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Post by p0rtia » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 am

RVInit wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:07 am
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I also work the polls in NY. I've done this for about eight years and I believe it to be an excellent system.

- Regarding "Are the votes on the paper ballots counted"? No, they are not (see next note). The number of ballots the machine says were cast (not what candidates were voted for on those ballots) is checked against the number of stubs in the ballot books (50 per book) minus voided ballots. There is zero chance of extra ballots being cast.

- Regarding why the scanner is used if the paper ballots are counted: Having both immediate, more accurate digital results and the paper trail is goal: You go with the digital results for immediately accessible, accurate numbers. If they are challenged, you have a paper backup.
This is what I suspected. Like I said, I hope that testing involves setting the machines to the actual voting date so that testing will show exactly how votes will be counted on the actual date of voting. It is too easy for code to be written to move every 5th vote for Candidate A over to Candidate B ( but only if the date = X) and the total count will never show any discrepancy, especially if the votes for each candidate count properly during testing. I really do hope that someone who is either a programmer or very well versed in QA code testing is involved in testing voting machines.
Regarding checking the date. Yes, it does. There are technicians at the BOE who are trained to service the machines and set them. We also check the date at the site.

For the record, it is a seriously simple machine. You fill in little circles on your ballot, you stick it in the machine, the machine scans the paper and digitally records the votes, the paper is dumped into a bin. The data chip is in the machine with a numbered seal on it when we get the machine; at the end of the day we (always 2, one D and one R) break the seal, note the number, sign the chain of custody paper, and put the chip into another sealed bag for the courier. Seals are swapped, numbers are noted, signatures are made at every stage. In addition, random machines are checked to make sure that the actual ballots have been accurately recorded before and after election.


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:35 am

p0rtia wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 am
RVInit wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:07 am
p0rtia wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:44 am
I also work the polls in NY. I've done this for about eight years and I believe it to be an excellent system.

- Regarding "Are the votes on the paper ballots counted"? No, they are not (see next note). The number of ballots the machine says were cast (not what candidates were voted for on those ballots) is checked against the number of stubs in the ballot books (50 per book) minus voided ballots. There is zero chance of extra ballots being cast.

- Regarding why the scanner is used if the paper ballots are counted: Having both immediate, more accurate digital results and the paper trail is goal: You go with the digital results for immediately accessible, accurate numbers. If they are challenged, you have a paper backup.
This is what I suspected. Like I said, I hope that testing involves setting the machines to the actual voting date so that testing will show exactly how votes will be counted on the actual date of voting. It is too easy for code to be written to move every 5th vote for Candidate A over to Candidate B ( but only if the date = X) and the total count will never show any discrepancy, especially if the votes for each candidate count properly during testing. I really do hope that someone who is either a programmer or very well versed in QA code testing is involved in testing voting machines.
Regarding checking the date. Yes, it does. There are technicians at the BOE who are trained to service the machines and set them. We also check the date at the site.

For the record, it is a seriously simple machine. You fill in little circles on your ballot, you stick it in the machine, the machine scans the paper and digitally records the votes, the paper is dumped into a bin. The data chip is in the machine with a numbered seal on it when we get the machine; at the end of the day we (always 2, one D and one R) break the seal, note the number, sign the chain of custody paper, and put the chip into another sealed bag for the courier. Seals are swapped, numbers are noted, signatures are made at every stage. In addition, random machines are checked to make sure that the actual ballots have been accurately recorded before and after election.
She's not talking about making sure the date is accurate, she's talking about changing the date when the testing is done prior to the election. If they do the testing on Oct 31, the date is overridden to say Nov 7 before testing to make sure there isn't a line of code that ONLY works on that date. If they test without adjusting the date and there is a date-specific change written into the code, the test would run clean. By changing the date they will (should) catch malicious code.



