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Donald Trump created controversy on Monday when he said he won’t believe CIA claims that Russian hackers tampered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election unless they’re “caught in the act.” Well, Donald, a security firm says they DID catch the Russians in the act!

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During his campaign, “The Donald” literally begged the Russians to interfere in the election by hacking into Hillary Clinton’s emails. He even encouraged them to publish whatever they may have stolen, essentially urging a foreign adversary to conduct cyberespionage against a former secretary of state.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said during a news conference in an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

As the old saying goes: “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” Well, it appears Russian hackers took Trump up on his offer.

OK WASSUP! has learned that the entire U.S. intelligence community, including 16 different agencies and at least 3 private computer security companies, have independently investigated security breaches associated with the U.S. presidential election. All have now concluded that the Russian government was behind the hacks.

In a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security, U.S. intelligence agencies are “confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.”

Much of their findings are currently classified and not yet open to the public, however, reports are that their proof of Russian involvement includes emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, hacked emails that were given to WikiLeaks, as well as scanning and probing data from state election-related systems.

Realizing that his coronation as president could be short-lived or even in doubt, Donald Trump is continuing to call the findings from U.S. security agencies “ridiculous,” even telling Fox News Sunday “I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it … Every week it’s another excuse.”

In his usual Monday morning tweets, Trump maintained his skepticism against U.S. intelligence agencies, saying it’s almost impossible to determine who was actually behind a hack unless they are caught in the act.
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Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
December 12, 2016

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Unless you catch “hackers” in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn’t this brought up before election?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
December 12, 2016

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Trump’s defense mechanism against the charges is that he wants proof of Russian hackers actually caught in the act. Well, ask and you shall receive.

The security firm, CrowdStrike, which was hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate a hack attack in May, called Trump’s bluff when it announced Monday that it watched hackers while they were actively inside the system.

The company was, “able to watch everything that the adversaries were doing while we were working on a full remediation plan to remove them from the network,” said CrowdStrike CTO Dmitri Alperovitch.

Additionally, other cybersecurity professionals want to make this point very clear: You can catch hackers even when they’re not in the act.

“Cyber criminals always leave evidence behind and forensic cybersecurity capabilities have advanced to the point where we can identify and analyze hacks faster than ever before,” said Barak Klinghofer, co-founder at the Boston-based Hexadite, a company that specializes in cyber-threat incident response.

Even a former hacker, who spent 5 years in prison for computer-related crimes, wanted it known that Trump was wrong and that hackers can be caught after the act.

“Take it from someone who knows this fact very well,” tweeted Kevin Mitnick, who now has his own consulting company, Mitnick Security.

The story of Russian hackers is developing daily, so buckle up and prepare for a very long and drawn out fight as we get to the TRUTH of the legitimacy of a Trump presidency.

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Russian hackers ‘caught in the act.’

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The story of Russian hackers is developing daily, so buckle up and prepare for a very long and drawn out fight as we get to the TRUTH of the legitimacy of a Trump presidency. […..] Thanks for the updates DJ. As usual you've come through with the facts. Whether the CIA can provide credible evidence that our voting system was "rigged"…tampered with…by the Russians? We'll have to wait and see. However, in the meantime, a rather dark narrative does appear to be setting in which indeed could cast a very HUGE question mark over the legitimacy of Trump's presidency….at least in the minds of many American voters. And justified or not, it would certainly be poetic justice,IMO, for the "birtherism" BS that Trump and Obama-haters constantly threw at President Obama – who, as we all know, IS a U.S. citizen, BORN and raised – and whose presidency IS, and has… Read more »
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……side-note……

Years ago, when I began trusting the mainstream television news media less and less – and earnestly sought out alternative, Credible, news media – I didn't know a day would come when I would NOT trust the American mainstream news media At.All.

Well….that day truly has come for me. I mentioned the other day that, since election night, I had not watched even one second of any mainstream television news. It's still true. And as it turns out, I really am able to keep up with all the news that's pertinent to my life, locally, nationally and globally.

Suffice it to say that – OK Wassup and other such credible news media now play an even more significant role in my life these days. And probably for the foreseeable future.

Thanks DJ.

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TAC Reader: If the Russians are really serious about meddling in American politics they should form a organization here called the America Russia Political Action Council (ARPAC) and do what Israel has been doing through AIPAC and allied organizations for the last 40 years. […] TAC Reader: I think the issue here is not so much that Russia tried to influence our elections — they are not our allies — but that they may well have succeeded. That’s on us, and it’s an embarrassment. It’s not just a failure to use email correctly, it’s a failure to sift through useful and useless information, to interrogate the source of that information and its motives. That we let ourselves become not just victims but puppets of espionage is scandalous. It does make us look like a “3rd world banana republic”, and to my mind it does call into question the legitimacy of… Read more »
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…..on a related note……….. Thurs. Dec. 15th, 2016 "Media Ponders Its Own ‘Guilt’ For Covering Leaked Emails During Election" Say the word ‘Wikileaks’ around some DC-based journalists, and they’ll probably develop a fast twitch. The Wikileaks Documents Dump of 2016 caused a lot of consternation among reporters and with good reason. The documents, whether they were DNC emails or John Podesta’s emails, all painted Hillary Clinton in a negative light. It is, for this reason, some journalists are questioning whether or not media outlets should have covered the Wikileaks documents and struggled with how to cover them and to what degree. Elise Foley of The Huffington Post tweeted this yesterday: "NYT acknowledging its part (along with most of the media) in this whole thing" http://nyti.ms/2hsd1Ac "The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S." H/T: RedState RS Reader: Upset about possibly being a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence. Loading...
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"The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S." Excerpts: Many of Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides believe that the Russian assault had a profound impact on the election, while conceding that other factors — Mrs. Clinton’s weaknesses as a candidate; her private email server; the public statements of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, about her handling of classified information — were also important. While there’s no way to be certain of the ultimate impact of the hack, this much is clear: A low-cost, high-impact weapon that Russia had test-fired in elections from Ukraine to Europe was trained on the United States, with devastating effectiveness. For Russia, with an enfeebled economy and a nuclear arsenal it cannot use short of all-out war, cyberpower proved the perfect weapon: cheap, hard to see coming, hard to trace. Though Mr. Assange did not say so, WikiLeaks’ best defense may be the conduct of… Read more »
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NYT Reader: The Russians will win at this game for the same reason that conservatives win at domestic politics: they will go farther in terms of doing whatever it takes. Birds of a feather. And, according to recent polling, the credulous, lo-info rubes that keep voting for them have suddenly started loving Russia. Just like that. Flip the switch. There are too many stupid people, and the terrifying force of their collective stupidity is being amplified as never before. Amplified by stuff that was made by smart people. [….] NYT Reader: Regardless of the Russian hacking and Trump's literal call to Russia to hack HRC- the real damage came from Comey. Comey should be investigated for his role in this election debacle. Harry Reid has been clear that Comey affected this election and should be prosecuted for violation of the Hatch Act. It is clear that Comey had an intense… Read more »
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This is real scary stuff and we have to investigate it fully and put a end to it. This is bigger than Democrat or Repub. Just because the hack benefited the Repubs this time what if it benefits Democrats next time? We can't let this happen not even one time. Once we let Russia hack us and we know about it then they control us for good. If we find out Russia involvement was enough that we need to vote all over again well so be it. That is a small price to pay for saving our democracy.

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