NBC Caught Broadcasting Fake News (Again) (Still?)

On Friday, NBC News tweeted that the Russians unsuccessfully tried to hack into Wisconsin’s election results, claiming the information came from the Department of Homeland Security.  The problem is the DHS never said any such thing.  They said the Russians tried to hack into voter registration computers and even that is questionable since we know the DHS tried to hack into at least three state election computers.   Even more troubling is that we also know that the CIA can do a hack and make it appear it was the Russians.

From Computer World:

Indiana is the newest state to accuse the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of trying to hack its state electoral system.

The state’s IT team claimed that a DHS IP address repeatedly scanned Indiana’s system. The attempted hacks occurred tens of thousands of times over a period of 46 days, beginning while Vice President Mike Pence was still the governor of Indiana.

“We know that between November 1 and December 16, we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times,” DHS Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson told The Daily Caller.

Like Georgia, Indiana did not give DHS permission to scan.

WND reported:

Another clever hacking technique exposed by WikiLeaks is that of the CIA’s “UMBRAGE” group. These hackers use malware to steal and replicate the digital “fingerprints” of a foreign hacker, allowing the U.S. to then blame the hack on a foreign enemy such as Russia.

Here’s how UMBRAGE works, according to WikiLeaks:

“The CIA’s hand-crafted hacking techniques pose a problem for the agency. Each technique it has created forms a ‘fingerprint’ that can be used by forensic investigators to attribute multiple different attacks to the same entity.

“This is analogous to finding the same distinctive knife wound on multiple separate murder victims. The unique wounding style creates suspicion that a single murderer is responsible. As soon one murder in the set is solved then the other murders also find likely attribution.

“The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.

“With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the ‘fingerprints’ of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.”


Here is NBC’s tweet along with the actual release by the DHS:

You should note that the DHS said voter registration and NBC said election results.  The two are not connected and given NBC’s history, it appears that they tried to mislead their viewers.

Jessica Huseman exposed NBC in a series of tweets:


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