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Post by RVInit » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:51 am

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:35 am
p0rtia wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:27 am
RVInit wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:07 am


This is what I suspected. Like I said, I hope that testing involves setting the machines to the actual voting date so that testing will show exactly how votes will be counted on the actual date of voting. It is too easy for code to be written to move every 5th vote for Candidate A over to Candidate B ( but only if the date = X) and the total count will never show any discrepancy, especially if the votes for each candidate count properly during testing. I really do hope that someone who is either a programmer or very well versed in QA code testing is involved in testing voting machines.
Regarding checking the date. Yes, it does. There are technicians at the BOE who are trained to service the machines and set them. We also check the date at the site.

For the record, it is a seriously simple machine. You fill in little circles on your ballot, you stick it in the machine, the machine scans the paper and digitally records the votes, the paper is dumped into a bin. The data chip is in the machine with a numbered seal on it when we get the machine; at the end of the day we (always 2, one D and one R) break the seal, note the number, sign the chain of custody paper, and put the chip into another sealed bag for the courier. Seals are swapped, numbers are noted, signatures are made at every stage. In addition, random machines are checked to make sure that the actual ballots have been accurately recorded before and after election.
She's not talking about making sure the date is accurate, she's talking about changing the date when the testing is done prior to the election. If they do the testing on Oct 31, the date is overridden to say Nov 7 before testing to make sure there isn't a line of code that ONLY works on that date. If they test without adjusting the date and there is a date-specific change written into the code, the test would run clean. By changing the date they will (should) catch malicious code.
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Post by neeneko » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:57 am

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:35 am
She's not talking about making sure the date is accurate, she's talking about changing the date when the testing is done prior to the election. If they do the testing on Oct 31, the date is overridden to say Nov 7 before testing to make sure there isn't a line of code that ONLY works on that date. If they test without adjusting the date and there is a date-specific change written into the code, the test would run clean. By changing the date they will (should) catch malicious code.
If I recall correctly, this type of test is pretty standard on things like ATMs and electronic gambling devices, but they are held to a MUCH higher standard than the touchscreen voting systems.



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Half of voters believe Trump campaign colluded with Russia

Half of American voters believe that members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russia to interfere in the election, according to new data from Quinnipiac University.

A poll published Tuesday revealed that 50 percent of respondents said they believe that people in the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government, and 40 percent do not believe it. Numbers from past polls show an increasing number of voters believe there was collusion – in a May 2017 poll, only 43 percent said they believed it.

The data shows a stark division along party lines, with 10 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Democrats saying they believe that individuals in the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to interfere in the election.

According to the data, 59 percent of respondents said they believe that the Russian government interfered in the election, regardless of whether they thought it impacted the outcome, while 32 percent said they did not believe it.

Among Republicans, 65 percent said they do not believe the Russian government interfered, while 26 percent said they do. Democrats overwhelmingly believe that Russia interfered, with 85 percent saying so.


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:06 pm

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The Hill
Half of voters believe Trump campaign colluded with Russia

:snippity: .
The question is tricky in itself. Did Trump personally know how deep the assumed collusion did run within the campaign (apart of him knowing that some small talk at events happened), or was it the campaign officials that thought it was a bigly idea to buddy up with the Russians to tweek the elections in favour of Teh Donald?



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Post by Slartibartfast » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:37 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Addie wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:23 pm
The Hill
Half of voters believe Trump campaign colluded with Russia

:snippity: .
The question is tricky in itself. Did Trump personally know how deep the assumed collusion did run within the campaign (apart of him knowing that some small talk at events happened), or was it the campaign officials that thought it was a bigly idea to buddy up with the Russians to tweek the elections in favour of Teh Donald?
Very tricksy. Personally, I don't believe that Donald is aware of any Russian ties, even with his businesses like the Soho project. I think he's too self-centered and disinterested to have cared, for instance, where the money was coming from, as long as his name was being put on things. On the other hand, Manafort and Flynn seem to have gotten themselves involved with Trump because that's what the Russians wanted (whether they were openly complicit or just being manipulated) and the Russians seem to have been very adept at indirectly manipulating many others in Trump's orbit.

A yes/no question doesn't exactly allow for a nuanced response.


