Huge New York Times investigation on Russia's role in the elections, and Trump's upset victory: "The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the US." It's a riveting tic-tock narrative, and no doubt those in the intel/security biz will debate the contents.
An examination by The Times of the Russian operation — based on interviews with dozens of players targeted in the attack, intelligence officials who investigated it and Obama administration officials who deliberated over the best response — reveals a series of missed signals, slow responses and a continuing underestimation of the seriousness of the cyberattack.
The D.N.C.'s fumbling encounter with the F.B.I. meant the best chance to halt the Russian intrusion was lost. The failure to grasp the scope of the attacks undercut efforts to minimize their impact. And the White House's reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.
The low-key approach of the F.B.I. meant that Russian hackers could roam freely through the committee's network for nearly seven months before top D.N.C. officials were alerted to the attack and hired cyberexperts to protect their systems. In the meantime, the hackers moved on to targets outside the D.N.C., including Mrs. Clinton's campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, whose private email account was hacked months later.
Even Mr. Podesta, a savvy Washington insider who had written a 2014 report on cyberprivacy for President Obama, did not truly understand the gravity of the hacking.
Above: Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign aide, incorrectly legitimized a phishing email sent to Mr. Podesta's personal account. One of the many images accompanying this exhaustive NYT investigative feature.
We agree with Chris Hayes.
This story is a pretty incredible piece of reporting and Oh. My. Lord. https://t.co/hvokHHPuf3
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 13, 2016
The Times admits: by publishing hacked emails they and every media outlet became de facto agents of Russia's agenda. https://t.co/kLWGXFXBqc
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 13, 2016
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) December 13, 2016
Still Hacked Life, 1972, 2016 pic.twitter.com/2cCxli6zpV
— Anthony De Rosa (@Anthony) December 13, 2016
One for the history books
— Ben Terris (@bterris) December 13, 2016
Amazing story — and poor work/communication all around.
But that FBI does NOT come, in person, to meet with top officials is jaw-dropping https://t.co/W4SRy0v53P
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) December 13, 2016
This is insane. I can't even pick which chunk to screengrab because it's all bananas. A rolling calamity. https://t.co/sBCoG0cnH5
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 13, 2016
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) December 13, 2016
— Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) December 13, 2016
The FBI is a 24 minute walk from the DNC but agents there only left voicemails that the DNC thought were prank calls pic.twitter.com/4MTEbU81PE
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 13, 2016
"Like another famous American election scandal, it started with a break-in at the D.N.C" (current top story) https://t.co/U1bdHB2Ge9
— Patrick LaForge (@palafo) December 13, 2016
!!! The New York Times, in a news story, says the New York Times became "a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence." pic.twitter.com/qBAMqyQnB4
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) December 13, 2016