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Oh my goodness, I guess Bester doesn't know what Obama/Biden did to the Chinese. Maybe they didn't do anything?

Do y'all know who the #1 hacking country in the World is...China.

Can you guess who the #2 hacking country is? ...USA...

....Russia is #4...

The man considered to be the #1 hacker in the World is an American. He runs a hacking consultant firm.

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Trump Still Won’t Criticize Russia: Claims Massive Cyber Hack "May Be China" But Offers No Evidence
Tommy BeerForbes Staff
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Updated Dec 19, 2020, 01:23pm EST
TOPLINE President Donald Trump finally broke his public silence Saturday concerning the massive cyber strike perpetrated on the United States, but downplayed its severity and— repudiating his own high-level intelligence officials and the U.S. Secretary of State— claimed that China may be responsible for the attack instead of Russia, which he has traditionally been loath to ever criticize.
KEY FACTS
“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning, adding, “everything is well under control,” and “Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)”


In an interview Friday night, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared, “we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity.”

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an urgent warning, characterizing the hacks “a grave risk” to the federal, state and local governments, and that the sophisticated attack compromised federal agencies and “critical infrastructure.”


Earlier this week, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) likened the hack to “Russian bombers repeatedly flying undetected over the entire country.”

Trump wrapped up his Saturday morning tweet by insinuating the hack may have been connected to baseless voter fraud conspiracy theories, writing, “there could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big.”


CRITICAL QUOTE:
“This is looking like it’s the worst hacking case in the history of America,” a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday. “They got into everything.”

KEY BACKGROUND:
The cyberattack is believed to have begun as early as March but was not detected until early December. Microsoft disclosed Thursday that it had identified more than 40 government agencies infiltrated by the hackers. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the National Institutes of Health, and the Treasury, Energy and Commerce Departments are among the federal agencies believed to have been compromised. According to the New York Times, U.S. intelligence agencies have informed Congress that they believe the strike was carried out by the S.V.R., an elite division of Russian operatives. President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday that his administration “will make dealing with this breach a top priority from the moment we take office” and that they would impose “substantial costs” on those responsible for the cyber attack. The Russians have denied any involvement. Up until Saturday morning, Trump had received criticism for remaining silent on the cyber strike. On Friday, a White House spokesperson insisted the president was “working very hard” and was “up to speed” on the attack.

TANGENT:
Throughout his four years in office, critics have accused Trump of being too submissive to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Most notably, Trump has continually downplayed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In a 2017 tweet, Trump claimed he had discussed forming a joint “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Putin. This past September, when Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned, the heads of state in other leading nations quickly condemned the attack and pressed Putin to provide answers. Trump, on the other hand, said, “I don’t know exactly what happened,” adding, “We have not had any proof yet, but we will take a look.”

FURTHER READING:
Pompeo: Russia’ Pretty Clearly’ Behind Massive Cyberattack On U.S. (Forbes)

Hack against US is ‘grave’ threat, cybersecurity agency says (AP)

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Trump Failed to Protect America
The president’s decision not to push back aggressively against Putin’s meddling seems only to have encouraged it.

DAVID A. GRAHAM
DECEMBER 18, 2020
Trump obscured in shadow
TOM BR​ENNER / THE NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX
As he accepted the Republican nomination for president in summer 2016, Donald Trump promised, “We will make America safe again.”

“The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its citizens,” he said. “Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.”


This promise is worth revisiting as the nation tries to understand a massive hack, blamed on Russia, that affected many departments of the federal government and thousands of businesses. Yesterday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency labeled the incident a “grave threat.” Although the scale of the intrusion is still difficult to grasp, President Trump’s approach to Russia has clearly failed to keep America safe.

Much about the hack is unknown. First, officials seem not to fully understand what was breached and what hackers acquired. Second, they are not forthcoming about what they do know, offering bland statements that suggest serious concerns but don’t outline them. Third, members of Congress have offered doomsaying interpretations but can’t divulge classified information. They might be exaggerating for partisan effect, or it could be a reprise of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when members frantically tried to warn the public but the administration paid no mind.


Read: Donald Trump’s pattern of deference to the Kremlin is clear

Regardless of the details, it’s hard not to see this hack as a fruit of Trump’s refusal to push back on Russian cyberaggression. The best defense against hacks is deterrence, but rather than deter the Kremlin, the president has repeatedly refused to even acknowledge previous Russian actions—basically giving Vladimir Putin an invitation to continue and amplify attacks, secure in the knowledge that whatever sanctions lower-level officials impose, Trump is uninterested in retaliating. The president has remained publicly silent about the new hack even now.

