aside Now We Know How The IC Community Knew How Russians Hacked US Computer Systems

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General Intelligence and Security Service Headquarters in the Netherlands

We know for sure how the US IC Community learned that  Russia hacked at least some of the Democratic computer systems tied to the 2016 US presidential elections because it was the Dutch who caught the Russian hackers in the act.

Here is the rest of the story…

As per 1/27/18 Wired report, Cozy Bear is one of Russia’s elite hacking groups, in part responsible for the hack of the DNC in 2016 in an effort to influence the presidential campaign. They also, according to Dutch media reports, had been spied on by Dutch intelligence agents for at least a year. The observed the Russian hackers attempting to infiltrate both the State Department and the White House, and informed the NSA about the intrusions.

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On January 26, 2018, Nick Allen of the Telegraph penned the following report, “Dutch spies ‘caught Russian election hackers on camera’ 

Excerpts:

“Dutch spies reportedly broke into computers used by a Russian hacking group that interfered in the US election, even watching the Kremlin-backed outfit on their own office surveillance cameras.”

“In an extraordinary counter-espionage operation agents in the Netherlands penetrated the systems of the Russian cyber unit known as Cozy Bear in mid-2014 and monitored them for at least a year.”

“They collected CTTV footage of individuals involved and pinpointed the location of the Russian group as a university building near Red Square in Moscow.”

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“Dutch operatives informed the CIA and helped remove Cozy Bear from US State Department computers they had hacked into in late 2014.”

“American spies were reportedly so grateful they sent cake and flowers to their counterparts in the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service, known as AIVD.”

“The Dutch also monitored the Russian hackers as they tried to undermine unclassified computer systems in Congress and the White House.”

“Cozy Bear would later be identified as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke in to the Democratic National Committee’s computers, releasing emails embarrassing to Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.”

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“The other Russian hacking group involves was known as Fancy Bear.”

“The Dutch role in the unmasking of Cozy Bear hackers was reported by the respected daily newspaper Volkskrant, and Dutch television current affairs programme Nieuwsuur.”

“Kajsa Ollongren, the Dutch Interior Minister, declined to confirm or deny the reports, but said she was “very happy that we have good security services in the Netherlands that do their work well”.

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“Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, dismissed the reports.

“The details unearthed by the Dutch could provide key evidence for US investigators looking into Russian interference in the election.”

“However, that evidence could be limited as all but one of the two dozen Democrat officials whose emails were published were targeted by Fancy Bear, rather than Cozy Bear.”

“Cozy Bear is one of Russia’s elite hacking groups, in part responsible for the hack of the DNC in 2016 in an effort to influence the presidential campaign. They also, according to Dutch media reports, had been spied on by Dutch intelligence agents for at least a year. The observed the Russian hackers attempting to infiltrate both the State Department and the White House, and informed the NSA about the intrusions.”

14 comments

  1. I may sound a trifle cynical but from my long reading of military and political histories I have to say ‘Of course they would try and hack in. It’s what nations do these days. Prior to computers it was radios, leaflets etc. To deny it happened is either being hopelessly innocent (not a quality you want in a president) or making it appear you are trying to hide something.’
    It is (and always has been) a big, tricky, devious world out there when it comes to politics.

    • Dear Roger,

      The frustration that “we the people” are dealing with has to do with the president’s continued denial in the face of overwhelming evidence which just proves to me, that he is indeed a Russian asset. And his sycophant republicans in the US congress are aiding and abetting a Russian Asset.

      This translates into poor policy being enacted or not being addressed. For example, we cannot get a straight answer as to specifically what is being done to mitigate the harm to US web systems in the future by Russia or any other foreign entity.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Wow this is explosive revelation! Now we only need confirmation from our utterly useless and incompetent so-called “intelligence” community. A huge THANK YOU to our friend and ally, Dutch intelligence!

    I’m sure SC Mueller has this intel, what are they waiting for??? Impeach the orange Neanderthal already! 😉

    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      I suspect that Mr. Mueller is close to finishing the “obstruction of justice” portion of his investigation. This is why the president and his sycophant republicans are working overtime to try the kill the FBI’s Trump-Russian probe.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear USFman,

      I suspect that Mr. Mueller is close to completing the “obstruction of justice” portion of his investigation. I’ve been thinking that the collusion charge is more of republicans’ attempts to frame how the probe ends up being viewed by the public. I suspect the president of being a Russian asset doing the Russian’s bidding because he owes them. Hopefully Mr. Mueller will find what it is that Russia has on the president.

      There could be a conspiracy charge if it is proven that the president’s surrogates worked with Russians to mess with our elections. I suspect Jared Kushner but time will tell us more.

      Collusion by itself is not a criminal act.

      As per a 10/31/17 Chicago Tribune and a Washington Post report, “Collusion — the word Trump often uses to describe Mueller’s case, even as he asserts such a thing never happened — is not itself a crime, and Mueller’s team will likely have to sort through unseemly political dealings to determine if a law was broken, legal analysts say. In his first public charges, though, Mueller offered a hint of the direction he might take.”.

      “If Mueller can find evidence that members of Trump’s team conspired in Russia’s hacking effort — by directing it or aiding in some other way — they might face criminal charges, legal analysts said. Papadopoulos’ plea says that he discussed some of his efforts to broker a meeting with Russians with other, more senior Trump campaign officials — though some seemed to treat him warily.”

      “There’s a significant difference between the Russians having dirt and offering that dirt, and someone asking the Russians to commit an illegal act to obtain that dirt,” said Jacob Frenkel, a white collar attorney at Dickinson Wright who previously worked in the now-defunct Office of Independent Counsel. “The latter likely would be prosecutable, and probably as a conspiracy to commit a computer crime, or as a computer crime.”

      But you are right, in that Mr. Mueller can’t afford not to act as quickly as he possible. I suspect that he knows this.

      Hugs, Gronda

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