Democratic presidential campaigns getting help from US intelligence agencies with cyber security.

By |2019-09-23T06:40:08-08:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

The headline for this article read “2020 campaigns get Trump administration help on cybersecurity, counterintelligence” which really concerned me, but after reading the article I am no longer worried.

Courtesy of NBC News:

Perched behind government computers at a site in Northern Virginia, hacking experts are scanning the networks of Democratic presidential campaigns, searching for vulnerabilities and openings to inject malicious code. For weeks at a time, they’re hitting campaign officials with phishing emails not unlike those that Russian hackers used to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

The campaigns not only know about it — they’ve invited it, part of a sweeping effort by U.S. national security agencies to help campaigns of both parties protect themselves against cyberattacks, intelligence operations and physical threats ahead of the 2020 election. Those efforts come even while President Donald Trump, fighting for another term, continues to downplay the risk posed by foreign interference in U.S. elections.

As campaigns work to safeguard their websites, databases and email systems, the federal government has been providing defensive briefings to all the Democratic campaigns that will take them, U.S. and campaign officials tell NBC News.

The effort has involved the FBI, the Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all the U.S. spy agencies.

Like I said when I first saw that headline my immediate reaction was “You fools it’s a trap!”

But after reading through the article it was clear that this is a service being provided by intellignece agencies legitimately poised to fight intrusion by foreign governments into our 2020 elections.

Trump may be able to manipulate the heads of some of these agencies, but my guess is that the agents on the ground are likely dedicated professionals who just want to protect our democracy. 

The idea that they might use knowledge they gain from helping these campaigns to assist the Trump campaign is a little too paranoid for me. 

Besides if they did it is likely that the campaign’s own cybersecurity folks would immediately recognize what happened and call them out for it. 

So what this really seems to be is the proactive response that we have all been calling for to help protect our election system. 

And I for one welcome that. 

There is still much more that needs to be done, but at least this is something. 

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I’m exhausted. 13 + more months of this?

  2. OT-FYI-RECALL September 23, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    https://www.dermotcole.com/reportingfromalaska/2019/9/22/wizsb8d1g02v7plg4yfwdclvv68sik?fbclid=IwAR1R6xX0Ichdtp9IMKstwQSzTYuMl4UyUNh1tVtvYFoJtNKWbajvUNytDgw

    Dunleavy claims ‘the left’ suppresses good news about Dunleavy and Trump
    “Trust me, I’m not going to compare myself to Donald Trump. He’s shorter,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. “He’s got more money too, by the way.”
    He said he met Ivanka Trump and found her to be “the nicest lady you’ll ever meet.” Dunleavy said Trump is the same in person as he is on TV and the press has made caricatures of the Trumps that don’t show that they are “down-to-earth people.” – “He doesn’t see himself as president, he sees himself as an American, even though he is a billionaire,” said Dunleavy.”
    ““The list goes on and on and on about President Trump. Now again, this is a guy that is a racist, is a sexist, that’s driving us off the cliff. He brings foreign nations that we wouldn’t even think that we could have a conversation with that are our enemies, Iran, North Korea, etc., He’s working with these foreign nations to get them in a place where America doesn’t have to worry about whether we need to go to war with these people or not,” – Dunleavy said he thinks Trump will win re-election in 2020, “that’s a fact.”
    “Dunleavy said that Alaska’s economy is doing well, but he complained that all the press talks about are “Dunleavy draconian cuts that are killing older folks and children and women and puppies and plants and everything else.” – “The Democratic Party today is “pretty scary because of what is happening in terms of energy and resources.””

  3. Anonymous September 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Real shit about to hit the fan. Putin was blackmailing Trump over Ukraine by asking for names of top US Spies which Trump requested a list of. Trump Ukraine corruption is just a side note. Trump may have betrayed the US. More coming.

  4. Anon September 23, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/trumps-ukraine-stunt-was-just-the-beginning-he-will-do-whatever-it-takes-to-poison-the-2020-election/

    “The reality is, President Trump has been spreading this what looks like pretty clear misinformation for a while now in terms of these unsubstantiated allegations about Joe Biden,” said Healy. “And the reality is, this is how President Trump plans to run his re-election campaign, whether it’s Joe Biden or frankly any other Democrat who comes out.”

    “What we’ve seen is the president being willing to basically say whatever he thinks,”

  5. Anonymous September 24, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-whistleblower-edward-snowden_n_5d893bf8e4b0938b5932cde0

    “Snowden did, in fact, try to report his concerns through official channels. He questioned the legality of surveillance programs 10 times, he later testified before the European Parliament. He said he was brushed aside. So in 2013, he leaked reams of national security information to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, revealing the details of multiple surveillance programs and launching a global debate on privacy. Thanks to Snowden, people all over the world now know far more than they otherwise would have about the NSA’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, its use of data from internet giants like Google and its spying on the phone calls of world leaders like Angela Merkel.

    Snowden’s reward was criminal charges and effectively permanent exile from the U.S. “

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