Consortium News has the story Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence. To show one example of the depth of this investigation and the hard evidence that was uncovered, here is a small excerpt.
The Key Event
July 5, 2016: In the early evening, Eastern Daylight Time, someone working in the EDT time zone with a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 MegaBytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That speed is many times faster than what is physically possible with a hack.
Compare this kind of analysis to the suppositions and assumptions of the official “intelligence” agency analysis to see how little credibility the original analysis had. That lack of credibility was obvious to any technical person who read the original report, but this anaylsis just puts the hard evidence right in front of your non-technical eyes.
I thought I would do a little calculation of my own based on the numbers given in the article.
1,978 MegaBytes / 87 seconds = 23 Megabytes / second = 181 Megabits / second.
Verizon has a page on its FIOS service Find the right Fios Internet speed for your home. On that page they offer a service of up to 500 Megabits / second. So the speed of the upload quoted by the Consortium News article is well within the bounds of what is possible over FIOS. I don’t know if the DNC had connectivity at anywhere near that speed.
For comparison I looked up what a USB 3.0 drive could achieve. PC World has the article USB 3.0 speed: real and imagined from Jun 26, 2014. Speaking about the USB 3.0 specification, they said the following:
the newer USB 3.0, which can handle up to 5gbps (640MBps)
That is 5,000 Megabits / second. However the technology at the time the article was written could only handle 329 Megabits per second.
November 8, 2017
In a subsequent post, I talk about more information has come to light on the VIPS memo. This puts to rest my critique of the memo that I have made here.