NSA – finally shows us what they are good at
US National Security Agency – Russian Hacking
So this week Obama decided to come down hard on Russia for its penchant for hacking of late. On Thursday, The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to cyber attacks.
So how could the US have proof of Russian hacking?
As it turns out, the NSA has tracked Russian hacking before.
The NSA is actually aside from being good at letting classified intel walk out the door with contracted employees, are also quite good at tracking Russian hacks.
They know the tell tail signs of Russian hacking.
They became good at it before the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, she had been gunned down back in 2006 in her Moscow home after having written articles that were rather critical of the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin.
Prior to her murder however, she had been hacked by Russian intelligence who just so happened to be using malicious software. And naturally the NSA discovered that her email had been hacked and they did in fact, trace it back to Russian intelligence at the time.
So, if the US Government says they have proof of Russian hacking, well I am inclined to believe them now that they are backing it up by doing something about it.
But then again, this could all be part of the typical sore loser syndrome the Dems to be suffering of late.
This week’s move however comes after many have implored the US Government to either disclose proof of Russian hacking and do something about it or drop it.
In kind, the administration decided to move forward with punishing Russia for the hacks, which started well before 2016 and the campaign…of course.
What makes this interesting is that the public still does not feel that Russian hacking and leaked intel had any sway in terms of who won and who lost the 2016 presidential election and I really think that is only partially true.
With some of the leaks mind’s did change but…the leaks were designed to release intel that informed the public instead of to destroy a Government.
In the end, that actually matters. What matters more however is what information or intel they have that they haven’t leaked yet.
Many are wondering now however if the move wasn’t too late? Is it politically motivated in a way that it will make Trump’s start in office more difficult in terms of a relationship with Putin and Russia?
Will it thwart further attacks? Will it prevent more leaks, or leaks that would threaten national security?
Personally, I doubt that they can leak anything to threaten national security, those leaks typically come from contracted employees of the NSA.
As for Russia and Vladimir Putin, I doubt they will do much until Trump heads into office, all indications are that they very much want a good relationship with the United States, they have simply been awaiting a leader that is more capable of building a trusting relationship with them and other allies.
Either way, it is refreshing to see our Government do more than just give lip service for once. The next round of punishment will be less public I am sure, because in all reality the expulsion of these 35 diplomats is not really a new thing.
Nations do this to each other all of the time, over all sorts of different reasons.
This first move, well that was just for show, give the public something to feed off of more or less.
Everything else will be done way under the table.
As I’ve said before, in the world of spy games and cyber warfare, all’s fair in love and war.
Cristal M Clark
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