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Aaron Maté
1) I re-read this report on Russian vote hacking based on an NSA leak & it's even more hollow than I thought. The actual "hacking effort" amounts to a spear-phishing email, that I recall. But I missed that the NSA doc itself proves nothing:
A top-secret National Security Agency report details a months-long Russian hacking effort against the U.S. election infrastructure.
The Intercept The Intercept @theintercept
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Aaron Maté 25 Jun 18
Replying to @theintercept
2) Note the legend, bottom left. Green line = "Confirmed Info", Yellow line = "Analyst Judgment." Now look at top left, where NSA attributes effort to Russian GRU. That attribution has a yellow line, aka “Analyst Judgement”, not "Confirmed." didn’t even note that.
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Aaron Maté 25 Jun 18
Replying to @aaronjmate
3) So in short, we have a "Russian hacking effort" that amounts to sending spear-phishing emails (not very sophisticated), and that is attributed to Russian military intelligence not based on any "Confirmed Information," but on an "Analyst Judgement."
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Aaron Maté 25 Jun 18
Replying to @aaronjmate
4) And one of the main reasons why this matters aside from the fact that this story landed the leaker in jail is that it's been used as the basis for subsequent fear-mongering about Russian vote hacking.
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Aaron Maté 26 Jun 18
Replying to @aaronjmate
5) a recent update to the story adds more detail to how it was overhyped. It turns out that the impersonators used a *gmail* address in their fake attempt to pose as VR Systems. Does this look like the work of Russian military intelligence to you?
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Brian Rubenstein 25 Jun 18
are you seriously downplaying spear-phishing?
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One of Many Beths 23 Aug 18
Why not? Until Democrats lost in 2016, that's exactly what Clinton, her team, and other Democrats were doing. downplaying spear-phishing....
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Russian Bot Service Newshour 25 Jun 18
COMPLETE BULLSHEVIK!!
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Gordon Burton Hill 26 Jun 18
If not already done, it would be good for The Real News to gather like-minded Investigative Journalists to a round table hosted by Paul Jay that would take questions from audience. The full impact would be helpful.
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kiloRomeoAlpha Sep 14
Appears you've not heard that & were summarily dispatched from TRNN. some detail:
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Sergio Velasquez 23 Aug 18
I agree with Aaron on the over-hyped stuff, but have in mind that a lot of government officials are baby boomers who can be easily tricked. No need to have a fancy phishing email to trick any of the fossil-minded DNC legacy burocrats
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