The Trump Administration has no plan to protect our elections from foreign hackers.

By | 2018-07-29T05:32:23+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |20 Comments

This should be the most pressing national security issue on the government’s agenda.

Courtesy of NBC News:

After nearly two years of calling Russian election interference a hoax and its investigation a witch hunt, President Donald Trump on Friday presided over the first National Security Council meeting devoted to defending American democracy from foreign manipulation.

“The President has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation-state or other malicious actors,” the White House said in a statement afterward.

But current and former officials tell NBC News that 19 months into his presidency, there is no coherent Trump administration strategy to combat foreign election interference — and no single person or agency in charge.

In the statement, the White House took issue with that, saying a strategy was put in motion when Trump took office. No such strategy has been made public — or even mentioned before.

The article points out that there are various agencies who are supposedly reinforcing security on their end of things, but no cohesive strategy nor any one person in charge to oversee the progress.

In fact, the Trump Administration has weakened cybersecurity in a number of ways, which included eliminating the job of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council.

Let’s face it, Trump benefited from intrusion by a foreign actor in 2016 and is counting on more of their help in 2018 and 2020. 

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20 Comments

  1. anon July 28, 2018 at 8:35 am

    THIS should be the most pressing national security issue on the government’s agenda!

  2. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Lest we forget his comments on Xi: “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great.Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
    White House says he was joking. I can’t be the only one that thinks he’ll be dragged out kicking and screaming.

  3. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Internet Giants Are Banning Extremists (Just Not The Ones Targeting Women)

    The biggest sites on the internet are letting radical misogynists run wild.

    …Platform companies are doing little to police the communities where rape and other kinds of violence against women are encouraged and glorified, and where there are repeated calls for violence in the form of “incel uprisings.” (This article includes unedited quotes from some of these communities, which include endorsement of rape and racial slurs that readers may find disturbing.)

    Di Giorgi and others who track extremist groups have observed that violent misogynist speech online appears to feed off the growth of the extreme alt-right and white supremacy movements.

    “In recent years with the growth of internet communities, it’s kind of starting to overlap so much with other types of extremism,” said Di Giorgi. “People who wouldn’t have necessarily been exposed to these sort of beliefs offline are now being radicalized because of the communities they engage with online.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-extremism-radical-misogyny_us_5b491358e4b0bc69a787458f

  4. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Trump Hides At His Golf Course After Refusing To Answer Questions About Bombshell Cohen Revelation

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/28/trump-hides-cohen-allegations.html

  5. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Is it any wonder that people don’t want to vote any more, which is playing right into their hands.

  6. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:35 am

    The Trump Administration Convenes the ‘Super Bowl’ of Religious Freedom

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/ministerial-trump-religious-freedom-brunson/566195/

    Congressman upset religious freedom law ‘doesn’t go far enough’ to allow discrimination against LGBT people

    Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) is under fire once again for comments he made as a radio talk show host, this time during which he lamented that Indiana’s religious freedom law “doesn’t go far in enough in allowing discrimination,” against LGBT people. CNN first reported on Rep. Lewis’ remarks, and last week first reported that Lewis had been upset he was no longer able to call women “sluts.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/congressman-upset-religious-freedom-law-doesnt-go-far-enough-allow-discrimination-lgbt-people/

  7. anon July 28, 2018 at 9:49 am

    So Manfart wanted to be McCains campaign person. It was suggested that McCain was forced, bribed, extorted or harassed into placing sarah palin on the ballot with him. And when that failed to win, ms palin suddenly quit as gov to Alaska. It was also rumored that trig was a product of adoption and child of a wealthy Russian. Of course this was “rumors” but it makes for some interesting BS just like trumpy bear.

  8. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Trump proclaims his intention to stump for vulnerable Republicans ‘six or seven days a week’

    …He said that he demanded his team create a list of vulnerable Republicans and that he would be ready to go.

    “Give me the top 25 congresspeople that are, you know, could go either way, and I want to go out and campaign for those people,” Trump said.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-proclaims-intention-stump-vulnerable-republicans-six-seven-days-week/

    • Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Desperate McCarthy Tells House GOP That “Nobody is Safe”

      A desperate House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has told Republicans in Congress that nobody is safe in this year’s midterm elections, and nobody can take their seats for granted. McCarthy has confirmed that GOP leaders are extremely worried about a Blue Wave this year that will take away their congressional majorities.

      Reports are that McCarthy “cracked the whip” with his GOP colleagues on the topics of fundraising and campaigning in a sit down meeting with them yesterday. As a leader of the Republican House caucus he apparently decided it was up to him to give what was called “a combination pep talk and wake-up call.” His goal was to have an impact before members of Congress left Washington for their five-week summer recess.

