The relentless Russia bashing requires the collusion of the Cold War 2.0 warriors and the media hee-hawing hyenas who jeer and cheer for all conflict with those evil-doing Russians. Last year, if you recall, no less than the head of the NSA warned that the massive hack of JP Morgan was probably the work of Russia in retaliation for Ukraine sanctions. Here is the bleating, hee-hawing Bloomberg headline:
Here is the unchallenged assertion:
Hackers who stole gigabytes of data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. may have been trying to send a message that U.S. financial institutions can be disrupted, the former director of the National Security Agency said.
The FBI is investigating the cyberattack on JPMorgan and whether other banks were penetrated in retaliation for U.S.- backed sanctions on Russia, according to people familiar with the investigation who asked not to be identified because the probe is still underway.
Keith Alexander, the NSA director from 2005 until last March, said he had no direct knowledge of the attack though it could have been backed by the Russian government in response to sanctions imposed by the U.S. and EU over the crisis in Ukraine.
“How would you shake the United States back? Attack a bank in cyberspace,” said Alexander, a retired U.S. Army general who has started his own cybersecurity company to sell services to U.S. banks. “If it was them, they just sent a real message: ‘You’re vulnerable.’”
Here are more unchallenged assertions:
The hackers who attacked JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank, were “a group with exceptional skills or a nation-state backed group,” Alexander said in an interview yesterday at Bloomberg’s Washington bureau.
The attack occurred last month and resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, said the people familiar with the investigation. Authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are linked to the attack, one of the people said.
Security experts say the sophistication of the attacks appeared to be beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers. The incidents occurred at a low point in relations with Russia as the West tightens sanctions aimed at crippling Russian companies, including some of the country’s most important banks, over its suspected support for Ukrainian rebels.
Notice that ‘experts’ never go challenged by the mainstream media.
A year later, we learn that the ‘state level’ hackers were actually two Israeli-Americans and a Florida-based man whose nationality is not mentioned.
UPDATE: All three were Israelis with US citizenship.