Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks: Year Zero, Vault 7 - MISDIRECT ATTRIBUTION

If I want to keep something private, something important, I will not write it an email, a text, or on paper. I won't discuss it on a phone. I assume someone could access that information.

Am I paranoid?

No. I'm being smart. If privacy is really important, if it's classified information, top secret stuff in my personal life, I don't leave any sort of trail.

Today's WikiLeaks "Year Zero" dump show how much spying is routinely happening.

Remember in Godfather II when Michael says, "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone"?

The update to that should be you can hack anyone.

This revelation is particularly enlightening. It blows apart the Russian interference in our election narrative.

From WikiLeaks:

The CIA's Remote Devices Branch's UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques 'stolen' from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the "fingerprints" of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.

UMBRAGE components cover keyloggers, password collection, webcam capture, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques.

All that "proof" that Russia's fingerprints were all over the election is called into question.

It's not as if we didn't know the possibility of manipulation, making it appear Russians were the source of interference.

"Misdirect attribution" means that the alleged fingerprints become highly questionable, if not completely meaningless.

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