EXCLUSIVE: Overview of Crowdstrike – Firm that (Falsely) Claimed ‘Russia Hacked’ the US and the Ukraine – Now Under President Trump’s Radar | Joe Hoft


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EXCLUSIVE: Overview of Crowdstrike – Firm that (Falsely) Claimed ‘Russia Hacked’ the US and the Ukraine – Now Under President Trump’s Radar

The most shocking piece in the transcript of the phone call between President Trump and the new President of Ukraine Zelensky is related to a company by the name of Crowdstrike. Below is a summary of our reporting related to this company that is behind (false) claims of Russia hacking in both the US and the Ukraine.

On Wednesday the Trump Administration released the White House transcript of President Trump’s call with President Zelensky of Ukraine. In the transcript President Zelensky brought up Rudy Giuliani and his investigations with President Trump.

President Trump asked Zelensky to look into the 2016 election including information on Crowdstrike.

The President did not ask President Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden as was widely reported by the lying mainstream media. But President Trump did drop the name of the company behind Russian hacking in the US and the Ukraine, Crowdstrike.

The transcript revealed President Trump is going after the origins of the Trump-Russia witch hunt. Foreign Policy expert Tony Shaffer says this is what the left is most worried about.

Rush Limbaugh focused on this bombshell from the transcript on his Wednesday show.

Now, just a little bit more about CrowdStrike ’cause I have paid attention, there’s not a single — I haven’t seen a single report focus on CrowdStrike in this transcript. Now, I know why the Democrats are ignoring it. The Democrats are bent out of shape that Trump even knows about CrowdStrike. They think Trump’s an idiot. With Trump specifically zeroing in on CrowdStrike the Democrats have learned today, after reading that transcript, what Trump is really doing here.

Trump is soliciting assistance from allies all over the world to help Barr prove the scam run against him. That’s what’s going on. That’s what the Democrats have learned today with that word “CrowdStrike” being in the transcript. CrowdStrike, the founder of CrowdStrike is a Russian emigre who hates Putin with a purple passion. It seems to color CrowdStrike’s security work.

Prime example being when CrowdStrike claimed that the Russians had hacked the Ukraine artillery software during the time Russia was invading Ukraine. CrowdStrike claimed the Russian hack caused the Ukrainians to fire on their own troops, killing thousands of them. They were dead wrong about it! And that’s a massive thing to be wrong about. Because the only problem was Ukraine said there was no such hack and no such battle and there were no such casualties.

They said that CrowdStrike had made all of it up. And guess what? CrowdStrike withdrew its report and admitted that it was wrong. Now, this, whether it sounds like it or not, don’t doubt me, this is highly relevant to this entire Russian collusion story, which is why Trump was asking about it and why the Democrats don’t want the Ukrainians to reinvestigate it.

The reference to CrowdStrike, mark my words, is momentous in this transcript today. I know damn well the whistleblower didn’t tell the Democrats about that or they would have a different strategy laid out for this. Because another thing — don’t doubt me on this — what this really means, folks, is that Trump — he was asking for assistance on Biden, but it’s all related. What Trump actually was asking the president of Ukraine to do was to help the attorney general.

Other Deep State slayers noted this as well –

Crowstrike is lying about the DNC emails behind the Trump-Russia collusion sham being hacked by Russia –

Ann Coulter also identified this in her column this week –

The second issue the media does not want anyone to think about is CrowdStrike.

What is CrowdStrike, you ask? That is the cybersecurity firm that is the sole source of the claim that the Russians hacked the DNC’s emails — which launched the conspiracy theories that tied our country in knots for the past three years.

The Russian collusion story was originally hatched by Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2016 to cover up the utter corruption revealed by the dump of Democratic National Committee emails on Wikileaks. As was her practice whenever a scandal threatened to engulf her, Hillary rushed out and told the press to investigate something else.

And “the great story” about the DNC email hack wasn’t about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” — as she claimed when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. No, this time, it was a vast Russian conspiracy!

At the time, the entire media laughed at Hillary’s Russian conspiracy nonsense — The New York Times, New York Newsday, the Los Angeles Times and so on. But then Trump won the election, and suddenly the Russia conspiracy seemed totally believable. What else could explain how Americans could put this boob in the White House?

The subsequent three years of breathless Russia coverage was based entirely on the word of one cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, that the DNC’s emails had been hacked by Russia.

Recall that the DNC wouldn’t allow the FBI or any other U.S. government official anywhere near its computers. That’s precisely why so many cybersecurity experts doubted that it was the Russians: The FBI was never allowed to perform its own investigation.

CrowdStrike was founded by Ukrainian Dmitri Alperovitch (now an American citizen apparently — because who isn’t?) and funded by the fanatically anti-Russian Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk.

Talk about interfering with our democracy! Alperovitch and Pinchuk sent one political party and nine-tenths of the American media off on a wild goose chase into Russian collusion that, after years of accusations, investigations and embarrassing conspiracy-mongering … turned up goose eggs.

The entire Russian insanity was launched by a couple of Ukrainians. I think a lot of us would like to get to the bottom of that.

We reported in July that one of the reasons why Google executives cried after the 2016 election is because Google invested in Crowdstrike! In July 2015 Google invested $100 million into Crowdstrike.

We also reported that former NSA employee and whistle blower, Bill Binney, has reviewed the DNC emails released and provided online by WikiLeaks and it shows that the data coming from the DNC was not hacked (as claimed by Crowdstrike who the FBI relied on for confirmation) but rather copied to a disk or flash drive!

