Facebook Anonymously Admits it IDed Guccifer 2.0 in Real Time
As we noted in the last post, Roger Stone insists he didn’t collude with Russia, but that’s dependent on any number of other factors.
Adam Schiff: Roger Stone must reveal Assange intermediary or face subpoena https://t.co/1OgnhqmoOX
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) September 27, 2017
Like how does he define words like ‘illegal’, ‘collude’ or ‘treason?’ Donald Jr says he didn’t commit treason in attending a meeting with Putin cronies to get dirt on Hillary Clinton because they provided no usable dirt.
As for Stone not colluding with Russia, that depends for one thing on whether or not Guccifer 2.0-and Assange-is a Russia cutout. Stone insists G2 is not, but how he knows this definitively he does not say.
In any case, wether Guccifer 2 is Russian or not, it did steal Democratic party emails which is a crime and Stone did reach out to them for oppo research.
Guccifer 2.0 recently denied once again that it is a Russian cutout.
“An individual who self-identified as Guccifer 2.0 continues to denyreports by security firms that link the purported hacker or hacking group to Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, according to a Wall Street Journal report.”
“In a conversation with a reporter conducted via private chat on a social media platform, the individual mocked research reports by ThreatConnect, Fidelis Cybersecurity, and CrowdStrike that demonstrated compelling evidence of the Guccifer 2.0’s ties to Russia.”
“I read several reports, some experts found out that my proxy IP is hosted at a service that’s somehow connected with Russia and has a version in Russian as well as in English,” Guccifer 2.0 wrote to the reporter, according to the Journal. “This is their strong evidence,” the individual wrote, adding a smile emoticon.”
First of all, that’s not their only evidence.
CrowdStrike, pointing to a report it published in June, told SCMagazine.com “we are confident in our analysis.”
But now a brand new source indicates that G2 is linked to APT: Facebook.
This was a buried lede in a bigger story of Obama’s attempt to warn Mark Zuckerberg back in November 2016-but at the time Zuckerberg was still in denial.
But far down in the piece was a stunning revelation: FB had IDed G2 in real time and alerted the FBI back in June, 2016:
“The headline of this story focuses on how Obama, in the weeks after the election, nine days before the White House declared the election, “free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective,” begged Mark Zuckerberg to take the threat of fake news seriously.”
Now huddled in a private room on the sidelines of a meeting of world leaders in Lima, Peru, two months before Trump’s inauguration, Obama made a personal appeal to Zuckerberg to take the threat of fake news and political disinformation seriously. Unless Facebook and the government did more to address the threat, Obama warned, it would only get worse in the next presidential race.
“But 26 paragraphs later, WaPo reveals a detail that should totally change the spin of the article: in June, Facebook not only detected APT 28’s involvement in the operation (which I heard at the time), but also informed the FBI about it (which, along with the further details, I didn’t).”
It turned out that Facebook, without realizing it, had stumbled into the Russian operation as it was getting underway in June 2016.
At the time, cybersecurity experts at the company were tracking a Russian hacker group known as APT28, or Fancy Bear, which U.S. intelligence officials considered an arm of the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, according to people familiar with Facebook’s activities.
Members of the Russian hacker group were best known for stealing military plans and data from political targets, so the security experts assumed that they were planning some sort of espionage operation — not a far-reaching disinformation campaign designed to shape the outcome of the U.S. presidential race.
Facebook executives shared with the FBI their suspicions that a Russian espionage operation was in the works, a person familiar with the matter said. An FBI spokesperson had no immediate comment.
Soon thereafter, Facebook’s cyber experts found evidence that members of APT28 were setting up a series of shadowy accounts — including a persona known as Guccifer 2.0 and a Facebook page called DCLeaks — to promote stolen emails and other documents during the presidential race. Facebook officials once again contacted the FBI to share what they had seen.
Like the U.S. government, Facebook didn’t foresee the wave of disinformation that was coming and the political pressure that followed. The company then grappled with a series of hard choices designed to shore up its own systems without impinging on free discourse for its users around the world. [my emphasis]
However, the 64 million dollar question is: how FB discovered that:
“But the story doesn’t provide the details you would expect from such disclosures.”
“For example, where did Facebook see Guccifer 2.0? Did Guccifer 2.0 try to set up a Facebook account? Or, as sounds more likely given the description, did he/they use Facebook as a signup for the WordPress site?”
“More significantly, what did Facebook do with the DC Leaks account, described explicitly?”
“It seems Facebook identified, and — at least in the case of the DC Leaks case — shut down an APT 28 attempt to use its infrastructure. And it told FBI about it, at a time when the DNC was withholding its server from the FBI.”
“This puts this passage from Facebook’s April report, which I’ve pointed to repeatedly, in very different context.”
Facebook is not in a position to make definitive attribution to the actors sponsoring this activity. It is important to emphasize that this example case comprises only a subset of overall activities tracked and addressed by our organization during this time period; however our data does not contradict the attribution provided by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence in the report dated January 6, 2017.
“In other words, Facebook had reached this conclusion back in June 2016, and told FBI about it, twice.”
“And then what happened?”
“Again, I’m sympathetic to the urge to blame Facebook for this election. But this article describes Facebook’s heavy handed efforts to serve as a wing of the government to police terrorist content, without revealing that sometimes Facebook has erred in censoring content that shouldn’t have been. Then, it reveals Facebook reported Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks to FBI, twice, with no further description of what FBI did with those leads.”
I don’t blame FB per se. I have just recently discovered the power of FB in running my new Congressional campaign, the Mike Sax for District NY2 campaign.
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It is interesting that they actually come out looking good in that context-they alerted the FBI about Guccifer 2.0-exactly what you’d want them to do.
But FB must be as forthcoming as possible about what it knows. They must be a publicly spirited Silicon behemoth. As they were at least in June 2016.
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