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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Meet Reality Leigh Winner, 25, the Loser Federal Contractor Who Feloniously Leaked a Classified, NSA Intel Report, in Order to Help Destroy Trump Presidency; but was the Report She Leaked Fraudulent, and Part of an Elaborate Sting?

 


Reality Winner
 

By Nicholas Stix

The loser Winner, who has reportedly confessed to the leak, is in federal custody.

I suspect that the report she leaked was as fake as “Obama’s” Russia Game, and the “news” that has supported it. Here’s why.

The MSM and their intelligence agency co-conspirators initially spoke of the Russians “hacking the election.” When critics pointed out that because voting machines are not online, it is impossible to hack elections here, those peddling the “Russians hacked the election” fairy tale, switched to saying that the phrase meant that the Russians had hacked the emails of the DNC and Clinton henchman John Podesta, and sent the material to Wikileaks.

They re-branded their hoax, the way “global warming hoaxers,” once they got caught, re-branded their hoax as “climate change.”

No matter how many times Assange insisted that “no state actor” had fed him the DNC/Podesta emails, the DPUSA media operatives stayed on message.

This NSA version revives the “Russians hacked the election” fairy tale, by switching the “hacking” to voter rolls, asserting that the Russians could have altered the rolls. But that assertion requires more false support, and brings us back to the re-branding issue.

The new “the Russians hacked the voter rolls” presupposes that the rolls are online. But that isn’t true. Thus, you can’t infect the voter rolls via “spear phishing” email to a voting official.

The new story also similarly presupposes that voter rolls and voting security are at a level of sophistication that doesn’t exist in this country.

According to the NSA report, the Russians did or could have removed names from voter rolls, thereby necessitating that a voter cast a provisional ballot that would have to be verified.

I vote every year. The voter book appears to simply have been photocopied from the cards on file for my election district—ancient, pre-PC technology.

As for some people having to cast provisional ballots, that happens all the time, and I’m not aware of it ever having affected the outcome of an election.

The new NSA story presupposes that there is such a thing as voter security in America, which the purported “cyber attack” would sabotage. But there is no voter security in America. Thus, I suspect that Reality Leigh Winner may have unwittingly been the dupe of a scheme that she took seriously.

The re-branding issue: If the “hacking the election” was about tampering with voter rolls, how come we never heard that earlier? If this story were legit, we would have heard it from the get-go. Instead, we got one phony media story after another, but all using the phrase “hacking the election.” It sounds to me as if the seditious conspirators in the media and intel agencies settled on an advertising jingle, and then cast about after products to sell it with.

There are at least three possibilities regarding such a scheme:

• A false NSA report was cooked up, in order to save “Obama’s” Russia Game, which was designed to topple the Trump presidency;

• A false NSA report was cooked up, in order to save the Trump presidency, by luring lone wolf actors and/or conspirators into committing sedition by leaking it, in order to catch leakers, and deter others who might be tempted to leak classified, federal documents; or,

• I’m completely wrong, it is possible to access voter roll systems via “spear fishing” emails, and the Russians really were “hacking the election,” in which case Julian Assange was also completely wrong, or lying.

So, before you scoff at me, take a cool, hard look at how high the ante is.
 

Federal worker busted for leaking top-secret NSA docs on Russian hacking
By Chris Perez
June 5, 2017 | 5:14pm | Updated
New York Post

A 25-year-old Federal contractor was charged Monday with leaking a top secret NSA report [pdf link added by WEJB/NSU] — detailing how Russian military hackers targeted US voting systems just days before the election.

The highly classified intelligence document, published Monday by The Intercept, describes how Russia managed to infiltrate America’s voting infrastructure using a spear-phishing email scheme that targeted local government officials and employees.

It claims the calculated cyberattack may have even been more far-reaching and devious than previously thought.

The report is believed to be the most detailed US government account of Russia’s interference to date.

