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Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued in March says Russian hacking efforts were wide-ranging.
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Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state.
Enlarge / Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state.
A joint intelligence bulletin (JIB) has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation to state and local authorities regarding Russian hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election. While the bulletin contains no new technical information, it is the first official report to confirm that the Russian reconnaissance and hacking efforts in advance of the election went well beyond the 21 states confirmed in previous reports.
As reported by the intelligence newsletter OODA Loop, the JIB stated that, while the FBI and DHS "previously observed suspicious or malicious cyber activity against government networks in 21 states that we assessed was a Russian campaign seeking vulnerabilities and access to election infrastructure," new information obtained by the agencies "indicates that Russian government cyber actors engaged in research on—as well as direct visits to—election websites and networks in the majority of US states." While not providing specific details, the bulletin continued, "The FBI and DHS assess that Russian government cyber actors probably conducted research and reconnaissance against all US states’ election networks leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections."
DHS-FBI JIBs are unclassified documents, but theyʼre usually marked "FOUO" (for official use only) and are shared through the DHSʼ state and major metropolitan Fusion Centers with state and local authorities. The details within the report are mostly well-known. "The information contained in this bulletin is consistent with what we have said publicly and what we have briefed to election officials on multiple occasions," a DHS spokesperson told Ars. "We assume the Russian government researched and in some cases targeted election infrastructure in all 50 states in an attempt to sow discord and influence the 2016 election."
In fact, DHS Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra told the Senate Homeland Security Committee in April of 2018 that Russia had likely at least performed reconnaissance on election infrastructure in all 50 states. The bulletin raises the confidence in that estimate, however, saying:
Russian cyber actors in the summer of 2016 conducted online research and reconnaissance to identify vulnerable databases, usernames, and passwords in webpages of a broader number of state and local websites than previously identified, bringing the number of states known to be researched by Russian actors to greater than 40. Despite gaps in our data where some states appear to be untouched by Russian activities, we have moderate confidence that Russian actors likely conducted at least reconnaissance against all US states based on the methodical nature of their research. This newly available information corroborates our previous assessment and enhances our understanding of the scale and scope of Russian operations to understand and exploit state and local election networks.
The DHS and the FBI have been criticized in the past for the lack of information made publicly available about election-focused hacking and information operations. In December of 2016, the DHS and the FBI released a joint analysis report detailing broad "Russian malicious cyber activity" that the agencies referred to as "Grizzly Steppe," which largely consisted of restating private sector research findings. An "enhanced analysis" of that activity was released in February of 2017, but it did little to improve on the original other than giving some additional intrusion detection system rules to watch for similar hacking attempts. The second draft reported that the DHS had "observed network scanning activity that is known as reconnaissance" prior to the 2016 election; it also included some generic information about common reconnaissance and malware delivery techniques.
While the latest JIB doesnʼt provide any more real technical information about how systems were attacked in 2016, it does go into some detail in describing the methodical reconnaissance approach "Russian government cyber actors" took in probing for potential vulnerabilities in election systems. Between June and October of 2016, the group associated with the election hacking "researched websites and information related to elections in at least 39 states and territories, according to newly available FBI information," the bulletin states. "The same actors also directly visited websites in at least 30 states, mostly election-related government sites at both the state and local level—some of which overlap with the 39 researched states."
The "actors" performed their research "in alphabetical order by state name," the bulletin states, "suggesting that at least the initial research was not targeted at specific states." The research focused on Secretary of State voter registration and election results sites, but it also drilled down on some local election officialsʼ webpages. As they accessed sites, actors "regularly attempted to identify and exploit SQL database vulnerabilities in webservers and databases."
The FBI and DHS analysts who authored the JIB noted that they had no information on how many of those attempts were successful, aside from two instances when "Russian government operators in June 2016 accessed voter registration files and a sample ballot from a US county website."
The new information that spurred this JIB did not, however, provide any additional insight into the Russian groupʼs attempts to scan for vulnerabilities in, and hack into, the networks of government agencies in "at least 21 states," as the bulletin notes. Some of the details of that effort were provided in the indictment of Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) officers delivered by Special Counsel Robert Muellerʼs probe—at least one state had voter data stolen, though there was no indication that data was tampered with.
Beating the drum
The bulletin included no new technical data for defenders to use. But its purpose is fairly clear—it was meant to get officials in every state on board to prepare for the 2020 presidential elections now. "Since 2016," the DHS spokesperson said, "we have built relationships and improved threat information sharing at every level—we are working with all 50 states and more than 1,400 local jurisdictions, and are doubling down on these efforts as we work with election officials to protect 2020.”