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Post by Foggy » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:26 pm

Sorry, but any explanation must fit all the known facts. One of the known facts is that Trump has criticized almost everyone on the planet except for Putin, who he praises incessantly. When the full truth comes out, we'll understand why he says only wonderful things about Putin (hint: it has to do with Russian pee hookers).


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What is it you're trying to say?
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Post by Slartibartfast » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:37 pm

Foggy wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:26 pm
Sorry, but any explanation must fit all the known facts. One of the known facts is that Trump has criticized almost everyone on the planet except for Putin, who he praises incessantly. When the full truth comes out, we'll understand why he says only wonderful things about Putin (hint: it has to do with Russian pee hookers).
I agree that any explanation must fit the known facts and that your pee hooker hypothesis is plausible, but so is the notion that he is just a Putin fanboy and praises him simply because he admires and looks up to him. As you like to say, more will be revealed, I reckon...


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Post by Flatpointhigh » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:01 pm

Slartibartfast wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:37 pm
Foggy wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:26 pm
Sorry, but any explanation must fit all the known facts. One of the known facts is that Trump has criticized almost everyone on the planet except for Putin, who he praises incessantly. When the full truth comes out, we'll understand why he says only wonderful things about Putin (hint: it has to do with Russian pee hookers).
I agree that any explanation must fit the known facts and that your pee hooker hypothesis is plausible, but so is the notion that he is just a Putin fanboy and praises him simply because he admires and looks up to him. As you like to say, more will be revealed, I reckon...
I'm thinking that the "pee hooker" is code for "underage hooker"



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Russian social media executive sought to help Trump campaign in 2016, emails show ...

While mainly used by Russian-speaking users, the site has also become known in Europe — and increasingly in the United States — as a platform embraced by white-nationalist groups, according to groups that track their activity.

Far-right politicians in Germany and other countries have VK profiles, Albright said. The website also directed substantial amounts of traffic to Breitbart News and Infowars, a popular conservative conspiracy site, during the 2016 campaign, he said. ...

In early 2016, Goldstone sent an email to Trump Jr. to discuss the idea of setting up a page for Trump on VK, according to people familiar with his message. Robert Gage, an attorney for Goldstone, declined to comment. ...

“Please feel free to send me whatever you have,” Scavino wrote to Goldstone on Jan. 19. “Thank you so much for looking out for Mr. Trump and his presidential campaign.”

A few days later, Sidorkov emailed Scavino, Trump Jr. and Donald Trump’s longtime assistant Rhona Graff. ...

The newly disclosed emails show that Goldstone was in contact with the campaign about two weeks after visiting Trump Tower. ...

“We will help you with the page promotion to . . . our audience, 100 million users,” he wrote to Scavino, Trump Jr. and Graff.


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Business Insider - Natasha Bertrand
Jailed Russian hacker: I hacked Democrats 'under the command' of Russian intelligence agents

A Russian hacker believed to be a member of a hacking collective called Lurk said in court over the summer that he was ordered by Russia's security services, known as the FSB, to hack the Democratic National Committee.

The hacker, Konstantin Kozlovsky, told a Moscow court in August of this year that his nine-member hacking group — which has been accused of stealing over $17 million from Russia's largest financial institutions since 2013 — has been cooperating with the FSB for several years, according to the independent Russian news outlet The Bell. Part of that cooperation included hacking the DNC, he said.

Kozlovsky said during a hearing on August 15 that he "performed various tasks under the supervision of FSB officers," including a DNC hack and cyberattacks on "very serious military enterprises of the United States and other organizations."

Minutes from the hearing, as well as an audio recording, were posted on Kozlovsky's Facebook page. The Bell said it confirmed their authenticity with two sources, including a person who was present at the hearing. Kozlovsky also posted a letter that he wrote on November 1, 2016. The letter outlined what he said was his work for the FSB, which he said had spanned nearly a decade and, most recently, involved attacking the DNC servers.


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Politifact 2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story'


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Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.

Holding impromptu interventions in Trump’s 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers — including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus — prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation’s spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6.

They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. ...

