What Is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired By DNC Has Ties To Hillary Clinton, A Ukrainian Billionaire, And Google

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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

As usual, the rabbit hole gets much deeper the more you look.

In yesterday’s post, Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question, I examined how CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC to look into its hacking breach, had been exposed as being completely wrong about a separate attack it claimed originated from the same group it claimed broke into DNC systems, and supposedly works for Russia’s military intelligence unit, GRU. Here’s some of what we learned:

An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

 

The CrowdStrike report, released in December, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists.

 

But the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VOA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.

 

The challenges to CrowdStrike’s credibility are significant because the firm was the first to link last year’s hacks of Democratic Party computers to Russian actors, and because CrowdStrike co-founder Dimiti Alperovitch has trumpeted its Ukraine report as more evidence of Russian election tampering.

 

Yaroslav Sherstyuk, maker of the Ukrainian military app in question, called the company’s report “delusional” in a Facebook post. CrowdStrike never contacted him before or after its report was published, he told VOA.

 

VOA first contacted IISS in February to verify the alleged artillery losses. Officials there initially were unaware of the CrowdStrike assertions. After investigating, they determined that CrowdStrike misinterpreted their data and hadn’t reached out beforehand for comment or clarification.

 

CrowdStrike declined to answer VOA’s written questions about the Ukraine report, and Alperovitch canceled a March 15 interview on the topic. In a December statement to VOA’s Ukrainian Service, spokeswoman Ilina Dimitrova defended the company’s conclusions.

Seems like pretty extraordinary incompetence. Either that, or something else was potentially at play; namely, a desire to push the narrative that Russia hacked the DNC, irrespective of the facts.

The whole things gets even more disturbing the more you look.

For example, Counterpunch put out a very important article earlier today on the topic, adding several crucial nuggets of information.

First there’s this:

The investigation methods used to come to the conclusion that the Russian Government led the hacks of the DNCClinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, and the DCCC were further called into question by a recent BuzzFeed report by Jason Leopold, who has developed a notable reputation from leading several non-partisan Freedom of Information Act lawsuits for investigative journalism purposes. On March 15 that the Department of Homeland Security released just two heavily redacted pages of unclassified information in response to an FOIA request for definitive evidence of Russian election interference allegations. Leopold wrote, “what the agency turned over to us and Ryan Shapiro, a PhD candidate at MIT and a research affiliate at Harvard University, is truly bizarre: a two-page intelligence assessment of the incident, dated Aug. 22, 2016, that contains information DHS culled from the internet. It’s all unclassified — yet DHS covered nearly everything in wide swaths of black ink. Why? Not because it would threaten national security, but because it would reveal the methods DHS uses to gather intelligence, methods that may amount to little more than using Google.”

That’s weird enough, but it gets far stranger. For example:

In lieu of substantive evidence provided to the public that the alleged hacks which led to Wikileaks releases of DNC and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta’s emails were orchestrated by the Russian Government, CrowdStrike’s bias has been cited as undependable in its own assessment, in addition to its skeptical methods and conclusions. The firm’s CTO and co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank with openly anti-Russian sentiments that is funded by Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk, who also happened to donate at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.

 

In 2013, the Atlantic Council awarded Hillary Clinton it’s Distinguished International Leadership Award. In 2014, the Atlantic Council hosted one of several events with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who took over after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in early 2014, who now lives in exile in Russia.

Recall that the FBI was denied access to the DNC servers by the DNC itself, and simply agreed to rely on the results provided by CrowdStrike, which as you can see has ties to all sorts of anti-Russia organizations and individuals. I find it absolutely remarkable that James Comey head of the FBI outsourced his job to CrowdStrike.

There remains zero evidence that Russia hacked the DNC. I repeat, there remains zero evidence that Russia hacked the DNC.

As cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr noted:

Jeffrey Carr called the FBI/Department of Homeland Security Report, the only alleged evidence released by intelligence officials, released in late December 2016 a “fatally flawed effort” that provided no evidence to substantiate the claims that the Russian government conducted the hacks, though that’s what it was purported to do.