Much of the responsibility for that coordination is placed on DHSʼ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is, according to recent comments by its director, Chris Krebs, ramping up election security efforts in advance of the 2020 presidential election cycle. The agency got an additional budget of $33 million for Fiscal Year 2019 from Congress specifically for election security efforts. Krebs told reporters in February that the agency is "institutionalizing our election security efforts" and that "as our workforce continues to grow, and it will, our numbers heading up to the 2020 election will only grow," NextGovʼs Frank Konkel reported.
As far as active measures go, the JIBʼs authors advised state and local officials to focus on better operational security and basic website security practices. "In anticipation of the 2020 US Presidential Election," the DHS and FBI bulletin authors warned, "states should limit the availability of information about electoral systems or administrative processes and secure their websites and databases which could be exploited by malicious actors."
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A popular DNA-testing company seems to be targeting true crime fans with a new pitch to let them share their genetic information with law enforcement so cops can catch violent criminals.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19590695
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Illustration for article titled Ancestry-Testing Company: It’s Our ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Give The FBI Access to Your DNA
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A popular DNA-testing company seems to be targeting true crime fans with a new pitch to let them share their genetic information with law enforcement so cops can catch violent criminals.
Two months ago, FamilyTreeDNA raised privacy concerns after BuzzFeed revealed the company had partnered with the FBI and given the agency access to the genealogy database. Law enforcement’s use of DNA databases has been widely known since last April when California officials revealed genealogy website information was instrumental in determining the identity of the Golden State Killer. But in that case, detectives used publicly shared raw genetic data on GEDmatch. The recent news about FamilyTreeDNA marked the first known time a home DNA test company had willingly shared private genetic information with law enforcement.
Several weeks later, FamilyTreeDNA changed their rules to allow customers to block the FBI from accessing their information. “Users now have the ability to opt out of matching with DNA relatives whose accounts are flagged as being created to identify the remains of a deceased individual or a perpetrator of a homicide or sexual assault,” the company said in a statement at the time.
But now the company seems to be embracing this partnership with law enforcement with their new campaign called, “Families Want Answers.”
The company plans to air a new advertisement this week in San Francisco that features Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted in 2002 and held captive for nine months before being rescued.
In the ad, Ed Smart makes a plea for people to share their DNA so they can help families who have lost a child. “When a loved one is a victim of a violent crime families want answers,” he says as the ad shows footage of a child’s shoe on a playground, crime scene tape, and parents embracing. “There is more DNA available at crime scenes than any other evidence. If you are one of the millions of people who have taken a DNA test your help can provide the missing link.”
FamilyTreeDNA did not immediately respond to a Gizmodo request for comment on whether the new ad campaign was a response to recent reporting on the company’s arrangement with FBI.
In a public statement, FamilyTreeDNA’s president and founder, Bennett Greenspan, seemed to appeal to both genealogy hobbyists and true crime fans. “The genealogy community has the ability to crowd-source crime solving,” Greenspan said. “If FamilyTreeDNA can help prevent violent crimes, save lives, or bring closure to families, then we feel the company has a moral responsibility to do so.”
The press release states that the company’s terms of service only allow law enforcement to receive private customer information through a “valid legal process such as a subpoena or a search warrant.”
FamilyTreeDNA users may have a “moral responsibility” to decide if they want to opt out of sharing their data with law enforcement or risk having their DNA narc on them or their family members.
[FamilyTreeDNA via ZDNet]
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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R - TX) wrong about dossier's impact
We don’t know what special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said, or didn’t say, about the dossier in his report to Barr. For now, Mueller’s report remains confidential. But we do know, according to Barr’s summary of it, that Mueller’s report said: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Drumpf Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
But Ratcliffe is wrong to say the dossier “started all of this.” Competing memos from the Republicans and the Democrats on the House intelligence committee both say that information about George Papadopoulos, a Drumpf campaign foreign policy adviser, had prompted the FBI investigation in July 2016.
After the GOP memo was released, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, also a member of the intelligence committee, said the dossier didn’t have any effect on the Russia investigation. “I actually don’t think it has any impact on the Russia probe,” Gowdy said on Feb. 4, 2018, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D - NYC) got facts on Russian probe wrong
There was no mention in that email of how the “very high level and sensitive information” was obtained, legally or illegally, or what kind of information the “official documents” contained.
Nadler said that Drumpf Jr. and Manafort “thought” they would “receive stolen information” from the DNC because “[t]hat’s the way the email inviting them to the meeting put it.” We can’t say what Drumpf Jr. or Manafort were thinking at the time, but the email did not say anything about stolen information from the DNC.
Nadler may suspect that Drumpf’s motives were less than altruistic, but he’s wrong to say Drumpf told NBC that he fired Comey “to take care of the Russian thing, in order to stop the investigation of various people associated with him.”
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#Mueller: "Trump is innocent, but not exonerated."
#Comey: "Hillary is guilty, but not prosecuted."
Two-tier #justice system. The #Establishment protects its own, yet hunts down all those opposed to it.