But as aides persisted, Trump became agitated. He railed that the intelligence couldn’t be trusted and scoffed at the suggestion that his candidacy had been propelled by forces other than his own strategy, message and charisma. ...

The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat. The repercussions radiate across the government.

Rather than search for ways to deter Kremlin attacks or safeguard U.S. elections, Trump has waged his own campaign to discredit the case that Russia poses any threat and he has resisted or attempted to roll back efforts to hold Moscow to account.


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Post by Addie » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:49 pm

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The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco ...

The second thing you need to understand about the closure of Russia’s San Francisco consulate is that, after the Trump administration summarily announced on Aug. 31 that it would shutter the building 48 hours later, the news coverage that followed almost uniformly focused on two things: the dumbfounding heat (this city, cool and grey, is in California but not of it) and the black smoke wheezing from the consulate’s chimney, as employees rushed to burn up, one assumes, anything confidential or inculpatory. ...
But why the focus on San Francisco? Why not close one of Russia’s other three consulates, in New York, Seattle, or Houston? And why now? ...

The answer, I discovered, appears to revolve around an intensive, sustained, and mystifying pattern of espionage emanating from the San Francisco consulate. According to multiple former intelligence officials, while these “strange activities” were not limited to San Francisco or its environs, they originated far more frequently from the San Francisco consulate than any other Russian diplomatic facility in the United States, including the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. As one former intelligence source put it, suspected Russian spies were “doing peculiar things in places they shouldn’t be.” Russian officials in Washington failed to respond to multiple attempts via email and phone for comment. ...

For many decades, U.S. officials have been keenly aware that, because of the consulate’s proximity to Silicon Valley, educational institutions such as Stanford and Berkeley, and the large number of nearby defense contractors and researchers — including two Energy Department-affiliated nuclear weapons laboratories — Russia has used San Francisco as a focal point for espionage activity. The modalities of Russian espionage in the Bay Area have historically been well known to U.S. counterintelligence personnel, who understand (at least generally) what the Russians will target and how they will try to achieve their objectives.

One former senior counterintelligence executive, for example, recalled the “disproportionate number” of science- and technology-focused Russian intelligence officers based in San Francisco, some of whom were experts in encryption and were tasked with identifying new developments in such technologies in Silicon Valley. A second former intelligence official noted the long-standing interest of Russian intelligence operatives in San Francisco in building relationships with local tech experts and venture capital firms. What has evolved, noted multiple former officials, is the intensity of Russian efforts. According to Kathleen Puckett, who spent two decades working on counterintelligence in the Bay Area, “there was more aggressiveness by the Russians in the 2000s than back in the 1980s.” ...

What seems clear is that when it came to Russian spying, San Francisco was at the very forefront of innovation.


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Post by Slim Cognito » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:41 pm

Can't wait for the series finale of The Americans, in which Elizabeth and Phillip successfully complete their perilous escape to Moscow, are greeted as returning heroes at the Kremlin and, as they turn to leave the room, accidently bump into a 40ish year-old Donald Trump.



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LA Times OpEd - Ariel Dorfman: America still hasn't reckoned with the election of a reckless con man as president


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FBI warned Trump in 2016 Russians would try to infiltrate his campaign

WASHINGTON — In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter.

The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies.

The candidates were urged to alert the FBI about any suspicious overtures to their campaigns, the officials said. ...

Trump was "briefed and warned" at the session about potential espionage threats from Russia, two former law enforcement officials familiar with the sessions told NBC News. A source close to the White House said their position is that Trump was unaware of the contacts between his campaign and Russians.


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Addie wrote:
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FBI warned Trump in 2016 Russians would try to infiltrate his campaign

WASHINGTON — In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter.

The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies.

The candidates were urged to alert the FBI about any suspicious overtures to their campaigns, the officials said. ...

Trump was "briefed and warned" at the session about potential espionage threats from Russia, two former law enforcement officials familiar with the sessions told NBC News. A source close to the White House said their position is that Trump was unaware of the contacts between his campaign and Russians.
Did was Donnie Jr. told this? If not, why not? If so, why didn’t he inform the FBI when Russia made suspicious overtures?


