The controversial public (CRWD) cybersecurity firm heavily funded by Google investment subsidiary CapitalG, that was the sole source of the Russia hacking of the DNC server conspiracy. The DNC chose to hire this shady firm rather than going to the FBI in 2016 to examine its compromised computer servers, and never produced an un-redacted or final forensic report for the government because the FBI never required it to according to the DOJ. The FBI had an open contract with Crowdstrike at the time (VIDEO). William Binney has debunked the lie. A CrowdStrike report, released in December, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists, but the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VOA (a gov’t funded media outlet) that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion and disavowed any connection to the report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.
CrowdStrike (CRWD went public on June 15, 2015 and the IPO raised over $610 million at valuation nearing $7 billion. In an interview with MarketWatch, Chief Executive George Kurtz said that his company has an advantage over similar companies like FireEye because it was a cloud native, and against the larger players because it was focused on endpoint protection in the cloud.
CrowdStrike is focused on endpoint detection and response, a hot area within cybersecurity with more than 20 “competitive players,” according to Bernstein’s Douglas Harned. Competitors include security companies like FireEye Inc. and Palo Alto Networks Inc., as well as larger players such as Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp., which rolled out new cloud products earlier in 2019. A key advantage for CrowdStrike may be that the company has native implementation with Amazon.com Inc.’s AWS, Harned wrote.1
Here are five key points about CrowdStrike that the mainstream media is ignoring:
In April 2016, two months before the June report that alleged a Russian conspiracy, former President Barack Obama appointed Steven Chabinsky, the general counsel and chief risk officer for CrowdStrike, to the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
CrowdStrike co-founder George Kurtz said at the time, “We wish Steve and the rest of the Commissioners every success in this important effort. Their dedicated and thoughtful leadership on these issues holds great potential for promoting innovation and the benefits of technology, while lowering the very real security risks we are facing today.”
2. The FBI Never Looked At The DNC’s Servers — Only CrowdStrike Did
There has been no corroboration or second opinion on who may have hacked the server. The only source for this claim is CrowdStrike, who began monitoring the DNC system on May 5th, 2016, according to DailyMail.com.
The DNC also reportedly paid $168,000 to CrowdStrike.
3. Comey Contradicted The DNC’s Story On The FBI Asking To See The Server
The DNC claimed in January that the reason the FBI never examined their hacked server was simple–the FBI never requested to do so. Yet, DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker gave told BuzzFeed News in an email, “The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers.”
However, this claim was contradicted by then-FBI director James Comey, who said in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in January that there were “multiple requests at different levels” to look at the DNC’s servers. Instead, Comey said a “highly respected private company” got access to the servers–meaning CrowdStrike.
A senior FBI official told WIRED in January, “The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated.” “This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier.”
As Josephine Wolff of Slate pointed out, “…whether because they were denied access or simply never asked for it, the FBI instead used the analysis of the DNC breach conducted by security firm CrowdStrike as the basis for its investigation. Regardless of who is telling the truth about what really happened, perhaps the most astonishing thing about this probe is that a private firm’s investigation and attribution was deemed sufficient by both the DNC and the FBI.”
Co-Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Dmitri Alperovitch is a nonresident senior fellow on the Atlantic Council. The Atlantic Council is hawkish on Russia, previously publishing reports about topics like how the West can “get tougher” on Russia, how to “fight back Against Russian political warfare,” how to respond “to Russia’s Anti-Western Aggression.” Other articles are titled, “From Russia with Hate: The Kremlin’s Support for Violent Extremism in Central Europe” and “Here’s Why You Should Worry About Russian Propaganda.” In one article published by the Atlantic Council, writer Stephen Blank claims that Russia is a more urgent security threat than terrorism.
Further, the Atlantic Council is funded by NATO, enhancing the hawkish view on Russia. The Atlantic Council is also funded by the “Open Society Initiative for Europe,” a program of leftist billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. The Open Society Initiative for Europe has written that they support, “initiatives that strengthen the protection of migrants and the politics of inclusion, giving the leading role and voice in advocating policies and social change to migrants and refugees, their descendants, and their allies in civil society.”
The Atlantic Council is also funded by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Pinchuk is a Ukrainian billionaire who reportedly gave $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, and was invited to Clinton’s home for a dinner in 2012 while she was secretary of state, despite an earlier denial from a Clinton spokesperson that a meeting was “never on her schedule” during her time as Secretary.
5. CrowdStrike Is Funded By Clinton-Loving Google $$
Finally, it’s worth pointing out that CrowdStrike received $100 million in investments led by Google Capital (since re-branded as CapitalG) in 2015. CapitalG is owned by Alphabet, and Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s chairman, was a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. More than just supporting Clinton, leaked emails from Wikileaks in November 2016 showed that in 2014 he wanted to have an active role in the campaign.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt “sent a Clinton campaign official a lengthy memo with advice on running the campaign. He told campaign officials he was ‘ready to fund, advise recruit talent,’ and ‘clearly wants to be head outside advisor,’ according to a 2014 email from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta to campaign manager Robby Mook.” And Politico reported in November 2016 that Schmidt “served in a personal capacity as an adviser to the Clinton operation,” and wore a “staff” badge at her election night party.
Schmidt also funded a startup called, “The Groundwork.” An article in Quartz titled, “The stealthy, Eric Schmidt-backed startup that’s working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House,” details its operations. “The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election,” the article says. “And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs.”
The post also calls Schmidt “one of the most powerful donors in the Democratic Party.” There are other connections between Google money and the Democratic Party. Stephanie Hannon, former Director of Product Management for Google, left in 2015 to become Hillary Clinton’s Chief Technology Officer for her 2016 campaign.
And here’s a report from RT on the Ukraine hacking lie: