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"No puppet. No Puppet. You're the puppet!"

Posted July 18 into Politics by John Birmingham

I haven't yet read the indictments that Mueller filed against those 12 Russian military intelligence officers, but I was surprised at just how much detail is revealed by the filings.

This piece over at Politico, is kind of eye-opening:

An advanced investigation of an advanced hacking operation requires significantly more than just access to servers. Investigators want access to the attack infrastructure—the equivalent to a chain of getaway cars of a team of burglars. And the latest indictments are rich with details that likely come from intercepting command-and-control boxes (in effect, bugging those getaway cars) and have nothing to do with physical access to the DNC’s servers.

The FBI and Robert Mueller’s investigators discovered when and how specific Russian military officers logged into a control panel on a leased machine in Arizona. They found that the GRU officers secretly surveiled an empoyee of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee all day in real time, including spying on “her individual banking information and other personal topics.” They showed that “Guccifer 2.0,” the supposed lone hacker behind the DNC hack, was in fact managed by a specific GRU unit, and even reconstructed the internet searches made within that unit while a GRU officer with shoddy English skills was drafting the first post as Guccifer 2.0. None of this information could have possibly come from any DNC server.

With help from the broader intelligence community, the FBI was able to piece all these details together into the bigger picture of the GRU’s vast hacking effort. The complexity of high-tempo, high-volume hacking campaigns means that attackers can make myriad mistakes; Mueller’s latest indictments reveal just how successful American investigators have been at exploiting those repeated errors and uncovering more and more information about what Russia did.

It also puts into perspective the real tragedy of what happened at the Trump-Putin Summit. The US intelligence commuity handed Trump a loaded gun to point at the Putin. And instead the tangerine traitor stuck it into his own mouth and pulled the trigger.

Seriously, go read it.

6 Responses to ‘"No puppet. No Puppet. You're the puppet!"’

jl mutters...

Posted July 18
Worst. Press. Conference. Ever.

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insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 18
But he misspoke, bigly, one line. That makes it all ok, doesn't it? As long as you forget everything else he said.
Not sure if Havoc will be along so here's a FKN Muppet for the Donald.

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Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted July 20
Supposedly there is accountability in the position of POTUS. But will it ever be enforced while Trump stomps it around, drags his arse on it then buries it in the Rose Garden next to the detritus from last night's KFC MegaBucket?

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted July 22
Wow, just wow.

Ceramic reckons...

Posted July 23
That is my responce. Wow. Scary.

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 22
Though Trump is widely derided, it is odd to see Trump's large impact locally.
I think the Liberal Party has been enboldened by Trump's success. eg. big tax cuts for rich people.
And everybody, left and right, is using the term 'fake news' to describe often fairly well-sourced MSM stories that they don't like or have some deniability about. Whereas the term was originally coined to describe entirely sus non-MSM websites pumping out totally concocted stories like "Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President" and "FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide".

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