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Obama’s New Year Lame Duck Soup

by Tutisicecream

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Grizzly Steppe the Crazy Russian Hack according to the DHS/FBI reportage ordered by a failed president.

As anyone working in the IT business knows phishing attacks happen on a regular basis from servers all over the world and are commonplace on the internet. It is also well known that phishing, when taking place is always done from a slave computer, so it is impossible to know the original source. All you can do is block the compromised slave computer from accessing your network. They do not amount to a cyber attacks in the vague parameters laid out in this New Year Grizzly Steppe squib.

However in keeping with the hallmarks of Obama’s foreign policy failures this reportage, as that is all it is, is being used to bolster the false Russian Hacker narrative. To act as a smoke screen for other more pressing issues on the cyber front for the US homeland security, namely in this case those of the Hillary Clinton e-mails, kept by her on an unofficial unsecured server, which exposed inherent corruption by her at the highest levels as part of his administration.

It is a never ending task for IT departments to winkle out such things as hacks. What is released in this DHS/ FBI effort is not that – just a how phishing is done for dummies – nothing more and nothing that links it to any government hack and definitely not Russia. It appears that in this account they are attributing the location of the slave computer as the location of the source computer and that is wrong, this will never done by anyone who knows how to do this and simply misleading.

The US really needs more substance than presented here to declare an imagined a state of national emergency against Russia – don’t they? Of course it appears to be the final fling of a murderous neo-liberal administration infiltrated by neo-conservatives hell bent on confrontation with Russia – but that’s just my opinion. However don’t expect anything in the way of analysis from the MSM on this and especially the Guardian which brings to bear 3 hacks on the subject and fails miserably to pick out the hopelessness of this piece of deception. Its purpose is to create fear in the minds of a public who are already tired of this faking of the fake’s nonsense.

So let’s look at the 13 page fact-free so called report which goes by the cunningly perception managed name of Grizzly Steppe- Russian Malicious Cyber Activity:

  • Page 1: Hackneyed Introduction
  • Pages 2-3: Meaningless graphic which says that "Advanced Persistent Threat 28 and 29" are Russians because – well we say so!
  • Page 4: A list of hacker groups with Russian type names such as:  Pinched Duke (clearly tongue in cheek), Tsar Team, and Energetic Bear etc.- a few names being the only link to anything Russian in the whole sorry exercise. And of course each could be anyone anywhere even dear old Bana in Aleppo.
  • Page 5: A 19 line PHP script that you can run to see if your server has been infected by any specific root kit.
  • Pages 6 to 12: Nothing more than standard info on how to secure a server and general advice that has no relation to anything or anybody specific.
  • Page 13: How to contact the DHS and FBI – possibly to give them advice on what to do next?

Lapped up by the MSM there is nothing of substance here, but it has led to Obama getting his rattle thrown out of the pram, tit for tat diplomatic spat moment – unfortunately Putin has decided not to respond. The only pages that even pretend to be anything are pages 2, 3, and 4.  Those pages are completely devoid of any incriminating facts pointing to a Russian hack.  The other 10 pages don't contain anything other than standard advice and info on phishing and the new media buzz-word spear phishing.

Clearly Obama’s Lame Duck Soup is a failed attempt at revenge being a dish best served cold – without the shot of vodka.

Link to Grizzly Steppe


10 Comments

  1. rtj1211 says

    America is SO in need of growing up. IF US candidate calls for nuclear war with Russia, are 150 million people expected to hand over their economy or die? GET real. Within the rules of international relations, Russia would be entirely within its rights Tom oppose a Clinton Presidency. Would any POTUS sit by and allow election of a mad Russian/Chinese leader who threatened to activate a massive earthquake on the San Andreas fault? Like hell they would.

    Once America goes around the world killing people, anyone affected has the right to interfere in their elections. Anyone.

    Barack Obama sought to interfere in Brexit. He conspicuously failed, but we did not suggest recall of our Ambassador and expulsion of US Ambassador to London, did we? We are grown up, after all…..17.5 million voters merely raised their middle finger at him.

    The world is heartily tired of 330 million emotional two year olds throwing tantrums because the world refuses to bend to their will.

    America’s leadership is bankrupt, so it resorts to force.

    True leadership knows that if it cannot convince reasonable people, it is worth nothing.

    No wonder Trump wishes to reset US policy somewhat…….

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    • Brian Harry, Australia says

      As usual rtj1211, you are ‘right on the money’. The farcical “We are victims of the EVIL RUSSIANS” soap opera coming out of America would be hilarious, if it wasn’t so pathetic. I wonder how many American people have fallen for this ‘Televisual Garbage’……….too many, I suspect….

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  2. michaelk says

    If one believes in witches, or says one does, and knows they exist, the next step, finding them, is relatively easy.

    What’s interesting about all the powerful forces lined up against Trump, (which, tellingly don’t seem to include American business or corporate actors), the politica class, the security services, the mass media, showbiz, is that they represent the ‘deep state’ or a form of ‘shadow government’ that normal works out of sight and rarely needs to raise its voice in public. Apparently they see Trump as such a menace to their power that they are prepared to step out into the light in a last desparate attempt to de-legitimise him and whaterver he stands for, in this particular instance it’s ‘peace’ with Russia, they apparently have plans for war with Russia.

    Looking at the people behind this open conspiracy to ‘box in’ or reverse the result of the election, it’s easy to imagine how a similar coalition and conspiracy could have come together to remove another ‘dangerous’ president who challenged or defied conventional wisdom and wished to steer the United States in a different direction to the one advocated by the permanent ‘shadow government.’ Namely President Kennedy. If I was Trump I’d get my own praetorian guards in place, pronto!

    What’s depressing, though no longer surprising, is the way the liberals and left, such as they are, have backed the attacks on Trump that amount to a preemptive coup before he even takes office. What’s wrong with wanting peace with Russia? What’s so great about confrontation with Russia and a new Cold War that could easily turn into a real one? The left and the liberals, remind me of zombies. Brain-dead. There visceral hatred of Trump blinding them to the incredibly dangers we face in we allow the ‘shadow government’ to push us into a war with Russia. The war won’t be confined to Europe, but will spread to American cities too. And don’t even get me started on the Europeans. Who seem so sanguine about the prospect of the Americans fighting a nuclear war in the centre of Europe. A war that’ll mean the final destruction of European civilization, and all without a murmur of protest or dissent… amazing.

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  3. Alessandro says

    Anyone ever seen the film Canadian Bacon? A President’s approval rating is low because the country is mired in recession and people are losing their jobs, especially in former manufacturing areas like Niagara, and since the Cold War is over he can’t blame it all on the Russians. So his advisors whip up a fake media campaign painting Canadians as villains, so everyone will forget about their real problems, which the President can’t fix, and work themselves up into an anti-Canadian patriotic fever. It’s basically the same scenario, except that it’s a political move to discredit the new President and give them a head start on their next campaign, and instead of using a familiar bogeyman like Iran or North Korea they’re dusting off an old one.

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    • Alessandro says

      Oh, and I forgot, in the (1995) movie the President’s suggestion that they declare a war on terrorism is dismissed by his advisors as absurd. Heh.

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  4. Brian Harry, Australia says

    “Much ado about nothing”. While the Americans are running around like “chooks with their heads cut off”, over at the Kremlin, the Russians must be wondering if the whole political class in the USA have contracted ‘Mad Cow Disease’. It’s just orchestrated “Bovine Excreta”……..

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  5. “Sneaky Russians. Not only did they punk the American elections, they are now Bana in Aleppo calling in air strikes as well as entirely fact free.” — just another fact checking reader from Snopes.

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