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Thursday, January 12, 2017

FBI Assessed Russians Hacked DNC Servers without Examining Servers

Reports emerged on Jan. 10 that the FBI made its assessment that Russians compromised Democratic National Committee servers without ever examining said servers—because the DNC refused the FBI access to them.

On Jan. 10, NBC News intelligence and national security reporter Ken Dilanian tweeted, “Comey: We made multiple requests for access to DNC servers; we had to settle for @CrowdStrike ‘s data, which was sufficient.”

Comey is the director of the FBI and CrowdStrike is a private company.

That tweet appears to contain accurate information, and thus makes FBI investigation tactics, techniques, and procedures a bit questionable even as the overall intelligence community assessment of Russians penetrating Democratic servers (along with other servers) and using that intelligence to conduct influence operations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election remains believable.

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