Cyber Firm Behind “Russian Hacking” Claims Has Ties To Soros-Supported Think Tank

William Craddick's picture

Via Disobedient Media

The cyber firm Crowdstrike has been one of the main proponents of allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 American presidential elections using their cyber capabilities. The analysis performed by Crowdstrike was relied on almost exclusively by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to establish their claims of "Russian hacking."

It has subsequently been revealed that Crowdstrike has in the past both misrepresented data in an attempt to frame the Russian government for cyber attacks and also failed to account for known capabilities of third parties which enable them to impersonate Russian hackers. The founder of Crowdstrike is also tied to the Atlantic Council, a think tank supported by George Soros which has been accused of accepting funds in exchange for support of favored policy positions as well as promoting disinformation and propaganda attacks against anti establishment figures.

I. Crowdstrike's Claims Of Russian Hacking Cannot Be Independently Verified By Government Agencies, Ignore Known Attribution Techniques

On June 14, 2016, Crowdstrike published a study commissioned by the DNC, in which they accused the Russian government of breaching the DNC's computer systems. The DNC's choice to rely on Crowdstrike exclusively was incredibly controversial. CNN reported that the DNC actually refused to grant the FBI access to their servers despite the agency's explicitly stating that they could conduct a satisfactory investigation if they were forced to rely on third party data. The report by Crowdstrike stood as one of the first definitive authorities which has found evidence of Russian cyber infiltration or electronic meddling in the 2016 elections. Rather than confirm the notion that Russia interfered in American elections, a number of other developments since Crowdstrike's report have cast increasing doubt on their claims and in fact have suggested that they may be part of a widespread attempt to push disinformation for financial gain and benefit to the groups clients and affiliates.

Alarming indicators that Crowdstrike may have been promoting the idea of "Russian hacking" out of ulterior motives began to emerge almost immediately after their report was released. On July 28th, 2016, The Washington Post reported that Crowdstrike was one of a number of cyber security firms making a large profit thanks to widespread fears about Russian hackers. Beyond running a report which would satisfy the DNC, the drumming up of fear about Russian cyber menaces meant created a blatant potential conflict of interest for Crowdstrike.

Crowdstrike's analysis also ignored known capabilities, since publicized by Wikileaks in their Day Zero and Marble releases from the Vault 7 series, which have proven the existence of cyber capabilities that allow programmers mask the identity of their malware and masquerade it as belonging to foreign intelligence agencies and mimic their online attack methods. They have also shown that many programmers have the ability to create an appearance of ‘false attribution’ which gives the impression that the malware was created by another country, even mimicking the native language of the host country they intend to attribute the attack to.

II. Crowdstrike Has Misrepresented Data In Order To Push Anti-Russian Narratives

On December 22nd, 2016, Crowdstrike ran another report, alleging that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s civil war with Russian-backed separatists. The report was intended to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election. The report was immediately contested by Yaroslav Sherstyuk, maker of the Ukrainian military app in question, who called the company’s report “delusional.” On March 23rd, 2017, Voice of America (VOA) ran a damning piece citing British think tank the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), who stated that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. Furthermore, the IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also claimed that the combat losses and hacking never happened, meaning that Crowdstrike had apparently fabricated facts and details in the report completely.

Crowdstrike told VOA that they stood by their findings. But the next day VOA noted that Crowdstrike had altered their report, deleting key assertions they had made in the report about Ukrainian army losses, claims that a malware infection contributed to artillery losses and a link to IISS data which they had cited. The humiliating redactions apparently came after Crowdstrike had spoken with an IISS research associate for defense and military analysis. The apparent misrepresentation of data which had been intended to support Crowdstrike's claims of Russian hacking creates serious questions about the merits of their claims that Russia was behind alleged hacks of the DNC's computer systems earlier that year.

