"Something Stinks Here" - CrowdStrike Revises, Retracts Parts Of Explosive Russian Hacking Report

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Last week, I published two posts on cyber security firm CrowdStrike after becoming aware of inaccuracies in one of its key reports used to bolster the claim that operatives of the Russian government had hacked into the DNC. This is extremely important since the DNC hired CrowdStrike to look into its hack, and at the same time denied FBI access to its servers.

Before reading any further, you should read last week’s articles if you missed them the first time.

Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question

What is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired by DNC has Ties to Hillary Clinton, a Ukrainian Billionaire and Google

Now here are the latest developments courtesy of Voice of America:

U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revised and retracted statements it used to buttress claims of Russian hacking during last year’s American presidential election campaign. The shift followed a VOA report that the company misrepresented data published by an influential British think tank.


In December, CrowdStrike said it found evidence that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, contributing to heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists.


VOA reported Tuesday that the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which publishes an annual reference estimating the strength of world armed forces, disavowed the CrowdStrike report and said it had never been contacted by the company.


CrowdStrike was first to link hacks of Democratic Party computers to Russian actors last year, but some cybersecurity experts have questioned its evidence. The company has come under fire from some Republicans who say charges of Kremlin meddling in the election are overblown.


After CrowdStrike released its Ukraine report, company co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch claimed it provided added evidence of Russian election interference. In both hacks, he said, the company found malware used by “Fancy Bear,” a group with ties to Russian intelligence agencies.


CrowdStrike’s claims of heavy Ukrainian artillery losses were widely circulated in U.S. media.


On Thursday, CrowdStrike walked back key parts of its Ukraine report.


The company removed language that said Ukraine’s artillery lost 80 percent of the Soviet-era D-30 howitzers, which used aiming software that purportedly was hacked. Instead, the revised report cites figures of 15 to 20 percent losses in combat operations, attributing the figures to IISS.


Finally, CrowdStrike deleted a statement saying “deployment of this malware-infected application may have contributed to the high-loss nature of this platform” — meaning the howitzers — and excised a link sourcing its IISS data to a blogger in Russia-occupied Crimea.


In an email, CrowdStrike spokeswoman Ilina Dmitrova said the new estimates of Ukrainian artillery losses resulted from conversations with Henry Boyd, an IISS research associate for defense and military analysis. She declined to say what prompted the contact.


Dmitrova noted that the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community have also concluded that Russia was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

Here’s the problem. Yes, the FBI has agreed with CrowdStrike’s conclusion, but the FBI did not analyze the DNC servers because the DNC specifically denied the FBI access. This was noteworthy in its own right, but it takes on vastly increased significance given the serious errors in a related hacking report produced by the company.

As such, serious questions need to be asked. Why did FBI head James Comey outsource his job to CrowdStrike, and why did he heap praise on the company? For instance, back in January, Comey referred to CrowdStrike as a “highly respected private company.”

In a hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday afternoon outlining the intelligence agencies’ findings on Russian election interference, Comey said there were “multiple requests at different levels” for access to the Democratic servers, but that ultimately a “highly respected private company” was granted access and shared its findings with the FBI.

Where does all this respect come from considering how badly it botched the Ukraine report?

Something stinks here, and the FBI needs to be held to account.

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mofreedom's picture

I am above the law, sayeth y'all.

Y'all, I'll give y'all I got if you let my kids live free.

No, y'all just take us all?

Thanks, y'all, bunches, peaches.

Rotten y'all.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


"highly respected private company"

Translation: "Goal-seeking technical charlatans manufacturing evidence to point at the customer's designated scapegoat"

Dealyer Turdin's picture

Reporters, Professors, or Doctors?

 D. (multiple choice question on Planet Weasel)

wee-weed up's picture



Accountability? Ha! Surely you jest!

For the past 8 years we've had a president who didn't know the meaning of the word.

And all of his apparatchiks happily followed his lead while the disgusting MSM gave them all cover.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) wee-weed up Mar 28, 2017 10:11 PM

Hillary and Obama destroyed Ukraine and overthrew the elected government.

Ya think they wouldn't do this?

Next up is color revolution America very soon...

Stinkytofu's picture

that's "revolution of color" ya damn rayciss!

Arnold's picture

Democrat leadership pulling a Jacob Zuma.
No whites allowed.

barliman's picture

Krieger courageous Rhetorical Questions just never end, do they?

let's parse that with greater testosterone:

Why did the HSBC bagman let another Clinton Crime Family organization take the lead and heap praise on them?



Jim in MN's picture

'Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them'

Keep the disruptor beam at full power Captain Trump.

They can't take much more of this.

goober's picture

Far worse than that. All are simply giant control mechanisims created for a purpose and Comey is one of the main cucks !


There are many political cucks within all of the corrupted and co-opted agencies and they all swallow what ever is necessary, to keep their own power trips alive and well ! They are the shadow government and will say or do anything to maintain their illusions.

