We were told that the Russians hacked the DNC and the private account of John Podesta. We were told that we know this because the program contained Russian code. What we weren’t told is that the CIA can hack any computer system in the world and make it look like Russians, Chinese or gypsies are the culprits.
That’s where the CIA’s UMBRAGE team comes in. WikiLeaks describes UMBRAGE team’s activities:
The UMBRAGE team maintains a library of application development techniques borrowed from in-the-wild malware. The goal of this repository is to provide functional code snippets that can be rapidly combined into custom solutions. Rather than building feature-rich tools, which are often costly and can have significant CI value, this effort focuses on developing smaller and more targeted solutions built to operational specifications.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 7, 2017
This means that the CIA could use a malware attack originally developed by another country to “misdirect attribution” for the hack away from themselves. Within the UMBRAGE arsenal of malware is a collection of “keyloggers, password collection, webcam capture, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques.” A directory of the tools collected by the UMBRAGE team can be found here.
So, the question becomes, did the CIA use Umbrage to make the hacking look like it came from Russia? After all, the fact that the CIA believed the hacking attack didn’t happen until after the election makes me wonder if it wasn’t just more fake news.