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The dumrats don't want the Justice Dept or FBI to do anything to Hunter Biden for accepting a bribe from Russia or to Russia for bribing Hunter.
But they want President Trump to go to war with Russia because Secretary of State Pompeo said that Russia might have hacked one of our computers. Now the FBI or head of our cyber security has not said that we have any evidence or know for sure that the Russian Government was behind the hack that was initiated back in March.
Does, "we can see pretty clearly" mean that we know for sure? Should we take serious action when we aren't sure? Does anyone remember the "weapons of mass destruction" that didn't exist excuse? Didn't that come from "the intelligence community"?
Can we trust our own FBI, Justice Dept, CIA or "intelligence community"? They all have their own ulterior political motives now.

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Trump history and behavior suggest destructive mental processes that put America at risk
Trump is not just a childish man having a tantrum or a selfish man who can't accept defeat. His actions are dangerous to America's health and security.
DR. KENNETH PAUL ROSENBERG AND NORMAN ORNSTEIN | OPINION CONTRIBUTORS | 5:59 pm EST November 24, 2020

One of us is a psychiatrist, the other a political scientist. We have watched the fiasco since the election with mounting trepidation, from two very different perspectives. But we have a common bond: For more than a decade, each of us has worked to advocate for people with serious mental illness to get treatment. We are coming together now to advocate for immediate intervention for our president.


Since President Donald Trump’s election, the psychiatric community has debated calling out his illness(es). The American Psychiatric Association says we should remain silent out of fear that we would violate the Goldwater Rule — an APA rule adopted largely to prevent the partisan misuse of psychiatric diagnoses to unduly influence an election. But it is clear what many psychiatrists know privately, and a few have said publicly. The threat to our democracy is too great to remain silent.

Not just tantrums or selfishness
It may be no surprise that Trump railed against a 2020 election process that promised a major increase in turnout through early voting and voting by mail. He and many Republicans have advocated for ways to suppress votes, and suggested repeatedly that when everybody votes, Republicans lose. Remember, Trump had said before the 2016 election that if he lost, it was rigged; if he won, it was fair.

APA CHIEF: Up to the people, not the medical profession, to oust Trump

It also may be no surprise that Trump denied the outcome of the 2020 election in the days that followed it, despite the fact that President-elect Joe Biden’s margins in battlegrounds Michigan and Pennsylvania were larger than Trump's four years ago and he flipped Arizona and Georgia to the Democratic column. And it is true that there is neither a legal nor constitutional requirement for a presidential candidate to concede when he has lost.


But Trump's behavior since is antithetical to every norm we have in a democracy that values as much as anything the legitimacy of elections and the peaceful and orderly transfer of power after voters have spoken.

Trump supporter Tara Immen of Happy Valley, Ariz., protests at the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix on Nov. 18, 2020.
Trump supporter Tara Immen of Happy Valley, Ariz., protests at the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix on Nov. 18, 2020.
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The president’s actions — ordering his minions to deny all the elements of a transition to the president-elect, including access to intelligence and pandemic briefings, access to agencies to plan the next administration, access to the FBI to begin security clearances for incoming appointees — are not just wrongheaded, they are dangerous to the security and health of the American people.

Biden's top unification task:Expose every ounce of Trump team wrongdoing, restore trust in government

The president’s moves to fire key officials, including those in charge of the safety of our nuclear stockpile and those in charge of our national security, suggest that the loyalty test — loyalty to the president and not to the Constitution — is going to be applied more often, hollowing out our pandemic teams and intelligence and defense capabilities, and leaving in charge a group of sycophants willing to do his bidding in his remaining weeks in office. The fact that he has not attended a meeting on the pandemic in months and has barely mentioned it as it explodes across the country is another sign of alarm.


Many say that Trump's refusal to agree to a peaceful and orderly concession is just a threat from a selfish man who can’t accept defeat. President-elect Biden calls Trump’s failure to concede an “embarrassment.” It is worse. When someone says they are planning their suicide, mental health professionals don’t call it a “cry for attention.” They hospitalize them immediately to prevent harm. When someone threatens homicide, violence or child abuse, we act swiftly to protect potential victims. It is naïve to consider the current acts of President Trump as childish tantrums and nothing more than fodder for late night comedians.

