CIA Can Pretend to Be Russian Hackers – Wikileaks

While the media says that Russian hackers targeted the DNC, how do we know it wasn’t the CIA?

Wikileaks released a bunch of secrets yesterday, and one of them is quite relevant to claims about Russian hackers.

There are obviously a lot of interesting claims here. But I want to focus on one that is relevant to recent discussion of Russian hackers. I’m referring to “UMBRAGE.” Here’s how Wikileaks describes the program:

The CIA’s hand crafted hacking techniques pose a problem for the agency. Each technique it has created forms a “fingerprint” that can be used by forensic investigators to attribute multiple different attacks to the same entity.

This is analogous to finding the same distinctive knife wound on multiple separate murder victims. The unique wounding style creates suspicion that a single murderer is responsible. As soon one murder in the set is solved then the other murders also…



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