      People close to the Majority Leader have summarized his message as follows:

      https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/28/desperate-mccarthy-tells-house-gop-that-nobody-is-safe.html

    • Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:40 am

      ‘Russia’s Rep’ Confides His Racist Fears To Hannity

      …Their fear of The Other is all they have. They don’t have morals, ethics, policy, or popular support. All they have is fear. Fear of brown people. And Russian hacking help, of course. But mostly fear.

      https://crooksandliars.com/2018/07/russias-congressman-shares-his-fears

      Dana Rohrabacher: Democrats “want to replace us with this massive flow”

      https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/07/26/sean-hannity-fearmongers-about-immigration-his-guest-claims-democrats-are-trying-replace-us/220806

    • Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Less time for him to screw up our country as far as I am concerned. He just wants to get out their and talk about himself, he could care less about the candidates.

  9. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:52 am
  10. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Maria Butina is just the tip of the Russia iceberg

    …The similarities between Golos and the case against Butina are striking: They were both seeking to assist political movements they believed to be pro-Kremlin (the Communist Party of the 1930s; the pro-gun wing of the Republican Party of the 2010s). They were both backed by Kremlin money, diverted through cutouts (the Communist International, in the former instance; a couple of Russian oligarchs, allegedly, in the latter).

    They were also both parts of larger, international operations. Golos was a player in the Soviet Union’s long-term effort to promote an international revolution. But Butina, even if considering only her role as an open, pro-Kremlin activist, also has many counterparts, agents of influence who are openly agitating for Russian interests, now on the far-right edge of Western politics instead of the far-left.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/maria-butina-is-just-the-tip-of-the-russia-iceberg/2018/07/27/8f4bae58-90fd-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html

  11. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

    No, it wasn’t some hacker on a bed someplace

    … The indictment shows a dozen officers working to penetrate and disrupt the Democrats by emptying out their emails and computer data and then leaking it. They appeared to use relatively well-known methods such as spear-phishing to steal credentials, anonymous servers to spirit away the data and cryptocurrency to hide the money trail.

    At the end of each operation, it was Mr. Putin’s officers who reaped the harvest. For years there has been much speculation that Russia’s spy services were hiring hackers or criminal elements to do their dirty work, and they probably are. But this case shows that the Russian state cyber-operators are not just boys from Tomsk.

    Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats declared July 13 that warning lights on cyberattacks from Russia are “blinking red,” similar to threats seen before 9/11. A fresh example appeared this week when Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, a Democrat running for reelection, disclosed that her Senate computers had been targeted by Russian government intruders.

    China, too, is a major state actor in cyberconflict; the U.S. intelligence agencies report that Beijing continues to steal intellectual property from U.S. companies despite a 2015 agreement intended to curb the practice.

    Despite these urgent threats, there is scant sign of an effective U.S. government response.

    Cyberconflict is coming to the forefront of competition and coercion among states, with few rules of the road. The United States must be ready for this assault from Russia and others, and clear-eyed about it. Mr. Trump said dismissively in December 2016 of the election hacking: “It could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace.” Now we know it was not.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-it-wasnt-some-hacker-on-a-bed-someplace/2018/07/27/d5d5c576-892c-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

  12. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:08 am

    The GOP is likely to lose the House majority. What then?

    …Consider the Republicans’ record to date: an unpopular tax bill that released a gusher of red ink; a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act; an unsuccessful effort to build the wall or to resolve the “dreamers” situation; a ludicrously unserious investigation into Russian infiltration of our election system; some deregulatory rollbacks; and increased defense spending. It is not a record one would want to run on, especially with Trump’s unpopularity, a burgeoning Russia scandal and ongoing chaos in the White House. The big picture for Republicans is that this House has bent over backward to enable Trump, run up the debt and give an enormous tax break to the rich and corporations. No wonder so many Republicans are choosing to retire.

    Several consequences flow from the GOP’s dismal election prospects. Even if Trump is living in denial, most Republicans on the Hill know that their days in the majority are numbered.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/07/27/the-gop-is-likely-to-lose-the-house-majority-what-then

  13. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Fox News politics editor admits that Republicans stir “hatred and fear” to win elections
    Chris Stirewalt: “What Republicans have found is that culture wars, wedge issues, work better than other things when it comes to frightening or enraging the people who they want to get to the polls”

    https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/07/27/fox-news-politics-editor-admits-republicans-stir-hatred-and-fear-win-elections/220826

  14. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Struggling white nationalist running out of fundraising options for second ‘Unite the Right’ rally
    Jason Kessler’s now down to just cash and check donations.

    https://thinkprogress.org/white-nationalist-fundraising-paypal-unite-the-right-rally-a81a07f95437/

  15. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 10:54 am

    …“It’s difficult for them to see our president standing next to the man who ordered that attack [against U.S. democracy] and not hold the Russians accountable,” he said. “Yes, they need to detect and prevent attacks and mitigate any negative impacts, but it’s also important to deter attacks in the first place. That’s where we’re missing leadership from the White House.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-chairs-election-security-meeting-but-gives-no-new-orders-to-repel-russian-interference/2018/07/27/ebf85f50-91b8-11e8-8322-b5482bf5e0f5_story.html

  16. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Here is how the Russian government used disinformation and cyber warfare to disrupt the 2016 election

    …Cybersecurity experts in the U.S. knew that the Russian intelligence agencies were conducting these acts of information warfare and cyberwarfare, but I doubt they had any idea how comprehensive and integrated they were – until now.