Signs of personality or mood disorder
To any first-year psychiatric resident, Trump’s sleepless nights filled with ranting tweets suggest irrational exuberance and lack of control, possibly a sign of a mood disorder called hypomania. His life-long history of disregard for others and deceit, if correct as reported, are characteristic of a personality disorder on the narcissistic and even sociopathic spectrum.

To be sure, definitive psychiatric diagnoses cannot be made without an in-person examination And certainly, psychiatric diagnoses themselves don’t make someone unfit to be president. But President Trump’s particular history and actions create a high index of suspicion for destructive mental processes which are putting the country and its safety and security in jeopardy.

Norman Ornstein: Donald Trump has lost to Joe Biden, what's next? The presidential transition from hell.


If we had a functioning Republican Party, this would be the time either to pressure the president to resign early and let Vice President Mike Pence handle the remainder of the term (with the promise of a pardon to sweeten the deal) or to invoke the 25th Amendment. At minimum, we would hope that key figures, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and other senior officials, would act to embrace the reality of the election outcome and put constraints on Trump to stop destructive acts. Instead, they are enabling his worst instincts and behaviors.

But it is important to at least call it out for what it is. Whatever President Trump does leading up to Jan. 20 — whether it is reckless actions abroad or lawless and destructive acts of commission or omission at home — it should be clear that these are not normal nor acceptable actions by an American president.

Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg is a psychiatrist affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical Center. His award-winning 2019 documentary "Bedlam" chronicles the roots of the broken mental health system

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Oh my goodness, I guess Bester doesn't know what Obama/Biden did to the Chinese. Maybe they didn't do anything?

Do y'all know who the #1 hacking country in the World is...China.

Can you guess who the #2 hacking country is? ...USA...

....Russia is #4...

The man considered to be the #1 hacker in the World is an American. He runs a hacking consultant firm.



I guess that Bester didn't look that one up and doesn't have a one liner to answer.

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Once again Repukes off Track, please stay on target.

Trump Won’t Denounce Russia’s Hack Because He’s Still Subservient to Putin
By Jonathan Chait

Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
In early September, after Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned, Western leaders like Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel issued sharp condemnations and demanded explanations from Russia’s government. President Trump told reporters he hadn’t yet made up his mind who was responsible. “So, I don’t know exactly what happened. I think that it is tragic. It is terrible. It should not happen. We have not had any proof yet, but we will take a look.”

Two and a half weeks later, having given him more than enough time to digest all the intelligence, a reporter asked him again. “Ahh, we’ll talk about that at another time,” Trump demurred. The other time has not come. Three months later, that remains Trump’s last word on the matter.


In the wake of news of Russia’s massive cyber-intrusion into a swath of private and public networks, including, alarmingly, agencies controlling the nuclear stockpile, the main lacuna of the story, as it has been for four years, is the president’s subservient relationship with Russia.

There is a sharp ongoing debate over just what sort of response Russia’s hacking operation merits. Some members of Congress likened it to an act of war, or at least something close. (Mitt Romney’s comparison was Russian bombers flying undetected over U.S. airspace.) Jack Goldsmith has made the contrarian case that Russia’s hack was merely a larger and more successful version of normal spycraft in which the United States also engages. But even normal spy operations can be met with some kind of government response short of war, or even sanctions. Russia and the United States have frequently expelled officials from the country or given verbal warnings in response to major espionage escalations.

Trump, though, said nothing for days. He has mentioned Russia a few times since news broke of its massive operation, but only in the context of complaining about “the Russia hoax.”

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You ain't got any Dr. Seuss stories do ya Bestest? We've studied China propaganda enough

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Another one liner Repuke response, stay on track.!

Trump downplays Russia in first comments on hacking campaign
By JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW LEE
yesterday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting his secretary of state and other top officials, President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the cyber espionage operation against the United States and tried to minimize its impact.

In his first comments on the breach, Trump scoffed at the focus on the Kremlin and downplayed the intrusions, which the nation’s cybersecurity agency has warned posed a “grave” risk to government and private networks.

“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control,” Trump tweeted. He also claimed the media are “petrified” of “discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”

There is no evidence to suggest that is the case. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Friday that Russia was “pretty clearly” behind the operation against the United States.

“This was a very significant effort and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity,” Pompeo said in the interview with radio talk show host Mark Levin.

