No Hard Evidence Russian Intelligence Involved In “Election Hack”

William R Collier Jr- The case used by the US government to prove Russian hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email to allegedly influence the US election does not stand on firm ground, if the evidence provided is all there is. A well-known and trusted cyber-security company that provides security software to protect WordPress sites from being hacked has revealed that the malware cited as Russian malware is really slightly outdated malware available for purchase from Urkaine and the IP addresses cited are actually broad, generic IP addresses associated with numerous hosting companies and TOR access points. Based on the evidence provided, Wordfence concluded in their review, there was no way to determine a link to Russian intelligence agencies. The article is here. The bottom line, according to the article, is The IP addresses that DHS provided may have been used for an attack by a state actor like Russia. But they don’t appear to provide any association with Russia. They are probably used by a wide range of other malicious actors, especially the 15% of IP addresses that are Tor exit nodes. The malware sample is old, widely used and appears to be Ukrainian. It has no apparent relationship with Russian intelligence and it would be an indicator of compromise for any website. The Washington Post had to walk back a story today in which it claimed that the Russians...

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