Thursday, April 10, 2008

FBI finds Lieberman's Campaign Hacking Own Site

Well, well, Senator Holy Joe Lieberman - seems you can hide your tracks for just so long but in the end, the Feds outted you. Oh, no doubt, your response would be that you couldn't possibly have known what your entire staff was engaged in but we all know that all accountability finally lies at the top. How well I remember the Lamont campaign telling you that the hacking did not originate with them but rather, speculated it was either about your substandard .com folks OR about the ethics of those you had surrounding you. In fact, as I recall, Tim Tagaris, website manager for Lamont, even offered to HELP you out during this peculiar event at the time. No wonder his offer was spurned. From the Stamford Advocate, herewith is the following:

FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site
By Brian Lockhart
Staff Writer
Article Launched: 04/09/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

A federal investigation has concluded that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's 2006 re-election campaign was to blame for the crash of its Web site the day before Connecticut's heated Aug. 8 Democratic primary.

The FBI office in New Haven found no evidence supporting the Lieberman campaign's allegations that supporters of primary challenger Ned Lamont of Greenwich were to blame for the Web site crash.

Lieberman, who was fighting for his political life against the anti-Iraq war candidate Lamont, implied that was hacked by Lamont supporters.

"The server that hosted the Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured. There was no evidence of (an) attack," according to the e-mail.

A program that could have detected a legitimate attack was improperly configured, the e-mail states.

"New Haven will be administratively closing this investigation," it concluded.

The e-mail, dated Oct. 25, 2006, was included in a technical packet of information recently sent to The Advocate in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act filed in late 2006 with the offices of state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor.

The Advocate filed the requests after Blumenthal and O'Connor closed the case but declined to divulge details. They stated only that they found no evidence that Lamont supporters were to blame.

Visitors who tried to access Lieberman's site at the time received a message calling on
Lamont to "make an unqualified statement denouncing this kind of dirty campaign trick and to demand whoever is responsible to cease and desist immediately."

The Lieberman-Lamont race captured national and international attention.

Blumenthal denied The Advocate's FOI request on the grounds it was a federal matter, and it took more than a year for the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice to respond.

The Lieberman campaign alleged it was the target of a "denial of service attack," which can involve bombarding a Web site with external communications to slow it or render it useless.

"Our Web site consultant assured us in the strongest terms possible that we had been attacked," former Lieberman campaign spokesman Dan Gerstein said in December 2006.

According to the FBI memo, the site crashed because Lieberman officials continually exceeded a configured limit of 100 e-mails per hour the night before the primary.

"The system administrator misinterpreted the root cause," the memo stated. "The system administrator finally declared the server was being attacked and the Lieberman campaign accused the Ned Lamont campaign. The news reported this on Aug. 8, 2006, causing additional Web traffic to visit the site.

"The additional Web traffic then overwhelmed the Web server. . . . Web traffic pattern analysis reports and Web logging that was available did not demonstrate traffic that was indicative of a denial of service attack."


Gee, sounds to me that there ought to be a criminal component to this, wouldn't you say, Joe? I know you're very busy crawling up the warmongering McInsane's orifice where the sun don't shine but do you think it might be a good idea to give your lawyer a head's up? If I had MY way, you'd have been impeached already but as we know, that's not an option here in CT. However, at least we do still have a legal system, yanno?

And by the way, can you PLEASE give your REPUBLICAN candidate a tutorial on the difference between the Sunnis and the Shiites so that he stops making a fool of himself (easily done) whenever he opens his mouth on the "conditions on the ground" in Iraq? Not only does he LOOK as out of touch as we know he is, it further enhances your resemblance to Gepeto - although, he never looked quite as yellow standing next to Pinnochio as you do next to McInane.

Could you do us all a favor, Joe? Could you just simply resign? Surely you could be enjoying, given your age, a WONDERFUL retirement, doncha think? Come on, give it some thought. Bring those grandchildren of yours down to the beachfront a few more times before they have to look at the Natural Gas Bomb you're planning to install in our beautiful Long Island Sound. Please. Just get the hell out of our party, ok?

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