Officials at the White House had been prepared to put out a statement Friday afternoon that accused Russia of being “the main actor” in the hack, but were told at the last minute to stand down, according to one U.S. official familiar with the conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

It is not clear whether Pompeo got that message before his interview, but officials are now scrambling to figure out how to square the disparate accounts. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the statement or the basis of Trump’s claims. The State Department also did not respond to questions about Pompeo’s remarks.

Throughout his presidency, Trump has refused to blame Russia for well-documented hostilities, including its interference in the 2016 election to help him get elected. He blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has endorsed allowing Russia to return to the G-7 group of nations and has never taken the country to task for allegedly putting bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pompeo in the interview said the government was still “unpacking” the cyberespionage operation and some of it would likely remain classified.

“But suffice it to say there was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code inside of U.S. government systems and it now appears systems of private companies and companies and governments across the world as well,” he said.

Though Pompeo was the first Trump administration official to publicly blame Russia for the intrusion, cybersecurity experts and other U.S. officials have been clear over the past week that the operation appears to be the work of Russia. There has been no credible suggestion that any other country — including China — is responsible.

Democrats in Congress who have received classified briefings have also affirmed publicly that Russia, which in 2014 hacked the State Department and interfered through hacking in the 2016 presidential election, was behind it.

It’s not clear exactly what the hackers were seeking, but experts say it could include nuclear secrets, blueprints for advanced weaponry, COVID-19 vaccine-related research and information for dossiers on government and industry leaders.

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The dumrats don't want the Justice Dept or FBI to do anything to Hunter Biden for accepting a bribe from Russia or to Russia for bribing Hunter.
But they want President Trump to go to war with Russia because Secretary of State Pompeo said that Russia might have hacked one of our computers. Now the FBI or head of our cyber security has not said that we have any evidence or know for sure that the Russian Government was behind the hack that was initiated back in March.
Does, "we can see pretty clearly" mean that we know for sure? Should we take serious action when we aren't sure? Does anyone remember the "weapons of mass destruction" that didn't exist excuse? Didn't that come from "the intelligence community"?
Can we trust our own FBI, Justice Dept, CIA or "intelligence community"? They all have their own ulterior political motives now.



So, this is "off track"? .... And still doesn't have an answer. Just spouting out more disinformation from fake news channels.

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All this and Trump playing golf! Again!

Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the US Treasury and Commerce departments, according to people familiar with the matter, adding they feared the hacks uncovered so far may be the tip of the iceberg.

The hack is so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday (12 December), said one of the people familiar with the matter.

US officials have not said much publicly beyond the Commerce Department confirming there was a breach at one of its agencies and that they asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI to investigate.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot added that they “are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation.”

The US government has not publicly identified who might be behind the hacking, but three of the people familiar with the investigation said Russia is currently believed to be responsible for the attack. Two of the people said that the breaches are connected to a broad campaign that also involved the recently disclosed hack on FireEye, a major US cybersecurity company with government and commercial contracts.

Leading US cybersecurity firm hacked, likely by a government
FireEye, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in the United States, said that it had been hacked, likely by a government, and that an arsenal of hacking tools used to test the defenses of its clients had been stolen.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the Russian foreign ministry described the allegations as another unfounded attempt by the US media to blame Russia for cyberattacks against US agencies.

The cyber spies are believed to have gotten in by surreptitiously tampering with updates released by IT company SolarWinds, which serves government customers across the executive branch, the military, and the intelligence services, according to two people familiar with the matter. The trick – often referred to as a “supply chain attack” – works by hiding malicious code in the body of legitimate software updates provided to targets by third parties.

In a statement released late Sunday, the Austin, Texas-based company said that updates to its monitoring software released between March and June of this year may have been subverted by what it described as a “highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state.”

The company declined to offer any further detail, but the diversity of SolarWind’s customer base has sparked concern within the US intelligence community that other government agencies may be at risk, according to four people briefed on the matter.

SolarWinds says on its website that its customers include most of America’s Fortune 500 companies, the top 10 US telecommunications providers, all five branches of the US military, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Office of President of the United States.

‘Huge cyber espionage campaign’

The breach presents a major challenge to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden as officials investigate what information was stolen and try to ascertain what it will be used for. It is not uncommon for large scale cyber investigations to take months or years to complete.

“This is a much bigger story than one single agency,” said one of the people familiar with the matter. “This is a huge cyber espionage campaign targeting the US government and its interests.”