Absolutely remarkable, but there’s more. As TechCrunch reported back in 2015:

If you need proof that security is a red hot market these days, how about this morning’s announcement that cybersecurity company CrowdStrike landed a $100 million Series C investment round?

 

The round was led by Google Capital with Rackspace, which happens to be one of the company’s customers also investing. Existing investors Accel and Warburg Pincus also participated. Today’s investment brings the total to-date to $156 million.

Why do I find it interesting that Google was a major investor in CrowdStrike? Well for one, we know that Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. (Google’s parent company), Eric Schmidt, was actively working to help the Hillary campaign. As I highlighted in the 2015 post,Meet “Groundwork” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Stealth Startup Working to Make Hillary Clinton President:

An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.

 

The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs.

 

There is also another gap in play: The shrinking distance between Google and the Democratic Party. Former Google executive Stephanie Hannon is the Clinton campaign’s chief technology officer, and a host of ex-Googlers are currently employed as high-ranking technical staff at the Obama White House. Schmidt, for his part, is one of the most powerful donors in the Democratic Party—and his influence does not stem only from his wealth, estimated by Forbes at more than $10 billion.

 

According to campaign finance disclosures, Clinton’s campaign is the Groundwork’s only political client. Its employees are mostly back-end software developers with experience at blue-chip tech firms like Netflix, Dreamhost, and Google.

Since Democrats seem so obsessed with the saying these days, “where there’s smoke there’s fire,” and there’s plenty of smoke here.

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Bigly's picture

Breakup the hideous monopoly: google

Four chan's picture

break up the msm and jewgle

wren's picture

And what will come of it? Nothing. Trump had his chance to throw the criminals in jail. He chose to keep them around. Just look at the Clinton Foundation. Hillary for prison, yea whatever. The criminals are still criminals and they are still protected in DC. I'm not feeling so optimistic anymore.

Mr. Universe's picture

Paging Seth rich to the white courtesy telephone please. Oh? Never mind.

Paging Eric Braverman to the white courtesy telephone please. I know you got a new job and all, but still no one has seen you and no one in the press seems to care. I guess that's one rock not to turn over.

ufos8mycow's picture

The most bizarre thing in the whole article is finding out someone built a howitzer cannon with wi-fi access and controlled by an 'app'

 

I can't wait for MSNBC to report some 14yo red haired kid in Oklahoma hacked a bunch of cannons in South Korea and destoyed some North Korean cardboard tanks.

Latina Lover's picture

Crowdstrike is just another google/CIA deep state stooge front,  a lower tier minion company.  They control democrats and republicans in congress via good old fashioned blackmail, such as what color of hot dogs they like to suck, etc.

hongdo's picture

France should outlaw private ownership of guns  /s

Paper Mache's picture

French are fucked unless they vote Le Pen. The police/ MSM wont admit its terrorism. 

new game's picture

the world is fuked as these sand parasites infest the far reaches and spread their hatred of any beliefs other than their own.

ramanoodle is a start...

True Blue's picture

Trump had his chance to throw the criminals in jail.

Um, no actually. In the first place; he cannot simply throw anyone in jail. Charges, grand-juries, trials; y'know, that whole 'due process' thing...

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

(((Pinchuk)))

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/10/top-five-clinton-donors-are-jewish-...

Hillary was organized, international jewry's choice - and the coup in Ukraine was in many respects a conquest by Jewish oligarchs, Jewish state department officials (Pyatt/Nuland - and more), and 'former' Israeli military.

Ukraine is less than 1% Jewish, yet the contenders Nuland was taped discussing ALL were at least partly Jewish. Their media is very largely Jewish.

Point being - the war on Russia and Putin and Trump, like the drive to war in Syria is driven, integrally, by Jews - *internationally*.

Just as they are leading the fight against Brexit.

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2016/11/jews-are-leading-the-legal-...

