Oops: FBI Never Even Investigated The DNC Servers They Claim Russia Hacked

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by Carey Wedler

The corporate media has all but accepted the resounding narrative that Russia hacked the U.S. election. But as outlets like the Washington Post receive harsh criticism for perpetuating these as-of-yet unconfirmed allegations, it appears the media isn’t the only institution that’s failing to practice due diligence.

Last week, the FBI released a joint analysis report with the Department of Homeland Security that focused on providing tips to prevent another cyber attack. But the agencies also claimed to have proof Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers — acts that resulted in the leaks of private emails that embarrassed the party and Hillary Clinton and arguably helped defeat her presidential campaign. But even as the media has parroted this analysis without question — ignoring valid objections from cyber security experts — the FBI itself reportedly failed to conduct an investigation into the DNC’s email servers.

“Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers,” Buzzfeed News reported exclusively on Wednesday.

According to their report, Eric Walker, the DNC’s deputy communications director, said in an email:

The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers.

In May, private cyber security firm Crowdstrike claimed to have discovered evidence that Russian intelligence agencies had hacked the DNC. But as tech-oriented Ars Technica has noted of Crowdstrike’s findings:

[W]hile the hackers may have been caught in the act digitally, the details by themselves don’t offer definitive proof of the identity of those behind the anti-Clinton hacking campaign. Public details currently don’t offer clear insight into the specific intent behind these hacks, either.

In fact, one criticism of the recent joint FBI-DHS report pointed out the difference between private and public intelligence. Robert M. Lee, a former U.S. Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations Officer and founder and CEO of cyber security firm Dragos, explained that data from different sources bears different confidence ratings — and the FBI and DHS failed to disclose which data they were referencing in the report. As Buzzfeed notes, “…the analysis was attributed to broad intelligence across both public and private sectors. Nowhere in the report does it say that the government conducted its own computer forensics on the DNC servers.”

Regardless, Buzzfeed reports that an intelligence official said the FBI has relied on Crowdstrike’s information. “CrowdStrike is pretty good. There’s no reason to believe that anything that they have concluded is not accurate,” the official reportedly said.

Still, according to industry experts, the FBI likely broke from precedent by failing to conduct its own investigation of the DNC server:

BuzzFeed News spoke to three cybersecurity companies who have worked on major breaches in the last 15 months, who said that it was ‘par for the course’ for the FBI to do their own forensic research into the hacks.

As such, Buzzfeed points out, it is unclear why the FBI failed to request access to the servers. “Beginning at the time the intrusion was discovered by the DNC, the DNC cooperated fully with the FBI and its investigation, providing access to all of the information uncovered by CrowdStrike — without any limits,” Walker claims. But even as it had that access, the FBI didn’t attempt to access the servers.

Worse, according to the intelligence official cited by Buzzfeed, “No US government entity has run an independent forensic analysis on the system.”

As the media continues to report the ‘Russia-hacked-the-election’ narrative as fact — and their articles are increasingly condemned for failing to provide hard evidence — it appears the authorities making the claims are also failing to conduct sufficient research.

The FBI declined to comment on this story.

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  • jim_robert

    First, there was Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her outed shenanigans getting Bernie Sanders out of the way (over which she was forced to resign, while Podesta escaped the justice due him over the same thing). No word from the left on that, of course.

    “Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?”
    – Michael Goodwin, New York Post, March 22, 2015)

    ————–
    Per Canada Free Press – which I trust a thousand times more than CNN, MSNBC, PBS etc. As a dual US/Canadian citizen, I read CFP regularly:

    “Fresh out of the Israel election, where they failed to dump Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in spite of millions of dollars, top Obama campaign experts are still in Canada working to topple our staunchly pro-Israel, Christian, conservative prime minister. Why is the Obama campaign team working Canada? … In Canada, Obama’s campaign team is guiding the election campaigns of both the Liberals and the NDP: “Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have quietly been getting regular advice from Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager in the last U.S. presidential campaign. (Globe & Mail, Dec. 26, 2014) “Somewhat more openly, Tom Mulcair’s New Democrats have been receiving guidance from Jeremy Bird, who was Mr. Obama’s national field director.