Hackers broke into the NTIA’s office software, Microsoft’s Office 365. Staff emails at the agency were monitored by the hackers for months, sources said.

A Microsoft spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did a spokesman for the Treasury Department.

The hackers are “highly sophisticated” and have been able to trick the Microsoft platform’s authentication controls, according to a person familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.

“This is a nation state,” said a different person briefed on the matter.

The full scope of the breach is unclear. The investigation is still its early stages and involves a range of federal agencies, including the FBI, according to three of the people familiar with the matter.

A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said they have been “working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks. CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”

The FBI and US National Security Agency did not respond to a request for comment.

There is some indication that the email compromise at NTIA dates back to this summer, although it was only recently discovered, according to a senior US official.

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100 Famous Confucius Quotes
1. “The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not… Are both correct.”

2. “Your life is what your thoughts make it.”

3. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

4. “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

5. “The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”

6. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

7. “You are what you think.”


8. “Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”

9. “All people are the same; only their habits differ.”

10. “Learn advidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.”

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Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the US Treasury and Commerce departments, according to people familiar with the matter, adding they feared the hacks uncovered so far may be the tip of the iceberg.

The hack is so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday (12 December), said one of the people familiar with the matter.

US officials have not said much publicly beyond the Commerce Department confirming there was a breach at one of its agencies and that they asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI to investigate.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot added that they “are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation.”

The US government has not publicly identified who might be behind the hacking, but three of the people familiar with the investigation said Russia is currently believed to be responsible for the attack. Two of the people said that the breaches are connected to a broad campaign that also involved the recently disclosed hack on FireEye, a major US cybersecurity company with government and commercial contracts.

Leading US cybersecurity firm hacked, likely by a government
FireEye, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in the United States, said that it had been hacked, likely by a government, and that an arsenal of hacking tools used to test the defenses of its clients had been stolen.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the Russian foreign ministry described the allegations as another unfounded attempt by the US media to blame Russia for cyberattacks against US agencies.

The cyber spies are believed to have gotten in by surreptitiously tampering with updates released by IT company SolarWinds, which serves government customers across the executive branch, the military, and the intelligence services, according to two people familiar with the matter. The trick – often referred to as a “supply chain attack” – works by hiding malicious code in the body of legitimate software updates provided to targets by third parties.

In a statement released late Sunday, the Austin, Texas-based company said that updates to its monitoring software released between March and June of this year may have been subverted by what it described as a “highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state.”

The company declined to offer any further detail, but the diversity of SolarWind’s customer base has sparked concern within the US intelligence community that other government agencies may be at risk, according to four people briefed on the matter.

SolarWinds says on its website that its customers include most of America’s Fortune 500 companies, the top 10 US telecommunications providers, all five branches of the US military, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Office of President of the United States.

‘Huge cyber espionage campaign’

The breach presents a major challenge to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden as officials investigate what information was stolen and try to ascertain what it will be used for. It is not uncommon for large scale cyber investigations to take months or years to complete.

“This is a much bigger story than one single agency,” said one of the people familiar with the matter. “This is a huge cyber espionage campaign targeting the US government and its interests.”

Hackers broke into the NTIA’s office software, Microsoft’s Office 365. Staff emails at the agency were monitored by the hackers for months, sources said.

A Microsoft spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did a spokesman for the Treasury Department.

The hackers are “highly sophisticated” and have been able to trick the Microsoft platform’s authentication controls, according to a person familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.

“This is a nation state,” said a different person briefed on the matter.

The full scope of the breach is unclear. The investigation is still its early stages and involves a range of federal agencies, including the FBI, according to three of the people familiar with the matter.

A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said they have been “working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks. CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”

The FBI and US National Security Agency did not respond to a request for comment.

There is some indication that the email compromise at NTIA dates back to this summer, although it was only recently discovered, according to a senior US official.

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2. “Your life is what your thoughts make it.”

3. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

4. “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

5. “The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”

6. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

7. “You are what you think.”


8. “Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”

9. “All people are the same; only their habits differ.”

10. “Learn advidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.”

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Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the US Treasury and Commerce departments, according to people familiar with the matter, adding they feared the hacks uncovered so far may be the tip of the iceberg.

The hack is so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday (12 December), said one of the people familiar with the matter.

US officials have not said much publicly beyond the Commerce Department confirming there was a breach at one of its agencies and that they asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI to investigate.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot added that they “are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation.”

