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Who needs 'Russian hackers'? Report reveals CIA incompetence to blame for Vault 7 breach

• Ron Paul Institute - Nebojsa Malic

Vault 7 was the name given to cyber attack tools developed by the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), and published by WikiLeaks in March 2017. It was the largest data breach in Langley's history, with long-lasting consequences. For example, Chinese cybersecurity companies recently used Vault 7 evidence to show that the US has been hacking China for over a decade.

According to a just-released internal CIA report, "CCI had prioritized building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems. Day-to-day security practices had become woefully lax." 

"Most of our sensitive cyber weapons were not compartmented, users shared systems administrator-level passwords, there were no effective removable media controls, and historical data was available to users indefinitely," the report goes on to say. 

The heavily-redacted document actually dates back to October 2017 and was only made public Tuesday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), in an effort to pressure the new Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe into imposing new security measures. While the CIA ineptitude is the obvious takeaway, no one seems to have noticed the real bombshell: the timing of the breach and its implications. 

The report says the CIA "did not realize the loss had occurred until a year later, when WikiLeaks publicly announced it in March 2017." Now, what all was happening between March 2016 and a year later? You guessed it: Russiagate! 

Even as his own cyber arsenal was getting swiped from under his very nose, CIA chief John Brennan was obsessing about "Russian hackers" of the Democratic National Committee, or Hillary Clinton's emails, or something – and pushing the bogus 'Steele Dossier' alleging Donald Trump's collusion with Russia, which eventually made it into the infamous 'Intelligence Community Assessment' that accused Moscow of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. 

It gets worse. According to the report, "Had the data been stolen for the benefit of a state adversary and not published, we might still be unaware of the loss—as would be true for the vast majority of data on Agency mission systems."


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