Here’s all you need to know about Crowdstrike’s CEO Dmitri Alperovitch: ‘He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank and was named in Dec 2013 as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers, along with Angela Merkel, John Kerry, Ben Bernanke and Jeff Bezos.’ Straight from Wiki – RB
Breitbart WH Correspondent Ordered Not To Ask Spicer About DNC Russian Hacking Story
ZeroPointNow, Zero Hedge, Mar 22 2017
On Monday, Breitbart investigative reporter and White House correspondent Lee Stranahan published a huge story on Breitbart.com, the facts of which should unravel the entire foundation for the Russian election hacking narrative. Stranahan based his report on increasingly discredited evidence, as well as a tweet made by Pres Trump on Mar 5 regarding the hacked DNC server:
It’s true: the DNC did not allow the FBI to inspect the allegedly hacked servers; instead they used a Google-funded cyber-security firm called CrowdStrike, which FBI director Comey referred to in testimony Monday as a highly respected private company, despite several reports casting serious doubt on their analysis. Furthermore, CrowdStrike was accused of using false information by the government of Ukraine in a separate Dec 2016 report which concluded that Russia hacked Ukrainian military hardware using the same malware allegedly employed in the DNC hack. In light of the fact that the election hacking narrative revolves around an increasingly questionable report published by a private company caught in a recent lie, plus the DNC’s refusal to let the FBI inspect the servers in question, Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan had planned to bring the issue up with Sean Spicer. Matthew Boyle, Breitbart’s DC political editor, ordered Stranahan to stand down and stay away from the White House. In other words, don’t shed light on major developments which could unravel the DNC’s witch hunt. Stranahan has taken to Periscope to tell his side of the story:
Here’s what Stranahan wanted to ask:
Without hearing Breitbart editor Matthew Boyle’s side, ordering Stranahan to stand down seems rather odd, since , the Russian hacking narrative would be incredibly damaging to Trump’s legitimacy as President if deemed true by Congress. Here’s a summary of Stranahan’s article, though I encourage you to read the whole thing:
- The DNC Russian hacking claims rely entirely on a report by a private company the DNC hired, called “CrowdStrike.” Not mentioned in Stranahan’s article: The Irvine, CA company was partially funded by Google, which led a $100m ‘Series C’ investment round.
- CrowdStrike’s report (“Fancy Bear”) is highly speculative, inconclusive by most standards, and does not contain “hard evidence”, per CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch:
The firm suspects they may have targeted DNC employees with “spearphishing” emails. These are communications that appear legitimate, often made to look like they came from a colleague or someone trusted, but that contain links or attachments that when clicked on deploy malicious software that enables a hacker to gain access to a computer. But we don’t have hard evidence.
- The MSM ran with the “Fancy Bear” report in an attempt to delegitimize Trump. Starting in Jun 2016 and continuing to this day, the DNC, WaPo, NYT and other MSM outlets have been using the CrowdStrike report to stage a smear campaign against Donald Trump in an attempt to delegitimize the President while providing an excuse for Hillary Clinton’s loss.
- Cyber-security experts and respected journalists have cast serious doubt on the report’s validity: How To Get To “Reasonable Certainty” on a Russia Finding , Jeffrey Carr, Medium.com, Dec 13 2016, and Here’s the public evidence Russia hacked the DNC: it’s not enough, Sam Biddle, Intercept, Dec 14 2017
- In December, CrowdStrike published another report concluding that Russia hacked a Ukranian artillery targeting app using the SAME “Fancy Bear” malware. Once again, several new articles casting doubt on CrowdStrike’s claims cropped up: The GRU-Ukraine Artillery Hack That May Never Have Happened, Jeffrey Carr, Medium.com, Jan 3 2017, Why I Still Don’t Buy the Russian Hacking Story, Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg, Dec 22 2016, and Skeptics Doubt Ukraine Hack, Its Link to DNC Cyber-attack, Alexei Kuzmenko, VoA, Dec 23 2017:
Narozhny told VoA that contacts in the Ukrainian military units that used the app reported no losses of D-30 howitzers, which contradicts large battlefield losses referenced in the CrowdStrike report. “I personally know hundreds of gunmen in the war zone. None of them told me of D-30 losses caused by hacking or any other reason,” Narozhny stressed to VoA.
- The Government of Ukraine issued a statement on Jan 6 2017 calling the CrowdStrike report Fake News:
In connection with the emergence of some media reports which stated that Russian hackers compromised the software for 80% of the D-30 howitzers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), the Land Forces Command of the AFU informs that the said information is incorrect. The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine asks journalists to publish only verified information received from the competent official sources. Spreading false information leads to increased social tension in society and undermines public confidence in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- CrowdStrike relied on a misinterpretation of evidence for the Ukraine story: The information CrowdStrike relied on came from a Russian propaganda blog, not the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), as CrowdStrike claimed. An article by VoA News details this fact and puts this whole thing into context: Cyber Firm at Center of Russian Hacking Charges Misread Data, Alexei Kuzmenko, Mar 21 2017:
The CrowdStrike report released in December asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in the east. But the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VoA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.
So, given all of the above, should Congress still rely on the CrowdStrike report? And why was Lee Stranahan ordered by Matthew Boyle to stay away from the White House?