WikiLeaks Sources Face Serious Charges Following CIA, FBI, DHS Hacks

Two North Carolina men were arrested in September for their alleged roles in a hacking group responsible for breaching the email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — and providing the contents to WikiLeaks.

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Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, and Justin Gray Liverman, 24, were extradited to Virginia to appear at an Alexandria District Court. Despite the allegations that they belonged to the same hacker group, and the fact that they live so close together, the two men did not know each other offline.

The duo is accused of being part of the hacking group “Crackas With Attitude,” which allegedly social-engineered access to Clapper’s personal email, home telephone and internet account, as well as his wife’s Yahoo email account.

At least three other members of the group, located in the United Kingdom, are currently under investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service. Two, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, were arrested earlier this year but have not been identified, as they are minors. One of the minors went by the alias “Cracka,” and is alleged to have been behind the bulk of the breaches.

Liverman maintains that he only knew the members of the group online, and never personally accessed any federal databases. He also states that his computer was hacked two nights before he was raided. He is allegedly the admin of AnonSec and @L0sExtraditables.

“Me and Cracka utilized OTR encryption which [Edward] Snowden exposed that the NSA can’t break, but if they raid you and get your computer they can use your private key to decrypt OTR encrypted traffic that they might have dragnetted,” Liverman explained to Sputnik.

He also pointed out that when Cracka leaked information to Motherboard reporter Franceschi-Bicchierai, he had requested that he not be named and only identified as a confidential source. That request fell on deaf ears.

“When Cracka leaked to Motherboard he asked not to be named as he wanted to confidentially leak information, Lorenzo disregarded it and listed that it was from him — he even wrote that Cracka asked not to be listed like a total piece of shit,” Liverman noted.

After being arrested at gunpoint, Boggs tweeted that he was busted when investigators caught him logging on to an implicated Twitter account from an IP address registered to his father, with whom he lives.

Liverman does not believe that was the case however, and that the FBI used illegal tactics to aid in their arrests. The method he believes that they employed are in line with the highly controversial amendments to Rule 41, which would allow for the agency to hack and surveil an unlimited number of computers and devices globally, without a warrant. These amendments are not currently law, as the deadline for Congress to strike it down is December 1.

“They mentioned something about me and Cracka using similar tor nodes, so it’s possible that they utilized their malicious tor nodes for MitM Jabber servers which we mostly used to communicate,” Liverman detailed.

The amendments also remove jurisdiction limitations, allowing the FBI to obtain a search warrant in, for instance, Virginia and then hack computers across the country using Network Investigative Techniques (NITs).

Investigators believe that the group formed in July 2015 when a hacker identified as Cracka, one of the arrested teens, spoke to Boggs claiming that he had obtained the Social Security number of a US official and was now in control of his Comcast account.

In October, Cracka stated that, on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, hacking into Brennan’s accounts was a one.

“From about October 2015 to February 2016, the group used ‘social engineering’ hacking techniques, including victim impersonation, to gain unlawful access to the personal online accounts of senior US government officials, their families, and several US government computer systems,” a press release from the Department of Justice stated.

The criminal inquiry was opened by the FBI and the Secret Service last October, and was announced after some of the stolen documents were released by WikiLeaks.

“The FBI is investigating this matter jointly with the US Secret Service,” a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington announced in October of last year. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we declined further comment.”

Brennan’s personal email account contained a number of sensitive files, including a 47-page application for top-secret security clearance, Social Security numbers and the personal information of over a dozen top intelligence officials. There was also a letter about the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects.

“If you’re the CIA director you shouldn’t have an AOL account,” Liverman told Sputnik. “Not only should he not have had an AOL email, but it’s illegal to use them for for government purposes — similar to the Hillary [Clinton] scandal, except he didn’t host them himself, which would have been more secure than AOL.”

A PDF titled “torture” contained a document sent by Christopher S. Bond to the United States Select Committee on Intelligence stating that the controversial interrogation methods used on “high value” detainees has been one of the most valuable sources of intelligence in protecting America.

The letter requested that, rather than authorizing intelligence agencies to use only techniques that are allowed, he wanted to prohibit certain techniques, so that they knew exactly what they could not do, and therefore would not be limited when developing new methods in the future.

Another PDF, titled “Torture Ways,” contained the contents of a bill aimed to prohibit the use of certain interrogation techniques, including forced nudity, sexual acts, using hoods or duct tape over the eyes, beatings, electric shock, burns, using military dogs on the prisoners, waterboarding, inducing hypothermia or heat injuries, mock executions, and food/water/medical deprivation.

