With the corporate media continuing to push the unsubstantiated narrative that the Russian’s hacked the U.S election, outlets including the Washington post have steadily come under fire for the unconfirmed allegations. However, it now appears that the media isn’t the only ones that have failed to get their facts straight.
Just last week, a joint analysis report was released by the FBI that focused on providing information that would prevent another cyber attack. The agencies that had claimed to supposedly have proof that backed the hacking allegations have now been exposed for not following through with due diligence procedures. According to reports, the FBI has failed to conduct an investigation into the DNC’s email servers.
“Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers,” Buzzfeed News reported exclusively on Wednesday.
According to the report, Eric Walker, the DNC’s deputy communications director stated in an email that,
“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers.”
Back in May, the private cyber security firm Crowdstrike claimed that they had evidence of Russian intelligence agencies hacking the DNC.
However, the tech focused Ars Technica noted that,
“[W]hile the hackers may have been caught in the act digitally, the details by themselves don’t offer definitive proof of the identity of those behind the anti-Clinton hacking campaign. Public details currently don’t offer clear insight into the specific intent behind these hacks, either.”
What’s more, is that the main criticism of recent joint FBI-DHS report is the difference between private and public intelligence. While explaining the data from different sources, Robert M. Lee a former U.S Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations Officer and founder/CEO of cyber security firm Dragos explained that, “…the analysis was attributed to broad intelligence across both public and private sectors. Nowhere in the report does it say that the government conducted its own computer forensics on the DNC servers.”
Despite that, Buzzfeed reports that one intelligence official had relied on Crowdstrike’s information. “CrowdStrike is pretty good. There’s no reason to believe that anything that they have concluded is not accurate,” the official reportedly said.
Regardless, industry experts believe that the FBI broke from procedure by failing to thoroughly investigate the DNC server.
“BuzzFeed News spoke to three cybersecurity companies who have worked on major breaches in the last 15 months, who said that it was ‘par for the course’ for the FBI to do their own forensic research into the hacks.”
Buzzfeed points out that it remains unclear as to why the FBI had failed to request access to the servers.
“Beginning at the time the intrusion was discovered by the DNC, the DNC cooperated fully with the FBI and its investigation, providing access to all of the information uncovered by CrowdStrike — without any limits,” Walker claims. However, even if they had the access, the FBI never utilized the server access.
What’s worse is that according to Buzzfeed, “No government entity has run an independent forensic analysis on the system.”
Sadly, the media continues to push the narrative that Russian’s hacked the election, and continue to do so despite harsh criticism for the fact that they have no basis. Furthermore, if government agencies failed to actually research the claims, how can we continue to push such stories? Obviously, the FBI has made no comment towards this most recent news, so as of now, we can only speculate on the government’s intention.