Just Another Thing to Feed SDM’s Paranoia
SDM was watching an interview with CBS reporter Sharyl Atkisson’s last night and freaked out a little.
Atkisson is an investigative reporter who has published stories that give elected officials bad days. She has investigated scandals in the Bush and Obama administrations, including most recently some hard hitting pieces on the Benghazi scandal.
“There were just signs of unusual happenings for many months, odd behavior like the computers just turning themselves on at night and then turning themselves back off again. I was basically able to verify and obtain information from my sources on the suspicious activity and I reported it to CBS News in January because of course it included CBS equipment and systems.”
How can a computer be turned on remotely? You have to figure that whoever is hacking this woman’s computers is a serious player in the espionage world. CBS hired independent consultants that confirmed Atkisson’s claims and it appears federal authorities are now investigating. Atkisson explained why someone might want to know what she was writing about:
“Whoever was in my work computer, the only thing I was working on were work-related things with CBS were big stories I guess during the time period in questions were I guess Benghazi and ‘Fast and Furious.’ The intruders did have access to personal information including passwords to my financial accounts and so on, but didn’t tamper with those, so they weren’t interested in stealing my identity or doing things to my finances. So people can decide on their own what they might have been trying to do in there.”
SDM sure hopes the Stanczyk administration isn’t hiring the same hackers to go after us!
What really freaked us out was this last quote, which is terribly understated:
“We’re continuing to move forward aggressively, CBS News takes this very seriously, as do I. I think whenever an unauthorized party comes into the home of an American, whether it’s any private citizen or journalist and gets in their house, searches their computers — these are computers my family uses — and they’re inserting or removing material for whatever their reasons are, I think that’s a really serious and disturbing matter and we’re gonna follow it up and keep pursuing it.”
Really serious and disturbing?!?! SDM would call it un-American and criminal.
SDM Says: Of all the scandals so far uncovered, this one really could rise to the level of a “Watergate.” If any federal agency or government person was involved in directly hacking a reporter’s computer, especially when that reporter’s work presents a political threat to a sitting elected or appointed official, then the culprit and everyone in his or her chain-of-command should be looking at jail time.