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  • mugblum mugblum Jun 17, 2013 12:47 PM Flag

    Cyber Watergate OK because no physical break-in?

    Who was accessing CBS reporter's computer?
    On June 18, 1972, the Washington Post reported that the night before, there had been a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate Hotel.

    "This morning, the Post’s Erik Wemple reported that forensic analysis has confirmed multiple invasions of at least one computer used by CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson has been one of only a handful of reporters who have dared to write critically about the Obama administration. In October 2011, we noted her statement that a representative of the White House had screamed and sworn at her because she was not being “reasonable” about the Fast and Furious scandal. A representative of the Department of Justice was more moderate; she merely yelled at Attkisson.

    She said that she first noticed “irregular activity” on one of her computers in February 2011, when she was reporting on Fast and Furious and the Obama administration’s “green energy” scandals.

    CBS News says:

    "A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts..forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data."

    "This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion."

    DOJ has already announced that “to our knowledge,” it has never accessed Ms. Attkisson’s computers. There are, of course, multiple people and entities who might be interested in information stored on a reporter’s computer. But the obvious potential culprit is the White House. If it turns out that someone acting on behalf of the White House, carried out the illegal infiltration of Attkisson’s computer(s), for the first time

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