The US government has not publicly identified who might be behind the hacking, but three of the people familiar with the investigation said Russia is currently believed to be responsible for the attack. Two of the people said that the breaches are connected to a broad campaign that also involved the recently disclosed hack on FireEye, a major US cybersecurity company with government and commercial contracts.

Leading US cybersecurity firm hacked, likely by a government
FireEye, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in the United States, said that it had been hacked, likely by a government, and that an arsenal of hacking tools used to test the defenses of its clients had been stolen.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the Russian foreign ministry described the allegations as another unfounded attempt by the US media to blame Russia for cyberattacks against US agencies.

The cyber spies are believed to have gotten in by surreptitiously tampering with updates released by IT company SolarWinds, which serves government customers across the executive branch, the military, and the intelligence services, according to two people familiar with the matter. The trick – often referred to as a “supply chain attack” – works by hiding malicious code in the body of legitimate software updates provided to targets by third parties.

In a statement released late Sunday, the Austin, Texas-based company said that updates to its monitoring software released between March and June of this year may have been subverted by what it described as a “highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state.”

The company declined to offer any further detail, but the diversity of SolarWind’s customer base has sparked concern within the US intelligence community that other government agencies may be at risk, according to four people briefed on the matter.

SolarWinds says on its website that its customers include most of America’s Fortune 500 companies, the top 10 US telecommunications providers, all five branches of the US military, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Office of President of the United States.

‘Huge cyber espionage campaign’

The breach presents a major challenge to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden as officials investigate what information was stolen and try to ascertain what it will be used for. It is not uncommon for large scale cyber investigations to take months or years to complete.

“This is a much bigger story than one single agency,” said one of the people familiar with the matter. “This is a huge cyber espionage campaign targeting the US government and its interests.”

Hackers broke into the NTIA’s office software, Microsoft’s Office 365. Staff emails at the agency were monitored by the hackers for months, sources said.

A Microsoft spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did a spokesman for the Treasury Department.

The hackers are “highly sophisticated” and have been able to trick the Microsoft platform’s authentication controls, according to a person familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.

“This is a nation state,” said a different person briefed on the matter.

The full scope of the breach is unclear. The investigation is still its early stages and involves a range of federal agencies, including the FBI, according to three of the people familiar with the matter.

A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said they have been “working closely with our agency partners regarding recently discovered activity on government networks. CISA is providing technical assistance to affected entities as they work to identify and mitigate any potential compromises.”

The FBI and US National Security Agency did not respond to a request for comment.

There is some indication that the email compromise at NTIA dates back to this summer, although it was only recently discovered, according to a senior US official.

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Attention-loving Trump disappears in final days of term
By Tara McKelvey
BBC News, White House reporter
20 November 2020 US Election 2020
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Why has the president been so quiet? He loves the spotlight. Yet this month he has been holed up for 14 days in the White House. Here is how he has been spending the final weeks of his term in office.

A US Marine, wearing white gloves and a dark mask, guarded an entrance to the West Wing earlier this week - the president was in his workspace.

Yet Donald Trump was not involved in the kind of work that usually occupies presidents at this point in their term. Four years ago, he was in the Oval Office getting advice from Barack Obama, the man he was soon to succeed as president.

He was instead stewing about the election and watching TV, as his tweets have shown. His days of relative seclusion after the election stand in stark contrast to what he was doing before the votes were cast.

Back then, he travelled constantly. In one day, he went to four states. He spoke at rallies and was seen on TV practically round the clock. He often joked about the reclusiveness of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, or "Basement Joe", as Trump called him.


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Since the day that the election was called for Biden, however, Trump has holed himself up in the White House. He has appeared on camera only on two occasions - at Arlington National Cemetery and at a White House press event about Covid. He did not take questions.

Another appearance looms on Friday afternoon when he will make an announcement about drug prices. And he is expected to take part virtually in an Asia-Pacific political summit on Friday.

He also could not resist a drive-by wave to his followers who were gathered in Washington on Saturday to protest about the election loss. And he takes weekend trips to Virginia to play golf - a place where he feels comfortable and loved.


Video caption"The campaign, which I won, by the way": Trump falsely claims election win
Still, within this cloistered existence, he has been busy. He closely follows the One America News Network , a conservative cable channel that is known for its conspiracy theories.

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He has also been firing people.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who baulked at the president's suggestion to deploy troops to quell protests in US cities, and Christopher Krebs, a cyber security official who contradicted the president's claims about election fraud, have both been sacked.