And for global government.

HowdyDoody's picture

This will come as a total surprise, I know, but Georgy Schwarz was in it up to his wallet. He turned up to give the installed junta their marching orders.

Oldwood's picture

The question is, will anyone care? CNN didn't say anythnig about it so it can't be important.

Four chan's picture

chilton will die by the end of the year, hopefully its a twofer.

Arnold's picture

A senior White House official said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is directly involved in the cyber attacks, which were designed to impact the US election.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information said with "a high level of confidence" that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and used.

“Only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorised these activities," press secretary Josh Earnest said, citing a statement issued by 17 US intelligence agencies in October.

"I don't think things happen in the Russian government of this consequence without Vladimir Putin knowing about it," Ben Rhodes, a top advisor to President Barack Obama, told MSNBC television.

http://www.trtworld.com/americas/was-putin-involved-in-hacking-the-dnc-2...

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Thanks for sharing the "proof" of Russian complicity.  Since we can assume the above is a collection of your best argument, and all of it is innuendo and unsubstantiated, EVEN AFTER 6 FREAKIN MONTHS TO COME UP WITH ANYTHING CONCRETE, I think it's safe to put this one to rest......finally.....or do you prefer continued self-delusion?

Arnold's picture

It is telling that you Fake American Pinkos do not think that this was WORD from higher up the food chain.

hongdo's picture

Quoting Josh Earnest, Ben Rhodes ? Really ?  Tip: At least have the decency to quote an unknown source, more credibility.

Arnold's picture

It is telling that you Fake American Pinkos do not think that this was WORD from higher up the food chain.

Paper Mache's picture

Don't keep chatting bollocks, Fucktard

Arnold's picture

It is telling that you Fake American Pinkos do not think that this was WORD from higher up the food chain.

kellys_eye's picture

Unless their backers want to 'go down with them' then they'll ensure their figurehead goes down first - and as the only vicitm.

WTFUD's picture

All those donations to the Hildaeast Foundation expecting to PLAY just PAID, so suck it up MoFo's. I'd like to make a donation but they'll have to wait until my next bowel movement.

Aubiekong's picture

Until Hillary and obama go to jail there is no rule of law just rule of force...

HiHoAg's picture

Make it a trifecta, perp walk Obuttfuck, the wicked witch and that asshole fuckerburg.

ClassicalLib17's picture

Krieger seems like a phony to me. He was that and now he's this.

corsair's picture

How you feel about Krieger is irrelevant.

This is investigative article, not an op-ed.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

A "Bear Hunt"?...

I sure hope the U.S. military shows their newest GDRs "The Revenant" before they send them to the Donbass!

This might be the ONLY TIME saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" NEED NOT APPLY!

max_leering's picture

hildabeast could eat a live baby for lunch at Wall and Broad in NYC and chances are she'd never even get a cop to look her way, or a citation for littering as she spit out the bones... odumbo broke the fucking law each and every day for 8 years straight, and he's relaxing on a beach in Tahiti, where no extradition occurs... how god-damn convenient huh?... for them both... totally bizarre, and LE is powerless to say or do anything about it... I'm still prepping and stacking, and that is all I can do for now

fishpoem's picture

Let's see...Trump is supposedly in the pocket of Putin, according to Dimiti Alperovitch, who himself is a Russian in the pocket of Hillary. So exactly who is getting fucked here? Oh, I get it. You and me, the dumbshits that pay for Beltway pukes to live like Egyptian pharoahs and play spy games on each other.

AntiLeMaire's picture

A Ukranian billionaire? !! LOL! And the boss of Crowdstrike is a Russian ...

You know they (Ukrainians) also write in Cyrilic right? That many or most can speak Russian and in fact many do. Not just on the rebel eastern side, but also those that support the current government? Guess what the language & keyboard setting of their PC's is...

And do you know that they have just the same sick sense of humor that the Ruskies have? Like naming your PC after Felix Edmundovich.

