The Big Hack — Update

On Friday, I wrote about the hacking into a wide variety of federal agencies by Russia that started back in March but was only recently discovered. The full scope and consequences of the cyber attack remain unknown and intelligence officials are still hard at work trying to find answers.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday …

“This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity. I can’t say much more as we’re still unpacking precisely what it is, and I’m sure some of it will remain classified. But suffice it to say there was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code inside of U.S. Government systems and it now appears systems of private companies and companies and governments across the world as well.”

Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) confirmed it has found evidence that the hackers had found multiple ways to sneak into federal agencies’ computer networks, including pathways it may not know about yet.  Our experts are not even sure just yet how to go about removing the invasive ‘bugs’ …

“Removing this threat actor from compromised environments will be highly complex and challenging for organizations.” – from a statement issued by CISA

But, of course, there is one person who has all the answers, who knows exactly what happened and he is telling us not to worry …

“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because is [sic], for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)  There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA.”

Yep, you guessed it, the outgoing lame-duck president, Donald Trump.  Is there nothing he can keep his mouth shut about?  Nothing at all?  He likely has been fully briefed, as would be right and proper, but it’s highly doubtful that he paid close attention or even remotely understood what he was being told.  All evidence points to Russia as being the instigator, and no, everything is definitely not ‘well under control’.

The hack began as early as March, was just discovered this month, and security experts are still very much in the dark, so we have no idea at this point what dangers may be lurking.  And lastly, no, the voting machines were not a part of the hack.  First, if Putin had hacked our voting machines, he would almost certainly have done so in Donald Trump’s favour, in order to keep his puppet in office.  Second, hand counts in many states have confirmed the machine tallies.  And third, Chris Krebs, former head of CISA (who Trump fired for simply doing his job and being honest) stated that this was the most secure election in the history of our nation, and frankly I trust Chris Krebs at least a thousand times more than I trust Donald Trump.

Pompeo concluded by saying …

“We have lots of folks that want to undermine our way of life, our republic, our basic democratic principles. Russia is certainly on that list … You see the news of the day with respect to their efforts in the cyber space. We’ve seen this for an awfully long time, using asymmetric capabilities to try and put themselves in a place where they can impose costs on the United States. So yes, Vladimir Putin remains a real risk to those of us who love freedom.”

Hmmmm … any bets about Pompeo’s job status for the next 32 days?

Bottom line here, my friends, is that Russia is in control of some information that involves a wide variety of our federal agencies, including the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.  I won’t offer any possible scenarios, but let your mind wrap around that one for a while.  No, Donald Trump, everything is definitely not “well under control”.  Not by a long shot.

22 thoughts on “The Big Hack — Update

  1. I wonder if this so-called Big Hack isn’t just a ploy to give Trump the option of declaring martial law, and thus remaining president?I am not trying to be flippant here, but how would welittle people know the difference? If Russia has held an advantage over democratic governments since March, they have done nothing to show it, especially not in getting Trump re-elected. (For as far as that goes, I think Putin got what he wanted, having an American president giving him oral sex. Only Trump would not find that humiliating. He probably enjoyed it! Vlad certainly did!)
    But I digress. Lack of action points to a lack of hack, in my curious mind. Just saying.

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    • It’s politically expedient to blame other countries for one’s shortcomings. Democrats condemn Russia as the ultimate boogeyman and Republicans do the same with China. It’s pure propaganda, either party has zero proof yet they continually make baseless accusations all the time. It’s a diversion to distract the public from real issues domestically. That way they can fight strawmen and never have to deal with actual crisis on multiple fronts.
      Putin notably stayed out of this election as he didn’t endorse Trump or Biden. Yet he did congratulate Biden as the President elect just a few days ago. So I don’t see any reason for a “Russian” hack. What exactly was hacked? … the election in favor of Biden, nuclear codes, alleged top secret intel? You see it’s all mind games to confuse a gullible public.
      Trump can try to prove election fraud, by blaming China for manipulating the Dominion machines in favor of Biden, but it’s not likely that he’ll succeed. So what’s the point of declaring martial law? Who would follow his illegal (and idiotic) order to lockdown the public? Besides, aren’t we already locked down quite nicely from the pandemic.
      If one analyses intelligently, most “news” is smoke and mirrors bs. This goes for mainstream as well as independent and alternative “conspiracy” sources. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun and intriguing to speculate on the possibilities, but not very likely in reality. If Trump attempts a military coup and wins, i’ll really be bummed, but will admire his chutzpah!
      Either way, Trump or Biden doesn’t matter, they’re both clowns & puppets for the establishment. We lose either way, just more bread-and-circuses for the wage slaves. This election is a non event, Biden will be President come January 20th, that’s the only fact worth noting.

