduce sanctions!.. It’ll be bipartisan!..
Blitzer asked him about Trump denying that Russia tried to influence the elections. Graham responded:
Maybe Trump isn’t being briefed properly on the information, or maybe he doesn’t want to know!.. There is no doubt in my mind that the Russians hacked into political systems!..
Graham also said that he wants to know what Trump’s pick for Sec State, Rex Tillerson, thinks about the situation. Graham tweeted during the interview:
Russian hacking during the Pindosi presidential election is not a Republican or Democrat issue! It’s a Pindosi issue! We must stand together! If you don’t go after Russia for hacking during 2016 election, you’re inviting other bad actors (China, N Korea, Iran etc) to do the same.
Russian hacks into Ukraine power grids, a sign of things to come for Pindostan?
Holly Williams, CBS ‘News’, Dec 21 2016
Russian hacking to influence the election has dominated the news. But CBS ‘News’ has also noticed a hacking attack that could be a future means to Pindostan. Last weekend, parts of the Ukrainian capitol (sic – RB) Kiev went dark. It appears Russia has figured out how to crash a power grid with a click. Last December, a similar attack occurred when nearly a quarter of a million people lost power in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine when it was targeted by a suspected Russian attack. Vasyl Pemchuk is the electric control center manager. He said:
When hackers took over our computers, all we could do was film it with ourr cell phones. It was illogical and chaotic. It seemed like something in a Hollywood movie.
The hackers sent emails with infected attachments to power company employees, stealing their login credentials and then taking control of the grid’s systems to cut the circuit breakers at nearly 60 substations. Hackers could launch a similar attack in Pindostan. Rob Lee, a former military cyber-warfare operations officer, investigated the Ukraine attack, and he says:
We can’t just look at the Ukraine attack and go ‘oh we’re safe against that attack.’ Even if we just lose a portion, if we have NYC or DC go down for a day, two days, a week, what does life look like at that point? Some Pindosi electric utilities have weaker security than Ukraine, and the malicious software the hackers used has already been detected in Pindostan. It’s very concerning that these same actors using similar capabilities and tradecraft are preparing and are getting access to these business networks, getting access to portions of the power grid. In Ukraine, they restarted the power in just hours, but an attack in Pindostan could leave people without electricity for days or even weeks because ironically, Pindostan’s advanced automated grid would be much harder to fix.