A well credentialed group of former senior intelligence officials has published a report thoroughly discrediting the conclusion that the Russians hacked the DNC emails
(VERO BEACH, FL) Named “Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)”, the consortium of experts fields 30 members with extensive backgrounds in cyber security, intelligence analysis, and crypto-espionage, and the four specifically concentrated on the DNC case have experience with Russia.
Based on newly revealed metadata, descriptive information that is hidden in the background of electronic files which details the data’s origin, the group has concluded that the DNC emails were likely initially transferred locally with a USB drive, and not hacked remotely from Eastern Europe by an anonymous agent working for the Russian government.
The metadata shows that 1,976 megabytes of information, the DNC emails, were downloaded in 87 seconds from the Democratic National Committee’s server at approximately 6:45 PM ET on July 5th, 2016. This indicates a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second.
According to the group, no Internet service provider in mid-2016 was capable of providing a download rate at this speed, let alone from Romania, the location alleged Russian hacker “Guccifer 2.0” claimed to have run his hack from.
In addition, the group contests that the metadata reveals the files “Guccifer 2.0” released were artificially altered prior to their release to appear to come from a Russia programmer, a change possible with a cyber-tool similar to the CIA’s “Marble” software, which was revealed as part of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 release.