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Watch Ex-FBI Agent Explain How Russian Trolls Influenced Presidential Election

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Russian meddling in the U.S. election was about more than the hacking of DNC emails and covert communication with Donald Trump’s campaign team.

It’s also about Russian trolls who used social media to spread fake news and propaganda, according to former FBI special agent and national security expert Clint Watts, Vice News reports.

“If you looked at [Trump’s] Twitter feed this morning, he cited a Wikileaks release essentially which was conducted by the Russians to attack Hillary Clinton, yet again, even after the election,” Watts said during a live interview Monday with VICE News. “Russia stole information. [Trump] is still using it against his opponent, and he already won the election. So he’s giving Russia a victory even after the election, and they were already winning before.”

Democrats Declined Requests by FBI to Inspect Hacked Computer Servers

democratic national comitteeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Democratic National Committee wouldn’t allow federal agents to inspect computer servers that had been infiltrated by hackers during the presidential campaign, forcing the FBI to rely on third-party cyber security data, Bloomberg reports. 

The news comes on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump meeting with U.S. intelligence chiefs to get briefed on Russia’s alleged involvement in the hack.

The intelligence agencies went on the defensive this week after Trump repeatedly expressed criticism that senior Russian officials were responsible for the hacking.

“The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia……” Trump said. “So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?”

In a statement, the FBI confirmed Trumps claim.

“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated,” the agency said. “This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier.”

FBI Never Examined Servers of DNC, But Still Blamed Russia-Linked Hackers

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI blamed Russian-backed hackers for infiltrating servers of the Democratic National Committee without ever examining the servers.

BuzzFeed reports that no one from the U.S. government conducted an independent forensic analysis on the system. 

“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers,” Eric Walker, the DNC’s deputy communications director, told BuzzFeed News in an email.

The FBI, however, hired a third-part tech security company, CrowdStrike, which concluded in May that the servers had been accessed by Russia-linked hackers.

“CrowdStrike is pretty good. There’s no reason to believe that anything that they have concluded is not accurate,” the intelligence official said, adding they were confident Russia was behind the widespread hacks.

The FBI declined to comment.

“Beginning at the time the intrusion was discovered by the DNC, the DNC cooperated fully with the FBI and its investigation, providing access to all of the information uncovered by CrowdStrike — without any limits,” said Walker, whose emails were stolen and subsequently distributed throughout the cyberattack.

FBI Report Squarely Blames Russia for Meddling in 2016 Presidential Election

Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI issued its first statement on the cyberattacks targeting the 2016 presidential election, blaming Russian intelligence services for launching a broad hacking campaign.

In a 13-page report co-authored by Homeland Security, the FBI concluded that Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, the FSB, sent a malicious link to U.S. government targets, Reuters reports. 

Russia continues to deny the hacking claims.

The FBI’s report came on the same day President Obama imposed retaliatory measures, including the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives.

The FBI said the Democratic National Committee was among the targets. The DNC also was infiltrated by another Russian agency, the military GRU, in early 2016.

Even some Republicans criticized Russia’s meddling in the election. 

Putin: Hacking of DNC Emails Was Public Service But Denies Government Responsible

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Vladimir Putin denied accusations that Russia’s government hacked thousands of Democratic National Committee emails and documents, but said the action was a public service.

“Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?’’ Putin said in an interview with Bloomberg at the Pacific port city of Vladivostok on Thursday. “The important thing is the content that was given to the public.’’

Putin has long been a critic of Hillary Clinton, who compared his annexation of Crimea in 2014 to Adolph Hitler’s actions before WWII.

“There’s no need to distract the public’s attention from the essence of the problem by raising some minor issues connected with the search for who did it,” Putin said of the DNC breach. “But I want to tell you again, I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this.”

Bloomberg reports:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has high confidence that the government in Moscow was behind the theft at the DNC and other Democratic Party organizations seeking to propel Clinton to victory over Republican Donald Trump in November, a person familiar with the findings has said. Trump has praised Putin as a great leader and the billionaire’s former campaign chairman spent years working for the Kremlin ally who was ousted from Ukraine’s presidency in 2014.

FBI Warns Clinton, Trump Campaigns of Cyberattacks, Foreign Spies

hacker-istock-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has warned Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaigns that they may become targets for foreign spies.

The warnings were issued to presidential campaign staffers Wednesday during separate security briefings in Washington, sources told ABC News. 

While the briefings were described as standard, they come amid recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee and other party organizations.

An FBI official said the sessions were voluntary “awareness briefings.”

The FBI is investigating coordinated cyberattacks of the Democrat National Committee and other Democratic organizations.

Clinton Campaign Declined FBI Help After Hacking Was Suspected

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI first warned Hillary Clinton’s campaign last year that its networks likely were hacked, but the campaign wouldn’t give federal investigators access to the internal data.

A Clinton aide said the FBI did not reveal that Russian intelligence agencies were suspected of being behind the hack attempt, NBC News reports. But the aide said that the campaign was aware of hacking attempts and was taking steps to make the networks more secure.

Shortly after, the Democratic National Committee hired Crowdstrike to investigate a potential breach. The cyber security firm determined that two Russian intelligence agencies were responsible for hacking into the DNC.

FBI Investigating Russian Connections to Embarassing DNC Hack

democratic national comitteeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities said there’s growing evidence that hackers in Russia targeted the Democratic National Committee, but the FBI isn’t ready to point fingers.

CNN reports that the hacker, who used the name “Guccifer 2.0,” appears to have used the Russian computer service Elite VPN.

But that doesn’t mean the hack came from Russia or that there’s a connection to the Russian government.

The Democratic Party hired a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, to investigate the hack. The firm said there “may” be a connection to Russia’s massive intelligence agency, the GRU.

But so far, the evidence is circumstantial.