So far all things may point east, as far as DNC and perhaps even Podesta's mail is concerned, but did you notice that the same applies to the contents of the so called 'Steele' report? Only a Russian would write that his source is a 'trusted compatriot'. Well Russians but also Ukrainians (perhaps a few other close neighbours).

So East perhaps, but me thinks perhaps somewhat west of Moscow. All material against both parties could very well be sourced (as in created) or hacked by people in one and the same country: Ukraine. Only question is to which side they belong.

MuffDiver69's picture

As I stated in the prior article yesterday the author used this tweet by WikiLeaks to write it.

https://mobile.twitter.com/wikileaks/status/844420615348129792

The tweet I linked to at bottom is where Assange wants us to look since he won't give up his sources and he flatly denies the Russians gave him the information...

These are the Pakistani Awan brothers who have worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz since 2004. They are under investigation for having a server off site connected directly to at least fifty democrat congressman including Intel committee ..They were also desperate for cash. I believe they sold all the democrat Intel committee information and the DNC files just happened to be in their via Debbie Wassermann Schultz...who just happened to be chairwoman of DNC...get it...

Check out this tweet and the story

https://mobile.twitter.com/wikileaks/status/844458797863186432

wangshui's picture

Did you save that anywhere? I keep getting this when I click that link.

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The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because an error in the data transmission was detected.

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Dilluminati's picture

I don't believe a word of anything coming from the security tech sector, nothing is safe they say is safe, and seems like they cannot attribute with facts anything.

Occum's Razor must be applied.

I blame the Clinton Crime Family.

 

Montani Semper Liberi's picture

 Occam's Razor is no longer applicable., joining the word is.

 Regards,

 The Clinton Crime Family

loveyajimbo's picture

I don't think a Special Prosecutor for Traitor Jim Comey would be money wasted... it seems more and more this slimy maggot is very deep into all this horseshit... why Trump is not kicking his ass OUT is beyond explanation... unless Trump is a NWO puppet... and that Google-Schmidt asshole needs to be taken down too...

Usura's picture

Comey should be left were he is to slowly rot in the public's conciousness.  The longer he stays on the more delicious his eventual resignation will be.  After that, the upper floors of FBI headquarters should then be cleaned out with a broom and heavily fumigated.  Zyklon B would be a good choice of fumigant.

otschelnik's picture

This is an excellent article and hyperbole aside, it raises real questions on the integrity of the FBI and its ability to do research.  If the FBI was forced to depend on the conclusions of CrowdStrike since the DNC/Podesta didn't let them do the forensic work on their computer system, AND the FBI was caught paying Chris Steele / Orbis Business Intelligence for the Trump "yellow shower" dossier.... then what kind of shit counter-intelligence work are they doing? 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-06/senator-grassley-launches-probe...

To Infinity And Beyond's picture

"$10 million to the Clinton Foundation"
These fuckers were making bank.

And all those people who "invested" in Hillary are now pissed.

That's why I voted for the clown, to watch this fucking meltdown.

Gotta go, the popcorn is done. 

 

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 24, 2017 11:25 PM

When The Trumpenfuhrer gets finished with the traitors who surveilled him, he needs to focus his attention on getting Hillary prosecuted.  Our Glorious Leader is too nice and forgiving a guy.  

Last of the Middle Class's picture

With Hillary involved, calling it a rabbithole is, well. . . a lot worse than putting lipstick on a pig. Just sayin.

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

Goldman, BOA and Chase are clients, so why not DNC, it is used by Lukoil North America as well, so Russian obviously find it trustworthy, it is only Rebecca Mercer sponsored media that doesn't, we are learning more about the bloggers than about the hacking investigation from such articles!!!

Beans's picture

Hahahaha

wait let me get this.. so basically the Dems and their Ziocon overlords contracted A JEWISH OWNED UKRAINIAN cybersecurity company with known anti-RUSSIAN links to craft for them the narrative that RUSSIANS hacked their servers???? Oy vey indeed!!