    Russia’s propaganda machine duped American voters
    The operation was complex. What is publicly known now is perhaps most easily understood in two pieces, the subjects of separate federal indictments.

    First, a billionaire Russian businessman and Putin associate allegedly assembled a network of troll factories: private Russian companies engaging in a massive disinformation campaign. Their employees posed as Americans, created racially and politically divisive social media groups and pages, and developed fake news articles and commentary to build political animosity within the American public.

    Second, the Russian military intelligence agency, known by its Russian acronym as the GRU, allegedly used coordinated hacking to target more than 500 people and institutions in the United States. The Russian hackers downloaded potentially damaging information and released it to the public via WikiLeaks and under various aliases including “DCLeaks” and “Guccifer 2.0.”

    Online trolls manipulated your opinions
    The people involved did not fit the stereotypical picture of internet trolls. One leading Russian troll factory was a company called the Internet Research Agency, reportedly with all the trappings of a real corporation, including a graphics department to create incendiary images, a foreign department dedicated to following political discourse in other countries and an IT department to make sure trolls had reliable computers and internet connections. Employees, mostly 18 to 20 years old, were paid as much as US$2,100 a month for creating fake social media accounts and blogs to distribute disinformation to Americans.

    They were employed to take advantage of deepening political polarization in the U.S. The Russians saw this as an opportunity to stir up conflict – like poking a stick into a beehive. These trolls were instructed to stir up racial tensions, stage “flash mobs” and organize activist campaigns – sometimes announcing events for opposing groups at the same times and locations.

    One ex-troll told a Russian independent TV network that his job included writing incendiary comments and creating fake posts on political forums: “The way you chose to stir up the situation, whether it was commenting [on] the news section or on political forums, it didn’t really matter.” In 2015, well before the 2016 election, the troll-factory network had more than 800 people doing this kind of work, producing propaganda videos, infographics, memes, reports, news, interviews and various analytical materials to persuade the public.

    America never stood a chance.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/russian-government-used-disinformation-cyber-warfare-disrupt-2016-election/

  17. Anonymous July 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    On Thursday, a court in Kazakhstan began considering a sprawling corruption case against Viktor Khrapunov, the former mayor of the city of Almaty, and his wife Leila. The couple, who fled to Switzerland, are being tried in absentia for “a wide array of crimes, including money laundering, embezzlement, abuse of office, fraud and the creation of an organized crime group, according to Newsweek.

    As you might have guessed, the Khrapunovs have “deep ties to the Trump Organization.” They were in business with the Bayrock group, which had been run by former Trump advisor Felix Sater. Sater is a childhood friend of Michael Cohen who’s linked to Russian mobsters and is now reportedly cooperating with investigators. He “has a history of channeling money from prominent families in the Eastern bloc into Trump properties,” according to Think Progress, and “this could pose problems for Trump, given Sater’s history of outing former close associates in exchange for immunity.”

    The Khrapunovs were also in business with Rudy Giuliani’s old law firm, which “opened an office in Kazakhstan in 2007, the same year the pair moved to Switzerland. The law firm was allegedly used to raise funds for Guliani’s 2008 run for president.”

    The Khrapunovs’ son, Ilyas, is also wanted by Ukrainian authorities “for allegedly orchestrating a hack of the computer systems of a law firm representing the Kazakh bank BTA Bank.” Ilyas’s father-in-law is accused of embezzling billions from that same bank, and that “money was subsequently laundered through Trump towers, in addition to other U.S. properties.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/fresh-hell-trump-may-finally-face-reckoning-defying-constitution/

    Meet the Eastern European Mystery Donors Behind the Trump-Allied Super PAC
    Global Energy Producers LLC is one of the biggest givers to America First Action. Figuring out where that money is coming from, however, is not easy.

    A mysterious company that made a huge contribution to a pro-Trump political group this year is run by two Soviet-born businessmen, one of whom was feted at a donor retreat at Mar-a-Lago in March.

    Global Energy Producers LLC donated $325,000 to America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, in May, according to the group’s most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission. That made the company one of America First’s top 20 donors, alongside big Republican names and allied businesses, such as disgraced former GOP fundraiser Steve Wynn and coal giant Murray Energy.

    But unlike those prominent contributors, GEP was a virtual unknown. The group had just one other political contribution to date: a $50,000 donation to a PAC supporting Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis’ Florida gubernatorial campaign. It had virtually no paper trail identifying the individuals behind it because the company appears to have been incorporated in Delaware, a state that grants near-total anonymity to corporations formed there.

    What can be gleaned about the company’s staff comes from the fact that two of its executives made personal donations to other federal candidates and listed GEP as their employer. Both individuals are Eastern European businessmen, one with considerable financial interests abroad and the other a troubled domestic legal history.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-the-eastern-european-mystery-donors-behind-the-trump-allied-super-pac

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