David Kennedy, a former NSA hacker, talks with Rachel Maddow about the relationship between Russia-based ransomware hacker groups and the Russian government, and the apparent recent uptick in these groups targeting important U.S. systems.
Last spring, a Texas-based company called SolarWinds made one such software update available to its customers. It was supposed to provide the regular fare — bug fixes, performance enhancements — to the company’s popular network management system, a software program called Orion that keeps a watchful eye on all the various components in a company’s network. Customers simply had to log into the company’s software development website, type a password and then wait for the update to land seamlessly onto their servers.
The routine update, it turns out, is no longer so routine.
Hackers believed to be directed by the Russian intelligence service, the SVR, used that routine software update to slip malicious code into Orion’s software and then used it as a vehicle for a massive cyberattack against America.
OMG! NOT our hot dogs….please…..I’m begging u! ;-)
Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized “influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process and exacerbating socio-political divisions in the U.S,” says the report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The unclassified document is the most comprehensive look the intelligence community has released regarding foreign efforts to meddle in the 2020 election.
But the central message is the same one the intelligence community has been delivering since last August: Russia wanted Trump to win, though its effort was not on the same scale as in the 2016 election.
Thanks to those who posted links. Hoping that you have a great weekend my friends.
Now provide the stepping stones to the Trump campaign and let hell break loose on him. Don’t let the dementia keep him out of jail.
What would hot dogs have to do with meat?
Putin chafes at US, criticizes response to Capitol attack
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set a tough tone for his upcoming summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, accusing Washington of trying to contain Russia and citing its response to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as a manifestation of the West’s double standards.
Speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said that arms control, global conflicts, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change are among the issues he and Biden would discuss at their June 16 summit in Geneva.
“We need to find ways of looking for a settlement in our relations, which are at an extremely low level now,” Putin said.
“We don’t have any issues with the U.S.,” he continued. “But it has an issue with us. It wants to contain our development and publicly talks about it. Economic restrictions and attempts to influence our country’s domestic politics, relying on forces they consider their allies inside Russia, stem from that.”
He voiced hope that the meeting will help ease tensions with Washington. Russia-U.S. ties have sunk to post-Cold War lows over Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, accusations of Russian interference in elections in the U.S. and other Western nations, and cyberattacks that U.S. officials allege had Russian origins.
Putin reiterated that Russia rejects accusations of interfering in U.S. presidential elections, and he spoke critically of the U.S. response to the Capitol attack, which took place as Congress prepared to certify that Biden had defeated then-President Donald Trump in November.
“They weren’t just a crowd of robbers and rioters. Those people had come with political demands,” he said.
Too bad throwing water on him won’t melt him…
I suspect it’s more on the order of telling his minions to NOT GET IN THE WAY of the hackers.
Surely the US can find some way to rain on Putin’s parade. He is a jumped up NKVD torturer and couldn’t run a hot dog stand. The Russian economy, such as it is, is totally dependent on raw material exports. He MUST be vulnerable.
Depending on what side of the USA you live in, Putin is either the Wicked Witch of the East, or the Wicked Witch of the West. Whichever witch, he’s still #45’s buddy.
Throw some water on him.
Putin just endorsed Trump, and he did it strongly.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
May 28, 2018