III. Crowdstrike Has Ties To The Soros-Supported Atlantic Council

Further investigation has revealed that Crowdstrike has deep ties to a think tank which has a history of pay to play practices and a track record of seeking to foment confrontation between the United States and Russia. Crowdstrike founder Dmitri Alperovitch acts as a Senior Fellow for the Atlantic Council. In February, Disobedient Media reported that the Atlantic Council has a troubling history of taking money from foreign special interest groups and government agencies in return for pushing propaganda to support various initiatives around the globe. The New York Times has named the Atlantic Council along with the  Brookings Institution and the Center for Strategic and International Studies as being think tanks which have made undisclosed “agreements” with foreign governments. The article denounced the Atlantic Council for having “opened a whole new window into an aspect of the influence-buying in Washington that has not previously been exposed.”

In May 2016, a report by the Associated Press identified the Atlantic Council as one of a number of think tanks which had received funding from the Ploughshares Fund, which was a major player in efforts to sell the Iranian nuclear deal to the American public. The Ploughshares Fund is financed by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. The Atlantic Council consistently promotes hostile, anti-Russian rhetoric. The organization has also promoted unsourced and unfounded claims that Russia was responsible for “hacking” the 2016 U.S. presidential elections despite the fact that this conspiracy theory has been resoundingly debunked by various authorities in the intelligence community and by multiple media sources. The Atlantic Council, unfazed by the evidence that their claims of hacking were false, have continued to promote these falsehoods in the aftermath of the election in what appeared to be a possible effort to undermine American democratic institutions.

IV. Conclusion

The tight relationship between Crowdstrike and a think tank which also has a long track record of promoting unproven claims about Russian hacking, their failure to account for false attribution techniques commonly used by programmers to frame other countries for hacking attacks and their history of making factually untrue and misleading claims about Russian hacking creates concerns about their ability to objectively report on whether or not the DNC's servers were breached by a foreign actor during the 2016 elections. Their association with the DNC comes at a time when the party has been attempting to craft a narrative of alleged Russian hacking to support their election bids in the upcoming 2018 U.S. midterm elections and delegitimize the victories of their political opponents in 2016.

The Atlantic Council's past relationship with George Soros is also problematic given that Soros has deep financial ties to groups organizing resistance movements as part of an attempt to enact regime change in the United States. As former CIA Director Michael MorellJames Clapper and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have all clearly stated that there is not, nor has ever been any evidence that Russian hacking affected any election results in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, the efforts of Crowdstrike to promote claims to the contrary raises serious questions about their research as well as the intentions of the DNC in preventing neutral federal regulatory agencies from examining their servers firsthand to verify the claims.

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Raul44's picture

And... THAT Jew again.

Oquities's picture

and wouldn't you know it, susan rice sits (sat?) on the board of the atlantic council...

Joebloinvestor's picture

Just one thing after another blows up in the commucrats faces.

Victory_Garden's picture

"commucrats"

Nice!

Or, what it is, and well described.

WorkingPoor's picture

It's 'information', these links... but to the assembled here? Only way this can be called "news" is that it is a "new" revelation in the chronological sense. Think "most recent".

C'mon, Soros is the Wolsey of the 21st century, with his finger in everyone's pies. The only startling thing about these datum is that they were actually allowed to manifest in the public forum. That speaks to either slovenly OPSEC in the Soros camp, or arrogance, hubris and confidence on a giant scale.

I will not weep when the Black Camel kneels at Soros' tent. That said, in this lumbering, poor, real life, real-time Game of Thrones, I'll have to content with the Stark aphorism "The one who passes sentence should swing the sword." 

 

WP

 

iamerican4's picture

(((Liars))) lying as taught from birth to gaslight we Goyim.

Only America meets each and every one of Isaiah's given signs for "Israel."

Bother to read the Book of Isaiah and note not one of the prophesies of "Zion" is fulfilled by the "State of Israel." 

Victory_Garden's picture

Funny how the previous empire changed the bible to manipulate the masses and then to see the rothschilds eventually use it as a story script for the great illusionary game of world domination.

Only the stupid...follow the stupid.

 

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GunnyG's picture

WHY is this shitstain on the ass of humanity still breathing? I'd cheer anyone who parks a .45acp in his fucking skull. Better yet to wipe out the whole klan since nits grow into lice.