Cracka explained at the time that he used social engineering to trick workers at Verizon into providing him with Brennan’s personal information and then used what they gave him to dupe AOL and Comcast into allowing him access to the CIA director’s accounts. The court affidavit for Boggs and Liverman confirms that the hackers responsible called Verizon and falsely represented themselves.

Cracka claimed at the time to have been prank-calling the CIA official, once reciting his social security number to him.

“In some instances, members of the conspiracy uploaded private information that they obtained from victims’ personal accounts to public websites; made harassing phone calls to victims and their family members; and defaced victims’ social media accounts. At least three other members of the conspiracy are located in the United Kingdom and are being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service,” according to the DOJ release.

Not content with simply accessing Clapper’s email and messing with the CIA director, the hacker also reportedly forwarded all of Clapper’s phone calls to activist Paul Larudee, the co-founder of the Free Palestine Movement organization.

Using the credentials of one of the officials, the hackers also gained access to the FBI’s Joint Automated Booking System (JAB) and the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP), which allows law enforcement to share data in real time. After accessing JAB, the group tweeted screenshots of activist-turned-political-prisoner Jeremy Hammond’s arrest records, including the names and phone numbers of the agents involved in his arrest.

On November 5, 2015, coinciding with the Million Mask March protests, the group posted a link to the personal information of over 2,200 members of law enforcement groups and federal agencies. They also claimed to have personal data on 34,000 government employees and military personnel.

The government was so concerned about the hacks, that they traveled to Ukraine to raid Cryptobin, the site hosting the leaked documents, Liverman said.

“We were all surprised when they did that,” he stated. “The links are all still dead even though Cryptobin is back up.”

Liverman claims that his alleged hacker group has exposed deep flaws in US national security, and explained that if they think a few teens and 20-somethings were able to obtain access to all of this sensitive information, just imagine what foreign governments or hostile actors could do.

“The fact that they think five people under 30 did this, imagine what a foreign nation could do. The group exposed how vulnerable our government is,” Liverman said.

He maintains that the group did the government a favor, as the government needs to be publicly embarrassed before getting proactive about security.

“The group basically did them a favor by exposing these security flaws before nation state hackers exploited them,” Liverman explained, reiterating that he was only an associate of the hackers and did not himself participate. “However, in this day and age you have to embarrass the government to get them to proactively and quickly fix things.”

“The intent wasn’t to put any lives in danger, just expose these flaws and outdated government cyber security practices — or lack thereof.”

Boggs and Liverman are currently free, though banned from accessing the internet, until their next court appearance, tentatively scheduled for November.

Liverman is currently being represented by a public defender, and hopes that he can raise funds to obtain a lawyer who better understands cyber crimes. He is hoping a PayPal fundraising campaign will help him reach that goal (liverman17@hotmail.com or bitcoin (16BKribxWgoW6exNQRNRXGmmfhnRQ5xMk1).

Article by Cassandra Fairbanks, originally published on Sputnik News.

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The FBI Just Admitted To Obstruction Of Justice With Clinton’s Emails

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Clinton’s IT Specialist May Have Asked Reddit for Help Destroying Evidence

Redditors may have broken a massive story, as they have dug up evidence indicating that Clinton’s IT specialist, Paul Combetta, may have solicited advice from Reddit on how to delete evidence from the candidate’s private email server.

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Just two weeks after the New York Times revealed Clinton’s use of a private server, her subpoenaed email archive was wiped using Bleachbit by Combetta.

Combetta, of Platte River Networks, the company in charge of Hillary Clinton’s home server, used stonetear@gmail.com as his public email address in 2014. It also leads to an Etsy account registered to a person with the same name.

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An investigation into Combetta by Reddit sleuths found that a user going by “Stonetear” had been seeking help on how to purge emails for a “VERY VIP” individual, with extremely eyebrow raising timing.

A July 24, 2014 post read:

Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file. Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.

I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell, or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort.

Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?

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The day before this post appeared on Reddit, the State Department agreed to produce records to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

On December 10, 2014, Stonetear once again took to Reddit seeking advice on cleaning out emails. The post read:

“Hello- I have a client who wants to push out a 60 day email retention policy for certain users. However, they also want these users to have a ‘Save Folder’ in their Exchange folder list where the users can drop items that they want to hang onto longer than the 60 day window.

All email in any other folder in the mailbox should purge anything older than 60 days (should not apply to calendar or contact items of course). How would I go about this? Some combination of retention and managed folder policy?”

According to the recently released FBI report, Clinton attorney Cheryl Mills had requested during the same month that the policy for email retention be shortened to 60 days.

The FBI report says, Mills “instructed [redacted] to modify the email retention policy on Clinton’s clintonemail.com e-mail account” but that “according to [redacted] he did not make these changes to Clinton’s clintonemail.com account until March 2015,” US News reported.