I have serious questions as to why DT keeps Comey in his position when it is crystal clear he is completely untrustworthy, a liar and manipulator on a grand scale  and an enemy of us all. I also realize that when Comey recently said there is an ongoing investigation of the Trump/Russia fake connection, he was setting up a trap for DT. Now If DT does fire him the Dems can say he is firing the very person who is investigating him ? And at the same time Comey said he could not or would not answer if there was an investigation on the Flynn leaks , which are in fact the only crimes we know exists ? So director Comey definitely speaks with a forked tongue, Hey ? DT has been slow to fire him and he should have been terminated on day one based on his obvious misdeeds with the Hillary email crimes. I have no idea why this is , but I do know DT fell for their trap ? I am waiting to see what DT does now and I will consider that a sign either way. Fire him or allow him to keep undermining DT and working directly for the dem criminals and shadow government entities ?

Our government has become a serious criminal enterprise and it was all put on steroids under BHO, Holder, Lynch and crew. Every agency was corrupted and polluted and we are seeing those fruits unfold ! This is a war and nothing less and PRAVDA/MSM is their source of power to mind fuck the populace.





trulz4lulz's picture

Since WHEN has it been the FBI's SOP to outsource HIGHLY classified data, involving evidence of espionage, subversion, wire tapping, election rigging, ect, ect, ect, to private companies?!?!?! Subpoena these TRAITORS NOW!! What the FUCK!?!

FoggyWorld's picture

It's reminiscent of the Clinton servers which Comey took his good sweet time about and accepted instead hard copy stacks and stacks of emails which made it rather difficult I suspect for those who work at the FBI to process data that appropriately would have been easy to use if the servers had been demanded.   HRC gave thumb drives to her lawyers but not to the FBI.

Comey has to go.   Neither party trusts him and while he certainly has gone out of his way to grease the path for HRC, he wasn't even consistant about that.   The jig is up and if he doesn't leave of his own accord, I do think the President has to remove him and his first Deputy McCabe if only to try to reinstate some semblance of credibility to the working stiffs at the FBI.

Comey seems to be a man without a moral compass and that alone disqualifies him for the job he is holding.



philipat's picture

As I understand it, the Head of the FBI is appointed to a TEN year term. That's why Comey stated that'"You're stuck with me for another 6 years".

That said, the way to del with him is to make his life so miserable that he will beg to resign. Trump must put him on a very short leash and give him VERY specific tasks to implement with regular written progress reports. That plus replaceing all Comey's loyal subordinates as quickly as possible.

LMAOLORI's picture



President Trump can fire him and he should have on the first day.  Hopefully he's just letting the rat nibble a little cheese and then will take him down. One FBI Director was fired by clinton.


Yes, the President May Fire the FBI Director



Remember HSBC the drug money laundering bank that also funded terrorists?  Comey was on their board.


Corrupt HSBC Global Bank Exec Arrested, Links to Hillary, James Comey and Loretta Lynch



Lanka's picture

McCabe must be arrested immediately as he is the one protecting the pedophiles.

Zorba's idea's picture

Fire Comey and McCabe...Replace with Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan

sinbad2's picture

You can't fire Comey, he has tenure, Obama would have fired him before the election, if he could have done it.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ truly,

At the current moment we're completely Lawless.

We have been for quite some time. In the past, their Criminality was "Hidden in plain view."

Now it's out in the open, in your face Criminality & Lawlessness. Complete debachary.

Thing is, the bar & precedent has been set so high among these Criminals I doubt we will ever see another person arrested in our lifetime.

trulz4lulz's picture

There is only one way that I know of to deal with people and institutions like this. And since most americans would be killed immediately for "crossing the blue line" on their way to catapulting these traitors into the Atlantic, I dont know that there is an American solution, there isnt. Imprison 90% of DC? Sounds good on paper, but it will NEVER happen and the machine would be up and running again in no time flat. Nuke it from space? Not a good idea, as pleasant as it sounds....I dont see anything other than WW3 coming out of this entire situation, a battle of civilisations. A battle for how the future of humanity will be shaped...this is what it comes down too, I think the Chinese and Russians know it too. Americans dont, I dont even think the patsy politicians even grasp this situation fully.

fbazzrea's picture

I dont see anything other than WW3 coming...

it's here. now. a 21st Century war transcending mere physicalities, a battle for the heart, mind and soul of Americans.


and the Chinese and Russians KNOW THIS TOO. 

they're just hoping not to be drawn into our inner conflict, but know ultimately, it will probably come to that. this is what failing empires do.

and every day, more Americans are knowing it too. prepare.

HedgeJunkie's picture

My fingers are crossed that Russia and China have subs parked within five miles of DC and that their nukes take everything to a smoking crater a mile deep and a hundred miles wide with DC as the epicenter.

Rot, stench, foulness, evil...all must be purged with fire.

Arnold's picture

You do realize that sub launched missiles take 15 minutes to reach apogee and return to target?

Your commie subs can be much farther out for the same bang for the Yuan or Rubble.

sinbad2's picture

I think you might be referring to American sub launched ballistic missiles. Cruise missiles are a bit different, I know the Klub's come in low and fast.

