Report: NSA Experts Say DNC Hack Was An Inside Job

Report: NSA Experts Say DNC Hack Was An Inside Job

"These statistics are matters of record..."

By Jason Hopkins

on August 11, 2017 at 1:29pm

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A stunning new report suggests that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked by outside forces last year during the presidential election, but rather was the victim of an inside job.

Patrick Lawrence of The Nation conducted a review of findings made by numerous computer experts all formerly with the National Security Agency. His conclusion is twofold:

Point one: Hard science proves that an outside hack of DNC servers would have been impossible. Point two: Forensic study of the Guccifer 2.0 documents, the documents that helped launch the assumption that Russia was behind the hack, shows a haphazard cut-and-paste forgery intended to point the finger at Vladimir Putin.

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Lawrence argues, per the findings of the NSA experts, that the alleged “hack” was actually done by someone with direct access to the DNC computer network. In other words, the publication of sensitive information during the 2016 campaign was executed by a leaker within the DNC.

The report does not necessarily rule out Russian involvement with regard to the phishing of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails or who exactly handed the stolen information to WikiLeaks.

The conclusion relies on investigations conducted by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, an organization made up entirely of former officers in the United States intelligence community.

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VIPS, which currently has four chief researchers working on this case, reports that a long-distance hack of DNC servers would have been a technological impossibility.

“On the evening of July 5, 2016, 1,976 megabytes of data were downloaded from the DNC’s server,” Lawrence writes. “The operation took 87 seconds. This yields a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second. These statistics are matters of record and essential to disproving the hack theory. No internet service provider, such as a hacker would have had to use in mid-2016, was capable of downloading data at this speed.”

Analysts suggest that the top possible speed is about 16 megabytes per second. Skip Folden, an IT executive at IBM for 33 years, claims that 22.7 megabytes per second, the speed at which the documents would had to have been downloaded if conducted abroad, is extremely unlikely.

However, Folden adds that this level of speed is possible with a direct download, as done with a USB drive or other storage device.

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Because of this information, Lawrence suggests that the hack was likely done by someone working within the DNC.

The report also concludes that the Guccifer 2.0 documents were altered to cast blame on Russia.

Folden, who has consulted for Pentagon officials, the Justice Department and the FBI, argues that a simple “peeling away” of the documents’ upper layer of metadata reveals the haphazard and intentional misdirection.

Upon publication of the report, the DNC contacted The Nation and issued the following response:

“U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government hacked the DNC in an attempt to interfere in the election. Any suggestion otherwise is false and is just another conspiracy theory like those pushed by (President Donald) Trump and his administration.”

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