From the AP, The FBI has now confirmed that they are investigating the hack on the DNC servers.
The FBI said Monday it is investigating how thousands of Democratic National Committee emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton’s campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump.
Of course this plays into the issues of Russian involvement in the hack, and further clarifies that the 2016 election is now of major concern to Vladimir Putin. Notwithstanding Paul Manafort’s connections to Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine and Manafort’s meddling in that election years ago, this goes to show that in the 2016 US elections its anything goes, up to and including foreign governments outright meddling or attempting to destabilize elections in the United States.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta added fuel to the debate Monday, saying there was “a kind of bromance going on” between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. The Clinton campaign says Russia favors Trump’s views, especially on NATO.
Of course Trump takes this all in stride by joking about it and saying to the electorate, pay no mind to the man behind the curtain.
“The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC emails, which should have never been written (stupid), because Putin likes me,” Trump wrote as part of a series of Tweets. “Hillary was involved in the email scandal because she is the only one with judgement (sic) so bad that such a thing could have happened.”
Security as we’ve come to know these days is all an illusion, especially when it comes to computer security.
Democratic Party officials learned in late April that their systems had been attacked after they discovered malicious software on their computers. A cybersecurity firm they employed found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats’ network – both of which have ties to the Russian government. Those hackers took at least one year’s worth of detailed chats, emails and research on Donald Trump, according to a person knowledgeable of the breach who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
Some people say that the DNC should have wiped their email servers every few days after downloading them to an offsite off the grid system. However this can be very cumbersome when it involves several email threads that often do not get responses for days on end. Best practices of course should always be followed, but often that is just an impossible task.
Trump’s senior policy adviser Paul Manafort called statements by the Clinton campaign “pretty desperate.”
“It’s a far reach, obviously,” Manafort told reporters. “To lead their convention with that tells me they really are trying to move away from what the issues are going to be in this campaign. It’s pretty absurd.”
That is a pretty standard boilerplate statement. Of course this story is going to be the lead at the convention. Anything else would be spun as a coverup. Either way Manafort and Trump are having a field day with what Putin has brought them, and no doubt as other emails are released in the coming days and weeks ahead we will see more facepalming by dems over the hack.
At any rate the FBI is now investigating, and if all goes to standard operating procedure, 5 years from now they will identify someone who will be for all intents and purposes untouchable for prosecution.
One thing to take away from all this is that elections and campaigns and even voting machines can be hacked, and its not too far off to think that the Russians will be looking at hacking the voting machines next. Maybe this is what some people are saying about the inevitability of Trump as the next president.