2017 starts with a bang on The View Up Here. Hacking, Propaganda & The Blame Game with Jonathan Nichols (@wvualphasoldier). Jonathan was a tactical PSYOP soldier in the US Army and a propaganda analyst as a civilian contractor for them. He deployed three times to the Middle East from 2008-2012. Since 2010 he has also worked in a variety of roles related to intelligence collection as it relates to cyberwarfare. He was a seminal source for Malcolm Nance's book "The Plot To Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies & WikiLeaks Tried To Steal The 2016 Election".
What are the allegations against Russia? How are those allegations being confused in the media reporting on it? Why has a targeted phishing operation on the DNC turned into cries of the Presidential election being hacked? There is zero evidence that a single American vote was not counted correctly due to voting machine intrusions.
Why has the explanation to the American public become so contradictory? The massive US Intelligence Community has failed to demonstrate through evidence to the American public that "Russia" hacked anything. The recent claims of using "network defenders" to positively identify sources and their networks does nothing of the sort. The outgoing administration has done nothing to discourage what can only be called "fake news" such as a power grid hack that did not happen.
It is impossible in this day and age for the US government to conduct their intelligence activities without the private InfoSec community's involvement. Weakening encryption, over-prosecuting with the NDAA, lying about the severity and content of leaks and using the Bully Pulpit has created an atmosphere of mistrust between two forces that need each other. This adversarial relationship does nothing to help get things done.
Tune in and join us as we seperate fact from fiction from suggestion from propaganda.