Jim in MN's picture

While I admire your repetitious posting and unique capitalization style, there is a word you are missing.


When the elite are above the law, that my dear is tyranny.

And patriots in this fair Republic fight tyranny.

To the death, if need be.

This is why Trump is the last peaceful chance for America.


Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Jim,

Duly noted. Tyranny will be added. Although, they my look repetitious at times. There's always a word, phrase or entire passages added from the ZH community.


Cursive's picture

You got it.  It's all psyops now.  EVERYTHING.  There is no reason to even attempt to preserve the veneer of integrity.

Slingsby's picture

I'm guessing since they realized they they could outsource it to US firms with security clearances at a lower cost. The contracted firm could then let HB1 visa guys do the work and of course, those guys are busy partying it up so they send it over to their cousins Vipul and Meetle in Bangalore to analyze. Then the Chinese get wind of it and hack into Vipul and Meetels system and translate it from Hindi to Mandarin. In turn the CIA becomes aware of the breach and hire a firm with the proper security clearance who uses HB1 visa guys to translate it from Mandarin back into its original English form. The CIA guys are busy partying but in the meantime the NSA gets a transcript of what the CIA has on its servers and refers the case to the FBI.

Lather, rinse, repeat... Do a shot.

What the fuck is so hard to understand about this?

trulz4lulz's picture

Oh shit! There it is, al lis well! Never looked at it from this angle before. I feel much better now. Ill do a shot ewhen I get home, Im at work.

Slingsby's picture

Yeah. And the best part is that even though it didn't really change anything it increased GDP by 80 million dollars.


Automatic Choke's picture

i'm so confused..... can you repeat all that in words of one syllable or less...?

Edmond Dante's picture

Fn Comey. Does anyone believe he isn't in someones pocket? They probably got pictures of him diddling and underage kid or pictures of him spirit cooking. 

ebworthen's picture

Sure, CrowdStrike is a "private" company, and this is all above board.

pparalegal's picture

That was my first thought. 

The Dreadnought's picture

This is god damn insane.

mofreedom's picture

We gotta gotta fight these slime...Battlefield 1 is a good lesson for the children to learn history with graphics, senor.

trulz4lulz's picture

How do you fight something that is immune to logic, facts, reality, history and JUSTICE? You cant, or I just dont see how you can. These people behind this campaing of falsifying relaity have created 500million people willing to DIE for their lies, that goes for the mouth breathers on the right as much as the intellectual idiots on the left. We have found outrselves amongst a WHOLEY brainwashed population, totally inapable of critical thought or moral principles. This ONLY ends one way. The time approaches where the Chinese and RUssians have ha enough with trying to deal with a nation like ours.

The Clintons control the Left and the media, they want war with Russia.The left would support it.

The Israelies and AIPAC controls the Right and they would be more than happy to start a war with Russia for us. The right would get behind it.

We are a nation caught in Occams Razor and an intellectual paradox. We aint getting out of this.


Cursive's picture

Collectively, we will most certainly get out of this.  A lot of us, and maybe you and me, will not, but society will move on from this abortion.

BlindMonkey's picture

"This is god damn insane."


That is a start but doesn't even begin to cover it.  Fuckers in our gov were outright calling this an act of war.  The nuclear keys need to be taken away from these bastards until somebody in DC grows the fuck up.

Never One Roach's picture

It's odd the weasel still has a job. He's let more proven crooks go free and/or given them immunity then he's arrested.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Odd? It is not Odd. It is a clear Indicator that the Fed is fully Politicized. Crooked as Bat Shhit Crazy and no Hope until......

gregga777's picture

"As such, serious questions need to be asked. Why did FBI head James Comey outsource his job to CrowdStrike, and why did he heap praise on the company? For instance, back in January, Comey referred to CrowdStrike as a “highly respected private company.”"

Feral Bureau of iWeasels Director James "Hillary's Bitch" Comey outsourced his job to CrowdStrike because he is Hillary's Bitch.  He does what Hillary Clinton and her KKKPR (Klinton Krime Klan Pedophiles 'R Us) tells him to do.  Hillary Clinton owns James "Hillary's Bitch" Comey and the Feral Bureau of iWeasels.  End of story.

THORAX's picture

FBI reaches conclusions after DNC denies them access to the DNC's server. Why did the FBI let them do that and accept a biased third party source?

B1G mNy's picture

That damn Trump is as right as rain! To the DNC I hope you have some good insurance b/c you're going to need it!

TheLastTrump's picture

They need to start rubbing their wrists with Udder Balm.

TRN's picture

Insurance don't cover no crooks.

B1G mNy's picture

You're right! In that case they are sol

TheLastTrump's picture



Corporate fascism. Businesses & govt hand in hand. Corps TELLING govt what the solution will be.


CIA/NSA what the fuck ever ops pointing the finger at the JOOS or fill in the blank ___________________.





"at the same time denied FBI access to its servers."

Smedley's picture

Crowwdstrike, what a name!

I mean who comes up with this crap?

Sort of close to what is ACTUALLY going on......just kind of weird.

OK, its really weird....