Recently, with Wikileak’s release of so-called “Vault 7” of documents that revealed the vast array of tools the CIA on hacking and spying on American citizens, Western media is on a full-court press of disinformation in pushing back. One particular spin is how Wikileaks does not prove that CIA has framed or impersonated Russia. Even usually politically-neutral sites such as Wired has gotten into the act. Yes, the U.S. did get caught using tools from those bad boys in Russia … and China, but the goal has never been to frame those countries, but to save American resources to use the tools there to advance American aims. There is no proof of the U.S. framing or impersonating others…
Wait … WAIT!
Notice just how the media has re-framed the issues.
Remember the recent blah blah of Russian hacking and interference of American elections? Even though the publicly provided evidence was virtually nil, the allegations ripped like wildfire across the nation. Behind the veil of “national security,” all that is enough to pin the hacks as Russia are some references that the tools used was similar to what other Russian hackers have used … and that the attack was traced to an IP address that was Russian…
This was the same bull shit previously leveled against China and which we had previously analyzed before. But as we had pointed out so many times before: just because you find some Chinese tools or IP addresses doesn’t mean the attack was Chinese. Hacker’s tools are for the most part public tools – Chinese, Russian, or otherwise. Hackers will use each others’ tools – government, private, black hat, white hat, male, female, gay, straight, or others – for their own goals. So the mere fact that you find a Chinese being used could mean it was the Chinese gov’t, Chinese Maria, or the CIA at the controls. We just don’t know!
As for IP addresses, as we also have explained, unless you traced the attack to a server that you have access to, IP addresses per se tell you Nada – Nothing – Zilch! If you do not have direct access to the server – the logs, the logins, etc. – you simply cannot know who actually controlled and launched the attack.
In an age where normal non-tech people use vpn’s to protect their “privacy,” you would think hackers – especially sophisticated state actors – would at least use some sort of multiple IP hops schemes to mask their identity. In an age where most people have seen emails from their “friend’s” email accounts which have been compromised and used as launching points for sending spams, you would think that most would understand that just because an attack appears to come from a particular server or email account, the actual attacker may be hidden several layers behind what things appear to be.
AND now Vault 7 proves how right we have been all along – with the CIA as a showcase!
Now we know how when the CIA uses tools to mount attacks how those attacks might look very much like attacks from other nations.
So does this prove that it was the CIA and not the Russians that hacked the DNC’s and Hillary’s computers? Of course not (albeit it sure does raise some interesting possibilities.) But if all the evidence is of some tools of Russian origin and some Russian IP addresses, well that is not evidence at all.
Many people in the U.S. media want to spin this bombshell into a story that there is yet no proof that it was actually the CIA – not the Russians – are behind the recent “hacking.” This is part of the “disinformation” that we see so often in the U.S. dominated press – twisting and reframing the issues … to reframe the stories….
The issue is not about proving CIA involvement – but the lack of any evidence of Russia behind any hacking.
And even if one is of the conspiracy type: according to wikileaks, Vault 7 represents but 1% of the documents it has from the CIA. Of the released documents, there has been redaction of materials that we do not get to see. Even the full set of documents Wikileaks may have is but a small universe of what exists in reality. So just because what we do not yet see solid proof of CIA’s intentions one way or the other from released public documents doesn’t mean that ergo that CIA has been cleared of anything. Continue reading Short Note on Media Disinformation: No, No, No… CIA is not Impersonating Others in Hacking Others … There is just not Proof!