The FBI Cautions About Threats to Election Workers Ahead of the November 2022 Midterm Elections. As well it should and mainstream media eats it up line, hook and sinker without asking a single question
According to the FBI, free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy. Individuals who oversee and participate in the administration of elections including poll workers, volunteers, and election officers, help safeguard the integrity of the democratic process. The FBI continues to prioritize identifying, mitigating, and investigating threats targeting election workers. While we applaud the FBI’s concern, we argue the FBI is not prioritizing the number one vulnerability in the Democratic process: The Inside Threat.
A Security professional’s worse nightmare is Insiders with Motive. Insiders with Motive have #MOM – Motive, Opportunity & Means to commit any crime, including voter fraud, A motive can be money, power, revenge, jealousy, political partisanship and so on. Earlier this year the FBI issued a warning titled “Mitigating Threats Posed by Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors’ Exploitation of Default Multifactor Authentication Protocol and “PrintNightmare” Vulnerability” encouraging all organizations to take enable, enforce, and properly configure MFA as well as prioritize patching of known exploited vulnerabilities. Yet Dr. Anna Gabrielian, Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist, and Major Jamie Lee Henry, US Army, Fort Bragg, NC., were indicted for trying to provide medical information about U.S. military members to the Russian Federation.
Also earlier this year Chenyan Wu and Lianchun Chen, a married couple who worked as research scientists for a major American pharmaceutical company, pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from their efforts to gather confidential mRNA research from that company to advance the husband’s competing laboratory research in China. Yet another example of the Inside Threat. In April 2021, a federal jury convicted Chemist Dr. Xiaorong You of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage, and wire fraud in a classic case of an insider Job.
You may recall that In 2013, Snowden was hired by an NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, after previous Snowden says he gradually became disillusioned with the programs with which he was involved, and that he tried to raise his ethical concerns through internal channels but was ignored. When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, all he needed, was a few thumb drives and the willingness to exploit a gaping hole in an antiquated security system to rummage at will through the NSA’s servers and take 20,000 documents without leaving a trace. And earlier this year Mark Robert Unkenholz of Hanover Maryland was indicted for willful transmission and retention of National Defense Information (NDI).
Most recently the conviction of Joseph Sullivan, Uber’s Chief Security Officer illustrates the insider threat as well as the proposed cyber paradigm change: The higher the trust level, the lower the trust. Within days of being hired, Sullivan was involved in a data breach cover-up.
On April 27, 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray illustrated the extent of the Chinese threat, Wray says that of the 56 field offices the FBI has across the country, every single one has cases on the Chinese government’s attempts to steal U.S.-based information and technology, use intelligence officers, hackers, front companies, seemingly benign joint ventures or research partnerships and recruiting employees who use their legitimate access to steal corporate secrets, what we all refer to as “insider threats.” While we have been urging the FBI to address the insidious Inside Threat for years, this is the first time we see Director Wray address it – indirectly. For instance, Inside Threat was conspicuously absent in the FBI 2021 Internet Crime, even though Rachel Rojas, heads up the Bureau’s Insider Threat Office
The old proverb applies to election integrity: It does not matter who votes, but who counts the votes. By this time, a cynic might ask, given all these indictments, if there were any insiders committing fraud, wouldn’t they have been outed by now? Perhaps, but now it’s my turn to be skeptical. Remind me again which prominent progressive (redacted) has been held to account for the voting irregularities, Russia Hoax, Ukraine Hoax, corruption or any other trespass? Like destroying email servers and smartphones, and withholding Hunter Biden’s PC evidence. To date, not a single John in Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell’s black book has either been leaked to the press or raided by the FBI When considering that even the SCOTUS’ Roe v Wade Decision was leaked do you really believe that the Insider Threat is not a threat to the democratic process?
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