“How did the intelligence community know that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee? CrowdStrike told them so. From the March 20 House Intelligence Committee hearing …”

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How did the intelligence community know that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee?  CrowdStrike told them so. From the March 20 House Intelligence Committee hearing:

Congressman Will HURD: Have you been able to — when did the DNC provide access for — to the FBI for your technical folks to review what happened?

FBI Director COMEY: Well we never got direct access to the machines themselves. The DNC in the spring of 2016 hired a firm [CrowdStrike] that ultimately shared with us their forensics from their review of the system.

HURD: Director Rogers, did the NSA ever get access to the DNC hardware?

NSA Director ROGERS: The NSA didn’t ask for access. That’s not in our job…

HURD: Good copy. So director FBI notified the DNC early, before any information was put on Wikileaks and when — you have still been — never been given access to any of the technical or the physical machines that were — that were hacked by the Russians.

COMEY: That’s correct although we got the forensics from the pros that they hired which — again, best practice is always to get access to the machines themselves, but this — my folks tell me was an appropriate substitute.

HURD: The — at what point did the company and the DNC use — share that forensic information to you?

COMEY: I don’t remember for sure. I think June. I could be wrong about that.

ROGERS: The company went public in June of 16, with their conclusions. I would assume it was around that time.

COMEY: I think it was about the time — I think it was a little bit before the announcement, but I’ll say approximately June.

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For the work of CrowdStrike see the analysis of cyber expert Jeffrey Carr https://medium.com/@jeffreycarr

See also “Comey: DNC denied FBI’s requests for access to hacked servers” http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/313555-comey-fbi-did-request-access-to-hacked-dnc-servers

And http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/20/fix-is-in-comey-praised-dnc-hired-cybersecurity-firm-even-after-botched-report/