Smashing Security podcast #087: How Russia hacked the US election

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Smashing Security #087: How Russia hacked the US election

Regardless of whether Donald Trump believes Russia hacked the Democrats in the run-up to the US Presidential election or not, we explain how they did it. And Carole explores some of the creepier things being done in the name of surveillance.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by cybersecurity veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

Smashing Security #087: 'How Russia hacked the US election'

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2 comments on “Smashing Security podcast #087: How Russia hacked the US election”

  1. John, Viet-Nam war vet

    Hello Graham & Carole,

    I can't say that I enjoyed your ''ha, ha'' podcast
    about Russian Hacking –
    well, because the U.S. warmongers are beating the war
    drums saying that hacking the DNC emails is an act of war.

    Golly gee, don't ya think that if the U.S. and Russia go to war,
    all those nukes will turn us all into cinders, ha, ha, ha !!

    The indictments did not include any evidence, – yes, it is a nice detailed NARRATIVE, but only accusations, no evidence. The ''intelligence'' community knows it will not have to provide any evidence of guilt because the Russians won't travel to the U.S. to be arrested.

    Soooo, why not release ALL the evidence so everyone can believe
    that the ''intelligence'' community doesn't lie anymore–??

    After all, the ''intelligence'' community lied to the U.N.
    about Iraq having WMD's – so we all went to war, ha, ha, ha,
    killed millions of people, ha, ha, ha,
    created millions of refugees, ha, ha, ha,

    So how's that working out for Europe so far–?? ha, ha, ha,

    Okay, so let's say the Russian's hacked the DNC emails,
    which showed that the Dems rigged the primary for Hillary, ha, ha, ha,

    Which is the bigger crime:
    A) Somebody releasing emails showing the primary was rigged,
    B) somebody rigging the primary election so Hillary would win, ha, ha, ha,

    Now the warmongers want an excuse to go to war with Russia because of A), but nobody among the warmonger crowd cares about item B) ha, ha, ha, (I wonder why–??)

    Perhaps serious people would like to have hard core evidence before advocating escalation and risking war between nuclear weapon countries, ha, ha, ha, ha,

    Please note that two former members of the ''intelligence'' community, Ray McGovern (former CIA) and Bill Binney (former NSA) have written an open letter to President Trump making clear that the ''evidence'' behind the indictments is as fraudulent as the intelligence alleging WMD in Iraq.

    Now I know those knuckleheads in Nigeria use spearphishing on me to trick me into giving them all my personal info, but I thought sophisticated hackers could penetrate computers directly without having to rely on a target person to be dumb enough to give away all the info to a spearfisher. Perhaps the Russians are no more advanced in hacking than the Nigerians–??

    So who's telling the truth–?? Wouldn't it be nice to see the evidence so we can decide without having to trust secret government agencies, who lie all the time–??

    Perhaps serious people would would like to know WHY, even if Russia did release the DNC emails showing DNC fraud, that this is a good reason for advocating escalation and risking nuclear war–?? ha, ha, ha, ha, (Germany didn't want to go to war because the U.S. hacked their PM)

    I'm 71-years old, and have lived through the stand-offs between the U.S. and Russia at the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of JFK, the war against Viet-Nam, and now in Ukraine and Syria – so do I trust the U.S. warmongers and their ''intelligence'' community–?? No way José.

    But hey, if Graham & Carole have their fall-out shelters fully stocked,
    then why worry, right–?? ha, ha, ha, ha,

    1. Lee · in reply to John, Viet-Nam war vet

      Thank You! for your service, you and others like you have kept this country free. Even when at times, a lot of us have been should have been kicked in the backside. Children, teenagers, Millineals have no idea about who and whats out there in the real world. Sometimes when they call our Intelligent agency's Intelligent… well I wonder where they are getting their information. NSA just got hacked this year and their tools are now on the Black Web. Now they might have dumped the tools on purpose and planted tracking in them (I hope so because I love my country, and hope it's elite thinkers are far ahead of me).

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