As you know, I always keep mum on political matters. Komando.com isn't right or left - it's all tech, all the time. But when it comes to hacking, government snooping and mysterious computer glitches, I've got a lot to say!
That's why, when I heard about one former CBS News reporter's allegations of government hacking, I had to look into it. Here's what you need to know: Soon after the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson claims her laptop computer has hacked. In the summer of 2013, CBS confirmed that the company computer, a MacBook, was indeed breached by an unknown party. CBS' statement says:
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 [removal] of data. This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.
Attkisson says that she believes it was an attempt to intimidate her from reporting on the issues. Now she has a new book out that suggests the Obama administration was behind the cyberattacks. She also released a video of the supposed hacks taking place. I came across one computer expert's interpretation of the video - and his explanation is a lot less exciting than hacking.