The president has also overseen policy shifts, such as a reduction of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

These actions, made behind closed doors at the White House, will have long-term effects on the nation and the world. They will certainly complicate matters for Biden when he takes office in January.

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Aside from these dramatic steps, the president has been monitoring the work of his campaign lawyers who are contesting the election results with little success. Partly for that reason, say some who know him, he has been keeping a low profile.

"He's trying to let the legal challenges play themselves out," says Kurt Volker, who once served as the president's special envoy to Ukraine, and later testified at the president's impeachment by the Democratic-run House of Representatives.

As the legal challenges to the 2020 election play out, Trump has accused his enemies, the "Radical Left Democrats", of election meddling, among other offences.


Video captionWhat do Trump supporters think of a Biden presidency?
This reflects the president's style.

The president, as Volker points out, takes things personally. He recalls speaking with Trump in the West Wing about US policies in Ukraine and other matters.

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During their discussion, says Volker, the president spoke as though people were out to get him: "He said they tried to take him down - whoever 'they' are. He feels like he's fighting for things he believes in - and that people are conspiring against him."

In recent weeks, the president's critics have been dismayed at the way that he has refused to help with the transition. "It's a really tragic situation to see something like this - him putting himself ahead of the American people," says Lawrence Korb, who served as an assistant secretary of defence in the Reagan administration.

"Even if he disputes the election, he could be briefing the Biden people and getting them ready."

The president's supporters sympathise with him, however. Millions of people across the US share his views. Nearly three-quarters of Republicans, according to one poll , say they have doubts about Biden's win.


Video captionHow other incumbents left the White House after losing
Meanwhile many of those who work at the White House seem resigned to their fate and are preparing for the new administration. Desks in the West Wing are tidy.

Some have been almost cleared off. One staffer carried a bulletin board with mementos out of the White House, and another had a box of chocolates. "Going away party," someone told me and hurried past.

One former White House official, a foreign policy expert who still works for the government, says he and his colleagues are just waiting for the end.

"There isn't a whole lot to do except watch it play out," he says.

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So, this is "off track"? .... And still doesn't have an answer. Just spouting out more disinformation from fake news channels.


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Attention-loving Trump disappears in final days of term
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20 November 2020 US Election 2020
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Why has the president been so quiet? He loves the spotlight. Yet this month he has been holed up for 14 days in the White House. Here is how he has been spending the final weeks of his term in office.

A US Marine, wearing white gloves and a dark mask, guarded an entrance to the West Wing earlier this week - the president was in his workspace.

Yet Donald Trump was not involved in the kind of work that usually occupies presidents at this point in their term. Four years ago, he was in the Oval Office getting advice from Barack Obama, the man he was soon to succeed as president.

He was instead stewing about the election and watching TV, as his tweets have shown. His days of relative seclusion after the election stand in stark contrast to what he was doing before the votes were cast.

Back then, he travelled constantly. In one day, he went to four states. He spoke at rallies and was seen on TV practically round the clock. He often joked about the reclusiveness of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, or "Basement Joe", as Trump called him.


Presentational white space
Since the day that the election was called for Biden, however, Trump has holed himself up in the White House. He has appeared on camera only on two occasions - at Arlington National Cemetery and at a White House press event about Covid. He did not take questions.

Another appearance looms on Friday afternoon when he will make an announcement about drug prices. And he is expected to take part virtually in an Asia-Pacific political summit on Friday.

He also could not resist a drive-by wave to his followers who were gathered in Washington on Saturday to protest about the election loss. And he takes weekend trips to Virginia to play golf - a place where he feels comfortable and loved.


Video caption"The campaign, which I won, by the way": Trump falsely claims election win
Still, within this cloistered existence, he has been busy. He closely follows the One America News Network , a conservative cable channel that is known for its conspiracy theories.

ADVERTISEMENT
He has also been firing people.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who baulked at the president's suggestion to deploy troops to quell protests in US cities, and Christopher Krebs, a cyber security official who contradicted the president's claims about election fraud, have both been sacked.

The president has also overseen policy shifts, such as a reduction of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

These actions, made behind closed doors at the White House, will have long-term effects on the nation and the world. They will certainly complicate matters for Biden when he takes office in January.