Last week, Combetta appeared before the House committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, but invoked his constitutional right and refused to testify. He was previously granted immunity after making a deal with the Justice Department.

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Incompetent Clinton Claims No Training on Handling Classified Docs, Lacks Basic Logic

In the July interview with the FBI, Hillary Clinton told investigators that she could not remember having “any briefing or training” on how to handle classified material — and thought that the “C” (for classified) markings were just there to put paragraphs in alphabetical order.

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In the heavily redacted interview summary released by the FBI on Friday, Clinton embarrassingly claimed that she had no idea what the (C) markings meant at the start of paragraphs that were meant to be classified.

“When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph … Clinton stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order,” the FBI wrote.

“Clinton identified a ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ header and footer (inserted into the document by the FBI prior to the interview) and asked if the (C) related to the ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ header and footer. Clinton did not believe the content of the email was classified and questioned the classification determination,” the document continues.

When asked by the FBI about her knowledge regarding top secret, secret, and confidential classification levels of USG information, Clinton responded that she “did not pay attention to the level of classification and took all classified information seriously.”

Clinton’s personal server was found to have more than 2,000 emails containing classified material — the server which she kept for “convenience” — conveniently allowing her to circumvent avoid Freedom of Information Acts and criminal investigations.

“These documents demonstrate Hillary Clinton’s reckless and downright dangerous handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state. They also cast further doubt on the Justice Department’s decision to avoid prosecuting what is a clear violation of the law,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.

The notes also state than an individual conveniently deleted Clinton’s email “archive mailbox” using BleachBit in late March, 2015 — three weeks after the House comittee investigating Benghazi asked that all emails be preserved, and subpoenaed any relating to the attack.

“In a follow-up FBI interview on May 3, 2016, —- indicated he believed he had an ‘oh sh-t’ moment and sometime between March 25-31, 2015 deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the PRN server and used BleachBit to delete the exported .PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton’s e-mails,” the FBI notes said.

The package of documents truly highlight the incompetence of Clinton and her reckless, carelessness, when handling state secrets.

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Twitter Questions #ClintonsMemory, After She Told the FBI She Can’t Remember Briefings

Twitter had a field day on Friday, taking #ClintonsMemory to the top of the trending list after FBI notes revealed that the Democratic candidate stated that she could not “recall” or “remember” at least 39 times during their interview in July.

Throughout the heavily redacted interview summary released by the FBI on Friday, Clinton could not recall:

  • When she received security clearance
  • Being briefed on how to handle classified material
  • How many times she used her authority to designate items as classified
  • Any briefing on how to handle very top-secret “Special Access Program” material
  • How to select a target for a drone strike
  • How the data from her mobile devices was destroyed when she switched devices
  • The number of times her staff was given a secure phone
  • Why she didn’t get a secure Blackberry
  • Receiving any emails she thought should not be on the private system
  • Giving staff direction to create private email account
  • Getting guidance from state on email policy
  • Who had access to her Blackberry account
  • The process for deleting her emails
  • Ever getting a message that her storage was almost full
  • Anyone besides Huma Abedin being offered an account on the private server
  • Being sent information on state government private emails being hacked
  • Receiving cable on State Department personnel securing personal email accounts
  • Receiving cable on Bryan Pagliano upgrading her server
  • Using an iPad mini
  • An October 13, 2012, email on Egypt with Clinton pal Sidney Blumenthal
  • Jacob Sullivan using personal email
  • State Department protocol for confirming classified information in media reports
  • Every briefing she received after suffering concussions
  • Being notified of a FOIA request on December 11, 2012
  • Being read out of her clearance
  • Any further access to her private email account from her State Department tenure after switching to her HRCoffice.com account
  • Giving staff direction to create private email account

Jack Posobiec helpfully compiled the list on Twitter.

Speaking to investigators, Clinton claimed that she could not remember having “any briefing or training” on how to handle classified material — and thought that the “C” (for classified) markings were just there to put paragraphs in alphabetical order.

During the interview, Hillary Clinton has blamed the concussion she sustained in 2012 for not being able to remember if she had been briefed on the handling of classified emails — bringing hashtags #HillarysHealth and #ClintonsMemory full circle.

“Clinton said she received no instructions or direction regarding the preservation or production of records from [the] State [Department] during the transition out of her role as Secretary of State in 2013.

“However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot [in her head]. Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received,” the report said.

Both hashtags were started by popular author and journalist Mike Cernovich, who has amassed tremendous influence during this election season.

https://twitter.com/johngalt191/status/771815842572935168

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