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«All I want is justice and evidence that President Trump is unfit for office», demands former FBI director James Comey
I care only that the work be done, well and completely. If it is, justice will have prevailed and core American values will have been protected at a time when so much of our national leadership has abandoned its commitment to truth and the rule of law.
I do have one hope that I should confess. I hope that Mr. Drumpf is not impeached and removed from office before the end of his term. I don’t mean that Congress shouldn’t move ahead with the process of impeachment governed by our Constitution, if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn’t. Because if Mr. Drumpf were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup, and it would drive those people farther from the common center of American life, more deeply fracturing our country.
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Why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) blocked a vote on the Mueller report
Speaking this week after a Republican event in his home state, Graham told the Charleston Post and Courier, “We don’t want partial transparency. We want full transparency of 2016.” He said he wants the FBI to also release information about the investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to the newspaper
I also want an FBI report on Ivanka's mails, just saying... I'm justm aking a political point myself as well.
Calling for a vote on the non-binding resolution, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “There is no good reason, no good reason that the special counsel’s report should not be made public. The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that,” according to The Hill.
When the resolution got to the Senate, Graham “asked to amend the resolution to include the appointment of a new special counsel to investigate the F.B.I.’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case and its surveillance of a former Drumpf adviser,” the Times reports. Schumer rejected Graham’s request “and the resolution failed,” according to the newspaper.
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House Judiciary Committee going to investigate probable obstruction on Trump's behalf
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC's "This Week" the panel wanted to get documents from the Department of Justice, the president's son Donald Drumpf Jr. and Drumpf Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, among others.
As evidence of obstruction, Nadler cited Drumpf's May 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russia activities in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Drumpf's campaign.
"All of these have to be investigated and laid out to the American people," said Nadler, whose committee would take the lead in any effort to impeach the president. "This investigation goes far beyond collusion."
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On Trump's time schedule for the incoming week - less exec. time expected
On the other side in Vietnam, Drumpf will be pursuing a Nobel Peace Prize, convening a second summit and media extravaganza with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un that will take place despite a lack of genuine progress since their first encounter.
In another sign of the controversy perpetually swirling around this White House, House Democrats will meanwhile vote on Tuesday on a resolution to terminate what they say is Drumpf's "lawless" state of emergency declared to finance his border wall. The move will impose new pressure on Senate Republicans and could eventually draw a presidential veto.
Intimidating witnesses, as Cohen claims the President did, and trying to get a witness to lie to Congress, are offenses that could potentially be investigated in any impeachment proceedings initiated by House Democrats against Drumpf.
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"Er soll einen Anschlag geplant haben, im Herzen Washingtons und im Namen der "weißen Rasse". Sein Vorbild: Anders Breivik. Doch die US-Bundespolizei kommt dem Offizier der US-Küstenwache auf die Spur und zieht ihn aus dem Verkehr."
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On Trump and the bureaucrats
When officials cannot in good conscience carry out the president’s policies, the expectation is that they will resign, not stand in open defiance. The person elected to head the executive branch was Donald Drumpf, not Sally Yates, and in a democracy all decisions must flow from leaders accountable to the people. The president had no choice but to fire her.
Because the president deserves open ways to rule, like an absolutist king? Donnie fires out of the hip, he doesn't listen attentively to any of his ministers, which is the reason why James Mattis resigned. Thus, although not only, officials should have the power to defer the president's decisions, to reach bipartisan decisions that mutually satisfy everyone, and don't leave any holes of worries.
Whether Comey and the FBI acted inappropriately is a matter of debate, but consider the implications of criminalizing the president’s exercise of his executive power. Rogue officials could pursue their own agendas without oversight from the executive. The cost of restraining the president would be to leave the bureaucracy unrestrained.
Likewise a rogue president could abuse his power because there was no-one to stop him. That's what checks and balances are for. Of course executives need to have an oversight of the actions being executed, but on the other hand, those people are all in there for a reason, none of them simply entered the scene although they didn't belong there. And as the administration is shaped, the president cannot handle single-handedly. All of the restraints given are fine the way they are. Any move towards a greater power on behalf of the president could easily be considered worthwhile by an even more open autocrat.
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Senate comparably disinterested about news on FBI investigation on Trump
McCabe writes in his book that the briefing for the "Gang of Eight" leaders in Congress came days after Drumpf fired FBI Director James Comey, making McCabe acting director of the bureau at the time.
"That's the important part here, Savannah. No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts," McCabe said.
Just think of it: The Senate thought that ignorance was a viable means of defending the president who possibly committed a crime to reach up for the White House. Or did they not care because they already expected this to happen and only counted the days until he came up and tell them about it?
McCabe was fearful that he would be fired before those probes were on "solid ground," he said. He wrote in his new book "The Threat," in an excerpt adapted for The Atlantic, that after the meeting "it felt like crossing a finish line."
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