It was allegedly provided to the Intercept by 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner, of Augusta, who appeared in court Monday after being arrested at her home over the weekend.

She was charged with removing and mailing classified materials to a news outlet, DOJ officials said.

“Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government,” Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein explained in a statement. “People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation.”

Winner, who works as contractor at Pluribus International Corporation, allegedly leaked the report in early May. A federal official told NBC News that she had, in fact, given it to the Intercept.

According to the document, it was the Russian military intelligence that conducted the cyber attacks last year.

Specifically, operatives from the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, are said to have targeted employees at a US election software company last August and then again in October.

While the name of the company is unclear, the report refers to an undisclosed product made by VR Systems — an electronic voting services and equipment vendor in Florida that has contracts in eight states, including New York.

The hackers were given a “cyber espionage mandate specifically directed at U.S. and foreign elections,” the report says.

On August 24, 2016, the group sent the employees fake emails, which were disguised as messages from Google. At least one of the workers was believed to be compromised.

In late October, the group established an “operational” Gmail account and posed as an employee from VR Systems — using previously obtained documents to launch another spear-phishing attack “targeting US local government organizations,” the report says.

According to the NSA, the hackers struck on either October 31 or November 1, sending spear-fishing emails to at least 122 different email addresses “associated with named local government organizations.”



A social media post by winner in February.Reuters

They were also likely sent to officials “involved in the management of voter registration systems,” the report says.

The emails were said to have contained weaponized Microsoft Word attachments, which were set up to appear as unharmful documentation for the VR Systems’ EViD voter database — but were actually embedded with automated software commands that are secretly turned on as soon as the user opens the document.

The hack ultimately gave the Russians a back door and the ability to deliver any sort of malware or malicious software they wanted, the report says.

In addition, the NSA document also describes two other incidents of Russian meddling prior to the election.

In one, the hackers posed as a different voting company, referred to as “US company 2,” from which they sent phony test emails — offering “election-related products and services.”

The other operation was said to be conducted by the same group of operatives, and involved sending emails to addresses at the American Samoa Election Office, in the attempt to uncover more existing accounts before striking again.

It is ultimately unclear what came of the cyberattack, but the NSA report firmly states that the Russians had been intent on “mimicking a legitimate absentee ballot-related service provider.”

“It is unknown, whether the aforementioned spear-phishing deployment successfully compromised the intended victims, and what potential data could have been accessed by the cyber actor,” the NSA states of the result of the hacking.

While the government employees were only hit with simple login-stealing tactics, experts told the Intercept that such operations could prove even more dangerous than malware attacks in some instances.

VR Systems doesn’t sell voting machines, but holds contracts in New York, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia — making it a prime target for those who want to disrupt the vote and cause chaos come election day.

“If someone has access to a state voter database, they can take malicious action by modifying or removing information,” Pamela Smith, president of election integrity watchdog Verified Voting, told the Intercept.

“This could affect whether someone has the ability to cast a regular ballot, or be required to cast a ‘provisional’ ballot — which would mean it has to be checked for their eligibility before it is included in the vote,” she said. “And it may mean the voter has to jump through certain hoops such as proving their information to the election official before their eligibility is affirmed.”

At least one US intelligence official admitted to the Intercept that the Russian hackers described in the NSA report could have disrupted the voting process on November 8, by specifically targeting locations where VR Systems’ products were in use. They cited the simple possibility of compromising an election poll book system, which could cause widespread damage in certain places.

“You could even do that preferentially in areas for voters that are likely to vote for a certain candidate and thereby have a partisan effect,” explained Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society.

In response to the report, VR Systems’ Chief Operating Officer Ben Martin told the Intercept: “Phishing and spear-phishing are not uncommon in our industry. We regularly participate in cyber alliances with state officials and members of the law enforcement community in an effort to address these types of threats. We have policies and procedures in effect to protect our customers and our company.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Correct. You are allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Later that provisional ballot may or not be counted. But you ARE allowed to vote.