"malicious cyber activity" (Grizzly Steepe)
Alas, The FBI (And CIA) have released a definitive report on Russia's efforts(and success) at penetrating US cyber systems to support the election of Donald Trump. The last thought and comment are incomplete: "penetrating" and sharing hacked information with WIKI Leaks for worldwide release. And, that is called espionage.
Espionage seemingly supported by millions who support Donald Trump and espionage which has drawn Trump's team defense and reflective strategy. Yesterday, Trump issued a statement regarding the espionage and Obama Administration counter-measure sanctions.
transparent"It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," Trump said in a statement.
"Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation."
Seventeen (17) US security agencies have spoken openly about Putin's hacking. Why would Trump and his team bother to work at countering reality life is not a reality TV show, presidents can not exercise full control over hat the public sees and hears? The statement from Trump reads like a spoiled child being forced to eat his peas and broccoli. On a second read, did Trump actually suggest we should "move-on." reminds of the pro football coach who rushes his team to the next play to avoid consideration of his team's previous play infraction. How bush-league?
A CBS News affiliate also joined the Trump team via offering a serious non-credible effort to refute CIA hacking reports. The following was broadcast on a CBS affiliate. We should hope the video segment wasn't sanctioned by high-level management at CBS.
What an amateurish mess!
The developers of the segment actually included a 'problem' related to a lack of evidence from the CIA. And, therein lies the essence of US media. How could the video producers even consider broadcasting such a "mess", without consideration of the extent to which the Obama Administration had the goods on Putin and his hackers? Do they not understand the seriousness of premature revelation in the INTEL world? How about the prospect an actual human being helped nabbed the Russian hacking and the need to insult the person from immediate retribution? Moreover, why wouldn't the folks behind the 'mess' not realize the Obama team would release what they felt comfortable releasing at their (professional) pace?
The FBI Report (pdf 14 pages). Pay particular attention to the code names used by some of the operatives who have been ordered to leave the US in 72 hours (Page 4).