Doan Nonuffin's picture

Soros and all genetic progeny need to be shipped off to Russia to vacation on the eastern front.

Squid Viscous's picture

the whole thing smells like a rotting barrell of kveltefish

amanfromMars's picture

The standard and state of intelligence supplied for US use is quite deplorable. Would it not be highly intelligent to change suppliers/vendors and pay those A.N.Others for prime product and sublime programs rather than continue suffering the sub-prime consequences of failed intellectual property enterprises/ponzi scams?

It is not as if there are not any number of alternative sources able to field premium input to output.

 

 

hooligan2009's picture

so how is any of this not prosecutable?

centerline's picture

Because the rules doesn't apply equally. 

And this is what destroys nations.  Once the social contract is broken - and not just shown to the broken... but rubbed in your face broken... people getting teabagged broken... well, it's downhill from there.  The rest of society follows suit and everything becomes a con... a grift.  A lie.

 

dvfco's picture

Throw in the fact that the Republicans are still very fragile despite holding sway in the executive & legislative branches, and soon the judicial.

If they can keep control long enough to get their legs under them, they'll start knocking off some of these Democrat-Nazi and Neo-Cons.

However, the sheer of linking Trump with the Russians was to keep all the criminals who were voted out of office from ending up in the slammer.

It was actually brilliant, but fucking evil and it could very well be the downfall of this nation, when coupled with the MSMs grip on the bullshit.

How many times have you heard "Trump is grasping at straws while trying to debunk the fact that the Russians hijacked our election."  It's pathetic.  

Watch Tucker Carlson.  Every night he tries to get a guest to give him one bit of evidence of Russian hacking - to no avail.  From true Dem, to RINO to Neo-Con, they all change the subject instantly to 'all 17 U.S. spy agencies agree.'   So frustrating . . . 

SummerSausage's picture

Yes but we're not there yet.  We've been given a chance to pull back from the brink with Trump - which is exactly why the knives are all out for him.

Victory_Garden's picture

If he does one thing to benefit isreal...the rothschilds...or china...we will all know they got to him.

One has to seriously wonder, does President Trump realize that ALL THESE ENTITIES ARE ALIGNED AGAINST HIM?

CANNOT THE PRESIDENT DISTINGUISH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PURE EVIL, AND WHAT IS TRULY GOOD?

THE ROTHSCHILDS, THE GLOBALIST SATANIC/LUCIFERIC BANKSTERS CREATED ISREAL TO CAUSE THE THIRD WORLD WOAR, OR FINAL SOLUTION. DO NOT BE A SUCKER THAT FALLS FOR ALL THE ZIONIST NEOCON TRICKS TO CAUSE THE THIRD WORLD WOAR. SEE THE TRUTH AND BE NOT FOOLED BY THE EVIL THAT SURRONDS YOU, MR PRESIDENT.(IF ONLY HE COULD HEAR THIS TRUTH)

AND, THE ROTHSCHILDS/ROCKOFELLERS, ALL THE SAME EVIL, CREATED CHINA TO BE THE NEXT WORLD MONEY-ENGINE. THEY WILL HIDE OUT THERE IN THE UNDERGROUND CITIES THEY HAVE BEEN BUILDING FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES TO FACE THE EARTH CHANGES COMING LATER THIS YEAR, AFTER THEY MAKE THE PLANET UNINHABITABLE BY HUMANS FOR ANOTHER HALF MILLION YEARS. EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IS CONTROLLED BY THE ROTHSCHILD'S ZIOMONEY-GOD. DEATH AND DESTRUCTION COME TO THEM ALL FOR FOLLOWING THE EVIL WAYS OF SATAN/LUCIFER.

WHEN WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP REALIZE IT IS A WAR ON EVIL? WHEN WILL MANKIND STOP BEING A BUNCH OF SHEEP BEING MANIPULATED TO FIGHT AND SCRAP AMONGST EACH OTHER FOR THE PROFITS OF THEM, THE ROTHSCHILD SATANIC/LUCIFERIC EMPIRE OF DUST?

