Sharyl Attkisson Computer was Hacked by Experts

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Most hacks of personal computers are simple and crude things. Unlike organizational hacks, which are often sophisticated and subtle, attacks on individuals are mostly efforts aimed at enlisting it in a collective botnet. Organizational hacks are more sophisticated but those are usually done to extract information from an organization and involve higher end operators.

The hack of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer being described is sophisticated and suggests an organization with the resources to do this on a regular basis.

“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. While no malicious code was found, 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.

That doesn’t mean this was the government or even a government, but we can rule out any low level operators. Media Matters may try to spin this, but it wasn’t a few cookies.

  • herb benty

    Obama-type leftists always ridicule the right for their supposed slowing of science, or not unleashing the full power of science. Which is ridiculous on its face. What the lefty means is, Knowing what anyone at any moment is doing or thinking, experimenting on little babies, killing children even up to 2yrs old- at the mothers discretion, and on and on. Oh ya, and being the best hacker of opponents on the block, folks!

    • Wangdangdoodilydang .g

      up yours conservative creep ‘herb’.