August 30, 2016
A typical Russian hacker.
This “blame Russia for everything” narrative is getting very weird.
The idea of Russia as the big bad enemy just doesn’t exist in most people’s minds at this point.
It would have made sense way back when there was an actual ideological disagreement with Russia, which the US spent decades drumming-up, but now when they blame Russia, it’s just like, “wait, Russia, what? Why?”
Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, and the FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russians were behind the assault on the election system in that state.
The bureau described the threat as “credible” and significant, “an eight on a scale of one to 10,” Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan (R), said Monday. As a result, Reagan shut down the state’s voter registration system for nearly a week.
It turned out that the hackers had not compromised the state system or even any county system. They had, however, stolen the username and password of a single election official in Gila County.
Doesn’t sound like an 8…
Roberts said FBI investigators did not specify whether the hackers were criminals or employed by the Russian government. Bureau officials on Monday declined to comment, except to say that they routinely advise private industry of cyberthreats detected in investigations.
The Arizona incident is the latest indication of Russian interest in U.S. elections and party operations, and it follows the discovery of a high-profile penetration into Democratic National Committee computers. That hack produced embarrassing emails that led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and sowed dissension on the eve of Hillary Clinton’s nomination as the party’s presidential candidate.
The Russian campaign is also sparking intense anxiety about the security of this year’s elections. Earlier this month, the FBI warned state officials to be on the lookout for intrusions into their election systems. The “flash” alert, which was first reported by Yahoo News, said investigators had detected attempts to penetrate election systems in several states and listed Internet protocol addresses and other technical fingerprints associated with the hacks.
There’s the media again simply accepting that Russia is to blame for whatever, despite the fact no evidence has been presented and the fact that “proof” some specific entity is behind a hack is basically physically impossible.
Anti-Russian propaganda reached a peak last week when US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being in charge of a vast Alt-Right conspiracy involving Donald Trump, Breitbart News, Alex Jones, David Duke and White supremacists on Twitter.
As with the hacking claims, no evidence has been presented for the allegations that Vladimir Putin is in charge of the Alt-Right movement, with many asserting that Clinton’s conspiracy theory – which she presented as fact – represents a breach from reality so severe as to disqualify her from becoming President, or even living outside of a mental institution at all.