A Leak or a Hack? A Forum on the VIPS Memo


The Nation has the article A Leak or a Hack? A Forum on the VIPS Memo with dateline September 1, 2017.

Data-transfer speeds across networks and the Internet measured in megabits per second (or megabytes per second) can easily achieve rates that greatly exceed the cited reference in the VIPS memo of 1,976 megabytes in 87 seconds (∼22.71 megabytes per second or ∼181.7 megabits per second), and well beyond 50 megabytes, depending on the capacity of the network and the method of access to that network. Speeds across the network vary greatly, and sustained write speeds copied out to local devices are often quite a bit slower.

This criticism is amazingly similar to the analysis that I published on July 24, 2017 based on my own independent analysis of the VIPS report. See Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence.

I must admit that I did not read all of The Nation’s article – TL;DR – or Too long; Didn’t read. However, no matter what is the truth about this story, my point has always been that I think it is a mistake to publish an article that makes claims that you can’t really support. Claims like this destroy the author’s credibility even if the gist of the article is correct.

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