Five US election fraud claims fact-checked
Refuting Trump cost cyber-security chief his job
Allies alarmed at Afghanistan troop withdrawal
Aside from these dramatic steps, the president has been monitoring the work of his campaign lawyers who are contesting the election results with little success. Partly for that reason, say some who know him, he has been keeping a low profile.

"He's trying to let the legal challenges play themselves out," says Kurt Volker, who once served as the president's special envoy to Ukraine, and later testified at the president's impeachment by the Democratic-run House of Representatives.

As the legal challenges to the 2020 election play out, Trump has accused his enemies, the "Radical Left Democrats", of election meddling, among other offences.


Video captionWhat do Trump supporters think of a Biden presidency?
This reflects the president's style.

The president, as Volker points out, takes things personally. He recalls speaking with Trump in the West Wing about US policies in Ukraine and other matters.

ADVERTISEMENT
During their discussion, says Volker, the president spoke as though people were out to get him: "He said they tried to take him down - whoever 'they' are. He feels like he's fighting for things he believes in - and that people are conspiring against him."

In recent weeks, the president's critics have been dismayed at the way that he has refused to help with the transition. "It's a really tragic situation to see something like this - him putting himself ahead of the American people," says Lawrence Korb, who served as an assistant secretary of defence in the Reagan administration.

"Even if he disputes the election, he could be briefing the Biden people and getting them ready."

The president's supporters sympathise with him, however. Millions of people across the US share his views. Nearly three-quarters of Republicans, according to one poll , say they have doubts about Biden's win.


Video captionHow other incumbents left the White House after losing
Meanwhile many of those who work at the White House seem resigned to their fate and are preparing for the new administration. Desks in the West Wing are tidy.

Some have been almost cleared off. One staffer carried a bulletin board with mementos out of the White House, and another had a box of chocolates. "Going away party," someone told me and hurried past.

One former White House official, a foreign policy expert who still works for the government, says he and his colleagues are just waiting for the end.

"There isn't a whole lot to do except watch it play out," he says.




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American officials suspect a Russian spy agency has carried out what may be the most successful cyber infiltrations of U.S. government and corporate institutions in history. Trump refuses to acknowledge it, is he involved? This will not go away and Trump will have to answer some very hard questions.

It’s being described as an epic hack. But was it an attack?

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Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. speaks during a forum on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
If only the Democrats in D.C. were as nice to conservatives as they are to Chinese spies — maybe the country wouldn’t be so divided.

Do you agree, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell?

According to reports, the California congressman and former presidential candidate had a close relationship with a Chinese national called Fang Fang.


How close? Well, Axios reported that, “Amid a widening counterintelligence probe, federal investigators became so alarmed by Fang’s behavior and activities that around 2015 they alerted Swalwell to their concerns — giving him what is known as a defensive briefing.”

This is where the story gets really interesting.

“Fang left the country unexpectedly in mid-2015 amid the investigation,” the report reads. In other words, not long after Swalwell was briefed by the FBI, Fang Fang skipped town.


I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but the timing of Fang’s sudden farewell seems slightly suspicious to me. But rather than resign or even admit wrongdoing, Swalwell did what all good Dems do when in a bind — he blamed Donald Trump. After all, being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry.

When asked about the Axios report, Swalwell said, “I’ve been a critic of the president. I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him. … The timing feels like that should be looked at.”

Swalwell has spoken out against the president. In fact, he was one of the most prominent promoters of the bogus Russia hoax. He once even accused the president’s son of being a Russian agent on live TV.

During a hit on MSNBC, Swalwell criticized Trump’s son for meeting with a Russian lawyer and said, “Stated plainly, the president’s son met with a Russian spy.”

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, blasted Russia on Sunday for a cyberattack he said amounted to an “invasion,” adding that the president’s unwillingness to blame Russia shows he has a “blind spot” when it comes to the country.

U.S. officials believe that Russian intelligence was behind a suspected hacking campaign unveiled last week that infiltrated more than 40 organizations, including many government agencies and contractors.

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Oh they do? Who are the "American officials"? Isn't there a big difference between suspect and know.
I suspect that Bester is a Chinese spy. He keeps spreading so much disinformation.

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There you go, more lies and disinformation. Who are "US officials" and they "believe", give me a break. What a bunch of fake news.

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Talk of the County: Trump hat should say 'Make Russia Great Again'
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
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I think our President Donald Trump ought to get a new hat that says, “Make Russia Great Again.” Trump will take the stand on this, they have no choice but too hold Trump accountable, twice now!

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