On December 29th, both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a “Joint Analysis Report” or JAR, that links the Russian Government to a series of hacks that effected the DNC and people that worked for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
The report revealed information about Russian intelligence services that were being used to “compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.” (See link to statement below)
The FBI has stated that private companies were also hired to investigate and they both provided a more in depth analysis and came to find similar results.
“The Joint Analysis Report recognizes the excellent work undertaken by security companies and private sector network owners and operators, and provides new indicators of compromise and malicious infrastructure identified during the course of investigations and incident response,” read the statement released by the DHS, FBI, and the ODNI.
The report identified two main Russian intelligence groups. The Federal Security Service and Russia’s division of military intelligence.
According to the JAR, the Federal Security Service (Once headed by Putin) had been invading the DNC for over a year leading up to the election.
The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service, is thought to be the second group that infiltrated the DNC, as well as the group that hacked the emails of John Podesta. They are also thought to be the group that provided information to WikiLeaks, who has denied that allegation.
In response to this new development, the Obama administration announced that the U.S. will be placing sanctions, best described by HypeLine contributor Katherine Shue, on Russia in retaliation.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan responded by saying that Obama’s decision was both “overdue” and “appropriate,” he then said that, “Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world.”
President-elect Donald Trump, however, showed that he was not very concerned. He stated that, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”
Trump also mentioned that he will be meeting with Congress in the future to discuss wether or not the United States should improve upon its current cyber-security.