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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Archive for March 5th, 2018

Why I don’t Allow Reporters On My Feed

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Recently I posted about the Russian Troll Farm’s data being on sale for more than a year on joker.buzz, an auction site for RU hackers most likely to be affiliated with Shaltai Boltai (humpy dumpty). I went through the dump looking for metadata and to backstop the screen shots that were on the site as part of the proofs that the data was legit. In doing so I managed to find out quite a bit more on the infrastructure, players, and accounts that the SVR had set up to carry out the active measures campaign against the US election in 2016. Now having been a security researcher blogger all these years I certainly expect that others may see a story and write their own and often times this happens with a link back to my post if it is germane. However, in this case it kinda seems like Beast and the reporters who wrote the two pieces on their site saw my post and decided that they would just say they had “discovered” the joker.buzz site and the data for their own clickbait desires.

Post 1

Post 2

The fact of the matter is that Beast didn’t discover anything, if anyone discovered the story it was insider.ru who posted the story in Russia on the 21st of February. I cited them in my post as well as the joker.buzz url that the Insider piece had linked in the article February 21st. So no Daily Beast and “reporters” thereof, you did not discover this nor did you even have the decency to link back to either pieces in your story. I find it funny how I post on February 26th and four days later the Beast is claiming to have “found” this site and the juicy data. What’s even worse is that Beast just goes on about accounts and tracking them back to people while the real story should be that the data is genuine, it shows more of the inner workings of the troll farm aside from the accounts on Reddit and other places, and that either an insider had been selling the data or they had been hacked for over a year and we all missed it.

At first I griped a bit on Twitter about this but I was willing to let it go until one of the editors at Beast wanted in on my Twitter feed all of a sudden. I allowed it and watched for a couple days. They did not attempt to reach out at all so now I am pretty sure they were fishing for more to rip off of my site or my feed and possibly claim it as their own “investigative journalism” cum click bait. This was the last straw, and with a word from another reporter who exhorted me to do a write up about this.. Well here I am writing this piece that I am kind of ambivalent about. I don’t want to come off as just some asshole saying “I DID IT FIRST!” but the fact of the matter is that this has happened on more than one occasion and of late more so (looking at you Franklin Foer on that Atlantic article on Manafort)

So, Beast, at least credit the Russian’s (insider.ru) for seeing this first and reporting on it even if you can’t bring yourselves to link back to my post which I am pretty sure was the tip off to what you claimed you “discovered” In fact, you should really do your own research and stop leeching off of others you yellow journalism hacks. Shit, you even really didn’t do a good job at parsing all the data in those screen shots! You really have not added to the knowledge base here on the Russia investigation.. But you sure did re-create the “Penny Dreadfuls” of the 19th century!

K.

Written by Krypt3ia

2018/03/05 at 17:43