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Newsweek
Putin Handling Trump Like An 'Asset,' Former Intelligence Chief Says

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is manipulating President Donald Trump like a skilled intelligence operative, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday.

Clapper was discussing calls between Trump and Putin in recent days, when the two discussed North Korea and a foiled terrorist plot in St. Petersburg.

“This past weekend is a great demonstration to me of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is,” Clapper said on CNN. "He knows how to handle an asset and that's what he's doing with the president.

“You have to remember Putin’s background,” Clapper added. “He’s a KGB officer. That’s what they do.”

Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan have raised repeated alarms at the relationship between Trump and Putin, as Trump continues to express doubts about the intelligence community’s assertion that Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 election.


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WaPo: Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options
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WaPo OpEd - Michael Morell, Mike Rogers
Russia never stopped its cyberattacks on the United States ...

Russia's information operations tactics since the election are more numerous than can be listed here. But to get a sense of the breadth of Russian activity, consider the messaging spread by Kremlin- ­oriented accounts on Twitter, which cybersecurity and disinformation experts have tracked as part of the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy.

In a single week this month, Moscow used these accounts to discredit the FBI after it was revealed that an agent had been demoted for sending anti-Donald Trump texts; to attack ABC News for an erroneous report involving President Trump and Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser; to critique the Obama administration for allegedly "green lighting" the communication between Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak; and to warn about violence by immigrants after a jury acquitted an undocumented Mexican accused of murdering a San Francisco woman.

This continues a pattern of similar activity over the past year. Russian operatives have frequently targeted Republican politicians who have been critical of Trump, including Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) and Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.). In September, they also attacked Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) after his decisive "no" vote against the Republican health-care bill.

And in mid-November, after Keurig pulled its advertising from Sean Hannity's Fox News show for comments the host made defending Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, the Russians used their social media accounts to urge a boycott of the company. For two days, #boycottkeurig was the most used hashtag among Kremlin-influenced Twitter accounts. This was a Russian attack on a U.S. company and on our economy.

More troublingly, other countries are beginning to follow Russia's lead on social media, according to research provided by the Alliance for Securing Democracy. The Chinese are doing so in Taiwan, where 75 percent of the population consumes media from a Japanese instant messaging app called LINE — a hotbed for fake news, much of it from China. Some of the messages pushed by Beijing — including one incorrectly saying that the Taiwan government was planning to regulate Buddhist and Taoist temples — have resulted in large protests in Taipei. And Turkey is starting to use social media to try to influence European policy debates, specifically by targeting the large Turkish diaspora in Europe.

While those information operations have not yet reached the United States, they most certainly will. Russia's use of social media as a political weapon will continue, and more countries will follow suit — until deterrence is established.


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McClatchy
Jailed Russian says he hacked DNC on Kremlin’s orders and can prove it

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A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion. ...

In written answers from jail made public Wednesday by RAIN TV, a Moscow-based independent TV station that has repeatedly run afoul of the Kremlin, Kozlovsky said he feared his minders might turn on him and planted a “poison pill” during the DNC hack. He placed a string of numbers that are his Russian passport number and the number of his visa to visit the Caribbean island of St. Martin in a hidden .dat file, which is a generic data file.

That allegation is difficult to prove, partly because of the limited universe of people who have seen the details of the hack. The DNC initially did not share information with the FBI, instead hiring a tech firm called CrowdStrike, run by a former FBI cyber leader. That company has said it discovered the Russian hand in the hacking, but had no immediate comment on the claim by Kozlovsky that he planted an identifier.

The newest allegations are potentially significant. If the FSB did in fact direct Kozlovsky, then it debunks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that his government had nothing to do with hacking that all major U.S. intelligence agencies put at his feet. It also calls into question the view of a hack that was conducted as a closely held, organized FSB campaign directed from central offices. Kozlovsky says he worked largely from home, with limited knowledge of others and that the political hack was just part of larger relationship with the FSB’s top cyber officials on viruses directed at other countries and the private sector.


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