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    • While I wouldn’t be surprised to find that Trump, realizing he was not likely to win the election even back in March, conspired with Putin. That said, though, the hacking is real enough, as per numerous cyber-security experts whose opinions I trust. Now, might something happen, such as a massive widescale power outage on January 20th? I don’t know … I hope not, and I cannot afford to lie awake nights worrying about it, but if that’s the plan, then I hope the experts who are working to figure this all out are able to do so.

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  2. People should be counting the beautiful days to Christmas. instead we are counting, with trepidation, the days until Trump is no longer in control of the government. never in my adult life have I cared so much about an election outcome.

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    • I was chatting with my granddaughter, who is 26, the other night, and I mentioned that there were only 30+ days until the inauguration. Her response? “That will be our real Christmas present.” And she’s right, but isn’t that sad? I’ve been unable to get any Christmas spirit this year, though I’ve gone through the motions for the sake of others. Between Trump, the Republican Party, and the pandemic … there just really isn’t much joy in my heart today.

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      • I read a little Op-ed piece in the WP hat was posted on Instagram. I really love getting the articles there along with your well researched articles. The writer said, and I agree, that Trump will have to leave the White House on Jan 20, no matter what, and after that the sense of relief will be so dramatic collectively for this country we will be happy for a boring regular president. Most of us are wound so tightly from four years of this debacle that we can’t remember a mundane normal government. He is up against a lot and people need to take a breath before expecting Biden to untangle the knotted mess of life his predecessor has imposed on the American nation while in office. There is work to be done but it is not magic and at least Biden has goals that positively affect the greater good. How wonderful will it be to wake up and not wonder who Pumpkin Head is mad at today?

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        • I partly agree with that … Trump will definitely leave the White House on January 20th, one way or another (I almost hope he resists so we can see him dragged out in chains by burly military men!), and I know there will be a collective sigh of relief. However, the next two years at least will not be the reset that everyone is hoping for. Trump is only a symptom of a larger disease, as evidenced by the fact that some 74 million people voted for him last month. They want what he offered, and there will be resistance to anything and everything he tries to do. If the Georgia runoff elections on January 5th award either Senate seat to either Loeffler or Perdue, Biden will face an uphill battle even getting his cabinet nominees confirmed. Biden’s heart and head are in the right place, but nearly half this nation do not want the same things the rest of us want. And, to add insult to injury, even the Democrats are bickering about what Biden should or should not do, arguing over his cabinet picks. The road ahead is still rocky, my friend, but I hope that at the end of the day we can move just a bit closer to what this nation was once intended to be. Sigh. And in case I don’t chat with you again before Friday, a Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

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  3. Jill, I truly cannot believe even Trump said this. His daddy must have asked him to speak up. Either the kompromat is very bad, he has money at risk or OP must really want to do business in Russia. It is truly an unhealthy and extortive relationship, this time with the OP on the receiving end. Keith

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  4. I hope the hack can be cleared and that it can be assured that no control of any systems remains in foreign hands. I hope for this all the World over. Malware is very difficult to get rid of so I hope a group of hackers from the West is able to accomplish this and create new firewalls to protect each of our systems and Democracies.
    Cwtch.

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    • I hope so too, but the experts aren’t sounding too confident. Several things concern me, but the main one, I think, is that somebody could be able to completely shut down the power grid in parts of, or perhaps the entire nation. Of course, the capability to do that through EMPs has been available for some time, but this could be more widespread and simpler … a click of a mouse. And, of course, access to information about nuclear security is also worrying. I hope the powers that be don’t allow petty politics to play a role here and leave it to the cybersecurity experts to determine what needs to be done.
      Cwtch

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