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Russia worked tirelessly to hack well over 100 influential Democrats's emails

Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:10 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who worked for Clinton during her first presidential run, the messages bounced back untouched.

Except one.

Within nine days, some of the campaign's most consequential secrets would be in the hackers' hands, part of a massive operation aimed at vacuuming up millions of messages from thousands of inboxes across the world.

An Associated Press investigation into the digital break-ins that disrupted the U.S. presidential contest has sketched out an anatomy of the hack that led to months of damaging disclosures about the Democratic Party's nominee. It wasn't just a few aides that the hackers went after; it was an all-out blitz across the Democratic Party. They tried to compromise Clinton's inner circle and more than 130 party employees, supporters and contractors.

While U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia was behind the email thefts, the AP drew on forensic data to report Thursday that the hackers known as Fancy Bear were closely aligned with the interests of the Russian government.

The AP's reconstruction— based on a database of 19,000 malicious links recently shared by cybersecurity firm Secureworks — shows how the hackers worked their way around the Clinton campaign's top-of-the-line digital security to steal chairman John Podesta's emails in March 2016.

It also helps explain how a Russian-linked intermediary could boast to a Trump policy adviser, a month later, that the Kremlin had "thousands of emails" worth of dirt on Clinton.

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PHISHING FOR VICTIMS

The rogue messages that first flew across the internet March 10 were dressed up to look like they came from Google, the company that provided the Clinton campaign's email infrastructure. The messages urged users to boost their security or change their passwords while in fact steering them toward decoy websites designed to collect their credentials.

One of the first people targeted was Rahul Sreenivasan, who had worked as a Clinton organizer in Texas in 2008 — his first paid job in politics. Sreenivasan, now a legislative staffer in Austin, was dumbfounded when told by the AP that hackers had tried to break into his 2008 email — an address he said had been dead for nearly a decade.

"They probably crawled the internet for this stuff," he said.

Almost everyone else targeted in the initial wave was, like Sreenivasan, a 2008 staffer whose defunct email address had somehow lingered online.

But one email made its way to the account of another staffer who'd worked for Clinton in 2008 and joined again in 2016, the AP found. It's possible the hackers broke in and stole her contacts; the data shows the phishing links sent to her were clicked several times.

Secureworks' data reveals when phishing links were created and indicates whether they were clicked. But it doesn't show whether people entered their passwords.

Within hours of a second volley emailed March 11, the hackers hit pay dirt. All of a sudden, they were sending links aimed at senior Clinton officials' nonpublic 2016 addresses, including those belonging to longtime Clinton aide Robert Russo and campaign chairman John Podesta.

The Clinton campaign was no easy target; several former employees said the organization put particular stress on digital safety.

Work emails were protected by two-factor authentication, a technique that uses a second passcode to keep accounts secure. Most messages were deleted after 30 days and staff went through phishing drills. Security awareness even followed the campaigners into the bathroom, where someone put a picture of a toothbrush under the words: "You shouldn't share your passwords either."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-hackers-pried-clinton-campaign-emails-062809973--politics.html

Of course, shortly after this success, Russia reached out to Trump adviser George Papadopolous (per his sworn testimony) and to Donald Trump Jr. (per his public release of his email exchanges with Russian agents), offering up the emails as "dirt." Papadopolous tried to set up a direct meeting with Trump and Putin at this point, and Trump Jr. and several other high-ranking campaign officials did meet with Russians.

http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/papadopoulos-documents-offer-insight-dnc-email-hacking-timeline/story?id=50832978

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Post by Jules on Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:01 pm

I've heard it said that one of the reasons the Russians tried so hard to corrupt the US elections is because they know that their own election system  in Russia is very corrupt too. They want to bring others down to their base, dishonest level.

But the main reason is no doubt to do with money - financial favours owed. Money's defo at the bottom of it all.

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Post by Original Quill on Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:26 pm

The day after Trump was sworn in, the Trumpanezees swarmed in asking how do we lift the sanctions on Russia?  After congressional leaders disabused them of their hopes they went into this current funk.  Putin is waaay pissed at Trump, as you saw in Germany.



WTF, I ask for one small thing...and you blow it, shit-for-brains!



A little K-Y, and my thumb fits right up your ass, nimrod.

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Post by smelly-bandit on Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:10 pm

desperation is an ugly perfume

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Post by Original Quill on Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:17 am

sb wrote:desperation is an ugly perfume



Excuse me, I have yet to wash this thumb.  I hear you are fond of where it's been...wanna try some? Wink

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Post by smelly-bandit on Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:36 am

Original Quill wrote:
sb wrote:desperation is an ugly perfume



Excuse me, I have yet to wash this thumb.  I hear you are fond of where it's been...wanna try some?  Wink

anything that comrade putin wants comrade putin gets, even the presidents of foreign countries Razz

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