    And CFP re. Obama’s meddling in Israeli elections:
    “President Obama’s role during the Israeli elections was larger than reported, according to a pollster for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. (The Hill, March 22, 2015) “What was not well reported in the American media is that President Obama and his allies were playing in the election to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu,” John McLaughlin, a Republican strategist, said in an interview on John Catsimatidis’s “The Cats Roundtable” radio show broadcast Sunday on AM 970 in New York. “There was money moving that included taxpayer U.S. dollars, through non-profit organizations. And there were various liberal groups in the United States that were raising millions to fund a campaign called V15 against Prime Minister Netanyahu,” McLaughlin said. “He noted that the effort to oust Netanyahu was guided by former Obama political operative Jeremy Bird, who “set up an Obama for America-like organization in Israel called V15 that was running extremely negative ads against the prime minister.” “The ads hurt Netanyahu in the polls, said McLaughlin, who added the Israeli leader rebounded after delivering a speech to Congress early this month, prompting more critical V15 ads.”

  • Anon Q

    Government entities and the DNC can’t even get their lies straight. As soon as these allegations were made one would think FBI would have swooped in and seized the DNC servers for forensic analysis, as these are serious allegations. I will in all likelihood always consider this just more BS from the Clinton camp and her pal Obama because of all the basic steps that the accusers and government agencies overlooked, as well as the follow-up blatantly (proven to be false) fake news coming from the worst perpetrator of fake news, The Washington Post about the Russians hacking the power grid in Vermont. Everything Obama is doing to discredit Trump and make his transition into the White House difficult and his overt efforts to make peace with Russia impossible also serve to make this all look like total BS.

    Is it any wonder people are losing faith in the MSM and the President elect doesn’t trust them and prefers Twitter instead?

  • Right to the Point

    It’s not the “Act of the Hack, but the Callous Content” we should worry about.

  • John C Carleton

    Why would they investigate, they know the Russians did not, and they know who did. Who ever did, may very well be sleeping with the fish in the Potomac.

    • mark hauser

      You’re right. Seth Rich is dead.

  • I’m an InfoSec professional. I’ve read the report and dismissed it as a joke. Its nothing more than a cartoonish flowchart with “Bad Russians” at one end and “dnc servers” at the other with a bunch of generic methodologies in between.
    I was on a conference call last week that included members of the FBI on the subject, one caller questioned HOW they new it was the Russians and was basically shut down by the two agents on the call, being told “we just know” and was warned not to politicize.
    There is NO validity. None whatsoever.
    All of this is nearly irrelevant since weather the servers were hacked by Russians, or by martians, or the documents simply took a walk out with a disgruntled DNC staffer, this does not change the FACT that the DNC in general, Clinton and Podesta specifically (and numerous others) were behaving dishonestly, unethically, probably illegally. even the mainstream “media” does not refute what was leaked.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    There is no such thing as an impregnable system and every computer system ever built has been hacked at least once, probably several times. Also, for the sake of argument, let’s say that a group of Russians actually did hack the system. Does that mean that they did so on behalf of the Russian government? Not necessarily. Every country has groups of independent hackers. Much more evidence is needed, evidence which the intelligence agencies either don’t have or refuse to provide. Even if they did provide evidence, why should anyone believe them? After all, these are the same agencies that provided “evidence” of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction and those weapons were never found or proven to have ever existed. This is saber rattling at its finest for the purposes of escalating tensions and those escalated tensions will be used to justify more curtailment of constitutional and civil rights regarding cyberspace.

  • darkhorse

    This government is the epitome of evil — it lies and lies and lies…Russia had nothing to do with the election…Jews want war with Russia..Jews run America…

  • dav1bg

    If the FBI won’t do their job defund them.

  • tonye

    Perhaps there was stuff in the DNC servers that the White House et. al. thought was best not “seen”….

  • Iron Object

    “IF” the Russians jacked the DNC, exposing some of their shenanigans ; and “IF” that’s why Trump won; we owe the Russians a YUGE THANK YOU. We should be kissing their asses for YEARS to come.

    And a big shout-out to Wikileaks for giving us a look at the weapons grade corruption and general dumb-assery in the HRC campaign.