FBI blames Russians for using an obsolete virus made in Ukraine called Grizzly Steppe for hacking Presidential election
(Pictured above on the left is Russian President Vladimir Putin with Hillary Clinton).
The FBI and DHS issued a joint report Thursday called "Grizzly Steppe – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity".
Its file number is JAR-16-20296A.
DHS is the Department of Homeland Security. JAR means Joint Analysis Report.
What did they find?
Russians used an obsolete Ukrainian virus called Grizzly Steppe to hack last month's Presidential Election.
The FBI and DHS failed to note, however, that the software was obsolete or made in the Ukraine. Nor was the source of the computer virus attack identified.
Regardless, the U.S. Intelligence services blamed it on the Russians.
No one signed their name to the report.
"If it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians", said John McAfee, founder of McAfee anti-virus software.
He also said, "There is no way to assign a source for any attack. Hackers can fake their location, their language, and any markers that could lead back to them.
"Any hacker who had the skills to hack into the DNC (Democratic National Committee) would also be able to hide their tracks."
John McAfee (right), founder of McAfee anti-virus software, discusses yesterday's FBI/DHS report on Grizzly Steppe with Larry King (left).
Mark Maunder posted a technical explanation of Grizzly Steppe. He is CEO of Wordfence, a company who makes anti-virus plugins for WordPress users.
Maunder was first to note that the Grizzly Steppe identified in the FBI/DHS report was obsolete and made in the Ukraine.
So who did the hacking?
"It came from inside leaks, not hacks," said Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and an associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Murray said he received a package in September which contained emails from the DNC (Democratic National Committee). Wikileaks released them to the public in November.
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