MUST BE SAD TO BE A PRESIDENT THAT PROMISED A COUNTRY CHANGES AND JUSTICE, AND THEN BE SWAMPED BY THE VERY EVIL HE SAID HE WAS AGAINST. MUST BE SAD TO NOT BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING TO STOP IT, RATHER TO BE MANIPULATED INTO FANNING THE FIRES OF HELL...AND THE ARMAGEDDON THAT COULD POSSIBLY COME FROM THE SHEER IGNORANCE OF PURE NASTY STINKING WICKED EVIL.

 

Son of Loki's picture

Now we know why Comey did not prosecute Crooked Clinton despite obvious crimes; he is most likely in Soros' pocket.

Remember, Comey is the one who chose thiis Soros-affiliated Crowdstrike to 'investigate.'

Instead of firing Comey, perhaps they need to look at indicting him?

SummerSausage's picture

Comey was in private practice and, thanks to Clinton, got millions in compensation from companies that were Clinton Foundation contributors that hired him.

He's known within the FBI as a "dirty cop"

centerline's picture

I gave Comey the benefit of the doubt for reasons that he seemed to be picking his words very carefully.  I'd say he is running out of time to show what side he is on.  If he so much as blinks, he ought to be indicted. 

A_V's picture

Comey knows that the DNC SERVER was used in hacking crimes before the DNC server got hacked, back.

Comey didn't want the server to be exposed as the smoking gun that would show the crimes between the WH and the DNC.

SUBPOENA the DNC server...

It has the trail of crimes all over it!

Victory_Garden's picture

"SUBPOENA the DNC server..."


Do you mean the one they smashed up and sold to china for scrap metal?

GunnyG's picture

Remember that it was Comey who validated BJ Bubba Clinton's pardons back during Pardongate.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Bannon himself stated that Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice had “operationalized” the council and he was placed on the NSC to undo that.

“I was put on to ensure that it (she)was de-operationalized,” Bannon said. “General McMaster has returned the NSC.

Mission Accomplished. Find the Treasonous, Seditious Obama "Rat Lines."

Neochrome's picture

Soros - literally a Nazi, next time you see Antifa riots remember who they work for.

rf80412's picture

Funny how they're the ones dressed all in black and beating people up in the streets.

The radical left has come a long way from the flower children.

Genby's picture

(((Soros))), (((Alperovitch))), that's enough.

John J King III's picture

Shocked, shocked, I say.

Manthong's picture

The Hungarians are on to him…

Maybe he will end up in a stone dungeon in the bottom of some castle over there.

The Americans do not seem to be smart enough to rid the world of this globalist creep.

rf80412's picture

Americans are A-OK with globalism so long as we think it's roughly synonymous with American military, economic, and cultural hegemony.

China and Islam ruling the globalized world will change many minds and quickly, but by then it will be too late.

Victory_Garden's picture

"China and Islam ruling the globalized world will change many minds and quickly, but by then it will be too late."

 

BINGO!

Surprise attack coming over both borders from chineseislamisitmexicans that are all simply, satanic/luceferic in the nature.

SOON, THE WAR ON EVIL GOES LIVE.

STOP ALL WOARMONGERING...BRING HOME ALL OUR TROOPS TO PROTECT AMERICA NOW!...AND STOP SUPPORTING THE APARTHEID NATION ISREAL!

ONLY ISREAL IS FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE TERROR IN THE WORLD.

IMAGINE WHAT THE WORLD WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT ISREAL.

CAN YOU SPELL, PEACE?

WorkingPoor's picture

Too late to be overthrown without a butcher's bill that will look like the Encyclopedia Britannica, and it won't be a complete flip.

Bits and pieces will bust off the edges, in places that will be deemed too cost ineffective to keep replacing the shackles. Whether these bits coalesce into a true opposition is doubtful to predict.

And that isn't even counting internal strife and jealousies on the inside, near the top.

WP