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John Podesta’s Ignorance To Blame For Triggering Email Hack?

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 07:56 PM PST

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Former Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails may have been hacked due to a typo by a Clinton aide.



After receiving a phishing email claiming that Google said “Podesta needed to change his password on gmail,” a Podesta aide asked Clinton Campaign aide Charles Delavan whether or not the email was real and legitimate.

What followed may go down as the easiest hack and biggest mistake of Delavan’s career that arguably played a significant role in Hillary Clinton losing the election.

Delavan replied to Podesta and said that it was indeed a “legitimate” email, prompting Podesta to immediately change his password. However, Delavan told the New York Times that he meant to write “illegitimate” instead. Oops.

“This is a legitimate email. John needs to change his password immediately, and ensure that two-factor authentication is turned on his account,” replied Delavan.

The email was then forwarded to Podesta’s special assistant Milia Fisher, asking her to help Podesta update his password.

“Does Podesta have the 2 step verification or do we need to do with him on the phone? Don’t want to lock him out of his in box!” Fisher asked.

“Delavan told the Times he had intended to type ‘illegitimate,’ a typo he still has not forgiven himself for making,” The Hill reported. “The email was a phishing scam that ultimately revealed Podesta’s password to hackers. Soon after, WikiLeaks began releasing 10 years of his emails.”

Delavan also added that “he meant to prompt Podesta to change his Google password on the gmail.com website, instead of through the fraudulent email but he never did.”

The security firm SecureWorks identified a Bit.ly account and WikiLeaks-released Podesta email that they said appeared to have been used in a phishing attack on Podesta’s gmail account.

SecureWorks found the Bit.ly account being used by hackers contained several links to phishing sites with their victim’s information encoded into the url.

It is not known whether it was Podesta or Fisher who clicked on the phishing email.

Podesta’s email leak exposed dirty tactics by the Democrats including using DNC interim chair Donna Brazile to relay debate questions ahead of time to Clinton staff, and having a number of reporters in their pockets. Some which submitted articles prior to publishing about Clinton and her campaign. The leak also exposed the now infamous “Pizzagate,” spirit cooking, money laundering, meetings between Podesta and DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, and much more.

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South China Sea Drama: U.S. Underwater Drone Seized By Chinese Navy

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 01:26 PM PST

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UPDATE: Dec. 17, 1 p.m. EST: The Pentagon announced Saturday that it has “secured an understanding” with Beijing to return the underwater drone seized by China in international waters, after Beijing accused the U.S. of “hyping up” the incident.

The Pentagon has confirmed that a U.S. underwater drone surveying in the South China Sea was seized by a Chinese navy ship on Friday.

Irate American officials declared the vessel “stolen” and demanded its immediate return. They claim the drone was engaging in innocuous oceanographic survey of water temperatures and salinity in international waters.

Regardless of the purpose of the drone mission, its close proximity to Chinese defence installations in the South China Sea and to China itself, likely provoked the response.

Other than the initial acknowledgement, Chinese diplomats have made no further comment. Given the changing US political climate post-election and the highly controversial geopolitics of that particular part of the Pacific, it is unlikely that the US will get the drone back anytime soon.

The future of the Obama administration’s ‘Pivot To Asia’ foreign policy, which saw exponentially increased US military activity in the Pacific Rim as well as significant build-up of the military and naval resources of US allies in the region, lies in ruination with no guarantee that the incumbent administration will continue the policy.

This is due to the abject failure (indeed, seemingly the total collapse) of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which President-elect Donald Trump has promised to scrap on his first day in office and which Fareed Zakaria once described as being at the heart of” the Pivot To Asia.

The deeply unpopular trade agreement, along with its European and South American counterparts, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade In Services Agreement respectively, had been the subject of worldwide protest actions over a number of years.

This has left the door open to China’s alternative trade grouping known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Meaning that the balance of global power is regaining some equilibrium both in economic terms and militarily.

Despite its many perceived shortcomings in domestic policy, the new US administration appears to be reticent to continue waging endless global conflicts, and China can afford to simply snub their nose at American disgruntlement over the seizing of the underwater vessel.

While drone technologies have increasingly entered the public consciousness in recent times, little is known about the various types of underwater drones.

They come in all manner of shapes and sizes and scale from commercially available models priced at less than USD$1000, to behemoth military constructions valued into the millions.

Rutgers University have developed an underwater drone that can both swim and fly.

The ‘Ghost Swimmer’, known as ‘Silent Nemo’ seen in this video released by the US Office of Naval Research, is shaped like an overweight, metal hybrid dolphin replete with dorsal fin and tail.Making it abundantly obvious that underwater drones are being developed for both overt and covert means, and when weaponised, could become a serious threat to any world power.

The chances of the US allowing a foreign power to operate underwater drones anywhere near its territorial waters or naval defences are minimal.

Its expectation to take such a liberty itself, without there being immediate military and diplomatic ramifications, has clearly overstepped the mark.

In the video below, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange breaks down what happened, why it happened and the inevitable clash between these two major super powers.


By Suzie Dawson

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BREAKING: China Steals U.S Navy Underwater Drone, Who’s Responsible Trump or Obama:

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 12:42 PM PST

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Breaking news coming from the South Asian Sea as the Chinese military has just stolen a U.S Navy Underwater drone in front of the U.S military. In this video Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you his breakdown of what happened, why it happened and the inevitable major clash between these two major super powers. For more real geo political news support us on https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange

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