Russian Hacking

email-symbol-on-laptop-screen_318-62662.jpgDid Russia “hack” the election?  Depends on your definition of “hack.”  Is it embedding malicious software into a system to control it or destroy it; or is it putting together a login with a password and downloading private/non-public information?  We suspect that governments around the world do the latter; at least the Snowden leaks went into some revelations in this area.  But usually this information stays out of public light.

The “Russian Hacking” is reported to have leaked internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Clinton campaign and several of their higher ups in the organization and campaigns.  The emails were released through WikiLeaks throughout the ending months of the 2016 elections.  There are no allegations that votes were altered, machines tampered with, extra votes cast, or any other direct manipulation.  The only affect would be to sway public opinion about the inner workings of individuals within an organization (I would even say that the DNC is a private organization not governmental, with members that may be seeking or holding government positions).

The information leaked showed some unflattering thoughts from the DNC in regards to the primary process (released just prior to their convention); it also gave fodder to the opposing candidates’ conspiracy minded supporters to fill in any missing information with whatever ideas would further their agenda (e.g. Pizzagate).

Here are the things that stood out to me:

  • the leaked emails were from the DNC and campaign staff; not from the private email server that Clinton had at her house that she used for State Department business.  I would think that a majority of voters did not understand the distinction, but rather heard the “e-mail” keyword and thought they were the same thing.  E-mails began to be used by the public in the late 1990s; so the generations before that group may not fully understand this distinction (i.e. her damn emails- Sanders).
  • the Clinton emails from her private server were released and redacted by the US in its investigation of the use of the server
  • it seemed like every time a new batch of emails were leaked, Trump would make another gaffe and bring attention away from that news story and bring the (negative) news back onto himself.  The post-election coverage is trying to explain the election and inflating the impact of these (WikiLeaks’) leaked emails.
  • WikiLeaks continue to say that the leaked emails did not come from the Russian government, but has yet to out its source.
  • Trump is to make a statement of some kind on Tuesday (or Wednesday) to reveal some information that he has.
  • The US’s action to expel 35 Russian spies/diplomats/nationals for the email reasons is interesting, we’ll have to see if other revelations come to light.

If you are concerned about the optics of your actions, then maybe you should do things in different ways or not do them at all.  If your election process can be upended by private communications becoming public; than maybe there is no honor in your process.  Just some thoughts.


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