Binney says:

The problem with the Mueller report and the Rosenstein indictment is it’s all based on lies. I mean the fact they’re still lying about the, saying the DNC was hacked by the Russians and the Russians gave it to WikiLeaks.

Well, we had some of our people and our group, the VIPS, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals, look at the data that WikiLeaks posted on the DNC data. They actually posted the DNC data…

…that entire set of data was read to a thumb drive or a CD Rom then physically transported. Now this is what Kim Dotcom is saying. This is what Julian Assange basically was inferring. Others have been saying the same things.”

So we have known for some time that the Russians did not hack the DNC and provide emails to Wikileaks as the FBI claims based on information from Crowdstrike. It’s clear the DNC was not hacked and it’s more likely an insider like Seth Rich copied the files to a disk drive and turned them over to Wikileaks. This is more likely than reports that the Russians hacked the DNC.

Per the transcript of President Trump’s discussion with the Ukrainian leader above, we don’t believe Crowdstrike has the DNC’s physical servers.

It sounds more like Trump is saying “server” in the same sense he used the word “wiretap” – not a literal meaning. Crowdstrike may have the images (copies) of the hard drives, the memory dumps for some of the computing devices and the logs for networking equipment (like switches, routers, and firewalls), but not the actual DNC servers, which is really all you need. Either their “evidence” stands on its own merits or it doesn’t. The onus is on CrowdStrike now to prove their claims based on their “evidence” they have on hand regarding their assertion in the US.

The Ukraine likely doesn’t have the DNC/Podesta email servers. They have some Gmail related emails that can be analyzed to show that Crowdstrike was wrong when they alleged that the Russians hacked the Ukrainians during the separatist war.

The linkage to Ukraine is based on the number of articles that appeared around December 2016 trying to connect the DNC leak to other Russian government cyber-attacks. The whole argument that the Russians were tracking Ukrainian artillery units by compromising android devices is nonsense. The whole publication was a coordinated effort by major news outlets like Reuters, AP, the NYT, WaPo, and others to create and manage this narrative. Some of the claims that Crowdstrike made were:

• “the Ukrainians lost 80% of their filed artillery”
• “Ukraine’s howitzers suffered the highest percentage of loss of any … artillery pieces in Ukraine’s arsenal.”

All this turned out to be completely false. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) the losses were 10%-20%, which is in the range of any conflict where both parties use artillery.

Also the claim that the Russian malware was able to “retrieve communications” and “some locational data” from infected devices, is also not true. There are much faster/more accurate ways to track and target filed artillery than to hope that the battery team downloads an unsecured mobile phone application (which according to the developers wasn’t hacked) from an email that was flagged by Gmail as suspicious. Just like with the DNC hack, they made up the whole thing and no one in the media challenged them or asked for a solid proof.

The details of the alleged attack in the Ukraine:

In 2016-2017, two Ukrainian developers by the name Dobronravin and Dmytro were providing the Ukraine military through an NGO called Army SOS with navigation software. Version 1.0 of the solution was distributed on Android tablets loaded with digital topographic maps. Version 2.0 of this solution expanded the features to including an add-on called the Network Bridge that allowed the operator to connect to other tablets via digital radio (Motorola XPR) to allow different units to exchange text messages. It’s important to note that the tablets had no real-time GPS tracking capabilities and that these were all off-line devices.

On August 27, 2015, Dmytro’s email contacts received a phishing email impersonating his name. The email instructed them to download the latest version of the Network Bridge. Allegedly (and we don’t know this for a fact), the modified add-on in the email had the ability to intercept the text messages from the tablet.

(The phishing email)

Dmytro immediately told his users not to download the malicious add-on and sent a copy of the phishing email to a Ukrainian hacker called ‘Sean Townsend’ for analysis. According to Dobronravin and Dmytro no one in their application user group downloaded the malware because Google flagged the email as suspicious (see image above).

It just happens to be that ‘Sean Townsend’ is connected to Crowdstrike and knows their CEO. This is how the story about the malware and artillery software got out to them. They sat on that information for about 16 months (August 27, 2015 – December 2016) and when the whole Russia collusion story was being baked they jumped on the opportunity to reinforce the Russian role in DNC attack showing the same pattern of attack in Ukraine.

(The malicious add-in Dmytro sent to Sean Townsend in 2015)

(The artillery app published by CrowdStrike in 2016)

But as has been indicated, Crowdstrike’s report was completely bogus. Crowdstrike completely made-up the Ukrainian howitzers artillery losses and the statement that the rogue artillery app (really the Radio Bridge add-on) was to blame. The MSM was happy to spread the fake news without ever looking into the simple fact that even if this malware was installed and used, all of these tablets were offline devices without GPS functionality and the code was entirely based on a Bluetooth messaging interface–which the Motorola radio did not support.

The Ukraine doesn’t need to investigate this because they were the ones that debunked the story, so they already know all about it. The “server” referred to by President Trump has to refer to whatever the Ukrainian citizens, Alperovitch and/or Pinchuk have in their possession related to Crowdstrike’s Russia hacked the DNC sham assertions.

Crowdstrike was wrong in the Ukraine. Crowdstrike was forced to retract its false reporting there. Crowdstrike is wrong in the US and the Ukraine may have the information to prove it!

Hat tips D. Manny and Yaacov Apelbaum

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